Editorials

For city taxpayers, a familiar movie script replays itself

City residents – and property owners in particular – know the script well by now. Taxes are going up by 0.75 mills of real estate in 2019, which amounts to $75 for every $100,000 in property assessment. And the work force is being reduced by four police, two codes workers and one ...

Whether roads, bridges or bike paths, Murawski played a vital role

When Mark Murawski interviewed for the vacant Lycoming County transportation planner position 32 years ago, he did not have a lot of tangible qualifications to offer. He jokes that he had a valid driver’s license and could read a map. That was about it. Apparently, Murawski is a quick ...

Retired police chief: A lifetime protecting – and teaching people

Robert Hetner recently retired as South Williamsport police chief, ending a law enforcement odyssey that began at the age of 19 as a South Williamsport School District police officer. In the middle of that odyssey he spent 20 years as a social studies teacher in the East Lycoming School ...

Golf contract delay signals setup needs 2019 turning point

The Lycoming County Commissioners last week delayed renewing the contract with Billy Casper Golf to manage the White Deer Golf Complex until this week. The delay of the three-year contract – and comments surrounding it – seem to signal at the very least that 2019 looms as the year the ...

Thankfully, Bower League basketball finds needed home

Count us among those thrilled – and somewhat relieved – to find out the John H. Bower Sunday School Basketball League has found a new home for this season. The league, for a time, was without a place to play its games with the removal of basketball courts at the Liberty Arena over the ...

Make changes, but don’t sacrifice nation’s dedicated miners

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

An unfair holiday shopping strategy regarding local stores

ays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should inspect various types, the adviser suggested. One ...

Vote check upgrade correct settlement of 2016 lawsuit

A suit filed in 2016 by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein seeking recounts of the presidential votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan struck as sour grapes. The lawsuit accused Pennsylvania of violating the constitutional rights of voters because the voting machines were ...

Regionalized fire protection required for county’s future

Amen. That was our first reaction to a call by Williamsport Fire Chief Todd Heckman last week for City Council to explore regionalization of fire protection with volunteer departments. We have been begging for regionalization of county or at least Greater Williamsport firefighting ...

Missing the point in conflict between Trump and media

So Jim Acosta of CNN – courtesy of the courts – has his hard pass that allows him access to the White House and the unfettered ability to cover the president of the United States back. It's another win for the First Amendment and freedom of speech – which we will always applaud. The ...

Education answer lies in priority shift, not more funding

The school and community leaders who met last week in a summit focused on funding for public schools got their message half correct. Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and leader of the summit, said both Pennsylvania and the nation are ...

George H.W. Bush: Broad legacy sewn through public service

As president, George H.W. Bush promised to make America a "kinder, gentler" nation. How fitting. Former President Bush, who died Friday at age 94, was a kinder, gentler kind of leader. That was his way. And public service was his vocation. He was a World War II hero as a pilot who ...

Casey – why not? – dips toes into Dem presidential race

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is putting Pennsylvania on the 2020 political map by floating the idea he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. Of course, Pennsylvania was already a presidential hot spot for the 2020. It’s considered a must-have state by both major political ...

Solution to shameful caravan chaos is overdue legislation

People in the caravan at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, threw rocks at border agents and attempted to breach a fence on Sunday. They were turned away with tear gas as tensions escalated. So, it turns out reports of an invading caravan of people seeking to overtake the nation's border ...

City parks donor sets example for others to follow

The city of Williamsport has an anonymous donor willing to establish a legacy fund with a $263,000 gift that would benefit the city's parks. There are specific items on the list of benefits, such as re-establishing the pool house at East End as a recreational center with arts and ...

The details reveal difficulty of city’s 2019 budget puzzle

The pertinent numbers on the Campana administration's proposed city budget for 2019 are in and they none of them are pretty. The budget calls for another tax increase, this time 0.65 mills on real estate. The budget calls for four fewer policemen. And even with those less than savory ...

‘Click it or Ticket’ could literally be a life and death matter

Just about everyone who has ever gotten a traffic ticket has felt – at least for a little while – that surely, there was something better that the police could be doing with their time than picking on little ol' you. Well, sometimes – just like when your parents did it and many of you ...

When warranted, police, prosecutors deserve stiff penalties

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

The Lycoming County property reassessment: No fun, but necessary

Lycoming County's proposed 2019 budget includes a lot of expensive projects, the worth of which can be debated. But the $1 million set aside to begin a reassessment of properties in the county is warranted. The total cost of the reassessment is estimated at about $3 million, and the revised ...

Saudi decision not as simple as human life vs. economy

President Trump declared this week he would not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He made it clear he values the benefits of good relations with the kingdom in that consideration, even as there is a possibility that Saudi Arabia’s crown ...