Editorials

UPMC Susquehanna seeks next level of care with expansion

It should be quite apparent to most people by now that hospitals both in the region and nationwide are in a medical care version of an arms race. They either expand and modernize services and their menu of care or they are swallowed up by a larger medical care institution that will do just ...

The caravan: There has to be a process for those coming here

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Sanitary system move to agency likely won’t come without costs

On paper, the move of management of Williamsport's stormwater management system from city government to the Williamsport Sanitary Authority makes sense. The agreement, pushed for by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and approved recently by City Council, has been several years in the making. The ...

The Khashoggi murder: Response is what should have happened with others

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the murder of a journalist who wrote columns about Saudi Arabia for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian ...

Four policemen represent what law enforcement requires

Police are not perfect. But who could be facing hundreds of instantaneous decisions every day that may be an unscripted matter of life and death. And in the few instances where they make a wrong decision, the outcry gives the impression they are a group without heart, compassion and ...

Descending enrollment trend a cloud on state university system

Enrollment at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is down by 4 percent this year, including nearly 38 percent at Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically black college. This is the latest batch of bad news for our state universities system, as enrollment has been ...

A true hero with local roots justly awarded medal

Most of us have seen those White House ceremonies in which Congressional Medals of Honor are awarded and marveled at the stories of genuine bravery and true heroism. We are always struck by the true heroism, courage dedication to duty that the ceremonies represent. It’s fair to wonder ...

The phishing test failure provides lesson for us all

The information services department of Lycoming County government recently sent out a fake email to county employees to test them on the potential for making the county’s systems vulnerable to hackers. The test email mimicked a phishing scam, in which anyone clicking on a link from an ...

Cyberwarfare needs to be part of the North Korea crackdown

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

In wake of disasters, FEMA’s work must include understanding

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

County reassessment would resolve sticky property tax issues

We are heartened that the South Williamsport Area School Board recently reversed its assessment appeals policy. The only thing worse than an unfair policy is an unfair policy that goes unrecognized and therefore is allowed to continue. In May the board adopted a policy of appealing the ...

Airport upgrade can become milestone if it evolves correctly

The Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville sent up its first flight out of a new, modern terminal Monday. It was a milestone – with a qualifier. The building is a long-overdue upgrade in every way, from customer comforts to screening capabilities to grounds improvements. But to be ...

Extend city tax abatement program on commercial work

The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) is due to end at the close of 2018. That would be a mistake. The LERTA program is a cooperative venture among the city of Williamsport, Lycoming County government and the Williamsport Area School District that provides tax abatement on ...

County radio system upgrade necessary – at $7.4 million cost

The numbers are in on what the inevitable upgrade of Lycoming County’s public safety communication system will cost. They are scary. Consultants who have been studying the system for more than nine months told the Lycoming County commissioners last week that the overhaul will cost about ...

The Habitat formula: Blessings earned by team of caring people

The Habitat for Humanity Home Ownership program is more than three decades old and came of age when President Jimmy Carter, to his everlasting credit, made it his pet volunteer cause after leaving office. The program shows no signs of losing its momentum. And locally, it has never been ...

Finally, Mueller probe may be reaching the beginning of the end

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Broadband access incentives would even playing field for region

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation that we admit may not move much of the public’s meter. But it is very necessary. Marino recently introduced legislation to aid in deploying rural broadband to unserved and underserved areas. The Rural ...

In National Newspaper Week, remember that journalism still matters

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...

State’s gambling revenues need a designated home

In the 2 1/2 months since the Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the state of New Jersey took in $1.1 million from its 8.5 percent tax on gambling. That came from $153 million spent on bets and $16.5 million lost by gamblers. Pennsylvania is set to become ...

City insurance bids ultimately getting options, public review

It turns out there can be competition after all for the city’s of Williamsport’s insurance coverage. City Council’s finance committee last week was handed four requests to submit proposals to the city for its insurance coverage. They came from Henry Dunn Inc., the city’s existing ...