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Editorials

Those making winter decisions deserve support

While we may desire an easy winter with temperatures much like we’ve experienced this past week, the weeks ahead are sure to see area schools closed because of snowy, cold, windy and icy weather. And predictably, when people awaken to see fewer than 12 feet of snow on the ground and less ...

Streamlining DA’s Office worth effort, followed by period of self-evaluation

The time-honored saying is you only get one chance to make a first impression. Newly elected Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner played his first-impression card rather distinctively, requesting and gaining approval of the Lycoming County commissioners to streamline operations in ...

Let perseverance, humility lead us on path of betterment

There is no substitute for hard work. We keep coming back to that time and again. Among the many principles we follow is that which says, “Great work is not performed by strength but by perseverance and humility.” Here we are on the doorstep of a new decade in this very short journey ...

Eliminating Iran’s Soleimani may have saved lives

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

Campana served the city well over 12 years in office

He was a tough politician. He made a lot of people angry at times. But over 12 years at the helm of Williamsport city government, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana accomplished a lot. Sure, not everything worked, but he tried and he tried. He was the mayor who did not give up, no matter how ...

Aid after quake in Puerto Rico direly needed, as is oversight

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by a strong earthquake this week. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 ...

It’s a slam dunk at Picture Rocks elementary school

“I can’t wait for Friday basketball.” That’s what the sixth-graders are saying out loud at Ferrell Elementary School in Picture Rocks these days. It’s not about the game, though. It’s about the team and sense of belonging that takes place during a Friday lunchtime basketball ...

Mayor Slaughter aims to effect change in city

We love when good history is made. It’s a sign, we believe, of progress and the inevitable — change. We congratulate new city Mayor Derek Slaughter upon taking the oath of office. In a ceremonial inauguration Monday at City Hall, Mayor Slaughter promised to lead an inclusive ...

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 ...