Editorials

Regional police get vote of confidence from misunderstanding

The prospect of losing local police coverage drew a lot of concern from Porter Township residents, who turned up at the latest supervisors’ meeting. It turns out Porter Township supervisors were not looking to withdraw the township from the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police ...

Don’t forget losses to Virgin Islands from hurricanes

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But let’s not forget about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse ...

Brace for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Overdue dissection could produce state budget solution

We have lost track of how many times we have asked in this space that the state budget be examined line item by line item before its size and the taxes needed to support it are increased. Faced with a $2.2 billion budget gap for the belated 2017-18 budget, the Republican majority in the state ...

YWCA leader leaves with an enduring legacy

Diane Glenwright retired as CEO of the YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania last week after 16 years. But she really did not leave. The programs and services she guided from birth to sustainability on behalf of women in this region remain. The building she transformed from deterioration to a ...

The ride helps us remember what we must never forget

With the roar of the motorcycles, we remember. As the flags blow stiff in the wind behind the cycles, we remember. And onlookers to the 17th 9/11 Memorial Coalition ride waved their flags back. As the sun set gently on Monday, the ride forced us all to remember what we should never ...

Region gets boost in bus and air transport menu

The transportation portfolio of the region got a big boost on two fronts recently. A new carrier, Fullington, took over out-of-town bus service that Susquehanna Trailways recently dropped. The company also will take over operations at the bus terminal on Church Street. Fullington's takeover ...

Haley’s statements on North Korea: More truth than hyperbole

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said last Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea ...

Education most vital part of new school in Montoursville

It is not your father’s Montoursville Area High School anymore. When the new school year dawned, administrators, teachers, children and parents walked into a much different Montoursville Area High School. After years of planning and often contentious debate, a sharply renovated ...

Trump is correct to be concerned with Venezuela chaos

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Area gets closeup for industry at the best possible time

When it comes to being a business and industry prospect, Lycoming County had its closeup on the closing weekend of the Little League World Series. The Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, along with officials from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, hosted site ...

Tough love working to reduce blighted property in city

Call it tough love. The city of Williamsport can fine a property owner as much as $1,000 per building code violation. Those violations range from broken windows to holes in the roof, siding that is falling off, porch or structural deficiencies, electrical dangers and other safety ...

The unthinkable – shooting a judge – should prompt review

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting Monday of Jefferson County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

On this Labor Day, remember the skills that make a worker

On this Labor Day, unemployment is at a 16-year low, according to the most recent labor statistics. So there is that positive to reflect as many of us enjoy a holiday respite and celebrate what we do for a living. The lower unemployment number can be read many ways, particularly depending ...

Rally a shining example of what unity looks like

It doesn’t take a lot of bigoted people to stain a nation. That much we learned from the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. But a crowd of any size that has peace-building and unity in mind can turn the momentum in the other direction. That was evident at Brandon Park, where a crowd of ...

Rally a shining example of what unity looks like

It doesn’t take a lot of bigoted people to stain a nation. That much we learned from the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. But a crowd of any size that has peace-building and unity in mind can turn the momentum in the other direction. That was evident at Brandon Park, where a crowd of ...

Navy looks to solve reasons for multiple mishaps recently

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the recent collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. Officials already have ...

In time of extreme need, give to help victims of Harvey

Until further notice, the United States has a sixth Great Lake. It’s called Harvey. It’s located off the eastern coastline of Texas and the southern coast of Louisiana. Such is the scope of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Harvey, which has dumped rainfall of biblical proportions on ...

National emergency opioid declaration needs willing partners

President Trump is declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency," which puts a proportionate label on the crisis that we believe people in our region would accept as accurate. The president promised to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. The problem is certainly one ...

Tough police calls coming for leaders of borough, township

Porter Township leaders have decided they no longer can afford police coverage from the nearby Jersey Shore police department. The borough spent $528,000 on police coverage this year, with $227,000 of those costs paid for by Porter Township. With that decision, Porter Township is losing ...