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WASHINGTON — Wouldn’t you know it: That ol’ rascal — The Gender Issue — has sallied forth to play havoc in the Democratic primary race. When all else fails, what works better than a his-or-her contretemps? Still, it’s kind of sad that two of the elder candidates — Sens. Bernie ...

The war imperative of men

WASHINGTON — As leaders on both sides of the latest Middle East crisis strut and fret during their hour upon the stage, one wonders when humankind will recognize that the dominant-male model has run its course. One might have made the same query centuries ago, but today’s potential for ...

Reagan would have been proud of Iran strike

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s critics are calling his military strike against Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani reckless and provocative, but there is one man who would have been enormously proud of his decision: Ronald Reagan. Because in taking out Soleimani, Trump took a page out of the ...

Welcome to our new, full-color Sunday edition

You’ll notice a momentus change in today’s print edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette — the use of full color in our Sunday edition. This is another in a series of “firsts” in your community newspaper’s history, which dates to 1801 when the Sun-Gazette’s earliest forerunner, ...

Finance director, engineer no longer with city government

The city finance director/River Valley Transit general manager and city engineer are no longer employees of the city, Mayor Derek Slaughter confirmed. William E. Nichols Jr., the one time director of city administration and finance director under former Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, had worked for ...

Mussare re-elected president of prison board

The Lycoming County Prison Board voted to re-elect Tony Mussare as its president during its regular monthly meeting Friday. Mussare, a Lycoming County Commissioner, serves on the board along with other county officials including Commissioners Rick Mirabito and Scott Metzger. County Sheriff ...

Coming soon to a theater near you

WASHINGTON — It did have a wag-the-dog feel to it, a cynic might say. With the Senate discussing plans for President Trump’s (albeit uncertain) impeachment trial, the U.S. commander in chief ordered the killing of Iran’s top security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem ...

Trump enforces the red line he drew on Iran

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani should have come as no surprise to the Iranian regime. The administration had drawn a clear red line, warning Iranian leaders they would pay a severe price if they killed a U.S. ...

Police file murder charge in death of 19-month-old

An Old Lycoming Township man is facing a murder charge in connection with the 2018 death of a 19-month-old boy. Jason Micah Forsyth, 22, was arrested Tuesday on charges of murder, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and other related charges, according to a news release ...

Volunteer’s accordion brings smiles

Daniel Weber learned to play a musical instrument when he was growing up, but he lost interest in it as an adult. After all, it was a big and bulky accordion that was attached to leather straps that went over his shoulders to secure the instrument that he balanced on his left thigh as he ...

In 2020, will Democrats embrace vanilla?

WASHINGTON — A barometer, said a wit, is an ingenious instrument that reveals the weather we are experiencing. Presidential campaigns often are political barometers. They can, however, change the social climate. The Democratic presidential aspirants, plucking at the electorate’s sleeve, are ...

DEP issues historic $30.6M penalty over Revolution Pipeline violations

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a $30.6 million civil penalty to ETC Northeast Pipeline for violations related to the 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire in Beaver County. The penalty, one of the largest civil penalties collected in a single ...

The 235 days that rattled China and shook the world

WASHINGTON — They were 235 days that shook the world, rattled China’s regime and refuted the most pernicious wishful thinking since the appeasement of dictators collapsed eight decades ago. Nothing more momentous happened in 2019 than Hong Kong’s heroic insurrection. It began with the ...

The 10 best things Trump has done in 2019

WASHINGTON — In his third year in office, President Trump continued to deliver an extraordinary list of accomplishments. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump did this year: 10. He continued to deliver for the forgotten Americans. Unemployment is at record lows; this ...

It’s not Trump, but those pursuing him

WASHINGTON — President Trump is accused of doing untold damage to our democratic institutions. In truth, it is the president’s foes who are doing the real damage. Take the revelations that FBI officials falsified evidence presented to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. This ...

Funerals

MOON — Darlene Kay Moon, Jersey Shore, 1 p.m. today, Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC. SHNYDER — Max Howard Shnyder, Montgomery, 1 p.m. today, Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main St., Muncy. Visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. DERRICK — Nancy K. Derrick, ...

Flint K. Faubion

Flint K. Faubion, 61, of Williamsport, died Dec. 21, 2019, at home. Flint was owner of Faubion Construction. He is survived by his wife, the former Maria Casale; three sons, Heath, Isaac and Lucas; three grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters. A celebration of his life will be announced ...

The man behind the curtain

WASHINGTON — As the nation reels from the latest round of President Trump’s impeachment, and anticipating a full House vote this week, I’d like to pause and express my everlasting gratitude to Lyman Frank Baum. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, his work surely will. Baum (1856-1919) ...

Joe Biden is the Democrats’ Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON — Democrats winced when they heard Joe Biden talking about his hairy legs. “The kids used to come up and reach into the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and watch the hair come back up again,” he said in a video of a 2017 speech that recently went viral, adding, “I ...

Ed Willits: ‘I looked out and saw sparks’

As a teenager, Ed Willits was part of the Ground Observer Corps, a Civil Defense organization formed to spot low-flying aircraft. His affiliation with the group, which numbered some 750,000 volunteers nationwide during the height of the Cold War, helped spark an interest in the military and ...