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Editorials

These next few months will need share of patience

So here we are, the warmth of the holidays has given way to the cold of January, and we go into winter survival mode. Do we have enough food in the pantry to weather what we know will be periods of cold and ice? Have we shored up our living spaces, making them impenetrable to the harsh forces ...

Mental health service expansion: Noble goal but complex execution

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a right-minded priority for 2020 — a broad effort to improve mental health services and change public perceptions of mental illness. The initiative includes more resources and a public-outreach campaign similar to the strategy that has been deployed in response ...

Cincinnati mall incident shows need for parents to just say ‘No’

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physically and online, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department can provide one. The Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down recently on what should have been one of its busiest days of ...

Burgeoning debt brings many perils

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Resolve to think carefully

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Flu shots protect more than just individual health

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Figure you’re young and strong and wouldn’t have any trouble fighting off a bout with influenza? Well, if you come in contact with older people, children or anyone else for whom flu is serious — perhaps deadly — business, shame on ...

Today’s a good day to change batteries in smoke detectors

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Checked your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors ...

Election promises take center stage with today’s oaths

Today we start fresh. Dozens of officials elected to local public offices — townships, boroughs, city and county — will take the oath of office during an inaugural ceremony at 10 a.m. today at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. The new officials will be administered their oaths ...

Like clockwork, new year means higher road tolls on Pa. turnpike

Happy New Year. And oh, by the way, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up 6 percent. New Year’s wishes and the toll increase seem to go hand in hand. This is the 12th consecutive year the tolls have been increased. The raised tolls are part of a 2007 design to raise more ...

As 2020 dawns, we wish for year of perfect vision

One fifth of this century has passed. It has been an era of terror and reinvention. Our challenges have been among the greatest in the history of mankind. Our advantages, too, have been among the greatest in the history of the world. Yet we wake up every day to a newer and even seemingly ...

Kudos to this year’s Persons of the Year class

For the past week, readers of the Sun-Gazette have been treated to a series of human interest stories on our front page each day. This has been our ninth annual Person of the Year project, a series of stories on a diverse selection of local people whose efforts during the past year caught our ...

Sending children outside to play just got better

Traditional play that many of today’s adults experienced as children has been eroding from our cultural landscape. As technology has become more developed, video games and computers have captured the attention of today’s children to the point that the concept of going outdoors to play is ...

Sale of some golf course property is long overdue

The Lycoming County Commissioners recently took a giant step toward the sale of some property at the White Deer Golf Complex with the hiring of an engineering firm to survey 70 acres of land for development at the complex. The survey of five parcels at the golf course is a practical and long ...

Medal of Honor recipients honor us with their talks

Strength through humility. Resiliency. Honesty. Integrity. Two medal of honor recipients recently spoke of those qualities during a rare opportunity to hear them here in our area. Edward C. Byers Jr., a retired Navy SEAL, and Kyle White, a former Army sergeant, were here to speak about ...

Pulling out from Afghanistan does not rule out return

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported recently. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from Afghanistan ...

Kids need protected from online scammers and predators too

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Air Force should handle missions in outer space

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Today’s best gift surely would be a world of peace

Children, are you ready? Have you been very, very good? This Christmas morning will find presents under the tree, youngsters eager to see what gifts Santa has left for them, special meals to bring together families, churches filled beyond their ordinary numbers, and a special feeling in the ...

Are you ready for that warm, peaceful feeling?

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...

Signing bill into law secures justice over ‘Cadillac tax’

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More of it was being exposed this past week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American ...