Editorials

Organizations that fight homelessness deserve community lift

We know about homelessness. At least we think we do. We read about. We digest the estimates of how many people are homeless. We hear about the circumstances that lead to it. But what do we really know. Unless we have spent a cold night huddled beneath an underpass warmed only by a ...

On this day, channel our thanks into a more giving spirit

We awake each day worried about where the next tragedy may have happened. It could be a natural disaster, such as the hurricane-created tragedies in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico in recent months. Sadly, it could be a man-made tragedy, such as the senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas or ...

Finally, antiquated tax system on the verge of reform

There are clearly bugs to work out, but the House approval last week of an overhaul of business and personal income taxes bring the nation close to tax reform for the first time in three decades. Just the fact that it has been 30 years since the tax structure of this country was revised ...

Sexual harassment: The country gets an overdue awakening

It’s as if a societal taboo dam has been broken. In recent weeks, allegations of sexual harassment and assault have become a dominant part of the daily news, uncovering an ugly, enabling culture in Hollywood and Washington, D.C., our entertainment and political centers. It’s about time. ...

Special counsel needed to probe Clintons’ Russia connection

If you believe those linked to the 2010 deal in which a Russian company gained control of one-fifth of U.S. uranium supplies donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation out of the goodness of their hearts, we have some swamp land in Florida that may interest you. And if you believe former ...

Casinos worth debate, but answers needed

Gambling revenue has become the sugar daddy for government. It’s the new dollar generator that is supposed to take care of fiscal wounds. Certainly the state of Pennsylvania leans heavily on it. And the new budget deal allows up to 10 licenses for existing casino owners to bring ...

Marino recounts his turn at being drowned by swamp

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, says he felt a “calling” to be the nation’s drug czar and had a plan to solve the opioid epidemic in the United States. He had people on board from both major parties ready to help execute that plan, ...

Only prescription that works against terror is the brutal one

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Future game plan for gas industry: Focus on reason

As chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, state Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Township Republican, has had a front row seat to watch the evolution of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania over the past decade. So his observations last week at the Pennsylvania ...

Stormwater transfer to authority makes most sense for city

The city of Williamsport has an aging stormwater system. Future years will likely see numerous necessary and costly repairs. The unfunded mandates that the city does not have the manpower or finances to answer for also will not be going away. The same holds true for the orders to reduce ...

May the spirit of Veterans Day bring us back together

From local classrooms to parade routes and National Football League stadiums nationwide, the nation’s veterans were highlighted respectfully for several days in the past week. With Veteran’s Day falling on a Saturday, the observance highlighted several days, not just one, this year. Given ...

Niger tragedy shows terrorism movement is far from over

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

More city parks, recreation attention comes with a cost

The city of Williamsport owns four parks - Memorial Park, Brandon Park, Shaw Place Park and Young’s Woods Park. The city spends $302,000 on recreation, less than 2 percent of its budget. The neighboring borough of Montoursville spends $334,169 annually on parks and recreation. The nearby ...

Film world’s reaction to Weinstein scandal reveals enabling culture

Among reasons Americans have to be angry about the Harvey Weinstein scandal is that the entertainment world enabled him by doing nothing during years in which his offenses were common knowledge. One might think the ensuing outrage would bring some in the world of filmmaking to their ...

Hopefully, mayor’s no-tax-hike plan meets city’s needs

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana says he is planning to submit to City Council a proposed 2018 city budget that includes no tax increase. William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director, describes the budget proposal to be “among the more positive in the nine years of the Campana ...

Voters make some big statements with election results

Some of the decisions were a bit predictable. Some were revealing. But all of the decisions made by local voters in Tuesday’s General Election were important to the future scope and direction of government here in the future. Under the predictable category, Lycoming County voters elected ...

As Lycoming County looks at tax hike, frugality is more vital than ever

Lycoming County department heads have cut their original budget requests for 2018 by about $11 million, according to Beth Johnston, director of county fiscal services. Considering that the Lycoming County Commissioners last week unveiled a preliminary budget that increases taxes by 0.75 mills ...

Reentry services contract: Deeper look is necessary

The Lycoming County Commissioners are in the midst of deliberating the best future for their reentry services, which help county prisoners rejoin the community and help control the county prison population. It’s not quite like approving a contract for production of cardboard boxes. With ...

Some liberals reveal themselves with tax relief resistance

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Tuesday’s election deceptively vital for region’s voters

All elections are vital parts of our democracy, whether they be local, state or national in importance. The election Tuesday is deceptively vital. At first blush, voters might think there is not much at stake because there is not that one, galvanizing race, such as the presidency or ...