Editorials

Probing look into federal prison conditions due

The apparent suicide of rich pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody continues to make headlines. For a time, the murder of vicious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia was big news. But what about the other prisoners who die violently while in ...

Gateway Center about to put a new shine on Lycoming College, city

If physical improvements can enhance a college’s relationship to its city — we think they can — then Lycoming College’s marriage with Williamsport is about to get closer than ever. The college’s new Krapf Gateway Center at the corner of Franklin and East Fourth streets is about 75 ...

An important grant focuses on critical area

When people think of security, the image of police and armed guards may come to mind. But a relatively new form of security professionals is emerging in this technology age, and that’s cybersecurity. To that end, training is happening in our backyard at Pennsylvania College of Technology. A ...

Time to spiff up for world’s best youth sports event

It seems like the year passes quickly and suddenly it’s here, what for many local people is the busiest and best week of the year. We’re talking about the annual Little League World Series, which brings a host of visitors and the eyes of the world to watch teams of talented youngsters on ...

Bus passes make Wise Options better

The YWCA’s Wise Options for Women program served 1,147 adults and children in 2017-18. It gave victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Lycoming County emergency shelter, a crisis hotline, legal advocacy, counseling and prevention education. But in return, ...

What makes mass murderers? We need to find out

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding, as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has, that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick, is ...

We pray for peace in our town, in our nation, in our world

Some 50 people gathered Thursday night in Williamsport to send up prayers. We would like to think that number would be multiplied a hundredfold and more with silent and group prayers across our town, across our state, across all of the land over which we all wander, for “there, but for the ...

Difficult soul searching needed in violent times

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

An exceptional, diverse brotherhood team

With its honorees, the 2019 Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance dinner connected leadership, teamwork and brotherhood in an exceptional way. The value of sports as a conductor of all those things was an overriding theme of the evening, starting with keynote speaker Frank Girardi, longtime ...

Three government buildings in need of some decisions

It makes sense. It’s probably overdue. And it’s never too late to do the right thing. The Lycoming County Commissioners have announced plans to sell the Executive Plaza at 330 Pine St. in Williamsport. The building houses county services as well as some private tenants. It includes ...

For the good of everyone, stand up, be counted

Stand up and be counted — for the good of the place where you live. We are speaking of the upcoming national Census scheduled for 2020. To be frank, Lycoming County has been an inadequate participant in the Census, to its detriment. Its non-response rate is 24.1 percent. Based on the ...

Election systems control should be kept by states

U.S. senators were told recently that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

Budget shows state public education priority being met

Schoolbells will be ringing again in just a few weeks. With the state budget of $33.9 billion now peacefully passed, the money to pay for those public schools, their operations, their administrators, their teachers and other staff is set. And it’s a lot, more than most states. A total ...

Time for kindness, a walk, a night out; time for community to come together

“Senseless.” What an appropriate word, said by a Market Street man, for what has been happening of late in Williamsport, where there have been four shootings in a two-week period. In one of these senseless acts, on July 24 on West Fourth Street, a 37-year-old man was shot and killed ...

Kudos to Congress for STEM bill for military vets

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. Among those pushing for the measure, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. ...

Re-entry website is one more addition to rehab toolbox

When people break the law and are convicted of crimes, they are punished. That’s as it should be. The best possible outcome following that is that the offender serves their time and becomes rehabilitated during their penal phase to the point where they are worthy of a second chance. That, ...

Borough, township correctly look to streamline police

We traditionally favor streamlining, consolidating and sharing services among municipalities as a means of saving money and improving efficiency by publicly funded entities. The latest steps being taken regarding police in the Jersey Shore area and Old Lycoming Township are no ...

Broadband access key to region’s future

For most of us, the days of slow- to no-broadband internet access ended long ago. But in significant portions of Lycoming County and other parts of our region, there is no broadband service. A recent public meeting to develop strategies for expanding broadband service in our region drew 36 ...

Where was ‘MeToo’ with regard to Epstein?

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is among the sleaziest of perverts, if federal authorities are to be believed. Given his 2008 guilty plea to charges he had sex with minors in Florida, there is no reason to discount charges he faces now in New York. Outrage already has been expressed over the ...

40 years of Free Enterprise Week inspires students

Williamsport, we have guests! About 400 high school students from across the state have been in town each week from early July until early August — and they have been different students each week. Their purpose? To attend a business camp offered mainly on the campus of Lycoming College, ...