Editorials

As caravan nears, it is time Congress solved immigration

Last year, 1.13 million people legally immigrated to the United States. The total is the most of any country – by a lot. The total pretty much matches totals for the past several years. Clearly, there is no resistance to those who want to pursue the legal process of immigration. The problem ...

Political divisions gloss over nation’s booming economy

As is typical of any midterm election season, there was a lot of public campaign hand-wringing in the past couple months that left the impression our country is in the darkest of times. It is hardly the first time political pundits and opposition to the sitting power holders painted an overly ...

Inmate total, reentry needs present a tough balancing act

There was a recent graduation ceremony for 30 people who have transitioned back into the community through Lycoming County’s reentry program. That’s 30 success stories of people who ran afoul of the law and rectified themselves through the county’s reentry program to become contributing ...

Hard to keep job cuts out of the city budget equation

The proposed Williamsport city budget plan is due to City Council before Thanksgiving, but Mayor Gabriel J. Campana already has taken a vital first step. He was presented with a three-year city financial plan last week that includes cutbacks in the numbers of city employees and is supportive ...

Children, school buses and safety; It’s up to everyone to make it so

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored ...

Our vets should be at the front – not the back – of the line

Veterans Day was officially marked yesterday. Because it fell on a Sunday, it is being observed heavily today. If our wish were granted, Veterans Day would be everyday. There is an entire generation or two that cannot possibly understand the life story that accompanies a veteran. Through ...

Williamsport stays the course; Leaders will remain the key

Williamsport voters are apparently content with the strong mayor-council form of government that has managed the city since 1972. They soundly voted “no” on two alternative referendums in Tuesday’s election. The vote can be interpreted three ways. One interpretation is that they are ...

Handling the caravan: Some protections are needed – for everyone

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for a few more weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

With one exception, region’s election went somewhat predictably

While the nation’s midterm elections featured a generous share of upheaval, close races and unpredictability, most of the Pennsylvania races of interest to our region fit pre-election expectations. With one exception. Stephanie Borowicz turned the 76th Legislative District in the state ...

Study underscores natural gas is an energy powerhouse

The latest study by an independent, market-based think tank regarding the natural gas industry is instructive. The study showed natural gas is eight times more efficient than wind and 16 times more efficient than solar energy. It showed that over a 30-year period, $1 million invested in wind ...

Recent acts work of disturbed people, but discourse must improve

Someone tried to send a bomb to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it was intercepted by the Secret Service two weeks ago. As the week wore on, the Secret Service also was looking into what may have been an explosive sent to former President Barack Obama. Police in New York were ...

Critically important midterms deserve high voter turnout

Midterm elections tend to be under-the-radar, low-turnout events. This year's midterms shape up as an exception. And if they are not, it will be the fault of the voters. Voters are going to make a decision on state and national offices and local issues. Tuesday's vote could determine the ...

In this different election, some reasons to vote

As should be obvious to most people, this midterm election is unlike any other. The country is so emotionally and politically divided that voting decisions come down to which group mindset, rather than individual candidate, you trust more. That's regrettable and we hope the state and nation ...

For voters, substance is on the ballot in Tuesday’s election

Most elections we tell voters to focus on issues when making informed decisions on candidates and referendums. We would suggest that has never been more important than in the midterm election that dawns Tuesday. Unfortunately, the unprecedented nature of today's political discussion on a ...

Williamsport government referendums: A citizen opportunity, responsibility

Williamsport voters have the responsibility of making one of the biggest decisions in decades this Election Day, and we caution the city electorate to educate themselves well in advance of heading to the polls. When they enter the voting booth, city residents of all political stripes will ...

New chamber head brings local roots to important job

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce stayed in-house in naming Jason Fink at its new president. He will replace Vincent Matteo, who has been leading the chamber since 2001 and is retiring at the end of the year. Over the past 18 years, the scope and mission of the chamber has ...

Synagogue shooting: Hate, anti-Semitism are, sadly, still alive

In what has become far too commonplace in this country, another mass shooting occurred over the weekend – this time, right here in Pennsylvania – as an anti-Semitic gunman rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 and ...

UPMC Susquehanna seeks next level of care with expansion

It should be quite apparent to most people by now that hospitals both in the region and nationwide are in a medical care version of an arms race. They either expand and modernize services and their menu of care or they are swallowed up by a larger medical care institution that will do just ...

The caravan: There has to be a process for those coming here

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...