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Opinion

He walks where he chooses to walk

Opinion

Years ago, when the great American socialist Norman Thomas was speaking at the University of Virginia, he was cross-examined by a self-satisfied undergraduate who charged that Thomas’ call for universal health insurance, federal civil rights laws and federal aid to education were all backed ...

Who cares about you?

Opinion

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress Alchian with my knowledge of statistical type I ...

Objective coding

Letters

Most of the cultural conflicts found in our society today are rooted in the (often unacknowledged) core debate over the objective or subjective nature of morality. Traditional religious-minded people presume an objective absolute standard (God) of truth and virtue by which all human beings (and ...

Volunteers key in fight against food insecurity

Editorials

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 ...

How much loonier?

Letters

All of those crazy Democrats running for president make statements and promises that get loonier and loonier with every speech they make. For example, they all stated that if elected they would give free medical, free education, and other benefits to any and all that illegally enter the United ...

Ways to turn the tides against student loan debt

Opinion

For millions of Americans, student loan debt is a real and often significant financial burden. And increasingly, it’s one that interferes with many of the financial, familial, and social goals of graduates across the nation – student debt, quite simply, makes it harder to purchase homes, ...

What do you see? What do you hear?

Editorials

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 ...

Ukraine: A political rerun

Opinion

Back when reruns were a staple of summer programming, television networks aired repeats of their programs, giving viewers another opportunity to see what they had already seen. Democratic politicians are now conducting their own version of reruns. The same bunch who brought us the failed ...

Ban on natural gas development would reverse environmental progress

Opinion

We applaud the Sun-Gazette for sharing the devastating impact that a hydraulic fracturing ban, as proposed by some presidential candidates, would have on consumers, our economy, the environment and our national security (”Dem candidates being irresponsible by calling for ban against ...

Pennsylvania’s closed primaries

Letters

My parents are from Williamsport. By the time I was born we moved to another part of the state, but Williamsport is a hometown to me. My parents taught me to fight for fairness in all areas of life. This is why I care so much about voting rights. Like my Republican and Democratic friends and ...

A slippery slope

Editorials

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 ...

Farmers’ clean water efforts

Opinion

As first-generation dairy farmers in Juniata County, my wife, Marie and I believe you have to control the good things in your environment. It’s about being good stewards of the land, within the economics of that stewardship. I am grateful to have received the Dairying for Tomorrow award for ...

REAL ID is a real opportunity to do good

Opinion

Oct. 1, 2020, is fast approaching. This is the date when you will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification to board commercial domestic aircraft, access a military installation and/or get into federal buildings that ...

Right misinformed

Letters

I picked up my Sunday edition of the newspaper at a local convenience store and read all of the anti-Democratic party letters and their socialist programs. They all wrung their hands and have beaten their chests lamenting how our country is doomed if these “socialists” are elected. Most ...

Democrats opened Pandora’s box with regard to Ukraine

Editorials

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 ...

Brazen acts of corruption

Opinion

Media outlets recently reported the existence of a whistleblower complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community against President Donald Trump. The IC encompasses all civilian and military employees and contractors who work for the federal government gathering domestic ...

Slaughter experience

Letters

I have read a few articles about Derek Slaughter’s experience. Let’s talk about his experience. While serving on City Council, Slaughter never introduced a single piece of legislation. Plus he served on the Public Safety, yet offered no suggestions on crime. He is a smooth talking math ...

I’m sorry

Letters

This is an idyllic statement often commanded by parents to their children. Children who are arguing with a sibling or friend. The children responding to their parents’ demand likely will still remain restive, and those words “I’m sorry” are meaningless. The key to saying this is the ...

Global warming quiz

Letters

How old is the Earth we live on? If you are within 2 billion years, you are close but I believe it’s one wrong. How old is the oldest man? ... Did you ever consider there are many years that no one knows what happened on our Earth? Yes or No? If they did, we would know how many global warming ...