Editorials

Recertifying levee: Runaway costs with hazy payment plan

The cost of recertifying the levee in Williamsport is closing in on $2 million. And that, unfortunately, is just the start. The cost of repairing crosspipes in the levee will push the project cost to $8 million. Other costs – replacement of an “I” wall with a T-shaped wall on the ...

Heroin network leader gets lengthy, necessary sentence

The mastermind for a regionwide heroin distribution network was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison last week. The tale told through Kalif English’s words prior to sentencing as well as the indictment that led to his conviction is scary and instructive. English grew up fatherless on ...

The McSally experience: Long past time for this type of horror to end

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated ...

River Valley Transit: A 50-year template of practical success

The city of Williamsport took the unusual step in 1968 to purchase the Williamsport Bus Co. for $75,000 and establish a municipality-run transit system. It was considered quite a gamble at the time. The intervening five decades have shown countless examples of government takeovers on the ...

North Korea: Trust, but verify has never been more important

The thoughtful among President Donald Trump’s severest critics have had to join with his supporters in giving him a thumbs-up for walking away from a summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un several days ago. Trump was right to refuse to be the newest chump in North Korea’s ...

Alize Johnson’s gift shows he – and his heart – remember

Alize Johnson’s road to the National Basketball Association started on the hard courts at Memorial Park. Clearly, he has not forgotten. Even better than his memory is his heart. He announced this week his foundation will give up to $150,000 to construct two NBA-quality courts at Memorial ...

Letting ‘sunshine’ in: It’s tricky, but we’re trying our best

We are in the midst of Sunshine Week. No, we don't mean the weather, though the sunshine these past few days has been nice. The sunshine, in this case, is a journalistic term that refers to letting the daylight in your news. That translates into the truth, as close as we can get to it, ...

School threat system: First-month numbers show the necessity

Pennsylvania is the first state to implement a school threat reporting program that also includes training schools, students, 911 operators and a team that fields calls in the state attorney general's office to properly respond to calls. In the first month of the program, the system received ...

Brown’s aborted presidential bid a Dem alarm bell

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats nationwide as an alarm ...

‘Spoofing’ bill to end phone harassment must be passed by Congress

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

The other crisis – national debt – that no one fixes

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. Consider just one aspect of the debt: Federal government spending totals about $4.4 trillion a year. Of that amount, more than ...

Gateway project finally includes first major work

If you like true redevelopment – when ideas blossom into visual progress - your time is near regarding the changes east of Market Street known as the East Third Street/Old City Gateway Revitalization Project. More than $6 million in construction on areas east of Market Street is scheduled ...

Bill requiring Megan’s Law registry for sex traffickers overdue

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate that would require offenders convicted of any sex trafficking-related offenses to register with the Megan's Law sex offender registry. The bill would amend the existing law to classify the convictions relating to human trafficking in the ...

U.S. leading producer of oil; where to drill still requires discretion

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures ...

Fiscal change is needed – quickly – for SSHE system

For decades, the State System of Higher Education has been the most financially realistic path to a college education for students in our region. There needs to be fundamental fiscal change – quickly – for that premise to remain true. Leaders of the state-owned university system that ...

CAC marking 25 years of excellence as local destination

A little more than 25 years ago, the Capitol Theater stood on West Fourth Street as a proud monument to Williamsport history – but an uncertain part of its future. The building was no longer a movie-watching destination and was decaying on the inside. But along came an idea to change what ...

Promise-them-anything Dem candidates never seem to promise enough

Promise-them-anything Democrat candidate for president Julian Castro was under fire recently from fellow liberals — for not promising Americans enough. Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, announced last weekend that he is ...

Williamsport seeing rebirth in downtown business activity

There was a time in the 1940s, 50s and 60s when the walking areas of downtown Williamsport were not wide enough to accommodate the numbers of people shopping in the dozens of stores that lined West Fourth and West Third streets and all the connecting thoroughfares. Those days are long ...

It’s time to move to private cameras in Williamsport

In recent weeks in Williamsport, privately owned cameras have been used in the apprehension of violent criminal suspects. We can point to two incidents in January alone in which city police credited the use of cameras in tracking down perpetrators and making arrests. One of those involved ...

Congress must act to protect children from cyber-stalking

On the shrinking list of things most people can agree upon these days is this: Crimes committed by adults against child victims are particularly heinous and should be punished more severely. That's why we join in supporting a bipartisan effort by both of Pennsylvania's senators – Republican ...