Editorials

It’s time to move to private cameras in Williamsport

In recent weeks in Williamsport, privately owned cameras have been used in the apprehension of violent criminal suspects. We can point to two incidents in January alone in which city police credited the use of cameras in tracking down perpetrators and making arrests. One of those involved ...

Congress must act to protect children from cyber-stalking

On the shrinking list of things most people can agree upon these days is this: Crimes committed by adults against child victims are particularly heinous and should be punished more severely. That's why we join in supporting a bipartisan effort by both of Pennsylvania's senators – Republican ...

Initiative may end flood plain blues for many properties

Living in a flood plain is the sobering reality for hundreds of property owners in Lycoming County. It's also an expensive reality. Living in a flood plain creates a necessity for flood insurance, which is very expensive. It also makes it difficult to sell properties and get a fair ...

‘Medicare-for-all’ option not the magic pill it is painted as

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Major drug bust shows trafficking still huge problem

Despite multi-faceted efforts to curtail it, drug trafficking is very much alive and well in Lycoming County. The proof of that is in a recent drug bust that resulted from a traffic stop on Interstate 180 in Williamsport. In what could be one of the biggest drug busts in the county’s ...

Route 220 safety corridor project: Costly, necessary

The latest Route 220 safety corridor project is coming sooner than later, with work due to begin in the fall. It will be expensive, with an estimated cost of $36 million. And it will be a lengthy exercise, taking about three years to complete. It also is necessary. Any look at accident ...

Minimum wage hike due; Too much would stifle state economy

Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009, making it one of 21 states to hold the line since then. It’s time for a minimum wage hike. But it’s not time to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $12 an hour, as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his state budget plan which ...

There are crucial differences between Afghanistan, Vietnam

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

Amendments would shift our government back to the people

Prior to resigning from Congress, 12th Congressional District Rep. Tom Marino, who represents our region, introduced a constitutional amendment to institute four-year terms for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. His resignation does not change the common sense wisdom of this ...

12th District GOP nominee decision: A delicate balance

The primary election to determine the Republican Party nominee for the 12th Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Tom Marino is being held March 2. But the election is not being held at a ballot box with results determined by Republican Party voters. The nomination is being decided by a ...

Democrat melting pot turns vicious over Schultz’s possible run

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. ...

Border security ‘compromise’ far short of solution

It was called a border security compromise. But the bill signed by President Donald Trump Friday seemed to have a lot more give on his side than by Democratic lawmakers. In the end, Trump has gotten enough funding to construct another 55 miles of wall, which is an absolutely necessary at ...

Veterans Court a long-overdue and correct rehab tool

They put their lives on the line in the service of our country and in places throughout the world, defending freedom. Or they are stateside and perform important, understated duties on behalf of all of us. When their time of duty is up, many military veterans are expected to return to a ...

State budget plan can be improved in coming months

While Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal emphasis on a battery of job training initiatives hat would improve Pennsylvania's labor force capabilities is correct, the proposed budget is not without flaws. For starters, the $34.1 billion plan represents $1.9 billion in new spending, or a 6 percent ...

Career Pathways can blaze trail to future for some

It's pretty hard for a person to blaze a successful future without a high school diploma. But for a variety of reasons, that's the reality for some people in our region. A special partnership between Careerlink and Penn State University's Career Pathways Program is solving a lot of that ...

Rep. King, Gov. Northam underscore what can’t be tolerated in America

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

Historic fentanyl border bust shows enormity of problem

Two summers ago residents of this region witnessed the scary power of fentanyl, when a particularly lethal batch of the opioid being sold on streets locally led to several fatal drug overdoses. So the significance of a recent historic bust regarding fentanyl at the Arizona-Mexico border ...

Tony DiSalvo: A life lived to benefit of our community

The son of immigrants, Tony DiSalvo was given one overriding lesson of patriotism when attending parades with his father: Respect for the country he was living in, the United States of America. He was told to always stand when the flag went by. Not only did he never forget the lesson, he ...

Foundation grants will fill some vital community needs

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania recently awarded nearly $3 million in grants to community organizations. The allocations came at the end of a highly competitive process that included $6.4 million worth of requests from 32 different organizations. We are certain ...

Proactive approach to curbing mass violence deserves full support

How often after a tragic school shooting have we heard those who knew the shooter tell us they weren't surprised at all that (insert name here) did something like this? While the passionate debate over gun restrictions takes up most of the oxygen in the discussion about how to best prevent ...