Editorials

Visitors bureau shift to fee-based model needed step

The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau is now allowing access to its services through a fee-based model. That will allow businesses and non-profit organizations that are not members of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce to access the bureau's services. The recently announced move ...

Olympic sex harassment case points to the need for accountability

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Numbers favor Trump’s proposals for illegal immigration crackdown

Critics of President Donald Trump’s various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. Judging by the ...

2018: To do better, we can start with mutual respect

We can do better. Our hope is that all of us are waking up this New Year’s morning with that understanding. The year just past was not one to be proud of for any of us concerned with the human condition. When the top story of the year is judged to be sexual misconduct, that’s strong ...

State government sexual misbehavior part of the problem

Sexual misconduct in a variety of forms in a seemingly endless array of settings was the great shame uncovered in 2017. That shame, as detailed in a recent Associated Press story, included all three branches of Pennsylvania state government. The claims included unwelcome touching, kissing ...

North Korea: Nation caught between unsteady rock and a hard place

Analysts have concluded the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack last May originated in North Korea. The news is a reminder that the threat from Pyongyang is more widespread than many people may have thought. “WannaCry” infected hundreds of thousands of computers throughout the ...

City labor contract shows encouraging move toward reality

The city of Williamsport has a new labor agreement with streets and parks employees set for City Council approval in the new year. But it’s not just a run of the mill labor agreement. If the major points of it are what they seem to be, we would hope the agreement would provide a template ...

Human misconduct takes too much of the stage in 2017

Human misconduct was part of most of the major national and international storylines of 2017. The annual survey of The Associated Press judges sexual misconduct allegations as the top story of the year. Those allegations crossed the borders of the entertainment, political, business and ...

UnUnfinished business of 2017 portends an important 2018

Much of the local news landscape for 2017 reads like unfinished business that we hope will be moved toward completion in 2018. The region continued a tragic struggle with an opioid epidemic that was underscored in late June, when there were 51 overdoses over a two-day period. A ...

Missing piece at Pearl Harbor a sobering reminder

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to attend ceremonies on ...

Christmas inspires the keys to a more peaceful world

Giving. Faith. Family. Friends. Compassion. The Christmas day we celebrate today includes all or at least some of the elements, depending on your belief system. If it includes none of those things, those of us who believe in the power of prayer are including you. Because today is about ...

The casino question: A little more study would be helpful

The ink was barely dry on legislation allowing 10 mini-casinos in the state when Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana began pushing to make the city one of the locations. Campana reasoned that the casino would bring additional revenue to help balance Williamsport’s budgets in the future, ...

The next terrorist bomber probably won’t make the same mistakes

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people ...

State bill calls for long-overdue limits on budget increases

For years in this space we have called on governments of all sizes to limit budgeted spending increases to no more than the rate of inflation. It’s not such an off-the-wall idea, as evidenced by the fact that 30 states have adopted some form of spending limits. And it’s meant to ...

Tax reform talking points: Reality will tell the real tale

Depending on the viewpoint you accept, the tax reform promoted by the Trump administration and being passed by Congress is either a slick tax break for only the richest among us or an historic, overdue payback to almost all Americans. Those were the wildly disparate party lines championed by ...

Two panels have tall task regarding the city’s future

Two elected commissions have begun perhaps the most important work done in the public realm in Williamsport in half a century. The city Charter Commission elected on Nov. 7 held its initial meeting two weeks ago. The commission has nine months to make a recommendation on the best form of ...

More development of former ‘Y’ property a big downtown step

When the Liberty Arena was built, one of the most important parts of the vision for the property at West Fourth and Elmira streets was development plans for the remaining part of the former YMCA building. The arena is operational and busy. And now it appears development plans for the former ...

Why can’t nation’s coming tax relief kick in immediately?

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their ...

County budget: Tax hike unwanted, but future goals correct

The bad news is that the Lycoming County budget of more than $100 million in 2018 will require a 0.75-mill real estate tax increase. That’s never a good thing. But arguments may be made that this is the most responsible budget the county commissioners have passed in several years. ...

The world community needs to rein in North Korea leader Kim

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...