Editorials

Zoning expansion of downtown district can be launching pad

Zoning changes aren't the most sexy of government actions.But Williamsport's economic revitalization committee took an important first zoning step this past week regarding expansion of the Central Business District in the city.An amendment to the city zoning map would expand the Central ...

Exempt volunteer fire department from Obamacare regulations

For many years, many residents of our area have been able to count on volunteer fire departments to come to our aid in emergencies. Hundreds of men and women provide the service while asking for nothing in return.For generations what they did was a wonderful bargain. In exchange for a few ...

Heroin task force taking big public step Saturday

We've seen it countless times.A well-intentioned committee is formed to counter a community ill. There's a lot of talk at the start but not much action and the problem-solving momentum dries up.That's not the case with the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force organized by Lycoming County President ...

Heroes breakfast underscores richness of our community

Helping people in need or facing an emergency is what the American Red Cross has been about since its founding.This ongoing excellence in humanity was highlighted at the fifth annual Heroes Breakfast of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.The ceremony honored 13 men and women who made a ...

Out of disaster rises a stronger local freight bridge

In September 2011, 100-year flood waters devastated the railroad bridge over Loyalsock Creek in Montoursville.A lot of our readers may not be familiar with what that bridge they pass every day driving into and out of Montoursville does.The bridge is a professional freight service to 70 ...

River Walk access, parking about to get much better

The Susquehanna River Walk has become a unique asset that highlights the river and natural beauty that are the stamps of our area.There's only one problem. It's hard to get access to the walk that rings the river between downtown Williamsport and the hills of South Williamsport.That's about to ...

FHA drags feet on commercial drones

There are all sorts of possibilities for using unmanned drone aircraft to make our lives better. No pun intended, but the sky's the limit.Except in the United States. Here, the Federal Aviation Administration has decreed that there is to be no use of drones for commercial purposes.You can buy ...

It’s easy to make a villain of the natural gas industry

The state's Independent Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan office of the state Legislature, recently reported that Pennsylvania's taxes on the natural gas drilling boom are among the lowest in the nation.In its new report, the office noted that Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation with ...

Obama administration has not kept its transparency promise

When President Barack Obama took office, he promised Americans the most transparent administration in history. Just the opposite has occurred.The situation is getting worse, according to a study of the federal government's responses to requests for records. The Associated Press found that "the ...

Hotel tax revenues benefit diverse assets of travel and tourism

It's easy to forget just how much revenue comes to Lycoming County through local hotel stays and tourism.Until the annual divvying up of 15 percent of the hotel tax revenues.Last week Lycoming County travel and tourism officials awarded $134,000 in grant dollars for the coming year to 19 local ...

Memorial Pool gets needed jump-start donation; more needed

It's a start.But there's a long way to go.Friends of Memorial Pool committee recently showed up for a meeting with a $1,000 check for repairs to the deteriorating pool.It will cost between $639,000 and $900,000 to get the pool back into shape and provide areas required for special needs ...

Marino wants the next step – repeal – of flood rate reform

The most recent legislation would blunt the radical residential flood insurance rate increases that everyone has been complaining about, but that's not enough to satisfy state Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican.Marino wants a bill to address commercial properties regarding flood ...

Additional lights among best deterrents to crime

There is nothing someone preparing to commit crime hates more than light.The City of Williamsport recently floated a $20 million bond and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said $50,000 of it will be spent on replacement or addition of 100 streetlights with higher-wattage lights.The lights are being ...

Raise the Region: Big hearts, correct causes, worth million

If generosity is the mark of a strong region, this is definitely a strong region.The second Raise the Region fundraising effort recently brought $1,002,673 to registered nonprofits from Lycoming, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in 30 hours.The event is an ...

Money for research is one thing; redundant research is wasteful

Investigators with the Government Accountability Office tell us approximately $1.4 billion was spent by the government on autism research between 2008 and 2012. That is the good news.The bad news is as much as 84 percent of that money was spent on redundant research.Duplication of research ...

Legislation correctly focuses on fairness in natural gas royalties

Some landowners leasing with natural gas companies say they aren't getting nearly the royalties they thought they would due to exorbitant post-production fees.State Reps. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, and Matt Baker, a Wellsboro Republican and others have called for an attorney general ...

U.S. foreign policy inconsistencies make it hard to get support

No wonder so many foreign leaders are reluctant to go along with U.S. policy initiatives. From one day to the next, President Barack Obama's inconsistencies have meant flipping a coin is an appropriate method of predicting how the White House will react to the next world crisis.New Ukrainian ...

Easing of flood insurance hikes is just a start

We will start with a little gratitude.In what is all too rare, Congress and the Obama adminstration have responded positively to complaints nationwide and passed legislation to scale back the huge flood insurance premium increases due to take effect.The increases, passed as part of flood ...

Region represented historically well on the basketball court

There are few things that galvanize a community more than high school sports.And when a high school team in a major sport is having a storybook season, the uniting behind the squad transcends school allegiances.This year's St. John Neumann boys basketball team is on the short list of scholastic ...

Numbers indicate positive impact of city codes ordinance

City Codes Administrator Joe Girardi is a self-proclaimed numbers guy.He likes to use statistics to illustrate points.The picture those figures painted in a speech last week to the Williamsport Rotary Club was an upbeat image regarding the City of Williamsport's ordinance requiring licenses to ...