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Editorials

Watchdog for waste sets $160,000 worth of bad example

So, a state agency in charge of investigating wasteful spending and fraud has been found to be wasting $160,000. That sounds about right. The state inspector general’s office purchased pistols, ammunition and other related equipment following a law passed in 2017 that expanded the ...

Is it time to do comprehensive review of how we use military?

The Associated Press reported this past week that U.S. officials are considering reductions in the number of our military personnel in Africa, at a time when extremist violence is increasing on the continent. Such consideration is “a move that worries (U.S.) international partners who are ...

A sea of viruses, bacteria rising — are we concerned?

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising, because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death ...

Don’t let burn pits become another Agent Orange

The military used open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan for years to get rid of all sorts of waste amid warfare. They openly burned everything from chemicals, paint, plastics, rubber and wood to discarded food, medical and human waste, metal and aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ...

City Council wise to move meetings to transit building

We applaud City Council’s decision to move its meetings to the Trade and Transit II building. This follows protests that disrupted the countywide administration of oaths of office to local officials at the Community Arts Center as well as last week’s Council meeting inside City Hall where ...

City resources well used in K-9 program rebirth

The city’s K-9 program continues to make progress, with the assistance of many city employees. Streets and Parks employees have built a kennel for the first of a three-dog contingent, and the city plans to repurpose a fire station on West Fourth Street as a substation and K-9 headquarters. ...

Demonstration illustrated concern of political assault on 2nd Amendment

Had 22,000 people showed up in Richmond, Virginia, to demand stronger gun control laws, it is a safe bet that proponents of them would have pronounced the crowd to be conclusive proof most Americans want such restrictions. But when a group estimated at that size demonstrated recently against ...

Would you be able to react in an instant?

Everyone should take a first-aid course. That’s the message of Odren Polk, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and we couldn’t agree more. Polk remained calm one day not so long ago when a first-grader at Stevens Primary School began to choke on a tomato. “Mr. O,” as the youngsters call him, ...

Honest, realistic approaches needed to deal with plastic

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Revenue windfall sets up no-excuses budget for state

Feeding off a robust national economy, Pennsylvania state government ended the last fiscal year with total revenue collections $883 million above the official estimate. That sets a positive stage for the next state budget, which Gov. Tom Wolf will be proposing soon. The robust economy also ...

A matter of simple justice appropriate for injustice victim

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

DEP grant to city represents good news for residents

Municipal brush piles — and access to them — has become a hot topic in recent years. It’s quite the situation for the average homeowner. There was a time when municipal street crews would pick up limbs and yard debris left at the curb. As resources dwindled, policies changed, with ...

Counties pinpoint correct priorities for state solutions

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania recently met to devise five priorities the organization hopes to address. We have to give them credit — they’ve got the list about right. The organization will be working to address property tax reform, increased funding for mental ...

Welcome to town, Chuck Still; now show us ‘more’

“More variety, and more.” That’s what Chuck Still said he plans to bring to the Community Arts Center in his new role as its executive director. In fact, he told the Sun-Gazette that it just might be his mantra. Looking at his experience, it’s apparent that he just might be the ...

Time to try some new strategies to clean up bay

Clean water. That should be the goal for the planet and its inhabitants. And that should be a concern to everyone living in Pennsylvania, which has 85,000 miles of rivers and streams. One fourth of the state’s waterways are “impaired,” which means they are not safe for drinking, ...

Draw inspiration

The words of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have served as inspiration over the five decades since his death. Slain Aug. 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, King’s speeches have become legendary. Today, as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us find new inspiration in ...

Rep. Everett keyed his representation on his constituents

State Rep. Garth D. Everett, a Muncy Township Republican who serves much of our region from his seat in the 84th House District, is observing a self-imposed term limit. After seven terms in office, Everett recently told the Sun-Gazette editorial board that he will bow out when his current ...

Experiment on roads? Self-driving vehicles have plenty of bugs

The nanny crowd ­— folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against any hazard — wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards ...

You never know whose life you may save by giving blood

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Important decisions in 2020

The year may be young, but campaigning for public office in this year’s elections has been underway for some time, particularly as it relates to the office of president. While electing a person to serve in the nation’s highest office is deserving of paramount attention in the next 10 ...