Opinion

City residency law: Design it to attract the best applicants

Editorials

The city of Williamsport’s residency requirement for employees has been changed so many times in the past 18 months that City Council has decided to scrap and devise a new one. That’s a sound decision that gives the city’s elected leaders an opportunity to come up with a residency ...

State lacks tourism resources

Opinion

Pennsylvania is a hidden gem for tourism. While the state offers rich history, scenic four seasons, resorts and attractions, we struggle to effectively market our assets due to our severe lack of tourism funding. Every one of our surrounding states can present a substantial marketing war ...

Faith must be partner in battle against opioid epidemic

Opinion

As people of faith, we cannot ignore the growing heroin and opioid crisis that engulfs our nation. The statistics are sobering. In 2016, Pennsylvania coroners and medical examiners reported more than 4,600 drug-related overdose deaths. That's nearly 13 people every day. Thousands more ...

Infrastructure work is a win-win proposition

Editorials

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We fret over ...

Trump’s distorted idea of patriotism

Opinion

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s latest scam is to accuse his critics of being unpatriotic, and to encourage the old gimmick of conspicuous flag-waving. He alleges that Democrats who at his first State of the Union Address declined to stand up or clap for his self-aggrandizing applause ...

Black History Month – numbers matter

Opinion

Carter G. Woodson, noted scholar, historian and educator, created “Negro History Week” in 1926, which became Black History Month in 1976. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Americans ...

NASA should get on SpaceX waiting list for rocket

Editorials

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

Yes, throw a parade

Opinion

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue — one of President Donald Trump’s fondest desires. Trump was, understandably, impressed in a visit to France last July by the pageantry of the Bastille Day parade. The ...

Reminders that in China, life is a job

Opinion

“Vita est lavorum.” That’s Latin for “Life is a job.” I didn’t learn that in school or even from a book. I learned that from Father Guido Sarducci. For younger readers, that name may draw a blank. Father Guido wasn’t a real person. He was a fictional priest played by comedian ...

Baker, Hanna leave legacy of excellence in style, substance

Editorials

For more than 25 years, state Rep. Matt Baker has been representing much of the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. He was re-elected 13 times by his constituents from Tioga, Potter and Bradford counties. That should tell you a lot about how well he has represented a large portion of our region. But ...

The book against transgender extremism

Opinion

When secular leftists express frustration at how practicing Catholics (their humble servants) and evangelicals could have ever voted for Donald Trump, the first thing they refuse to concede is the horror of the alternative. They refuse to admit that Hillary Clinton clearly, forthrightly stood ...

Writing Pennsylvania’s next chapter

Opinion

In his fourth budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf challenged lawmakers to write "a story about a brighter future we can build together." Nice rhetoric, but the truth is, the strides Pennsylvania has made in recent years have come despite Wolf's opposition, not because of his support. Public ...

Sidewalk project hopefully a sign of things to come

Editorials

In an era when grants come in millions of dollars, a $180,000 grant for a sidewalk project does not seem significant. But a $180,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development grant to Lycoming County was a big deal for a couple of reasons. The money is part of a $243,167 ...

Take the ‘Racist Xenophobe’ Quiz

Opinion

Which alleged “racist xenophobe” made these statements about illegal immigration? “Those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law, and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into ...

A major difference between 2010 and 2018

Opinion

Republicans are understandably nervous about the parallels between the 2010 midterm elections that brought them to power and the 2018 midterms where Democrats envision a return to power. Eight years ago, a polarizing president was facing his first midterm election. Progressives and ...

Four years out not too early for Thruway study

Editorials

The Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project won’t be completed for four more years. But the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Technical Committee is hoping to start a land use and transportation impact study soon to see how the Thruway will affect land use and transportation in ...

Rebellion in the party of law and order

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party once was acclaimed as the staunch defender of law and order by the likes of Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. But now it finds itself engaged in a civil war over Donald Trump’s Justice Department and the FBI. The dichotomy is demonstrated ...

Gentry liberals own Democratic Party

Opinion

Amid the brouhahas about the Nunes memo and immigration, an item from Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business caught my eye. Demographers crunching census data estimate that Chicago’s black population fell to 842,000, while its white non-Hispanic population increased to 867,000. National ...

FBI attempt to block Nunes memo scandalous

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Washington is debating the significance of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, but this much should not be debatable: The effort by the FBI to prevent its release was scandalous. The ostensible reason for suppressing the memo was that it was ...