Opinion

Probing look into federal prison conditions due

Editorials

The apparent suicide of rich pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody continues to make headlines. For a time, the murder of vicious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia was big news. But what about the other prisoners who die violently while in ...

Gateway Center about to put a new shine on Lycoming College, city

Editorials

If physical improvements can enhance a college’s relationship to its city — we think they can — then Lycoming College’s marriage with Williamsport is about to get closer than ever. The college’s new Krapf Gateway Center at the corner of Franklin and East Fourth streets is about 75 ...

None dare call it ‘conspiracy’

Opinion

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford’s Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks with ...

The shaming of America

Opinion

WASHINGTON — One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior — shame — has become part of the 2020 presidential race. And one of the most shameful things in these times is to be thought or labeled a racist. As it should be, if true. Thus, some Democrats and others ...

How important?

Opinion

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it’s somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be ...

An important grant focuses on critical area

Editorials

When people think of security, the image of police and armed guards may come to mind. But a relatively new form of security professionals is emerging in this technology age, and that’s cybersecurity. To that end, training is happening in our backyard at Pennsylvania College of Technology. A ...

Mass murders are a symptom

Opinion

Politicians and pundits are promoting familiar explanations, excuses and demands following the tragic mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. From more gun laws, to blaming President Trump, conservative talk radio and Fox News, we’ve heard it all before. A manifesto thought to be ...

Country dogs die young

Opinion

In rulebooks and pamphlets, bicycle safety is simple. But when you are on the street, it becomes very complicated. This is because traffic, like all social structures, is not the product of state rules like we might assume. Rather it is a product of interaction between multiple people. ...

Time to spiff up for world’s best youth sports event

Editorials

It seems like the year passes quickly and suddenly it’s here, what for many local people is the busiest and best week of the year. We’re talking about the annual Little League World Series, which brings a host of visitors and the eyes of the world to watch teams of talented youngsters on ...

Bus passes make Wise Options better

Editorials

The YWCA’s Wise Options for Women program served 1,147 adults and children in 2017-18. It gave victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Lycoming County emergency shelter, a crisis hotline, legal advocacy, counseling and prevention education. But in return, ...

Immigration restriction is not hate

Opinion

President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder. The El Paso massacre, carried out by a white nationalist waging a lunatic war against Hispanic immigration, is being used as a ...

No ‘safe spaces’ or ‘trigger warnings’

Opinion

WARSAW — American millennials have a lot of complaints about their lot in life. So here’s a question for them: When is the last time you had to walk through a sewer waist-high in human filth, choking on the toxic ammonia, yet unable to cough for fear of alerting the Nazi SS soldiers on the ...

What makes mass murderers? We need to find out

Editorials

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding, as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has, that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick, is ...

A few words about guns and personal liberty

Opinion

The recent mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have produced a flood of words about everything from gun control to mental illness to white nationalism. Most of those words have addressed the right to keep and bear arms as if it were a gift from the government. It isn’t. The ...

A cosmetic proposal on guns

Opinion

It seems necessary to begin every discussion in America today with a reminder to show a little charity. If you oppose gun control, don’t assume that those proposing restrictions on gun purchases are merely using the latest atrocity as an excuse for confiscation. Likewise, gun opponents should ...

After mass shootings

Opinion

Immediately following two horrific mass shootings — one in El Paso, Texas, and another within a matter of hours in Dayton, Ohio — the blame game started. For many, culprit No. 1, of course, is President Donald Trump. Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said: “There is a ...

We pray for peace in our town, in our nation, in our world

Editorials

Some 50 people gathered Thursday night in Williamsport to send up prayers. We would like to think that number would be multiplied a hundredfold and more with silent and group prayers across our town, across our state, across all of the land over which we all wander, for “there, but for the ...

The press — the people’s best friend

Opinion

Thomas Jefferson was a severe critic of the newspapers of his time. Still he said: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” I agree. Our free press is not ...

Difficult soul searching needed in violent times

Editorials

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...