Opinion

Old ‘Y’ building finally finds that safe landing spot

Editorials

The former YMCA building at the entrance to Williamsport’s historic district on West Fourth Street is vacant and looking quite dilapidated on the outside. On the inside, it has 14,000 square feet of floors and a basement that are in the repair-or-demolish phase of their life. Fortunately, ...

What will we look for in next president?

Opinion

We Americans have a predictable reaction when a president in his performance or his conduct disappoints us: We almost always go looking for a successor presidential candidate who, we think, possesses the very qualities of character and talent we unhappily learned were missing in the president ...

Sorry, Democrats, but your stars are socialists

Opinion

There was Bernie Sanders at a Fox News Channel town hall, not giving an inch in a forum every Democratic presidential candidate has shunned. His reward was a cataract of good reviews, and monster ratings. Sanders had a solid hour to try to reach people not favorably inclined to his ...

Nigel Farage and ‘The Rise of Populism’

Opinion

A mood of populism is rising across the globe. One man, Nigel Farage is leading the groundswell. Some Americans are not familiar with his work, but many have at least heard of the term “Brexit” from a news source. This term is used to describe how citizens across the Atlantic in Great ...

Three community stalwarts receive overdue honors

Editorials

Oftentimes, we do not find out how much people are doing for the community until they are introduced when receiving long-overdue community honors. Such was the case with three community stalwarts who were deservedly honored at the recent Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds ...

They’ve only just begun

Opinion

Objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building in Washington and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being read and interpreted through mostly biased eyes. Democrats, who had counted on Mueller to prove that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, were initially as ...

Mueller report offers little in black and white

Opinion

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but we live in a time when everything is supposed to be black and white. The weird, incestuous relationship between the media and the political parties incentivizes combatants to take positions on the 1-yard lines, if not in the end zones. But what if — and bear ...

Rural broadband infrastructure key for Northern Tier

Editorials

Infrastructure improvements used to be code language for work needed on streets and highways and modernization of water and sewer capabilities. It still stands for that. But where the most rural portions of our region are concerned, the need for broadband internet service is the top ...

Barr on spying: If it occurred here, we need to know

Editorials

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this past week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Electronic monitoring program shows positive signs

Editorials

Five years ago, facing a major, costly prison overcrowding problem, Lycoming County instituted a reentry program that essentially trimmed the prison population by using alternative means for those facing court penalties. The program has not been an unqualified success. It has its critics. It ...

3 students take caring further

Editorials

Jersey Shore teacher Karen Fausnaught recently asked her students to answer this question: Who are your hometown heroes and how can we tell their story? Three girls, Ariah Butler, Breanna Porter and Emma Kauffman, read of local homelessness and the work the American Rescue Workers do ...

Hazardous to our health?

Opinion

With more than 30 years of experience in family medicine under my belt – I started my career as a physician assistant before becoming a practicing physician – my training as a physician was living proof of the old adage, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Before I completed my ...

The Rockefeller Brothers’ anti-Semitism shows itself

Opinion

Family legacy is a cherished value in the United States. Everyone at some point in their lives wants to understand and acknowledge the history of their ancestors. Everybody wants to know where and who they came from and how they might be successful in continuing a family legacy. Not all family ...

Why President Trump keeps winning on the immigration issue

Opinion

President Donald Trump’s proposal for sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is supported by 46% of voters nationwide, according to a ScottRasmussen.com national survey, which showed 54% are opposed. Despite this tepid support, raising the issue is likely to benefit the ...

Kiss horrified the elites

Opinion

WASHINGTON — I have a confession to make. I’m a member of the Kiss Army. In 1976, I bought my first Kiss album. I loved the rock band’s makeup and crazy characters, and quickly I was hooked. I had Kiss posters, Kiss action figures, a Kiss lunchbox, and on Halloween I dressed up in a ...

Cutting in line, Part 2: Breaking bad on immigration

Opinion

Domenic Troisi arrived in America May 2, 1907, like 5,000 people a day, steaming into Ellis Island. He left behind an economically starved Naples, Italy, and looked to America for a better life. He earned that better life, helping raise and feed the rest of his family on New York City’s ...

Assange must face trial in United States

Editorials

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...

A lightly-regarded asset may lure industry to area

Editorials

Infrastructure is the poor stepchild of economic development. We all want new business, new industry and the new jobs that are the stuff of economic development. But having the proper infrastructure intact to service that new business or industry is not something people focus on or deem an ...

Flooding the sanctuary zones

Opinion

In the category of Mad magazine’s “scenes we’d like to see,” comes President Trump’s threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to ...

Rescue border towns, taxpayers with ‘remain in Mexico’

Opinion

President Donald Trump scored a win on Friday when a federal appeals court gave a temporary green light to the president’s “remain in Mexico” program. The idea is to keep asylum seekers south of the border until they get their day in court. It’s urgently needed to help border towns such ...