Opinion

No need to tarnish the gas impact fee with severance tax

Editorials

The natural gas industry has paid $1.7 billion in impact fees to the state in Pennsylvania since 2012. It also has asked for and received zero dollars in state funding to finance its drilling efforts, which in turn have led to jobs, a valuable export for the state and lower energy rates for ...

It’s more about you than us

Opinion

My mid-1960s newspaper route had 105 customers along an East End of Williamsport corridor that included just about every house on Elizabeth Street and Franklin Street and all points in between. The intersection of demand and enterprise called me to attempt expansion by recruiting residents ...

Raise the limits on tax credit scholarships

Opinion

It was the middle of Wednesday and I had 30 minutes — 30 minutes and a choice. I could either eat my lunch in peace after a hectic morning of work, or I could use that half hour to fill out scholarship applications for my son, Myles. It was a no-brainer, and I’ll tell you why. We live in ...

We must examine mental health policies before gun control

Editorials

The mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians — while futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his supervisor ...

Protectiong the Medical Assistance Transportation Program critical

Opinion

There’s a program that you may have heard about, called the Medical Assistance Transportation Program, or MATP. It provides transportation for Medical Assistance recipients who do not have transportation available to them for non-emergency medical appointments, including visits and ...

A cancer stigma unnecessarily killing thousands

Opinion

The nation’s biggest meeting of cancer specialists unveiled several breakthroughs on Saturday. The horrible news is what’s not improving. Only a miniscule 4% of men and women at high risk of getting lung cancer from smoking go for a CT scan to detect it while it’s curable. That 4% ...

Mimimum wage dance: This time, a modest hike doable

Editorials

It’s like clockwork. The month is June, the state budget is being negotiated and a hike in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is a bargaining chip. Pennsylvania is one of 21 states with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. All of the neighboring states have a higher minimum wage. Thanks to the ...

Natural gas impact tax working

Opinion

Over the years, we have heard local leaders use one word to describe Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas development: “Godsend.” Without the tax revenue delivered directly to local communities, buying that new fire truck, fixing the courthouse dome or improving the biking trail just ...

The Daily Beast’s shabby scoop

Opinion

Breaking news: Some guy posted a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. But fear not. The website The Daily Beast sprang into action. It tracked down the random, Trump-supporting man who allegedly posted the offending clip, hounded him until he talked, then published his name and other details ...

Voting system update understood; the state should have funded it

Editorials

After watching the national embarrassment Florida brought on itself with questionable voting counts in several elections over the past two decades, there is no quarreling with efforts to make sure that does not happen in Pennsylvania. To that end, the state has mandated that all counties ...

The wayward special counsel

Opinion

In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book. He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations. His departing act was a public statement meant to ...

To impeach or not to impeach?

Opinion

“If the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” —Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) The revelation by Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash that he believes the Mueller Report accuses President Donald Trump of impeachable offenses has ignited firestorms in both major ...

Gift ban legislation long overdue for state lawmakers

Editorials

Most states limit the amount of gifts lawmakers can take from lobbyists and others. Pennsylvania does not have such a limit. But it should. Pennsylvania’s lawmakers’ newly filed ethics forms show they accepted more than $83,000 in free trips in 2018 and collected a variety of gifts, ...

It’s time to remove children from sex offender registries

Opinion

With several septuagenarians competing for the presidency, the ghost of the 1990s looms over the 2020 race. Joe Biden has faced criticism for his sponsorship of the 1994 crime bill. President Donald Trump tweeted, “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being ...

Understanding why Trump loathes John McCain

Opinion

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, “Big Bad John,” was christened in 1992 in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first father-son duo of four-star admirals, “Slew” and Jack. On July 12, 2018, their son and grandson respectively, retired Navy captain and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III ...

East Third-Mulberry street parcels finally ripe for development

Editorials

They have been sitting there for years — two vacant parcels at East Third and Mulberry Streets very near the heart of downtown Williamsport. While center city has seen a host of developments in the past decade, only grass has grown on these two properties. The circumstances that make ...

Robert Mueller’s upside-down justice

Opinion

It’s a familiar quote from Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” but with special contemporary relevance in light of a recent statement by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “‘If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble... ‘the law is a ass — a idiot.”‘ But it isn’t so ...

Mueller should not have held a news conference

Opinion

In his news conference, special counsel Robert Mueller explained why he would not testify before Congress. “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he said. “It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words ...

Those seeking high office must not compromise nation

Editorials

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Is Biden Hillary Clinton — or George W. Bush?

Opinion

The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he’s neither. He’s Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, recently asked “Is Biden the new Hillary?” “Trump plans to wage the same sort ...