Opinion

Siren is a short-term tool worth pursuing for Grafius Run area

Editorials

A warning siren won’t solve the flooding problems in the Grafius Run area of Williamsport. But, in the here and now, it’s an idea completely worth pursuing. Members of the City Council Public Safety Committee want to see whether it is feasible for a siren to be used again, as it was in ...

A rerun of the ‘Da Vinci’ Kook

Opinion

Dan Brown, the author of “The DaVinci Code,” is back with another blockbuster anti-religion novel, and CBS “Sunday Morning” rolled out the red carpet on Oct. 1 to honor him and his massive commercial success. The segment began with what he called his “fortress of gratitude” — his ...

The weird odyssey of Trump’s travel bans

Opinion

The weird odyssey of President Donald Trump’s travel bans continues. The original ban, signed as an executive order Jan. 27, barred absolutely all immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The countries had actually been chosen by the State Department of former ...

Failure to warn customers of identity theft risk inexcusable

Editorials

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has ...

Extremists determined to lose next elections

Opinion

Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

Extremists determined to lose next elections

Opinion

Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

County prison issues need more debate, a long-term answer

Editorials

Lycoming County prison population, incarceration costs and crime statistics aren’t an interesting mix of issues to consider in light of Commissioner Rick Mirabito’s recent comments that the county should consider creating a new prison. The county has spent about $169,000 on housing female ...

Unjust MLB pension rule deprives vet, 95

Opinion

I have no idea whether United States Representative Tom Marino (Republican -- 10th District) will ever be confirmed to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. But while he's still a member of Congress, he can help a decorated war hero named George Yankowski, as well as 500 or so ...

Food for thought

Opinion

I was kicking around an idea to open a new type of restaurant. I’m not entirely sure the concept will work so I thought I’d just put my thoughts down on paper to see how it looks. It’s quite a unique concept. I must say that I’m pretty proud of myself for my “out of the box” ...

GOP majority was hired to do a job; Patience wearing thin

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama and his followers may be forgiven if they are tempted to break into a rendition of “What Comes Next?” a number sung by King George III to the Americans in Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical “Hamilton.” “...even despite our estrangement, I’ve ...

Defining evil

Opinion

Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one “of pure evil.” One definition of “evil” sounds so inadequate in today’s culture: “morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil ...

Will the Supreme Court fall into political thicket?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments tempting it to plunge into an impenetrable political thicket. It will consider a lower court’s ruling that, if allowed to stand, will require the judiciary to determine whether and when partisanship in drawing electoral districts — ...

Highway safety deserves emphasis in projects, habits

Editorials

A Federal Highway Administration official was at the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee meeting last week to talk highway safety. And why not? The state of Pennsylvania sees about 1,200 roadway fatalities annually, a number that has been relatively stable for the ...

We need some fallacy control really soon!

Opinion

Enough is enough. It’s epidemic. It’s dangerous. And the time has come to demand its end. In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, America needs fallacy control. Yes, we must declare war on fallaciousness. Now more than ever, the nation is suffering from an outbreak of ...

Can the government keep us safe?

Opinion

Here we go again. The United States has been rattled to the core by an unspeakable act of evil perpetrated by a hater of humanity. A quiet, wealthy loner rented a hotel suite in Las Vegas, armed it with shooting platforms and automatic weapons, knocked out two of the windows, and shot at ...

MLB Little League Classic gets encore; Don’t stop tweaking

Editorials

The MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport went so well during the Little League World Series in August that it seemed to be only a matter of time until a repeat performance was announced. So it was hardly a shock that Major League Baseball announced recently that the Philadelphia Phillies ...

The overestimation of corporate might

Opinion

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the “Blade Runner” curse. If you’re familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic starring Harrison Ford, constantly reissued in some new “director’s cut” or “special edition,” you’d be forgiven for thinking the “Blade Runner” ...

How we should pray

Opinion

WASHINGTON — One thing we learn from tragedy: That there is always more to come. We experience the death of a loved one, the suicide of a friend, the suffering of a child, and the harshness and pain of the world break in, unannounced and unwelcome. Few have been spared, and then only ...

Tax reform plan critical medicine for all Americans

Editorials

President Trump and the Republican majority in the House and Senate are pushing hard for tax reform by the end of the year that will make the tax form simpler and the amount coming out of every American's pocketbook less. You would think that would be an idea with traction. It's certainly ...

The bias avalanche in Las Vegas

Opinion

“The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.” That was the summary of the horrific end to the country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, with 59 people killed (as we file this) and more than 500 injured. The early network reports were all news, but everyone knew what would ...