Editorials

The latest Series brings new level of signature moments

The kids from Tokyo, Japan, rule the Little League Baseball world following their win over Lufkin, Texas, the United States titlist Sunday at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The Japanese youngsters, however, weren’t the only winners. You can add the Lufkin kids to the list. They came back from ...

We hope Afghanistan leaders heard all of Trump’s speech, strategy

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech last Monday night. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action ...

County break with state over reentry program: Be careful

The GEO Group recently started a new partnership through Lycoming County with Pennsylvania to provide reentry services for state parolees, just as it does for the county. The partnership did not last long. The county commissioners voted 2-1 recently to halt the program completely, citing ...

Charlottesville: Free speech is never an invitation for violence

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Bigotry, sadly, can exist in a country dominated by human kindness

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds and even geographic ...

Most vital part of airport punchlist is future outcome

Earth is being moved and construction of the Williamsport Regional Airport’s new passenger terminal is starting. By this time next year, a $16.8 million airport modernization project in Montoursville will be complete. But the most important part of the punchlist to fulfill follows ...

Back-to-school time should include a vital conversation

It's back-to-school time and more than a few parents in the region are feeling those mixed emotions. It's great to get a change of scenery for kids who actually get a little bored by the end of August. But another summer is ending, the daily routine is about to get more complex and hectic ...

Region’s ultimate Americana exhibit generates $31 million

The number is $31 million. That's the estimate of how much money is infused into the region's economy by the Little League World Series in South Williamsport and related events. That number has crept higher in recent years as the Series has expanded from its original five-day event to a ...

Next step with North Korea is permanent nuclear disarmament

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Statue underscores an unmatched day of baseball locally

With a Major League Baseball game being played tonight at Bowman Field in conjunction with the Little League World Series, the latest addition to the Bases Loaded statue project is fitting. Unveiled last week, the latest statue at the entrance to Bowman Field is that of an outfielder wearing ...

Abuse of Pentagon by contractors deserves a closer investigation

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

The Repasz Band’s imprint is official with state marker

The Repasz Band has been a cultural cornerstone of Williamsport and the region for 186 years. Now the band has the formal proof that it’s a cultural cornerstone for the state and nation. Last week a state historical marker celebrating the band’s existence and imprint was unveiled in ...

Pothole ‘hotline’ speaks volumes on city streets

We’ve been saying for years that street conditions in Williamsport are overdue for attention after seemingly being low on the priority list for awhile. There is proof of the situation in the phone logs of the “pothole hotline.” A nine-member crew has fielded 58 new work orders as a ...

The sober truth: Safety top priority for our schools

Last week’s South Williamsport Area School Board meeting included a report by Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm on facility safety and security and changes to the emergency response plan. The sad reality is that such a report – an afterthought 30 years ago – is an absolute essential ...

This year’s Series has potential to be most special ever

There are few communities the size of ours that have a signature event to offer that prompts worldwide attention. But our community has that in the Little League World Series that starts with a leadoff attraction in the Grand Slam Parade that has grown into an introductory event worthy of the ...

Jobs, stock market news challenge the doomsayer agenda

The nation's jobless rate reached a 16-year low of 4.3 percent when the new employment numbers were released last week. The report noted 209,000 new jobs in June, following 231,000 new jobs in May. The favorable employment numbers came the same week that the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped ...

Punish the worst of MS-13 right here in the United States

MS-13 is one of the most vicious criminal organizations in history. All one needs to know about MS-13 is that its preferred method of killing is to use machetes, axes and knives to hack victims apart slowly. Not infrequently, the group’s targets are children. Recently, President Donald ...

Doing nothing while Venezuelan people suffer is not an option

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no ...

Touchy-feely approach has not worked with world’s rogue leaders

The belligerent behavior of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his almost daily boasting of nuclear power and threats was met this week with two counterpunches. First, there was a rare unanimous United Nations Security Council vote for increased sanctions against North Korea. Most notably, ...

State leaders State leaders seeking a budget fall guy, pick energy industry

Desperate to close a $2.2 billion revenue gap in an overdue $32 billion budget for 2017-18, the state Senate has advanced a unique proposal on to the state House. The Senate has approved a drilling tax on the natural gas industry. In return, the state is promising an expedited permitting ...