Editorials

Opioid declaration: Right-minded, but execution important

Gov. Tom Wolf has declared the state opioid addiction epidemic a public health emergency, a declaration similar to the designation given a natural disaster. There’s nothing wrong with the 90-day disaster declaration, which automatically widens access to the state’s prescription drug ...

Proposed tax hike in Montoursville needs scrutiny

For most local taxpayers, the school property levy is the largest single bill they pay in a given year. So any school tax increase is not welcome. Increases above the Act 1 index are demoralizing. Montoursville Area School District’s real estate tax millage is at 14.85 mills, so any ...

Immigration reform rests on partnering DACA and security

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House eight days ago to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Myths about to give way to reality on tax reform plan

In just a couple weeks, the tax cuts and tax reform pushed by President Donald Trump and his administration and passed by Congress will start to show up in paychecks. It will be interesting to track the reception to the real results, particularly in light of the changes being promoted by ...

Dr. King: We need his inspirational methods to progress

Racial equality. Human dignity. Peace. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for whom this day is named, stood for all those things. He did it with his words that still inspire today. He did it with actions that led to change that is having ramifications to this day. Was it enough? Certainly not. ...

Project Bald Eagle goes regional to multiply its impact

The opioid epidemic that has cost local families so many lives and futures was never just a Williamsport problem. It was never just a Lycoming County problem. It is a national problem. So the announcement that Project Bald Eagle – the local non-profit organization that has evolved from ...

Tax reform bill doesn’t impinge on ability to give to charitable needs

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Add state agencies to the claims list on sexual misconduct

The numbers are in on Pennsylvania state government and alleged sexual harassment and they are every bit as discomforting as first thought. Pennsylvania state government agencies fielded 339 reports of alleged sexual harassment over a recent five-year period. Gov. Tom Wolf’s ...

Rivertown label must be impetus for more activity

The city of Williamsport was officially designated as a Rivertown by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership at last week’s City Council meeting. The designation should come as no surprise to anyone in our region who gets to see daily evidence of the connection between the city and the ...

City sidewalks: Need for work understood, but patience is vital

Williamsport is an old city with old properties and old sidewalks. Many of the older properties were blighted and, since 2008, the city has reduced those numbers from 188 to 12. The administration of Mayor Gabriel J. Campana is now trying to repeat that success regarding sidewalks. Many ...

Commissioners set decisions on two hot-button issues

The Lycoming County Commissioners are hinting they will handle two hot potato issues before the first month of 2018 ends – the future of the White Deer Golf Complex and a new re-entry contract. In the case of the golf complex, it has been a community asset for decades, giving golfers in our ...

Iranians demanding social, economic reform need backing

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

Elections destined to be an important part of this year

An important part of 2018 will be elections. That's inevitable, given the offices that are at stake. Every Congressional seat is up for grabs. State Assembly seats are up for grabs. The governor's seat is being decided this year. That means this is a year of referendums for voters in our ...

Don’t let Kim portray United States as villain in North Korea situation

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

County government has big real estate questions in 2018

Lycoming County government owns a courthouse in Williamsport, which is pretty standard for a county seat. It also owns a Third Street Plaza across the street in one direction and an Executive Plaza across an alley in another direction, and the Lysock View complex off Warrensville Road. Does ...

Sidewalk upheaval: Need understood, timing questionable

We understand why the leaders of city government want to institute a sidewalk inspection program along with a plan to upgrade sidewalks throughout Williamsport. Williamsport is an older city, with deteriorating sidewalks in many neighborhoods that can lead to falls and other accidents, along ...

Visitors bureau shift to fee-based model needed step

The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau is now allowing access to its services through a fee-based model. That will allow businesses and non-profit organizations that are not members of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce to access the bureau's services. The recently announced move ...

Olympic sex harassment case points to the need for accountability

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Numbers favor Trump’s proposals for illegal immigration crackdown

Critics of President Donald Trump’s various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. Judging by the ...

2018: To do better, we can start with mutual respect

We can do better. Our hope is that all of us are waking up this New Year’s morning with that understanding. The year just past was not one to be proud of for any of us concerned with the human condition. When the top story of the year is judged to be sexual misconduct, that’s strong ...