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Editorials

Utilities not able to rely solely on alternative power

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It should not, of course, though it did during former President Barack Obama’s ...

Are companies acting in haste?

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Rule assures transparency by the courts

An important matter of public interest has been settled, and that has to do with whether the names of candidates for appointment to unexpired terms of public office should be made public. When the issue surfaced about five years ago, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette believed that it was common ...

Compassion should be celebrated

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Facts should guide inquiry into any impeachment

It seems few days have gone by recently without some new revelation regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry that targets President Donald Trump. Clearly, the president and some of his allies used their positions in efforts to advance Trump’s political prospects. Whether ...

Marriage of plastics industry and Penn College flourishing

There is a giant growing in Beaver County in western Pennsylvania. It’s Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex that will process ethane from shale gas. There is a giant that already exists in Williamsport. It’s the Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics program that has ...

Patriotic Blue Star Mothers shipping care

They gather. They talk. They pack. And on Dec. 14, they will lay wreaths on the graves of veterans during the annual Wreaths Across America event. Blue Star Mothers are a patriotic bunch, to be sure. These women have one thing in common: they have offspring serving in the military. They ...

East Lycoming’s STEM-business program shines

Imagine an East Lycoming School District student sitting in a problem-solving meeting with a local business, or working to improve its product or an advertisement of it. Imagine no more. It’s a reality. Michael Pawlik, East Lycoming School District superintendent, recently highlighted a ...

DEA’S response to opioids plague

"We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This past week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Connections crucial to individuals — to our communities

Stay connected. Live with purpose. Keep moving, and eat right too. That recipe for achieving a longer life with optimal health was shared by Dr. Richard Dowell, a clinical neuropsychologist with UPMC Susquehanna, during a recent keynote speech at the Elder Care and Special Needs Resource ...

A well-deserved honor for Sides

The name of the award says it all. And the person who received this year’s Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award is a shining example of those words, “commitment to caring.” Carol D. Sides has spent much of her life caring for this community, volunteering with an array of ...

While adult vaping debate rages, let’s protect children

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

CAC ushers

It’s been a quarter century since the first usher showed the first patron to their seat at the Community Arts Center. What followed has been a whole army of ushers, donating thousands of volunteer hours at downtown’s flagship venue. These are the men and women decked out in black suits, ...

Volunteers key in fight against food insecurity

Are you hungry? If not, be happy that you are not among the one in 10 central Pennsylvanians, or one in six children, who struggles with hunger, according to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. How can that be the case in the United States of America, where the great dream is home ...

What do you see? What do you hear?

A couple of recent Sun-Gazette stories reflect just a few of the reasons we love this community so much. One was about the newest addition to the downtown streetscape, a mosaic of ceramic tiles, shards of mirror and colorful stones on the East Fourth Street side of the Firestone Building at ...

A slippery slope

Gov. Tom Wolf says “Pennsylvania is ready for this.” He is referring to the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, which he says the Pennsylvania General Assembly should go forward with. We do not share his sentiments and hope the leaders of the Republican majority in the ...

Democrats opened Pandora’s box with regard to Ukraine

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Transcript’s release a dangerous move for national security

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Carbon emissions from United States down, but rising elsewhere

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness to ...

Teens with guns need to wake up to deadly reality

What is going on? Yet more incidents of gun violence, yet more young people — older teenagers — facing police charges, yet more stress on people trying to live peaceably, yet more negativity about this beautiful city. It was reassuring to see police take swift action this week with the ...