Editorials

Casinos worth debate, but answers needed

Gambling revenue has become the sugar daddy for government. It’s the new dollar generator that is supposed to take care of fiscal wounds. Certainly the state of Pennsylvania leans heavily on it. And the new budget deal allows up to 10 licenses for existing casino owners to bring ...

Marino recounts his turn at being drowned by swamp

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, says he felt a “calling” to be the nation’s drug czar and had a plan to solve the opioid epidemic in the United States. He had people on board from both major parties ready to help execute that plan, ...

Only prescription that works against terror is the brutal one

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Future game plan for gas industry: Focus on reason

As chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, state Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Township Republican, has had a front row seat to watch the evolution of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania over the past decade. So his observations last week at the Pennsylvania ...

Stormwater transfer to authority makes most sense for city

The city of Williamsport has an aging stormwater system. Future years will likely see numerous necessary and costly repairs. The unfunded mandates that the city does not have the manpower or finances to answer for also will not be going away. The same holds true for the orders to reduce ...

May the spirit of Veterans Day bring us back together

From local classrooms to parade routes and National Football League stadiums nationwide, the nation’s veterans were highlighted respectfully for several days in the past week. With Veteran’s Day falling on a Saturday, the observance highlighted several days, not just one, this year. Given ...

Niger tragedy shows terrorism movement is far from over

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

More city parks, recreation attention comes with a cost

The city of Williamsport owns four parks - Memorial Park, Brandon Park, Shaw Place Park and Young’s Woods Park. The city spends $302,000 on recreation, less than 2 percent of its budget. The neighboring borough of Montoursville spends $334,169 annually on parks and recreation. The nearby ...

Film world’s reaction to Weinstein scandal reveals enabling culture

Among reasons Americans have to be angry about the Harvey Weinstein scandal is that the entertainment world enabled him by doing nothing during years in which his offenses were common knowledge. One might think the ensuing outrage would bring some in the world of filmmaking to their ...

Hopefully, mayor’s no-tax-hike plan meets city’s needs

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana says he is planning to submit to City Council a proposed 2018 city budget that includes no tax increase. William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director, describes the budget proposal to be “among the more positive in the nine years of the Campana ...

Voters make some big statements with election results

Some of the decisions were a bit predictable. Some were revealing. But all of the decisions made by local voters in Tuesday’s General Election were important to the future scope and direction of government here in the future. Under the predictable category, Lycoming County voters elected ...

As Lycoming County looks at tax hike, frugality is more vital than ever

Lycoming County department heads have cut their original budget requests for 2018 by about $11 million, according to Beth Johnston, director of county fiscal services. Considering that the Lycoming County Commissioners last week unveiled a preliminary budget that increases taxes by 0.75 mills ...

Reentry services contract: Deeper look is necessary

The Lycoming County Commissioners are in the midst of deliberating the best future for their reentry services, which help county prisoners rejoin the community and help control the county prison population. It’s not quite like approving a contract for production of cardboard boxes. With ...

Some liberals reveal themselves with tax relief resistance

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Tuesday’s election deceptively vital for region’s voters

All elections are vital parts of our democracy, whether they be local, state or national in importance. The election Tuesday is deceptively vital. At first blush, voters might think there is not much at stake because there is not that one, galvanizing race, such as the presidency or ...

Hillary Clinton call for Russia collusion probe has boomerang affect

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

A year of decision nears for White Deer Golf Complex

The assessment of the White Deer Golf Complex at a recent Lycoming County Commissioners meeting was positive. The occasion was consideration of a $19,690 bill for removing old sprinkler heads and installing new ones at the complex. The funds to pay that bill come from a 2012 bond issued ...

DDon’t underplay illegal vote number in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has determined noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years. The department’s disclosure followed examination of 35 primary and general elections from 2000 through 2017. It ...

Another pedestrian tragedy underscores Route 220 danger

For the fifth time in just over a year, a pedestrian was struck and killed last week while on a four-lane stretch of Route 220 in the Linden area. The circumstances of the accident are somewhat unclear. But the bottom line is that four pedestrian deaths on the same portion of highway in ...

From Washington to Williamsport, a sobering assessment of opioid epidemic

In Washington last Thursday, President Trump, who lost a brother to alcoholism, was declaring opioid abuse in this country a national emergency. In Williamsport on the same day, a state public hearing was the backdrop for a sobering assessment of where our own community stands with the crisis. ...