BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Editorials

Kidman gets it right on supporting process – and gets condemned

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring to buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country ...

Two cases show depth of drug epidemic in area

The details of two drug cases prosecuted locally last week gave a picture of just how omnipresent and developed the illegal drug trade is in our area. The U.S. Attorney's offices indicted 11 people in federal court for a heroin distribution network that has been operating in Williamsport and ...

City Council keeps same direction in ever-tougher role

As the year began, Williamsport City Council reorganized and re-elected Jonathan Williamson as council president and Randall J. Allison as vice president. The action came without comment, but, intended or not, it said a lot. It left the message that council, as a group, is comfortable with ...

Marino tries again with three bills that make common sense

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, is trying again in the new Congress. He is reintroducing three common sense bills intended, in his words, to refocus Washington. The bills deal with issues of term limits, single-subject legislation and ...

Health care solution: If it’s hasty, all boxes must be checked

Haste makes waste, it has been said. In Washington, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. But as long as the replacement is available to everyone simultaneously, the new majority should go forth with the effort. As its ...

New majority must bring new tone to Washington’s way

Many elected officials in Washington who represent the conservative Republican portion of Congress are getting a rare opportunity in the next two years. They are in control of the House, Senate and White House. With that control comes great responsibility, and  the new power base is starting ...

Government ethics are supposed to be a nonpartisan concern

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

Local lawmakers have correct state agenda, tough task

The area’s state lawmakers raised their hands at swearing-in ceremonies in the Capitol last week. They will now need, figuratively speaking, those hands, their backs and anything else they can muster to help with the heavy lifting ahead for state government. For starters, there is a state ...

School property tax elimination plan: Discuss cautiously

School property tax collections in Pennsylvania this fiscal year likely will amount to $13 to $14 billion. That's a lot of textbooks, technology, pensions and salaries that need to be funded. There yet another movement afoot this legislative session to eliminate that school property tax and ...

HHopefully, Everett’s top position will speed bay cleanup

State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region in the Legislature, was elected last week as chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The commission matters a lot in these parts, because it oversees cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, a very necessary environmental ...

Judge Smith left far-reaching mark on county courts

Lycoming County has been very fortunate for decades to have fair-minded, quality judges rendering decisions from its courtrooms. Clinton W. Smith, who died recently after a lengthy battle with cancer, certainly fit into that category. Judge Smith, who served significant time as president ...

Apparently, lots of Washington didn’t get message of election

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Dems empty Cabinet blockage plan would delay business of the people

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

County pay hike must come with different mindset attached

The Lycoming County Commissioners last week approved a pay raise for county employees. It was a modest one – 1 percent for everyone, with an additional 1.5 percent pending evaluation. Our guess is that means a 2.5 percent pay hike for most county employees. Given that there was no pay ...

State should be careful about cuts to KOZ program

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation last summer expanding the Keystone Opportunity Zone program. Six months later, Pennsylvania is throttling back on one of its signature economic development programs. Wolf's administration sent out rejection letters recently to Philadelphia, Coatesville and ...

Good riddance, 2016

WASHINGTON — Viewing 2016 in retrospect — doing so is unpleasant, but less so than was living through it — the year resembles a china shop after a visit from an especially maladroit bull. Because a law says “the state of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the ...

Obama leaves big scars with Israel for Trump to heal

Fortunately, Israeli officials and citizens have been well aware for several years that President Barack Obama is no friend of the Jewish state. They also understand that in about two weeks, Obama will be out of the White House. That will leave President-elect Donald Trump, the State ...

Another year brings hit at pump – and results too subtle

Part of the New Year noise in Pennsylvania included an 8-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax hike, which went into effect Sunday. While it is not mandatory, the gasoline station where you fell 'er up almost certainly passed that wholesale gasoline tax onto you, so the price at the pump probably went ...

For Wolf, lawmakers, state budget answers are on ledger sheet

In his third year, Gov. Tom Wolf is, for the first time, giving lawmakers a proposed state budget that does not include a major sales or income tax increase. That’s the good news. Wolf is taking this changing strategy as a $1.7 billion budget deficit looms, tax collections are lagging and ...

Lycoming County grant needs compete with state budget woes

Lycoming County officials have made some pretty ambitious grant requests to the state to fulfill some major agenda items in the future. They have asked for $5 million toward the Williamsport flood levee certification project, which carries a projected cost of $10 million. They are seeking ...