Editorials

Long-term problems with Highway Trust Fund will have impact

No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund.But unless something is done to provide an infusion of money for the fund, it will dry up within ...

Graduation time: More challenges, but much promise

Graduating from high school brings with it a kaleidiscope of emotions like few other life events.It's an achievement, something to be proud of.For the thousands of local high school graduates going on to college, graduation from high school marks a key step on the educational ladder.It's also ...

Cleaning up VA can clear up veterans’ skepticism

Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one's duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. Others are maimed in body and mind, coming home in desperate need of help.It is different in government. Mistakes, including very serious ones, often ...

Match drug forfeiture money with greater assistance to police

Drug forfeiture money comes from drug-related crimes, which is not a good thing.But something good can come of it apparently.Money obtained in Lycoming County from drug forfeitures will be used to add more of a city police presence to parks in Williamsport this summer.Lycoming County District ...

Original Field is a no-brainer for National Register

As Little League Baseball is poised this week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding, there are fresh efforts going on to recognize its founder, Carl E. Stotz.There's a movement afoot to get a commemorative stamp approved in his name.There's a plan to makeover Market Square in ...

Hybrid plan marksw a good start with state pension reform

Pennsylvania's next state budget will likely require $600 million in taxpayer contributions to the state's public employee pension funds.The unfunded state liability for pensions is more than $45 billion.Before discussion turns into political dissension when pension reform is attempted, those ...

With each meeting, heroin problems, cures become more obvious

There have been a lot of public meetings lately on the area's heroin epidemic, evidence that the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force is in the process of meeting at least one goal raising awareness of the problem.A recent meeting in Muncy was fraught with emotion and multiple messages.The most ...

VA mess cries out for complete probe and full disclosure

No wonder so many veterans of military service have lost all faith in promises made by the government they defended. Decades of broken pledges and now, a deluge of reports of immoral, perhaps criminal behavior in the Veterans Administration are to blame.A few weeks ago, a whistleblower accused ...

Gas industry talk remains much too politically focused

Issues regarding gas drilling in Pennsylvania almost always evolve into a politicized discussion, so it is good to stick to the facts from time to time.Supposedly the industry is slumping in the past couple years.At a recent meeting of the Tioga County Development Corp., Keane Group of Richmond ...

Nigerian schoolgirl incident should be last straw for Boko Haram

It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible.As it is, President Barack Obama's administration is only providing a few aircraft to search for the girls.But Boko Haram has been ...

Minimum-wage would be bad for labor force consumers

The drive to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 is the feel-good legislation of the moment.And it's no wonder. Lawmakers get to feel good and it makes them look compassionate, with the bonus of an added constituency that will go to the polls and vote for them.Everybody wins except the ...

Human services fund solution lies in better budget management

The news for local human service agencies wasn't the best when Pete Tartline, executive deputy secretary for Pennsylvania's Office of the Budget, came calling last week.Tartline outlined Gov. Tom Corbett's spending plan at a Budget Watch Town Hall meeting and it includes a continuation of many ...

Brotherhood honorees define the richness of our community

The richness of our community was defined in the honorees at last week's annual Brotherhood Alliance dinner.Pickelner Awards were given to American Rescue Workers Col. Sam Astin and Penn College Senior Vice President Dr. William Martin.The Ray Keyes sports award was given to Gabe Sinicropi, ...

Land Management Bureau fails to follow its own rules

Federal regulators demand that the rest of us, including individuals, companies and states, comply with rules intended to safeguard the environment. Doing that is not a priority in Washington, however.Any energy company caught not performing environmental inspections on 2,000 oil and gas wells ...

This Memorial Day carries D-Day history, VA embarrasment

This Memorial Day comes with historic and real life touchpoints to remind us that those who have served in the military deserve respect and admiration well beyond the everyday courtesies.As we celebrate Memorial Day, we are 11 days from the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the turning point in World ...

Politics guides environmental policy of this administration

Science, not politics, guides environmental policy in his administration, President Barack Obama insists. No, it does not.Obama's blatantly political blocking of the proposed Keystone?XL pipeline, in order to placate radical environmentalists, already has made that clear. But the point was ...

Ditch the flippant attitude for real Benghazi answers

Even looming select House committee hearings didn't change the Obama administration's demeanor toward killings of four Americans at the United States embassy headquarters in Benghazi, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.The committee was finally enlisted by House Majority Leader John Boehner ...

Destination 2014: Finance details still need to be finalized

The Destination 2014 Town Center project is an ambitious remake of an entire block of downtown Williamsport that is full of potential and great ideas.It includes reuse of the current YMCA building into commercial and office space, a multi-purpose arena, a regional transit center, much-needed ...

Zoning board acts correctly with OK of day reporting center

The plans for the Lycoming County Day Reporting Center took a huge, though difficult, step forward last week with Williamsport Zoning Hearing Board approval of an appeal of an earlier rejection.Plans are for a day-reporting center in the first flooR of the Executive Plaza on Pine Street for ...

Strong copyright law supports journalism, informed communities

Every day, city hall reporters at local newspapers distill hours of city council meetings into cogent stories that inform readers about how their elected officials are spending their tax dollars. Sports reporters document the successes of the high school team. Investigative reporters dig ...