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Opinion

Important to erect statues honoring civil rights leaders

Editorials

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

Respect for handicapped parking

Letters

I am responding to a recent letter concerning handicapped parking by a disabled, retired senior citizen who is required to wear oxygen. She stated that there were four handicapped parking spaces in front of the door of a business and three were taken up by cars without handicapped ...

The (sometimes) bizarre race for the Democratic nomination

Opinion

Some recent news stories verge on the bizarre — the House Democrats’ futile fuss over impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acceptance of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade treaty. But they’re not as bizarre, or possibly as consequential, as unanticipated developments ...

Tough crime trends

Editorials

Williamsport crime statistics for the first 50 weeks of 2019 paint a grim picture. For starters, the number of overall calls to police is up about 1,000 compared with 2018 and will top 13,000 by year’s end. Those calls can range from a disturbance to a juvenile being gunned down. In all ...

Diversity panic

Opinion

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An Asian guy, two black guys, three white women (one of whom spent much of her life claiming to be Native American), a Pacific Islander woman, a gay guy, a Hispanic guy, two elderly Caucasian Jews (one a billionaire, the other a socialist), a ...

Is it 1979 again?

Opinion

“Blowout” was how one UK newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week’s election. How decisive was it? Not only did conservatives win an 80-seat majority in Parliament, a constituency in Blythe Valley in Northeast England elected a ...

J. Doyle Corman

Letters

Recent articles in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette about Sen. J. Doyle Corman focused on his connection with Lock Haven and Clinton County. Overlooked is his connection to our local area. Former Sen. Corman was one of the original members of the board of directors of Pennsylvania College of ...

Police pact needed step for the future

Editorials

The five-year police protection agreement approved between South Williamsport and DuBoistown is the kind of significant, practical move that needs to become more commonplace in our region. The partnership means more hours of patrol availability and police protection for both communities, but ...

It may not build character, but politics can reveal character

Opinion

First, an anecdote circulating about the most courageously candid staff person in the White House allegedly speaking to President Donald J Trump: “Mr. President, you’re coming across as mean-spirited, abusive and so unlikable that people frankly do not want to work for you. Sir, in all due ...

Who gave school board the power to tax?

Letters

Can someone please enlighten me on how and when school boards got so powerful that they can raise property taxes $100 per year if your property is overall certain assessment? I’d really would like to know. Eric Henger Jersey Shore Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

Trump brand

Letters

Everyone would probably agree that Donald Trump is a master at branding his name. From Trump steaks and Trump wine to resorts, hotels and golf courses, Donald Trump has his name on a variety of products. But, what an opportunity he is missing. I suggest that Trump Kool-Aid would be an instant ...

Front page

Letters

Today’s paper at the top had a photo of a U.S. Seaman with a statement next to it “Naval base shooter spoke against USA.” What in the world is wrong with your proofreader? This clearly implies that this guy was the shooter. This is a major insult to him, his family and all veterans. Did ...

Morality of free markets

Opinion

Dr. Richard Ebeling, professor of economics at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and my longtime friend and colleague, has written an important article, “Business Ethics and Morality of the Marketplace,” appearing in the American Institute for Economic Research. Its ...

Think about it

Letters

Whenever a business or nonprofit/religious organization requests and is granted a local property tax reduction or total exemption for a number of years, this means that other taxpayers will be paying more to make up the revenue difference. At the federal level, whenever tax cuts are passed, ...

MLB, please say move to cut local francises isn’t so

Editorials

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred is getting criticism from all sides over plans to eliminate 42 minor league franchises, including the Williamsport Crosscutters, after 2020. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has sent Manfred a letter warning of the harm that could result from the ...

Candy Cane Lane

Letters

Once again Summer Street has become “Candy Cane Lane.” We are so thankful for all the neighbors’ work and all the wonderful “friends” who helped us! May God Bless all of them, and all of “you” who visit our street each year. Merry Christmas! Shirley ...

Is ‘climate change’ the new ‘New Coke’

Letters

It appears that every week there are several Letters to the Editor regarding the topic of “climate change.” While I believe the climate is changing, my attitude regarding this subject is, “big deal, who cares?” The climate has always changed! Sometimes hot; sometimes cold. But the world ...

‘Say it isn’t so, Rob, say it isn’t so’

Opinion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was sent to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and also offered as a column for readers of the Sun-Gazette.) Dear Commissioner Manfred, I don’t expect you to answer this, but I dearly hope you will. I’d love to talk to you about this plan ...

State minimum wage

Letters

Greetings from our fair Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, historic home to the exploitative and environmentally destructive lumber, steel and coal robber barons that paid slave wages while much of the State. I hope this letter finds you and your families well and looking forward to this Holiday ...