Opinion

In wake of disasters, FEMA’s work must include understanding

Editorials

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

County reassessment would resolve sticky property tax issues

Editorials

We are heartened that the South Williamsport Area School Board recently reversed its assessment appeals policy. The only thing worse than an unfair policy is an unfair policy that goes unrecognized and therefore is allowed to continue. In May the board adopted a policy of appealing the ...

Gosnell: The movie

Opinion

Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opened Friday in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist sentenced ...

Kavanaugh partisan? What about RBG?

Opinion

Forcefully responding to allegations of sex assault, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearing rebuttal, “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit — fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that ...

CBS prime-time shows honor Hillary

Opinion

Hillary Clinton isn’t president, but Hollywood is offering the biggest consolation prize it has: Working her into TV plots where she can be toasted as wise and wonderful. Within the first two weeks of the fall season, CBS has done this twice. On the Oct. 7 episode of drama “Madam ...

Airport upgrade can become milestone if it evolves correctly

Editorials

The Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville sent up its first flight out of a new, modern terminal Monday. It was a milestone – with a qualifier. The building is a long-overdue upgrade in every way, from customer comforts to screening capabilities to grounds improvements. But to be ...

Civility is for suckers

Opinion

It’s doubtful that a former American presidential candidate has ever formally endorsed incivility before, but Hillary Clinton is ever full of surprises. In an interview on CNN, the erstwhile advocate of “if they go low, we go high” switched around to unapologetically call for going ...

Haley stepping down at just the right time

Opinion

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley surprised virtually everybody when she announced she’d be resigning from her post at the end of the year. In doing so, Haley has managed something unique. She leaves the Trump administration with her reputation not merely undiminished but actually enhanced. ...

Extend city tax abatement program on commercial work

Editorials

The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) is due to end at the close of 2018. That would be a mistake. The LERTA program is a cooperative venture among the city of Williamsport, Lycoming County government and the Williamsport Area School District that provides tax abatement on ...

The Senate’s ‘Unfixable Crime Against Democracy’?

Opinion

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell revved up his Outrage Machine once it became apparent that Brett Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. There was a new crime against democracy — or rather, there was a very old crime. It’s called the Senate. Come again? Senators are ...

Trump may be most honest president in memory

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our ...

County radio system upgrade necessary – at $7.4 million cost

Editorials

The numbers are in on what the inevitable upgrade of Lycoming County’s public safety communication system will cost. They are scary. Consultants who have been studying the system for more than nine months told the Lycoming County commissioners last week that the overhaul will cost about ...

Fortunately, our society is not as polarized as our politics

Opinion

In the wake of the politically toxic dialogue recently, it’s refreshing to note that 63 percent of voters recognize that American society is not as polarized as American politics. Most understand that who we are as individuals and communities is much more than our political affiliations or ...

The What Ifs with the courts

Opinion

What if the whole purpose of an independent judiciary is to be anti-democratic? What if its job is to disregard politics? What if its duty is to preserve the liberties of the minority — even a minority of one — from the tyranny of the majority? What if that tyranny can come from unjust laws ...

The Habitat formula: Blessings earned by team of caring people

Editorials

The Habitat for Humanity Home Ownership program is more than three decades old and came of age when President Jimmy Carter, to his everlasting credit, made it his pet volunteer cause after leaving office. The program shows no signs of losing its momentum. And locally, it has never been ...

Trump, riding high, has a lot to say

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Can we talk? Donald Trump would like to chat. And, boy, is he ever. Riding high after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation, the president has been on a rollicking press tour of late. He’s inviting reporters up to his private cabin on Air ...

Things will only get uglier

Opinion

Confirming Brett Kavanaugh was the best outcome at the end of a hellish decision tree that left the country with no ideal option. Reasonable people may differ on that. But what seems more obvious: It’s all going to get worse. Because everyone is taking the wrong lessons from the Kavanaugh ...

Finally, Mueller probe may be reaching the beginning of the end

Editorials

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Still plumbing depths of Democratic ruthlessness

Opinion

WASHINGTON — President Trump apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the “terrible pain and suffering” they endured during his confirmation process, declaring that “what happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process.” ...

The most vital movie you’ve never heard of

Opinion

It’s here. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now — a true-life saga of good vs. ...