Editorials

Dems’ rejection of Trump’s compromise makes shutdown theirs

Democrat leaders in Congress, spurred on by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made it clear they do not care how long the partial shutdown of government continues, as long as they get their way: no money for a physical barrier along the nation’s southern border. Never mind ...

Nine women walk toward transition to a better life

Nine women took a really important walk last week. They were all from the Transitional Living Center and were taking a graduation walk celebrating their completion of a program titled “Rewards,” a mentoring program in a group setting geared to helping the women break negative cycles and ...

For Park Avenue area, open house evidence that overdue plan is brewing

The Park Avenue neighborhood has been in need of revitalization for years. So there is a certain amount of anticipation to the open house planned from 5 to7 p.m. Wednesday at the YMCA, 641 Walnut St., to discuss a stabilization plan for the neighborhood. The neighborhood in question runs ...

Dr. King’s path to history – we need more of it today

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. – respecting the substance of people over any external characteristics – is sorely in need of emulation these days. On this day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we need to remember not just the legacy of King but the key elements of it. He drove the ...

Compromise may be path to progress in Wolf’s second term

Gov. Tom Wolf said all the right things at his inaugural address kicking off his second term Tuesday. But the most important words may have come from his political counterpart, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Brockway Republican. Scarnati commented that Wolf has evolved into a ...

City pump station sales to agency need public airing

The city is close to selling two pump houses near the West Branch of the Susquehanna River for $1 million, fulfilling some of Mayor Gabriel J. Campana's stated plan to sell some of its property for money to prevent future tax increases. But the city is not selling the property to a private ...

Lycoming County’s $164,000 question is about to be answered

The Lycoming County commissioners have a $164,000 question: How well is the county run, generally and financially, and what could be changed to make it better in the future? We are guessing taxpayers want to hear those answers too. And those answers are coming very soon. The commissioners ...

Hoops at Memorial Park a good thing; Execution shaky

The concrete is curing. The basketball hoops are coming back to Memorial Park. We are glad for that. We never thought they should have been removed five years ago over drug-related activities. The city needs all the positive recreation activity locations it can get for its youth. We ...

As long as it’s fair, tight monitoring of gas well fees legit

Some 17 shale gas producers took one on the chin recently from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court ruled against them in a dispute centered on what counts as a "stripper well" or a well that is nearing the end of its life. Such wells are exempt from annual impact fees paid to areas ...

Agendas of Wolf, local lawmakers portend dual result

Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda priorities don’t usually match up well with most of our local lawmakers. It appears the trend will continue in 2019. Lawmakers do share the governor’s determination to fight the opioid epidemic. State Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Republican representing much of our ...

Gas distribution takes another hit in Maryland ruling

Distribution prospects for natural gas in the Mid-Atlantic states took a hit recently when Maryland officials rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would have carried natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It was a win for environmentalists ...

New chamber head understands future county challenge

The new president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is already headed in the correct direction by simply understanding the overarching challenge for Lycoming County's future. Frankly, it is a math problem. And Jason C. Fink summed it up quite well in an interview in this past ...

LERTA, reassessment both are needed to bolster tax base

There is general agreement among local public officials that the Lycoming County tax base - particularly in the city - would benefit greatly from increased commercial and public development. And there also is a consensus that Lycoming County is overdue for a property tax reassessment to make ...

City zoning change may help one development plan, hopefully others

Williamsport’s central business district is getting bigger. At least on paper. City Council last week approved elongating the central business district from Hepburn Street along West Third and Second streets, west to Center Street. The zoning map amendment will help a builder, Herman ...

11 Turnpike toll hikes in a row – payoff not obvious

For the 11th year in a row, motorists' tolls on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up. So that's more than a decade of annual increases to drive the turnpike. The tolls went up 6 percent starting Sunday, meaning for passenger vehicles traveling the length of the Turnpike the ...

A little reason would go a long way for Gov. Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf has some big-ticket items on his shopping list of potential goals in his second term. They include an increase in the minimum wage, expansion of background checks on firearms purchases, overhaul of how public schools are funded and imposition of a tax on Marcellus Shale ...

Impeachment fever comes quickly for some House Dems

Newly adorned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may find her greatest challenge is not working with Republicans but rather getting her fellow Democrats to unite around common sense initiatives that improve the country and the party's election scenario two years from now. The applause from her ...

State’s repeat DUI offenders get overdue tougher penalties

The penalty for chronic offenders of Pennsylvania’s driving under the influence laws just got stiffer. And well it should. Under a long-overdue revision passed by the Legislature in October and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, the legal consequences for some repeat offenders of DUI laws add up to ...

Barr would restore much-needed integrity to Justice Department

The Department of Justice, under fire often in the past two years, clearly needs a new leader who can command respect from all sides. It needs a leader who can act with the full power of the office behind him but do it in such a way that restores integrity to the department. President ...

Former ‘Y’ building may become viable housing, after all

The former YMCA building in downtown Williamsport may eventually be home to high-end apartments, after all. The former Children's Discovery Workshop portion of the building at West Fourth and Elmira Streets has been in limbo since a demolition accident rendered it unsafe a few years ago and ...