Editorials

Natural gas impact fee numbers show unique effectiveness

The argument for a natural gas severance tax in Pennsylvania usually starts with fingers pointed toward other big energy producing states and their drilling taxes. Well, the state Public Utility Commission last week announced that nearly $210 million is being distributed in impact fees this ...

State funding hike meant to hold PCT tuition in place

One of the beneficiaries of the unusually smooth state budget process was higher education. And that includes the Pennsylvania College of Technology, which received a $662,000 increase in state funding, a 3-percent hike over this year. "The message we are trying to send is we don't see any ...

Do you have $15.4 billion laying around? Your government does

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Evidence suggests region’s opioid alliance is remaining strong

With Project Bald Eagle disbanding recently, we’ve been heartened by recent assurances that there are medical and court system coalitions in place to carry on the worthy initiatives that Project Bald Eagle helped start to fight the region’s opioid epidemic. UPMC/Susquehanna Health last ...

State budget increase in school safety warranted if focus is correct

Pennsylvania appears to be well on the road to election year budget peace. While we are under no illusions that this goes very far beyond political necessity for both major political parties, we are heartened by one aspect of the 2018-19 state budget. It calls for increased spending on ...

STAR Act, pushed by Trump, represents legislation for children

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

DeNiro selfishly robs Tony Awards stage with childish anti-Trump rant

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? The recent Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It turned ...

The IG’s report: Americans need to know who ‘we’ is

"We'll stop it." That's what FBI lead investigator Peter Strzok told his female companion Lisa Page by text to allay her 2016 fears that Donald Trump would become America's next president. Those three words overshadow everything else in Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 500-page-plus ...

Preservation back on for former YMCA building – sort of

So, preservation of the YMCA building at West Fourth and Elmira streets is back on. Sort of. In a reversal of previous intentions, the developer/owners of the building announced last week that they have dropped an appeal of a City Council decision to prevent demolition of the ...

State budget angst magically invisible in an election year

It would be hilarious – if it did not involve millions of dollars, most of it your tax dollars. We speak of the state’s 2018-19 budget. Local lawmakers say they expect a smoother process to approving the budget. And – are you sitting down? – it may be approved by the June 30 ...

Judge sent wrong message on sexual assault; Voters acted

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

Groundhog Day? Judge applicant names kept secret

It feels like Groundhog Day. With Lycoming County Judge Richard A. Gray retiring at the end of June, the county bench has an interim opening to fill until Gray’s term officially ends next year. Gov. Wolf’s office is in charge of making the interim appointment. Wolf’s office was ...

There’s a reason lawmakers are wary of presidential power

It is unfortunate in a way that even Republicans in Congress sometimes refuse to go along with President Donald Trump’s initiatives. But after eight years of former chief executive Barack Obama’s imperial presidency, one can hardly blame lawmakers for being on their guard. Another example ...

The summit: Future will define level of history made

To accurately measure the level of history achieved this week in Singapore between leaders of the United States and North Korea, it’s necessary to look backward first. The separation of North and South Korea has gone on for seven decades, to the detriment of both nations, their region and ...

On this Flag Day, consider an end to culture of disrespect

When the visit to the White House of the National Football League champion Philadelphia Eagles was canceled last week, the typical separation of fact from fiction by most of the media was followed by the predictable negativity. Flag Day seems a fitting time to intervene with the facts. Four ...

Ex-YMCA building: Preservation is a noble goal, but feasibility is tricky

The clear majority of Williamsport City Council does not want the YMCA building on West Fourth Street demolished. They spared the building’s demolition in a 5-1 vote recently. The vote came as development plans of Herman Logue have stalled. Logue’s business partner, Daniel A. ...

Local levee tax a painful reality that must be considered

The cost for recertifying the levee that protects Williamsport and surrounding communities is $13.6 million. And it’s climbing. There is no getting around the necessity of the levee. And there is no getting around the requirements for recertification. They must be met or flood ...

Pardon may be justified, but the crime is hardly non-violent

When entertainer Kim Kardashian visited President Trump recently, she trumpeted the cause of prison reform and the particular incarceration of drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson, seeking a pardon for her. Johnson, 62, has served more than 20 years behind bars after being convicted of playing a ...

Battle lines drawn for future operation of city government

The battle lines on the future of city government have been drawn. The Williamsport Governmental Study Commission looking at the benefits of home rule government is drafting a charter calling for a city administrator to run operations. The city Charter Commission is writing a draft charter ...