Editorials

An exemplary man’s mission

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other ...

Two correct steps taken to bolster downtown parking

By virtue of a $4.7 million line of credit arrangement that is being shared with River Valley Transit, the Williamsport Parking Authority recently announced it will be keeping its parking rates the same for the next year. A savings of $250,000 a year through the 10-year refinancing package is ...

United States should offer help

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

Grant important to house domestic violence victims

The YWCA very effectively provides housing for domestic violence victims through its Liberty House program. But the organization is looking for additional residential units, which probably underscores the depth of the domestic violence crisis in this and other areas. The Lycoming County ...

We should all celebrate the day a promise was kept

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebration by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, which is observed annually on June 19, this past Wednesday. It is a celebration of ...

Kudo’s to Farrell: Award underscores exemplary work

The U.S. Department of Education is correctly stubborn in giving out its National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards. It gave out 340 blue ribbons to private and public schools this year for exceptional academics, arts and athletic achievements, predominately to schools in areas with at ...

State must resist getting reckless with budget

The state’s economy is as strong as it has been in years, leading to tax collections of $800 million above budgeted revenue projections in the current budget year. That should make passage of a new state budget easier than normal, correct? Well, sort of. Unfortunately, Gov. Tom Wolf has ...

City deserves full answers on Park Avenue plan info

The city of Williamsport is paying $82,280 for a report meant to market the Park Avenue plan for future development. The minimum expectation of Ingalls Planning and Design, of Fairport, New York, would be that the report is informationally complete and accurate. But city codes officers who ...

Johnson caps his dreams for others in perfect message

Alize Johnson had dreams as a child. But unlike most people, his dreams were not limited to himself. He had dreams that involved others. And once he realized his big dream of making it to the National Basketball Association last summer, he started working to use his financial benefits to ...

Tuition exchange of 2 colleges only enhances an asset

With two quality colleges within its borders, Williamsport has a unique asset in Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. That’s doubly true when they join forces. The schools recently announced plans for a tuition exchange program which will benefit dependents of ...

40 naturalized citizens starting a special life

We are always heartened and energized by local naturalization ceremonies. The recent ceremony in which 40 people officially became citizens of the United States during ceremonies at the federal court in Williamsport is no exception. At a time when America has a crisis at its southern border ...

No need to tarnish the gas impact fee with severance tax

The natural gas industry has paid $1.7 billion in impact fees to the state in Pennsylvania since 2012. It also has asked for and received zero dollars in state funding to finance its drilling efforts, which in turn have led to jobs, a valuable export for the state and lower energy rates for ...

We must examine mental health policies before gun control

The mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians — while futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his supervisor ...

Mimimum wage dance: This time, a modest hike doable

It’s like clockwork. The month is June, the state budget is being negotiated and a hike in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is a bargaining chip. Pennsylvania is one of 21 states with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. All of the neighboring states have a higher minimum wage. Thanks to the ...

Voting system update understood; the state should have funded it

After watching the national embarrassment Florida brought on itself with questionable voting counts in several elections over the past two decades, there is no quarreling with efforts to make sure that does not happen in Pennsylvania. To that end, the state has mandated that all counties ...

Gift ban legislation long overdue for state lawmakers

Most states limit the amount of gifts lawmakers can take from lobbyists and others. Pennsylvania does not have such a limit. But it should. Pennsylvania’s lawmakers’ newly filed ethics forms show they accepted more than $83,000 in free trips in 2018 and collected a variety of gifts, ...

East Third-Mulberry street parcels finally ripe for development

They have been sitting there for years — two vacant parcels at East Third and Mulberry Streets very near the heart of downtown Williamsport. While center city has seen a host of developments in the past decade, only grass has grown on these two properties. The circumstances that make ...

Those seeking high office must not compromise nation

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

High school grads carry future hopes

We’ve just witnessed the annual rite of passage at school stadiums across the county. Hundreds of local young people were awarded high school diplomas, a major step in the transition to adulthood. We’re so proud of them — all of them, not just the star athletes and most talented artists ...

Rare earth threat reminder of our shortsighted policies

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...