Editorials

‘Concentration camp’ tweet trivializes the Holocaust

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter: “This administration ...

County makes wise, $51,200 investment in juvenile rehabilitation

When a youngster runs afoul of the law and has exhausted all local resources for punishment and rehabilitation, what are the odds on that person developing into a productive member of the community with a future full of life’s best experiences? Not very good. However, the odds can be ...

Cooler heads must prevail in City Hall

The important business of the people of Williamsport must continue in a positive manner in City Hall during the next six months until the next city administration is in place. Who will lead that administration will be decided in the November general election. In the interim, city residents ...

Reasonable people will respect effort, insist on evidence before criticizing

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. ...

College budget reflects mixed bag of trends

The Pennsylvania College of Technology board has approved a budget for 2019-20 of $157.3 million, a $7.1 million decrease in spending. That’s a good thing. The budget includes a 2.51-percent tuition and fee rate increase, a 1.5 percent increase for residence life and 1.5 percent increase ...

See what the crash looks like and keep it from happening

The July 4th holiday looms. It’s on a Thursday this year, one week from today, meaning a whole lot of folks will embark on a four-day weekend after work next Wednesday. That’s great. This is Independence Day, after all, so celebration of the greatest democracy the world has ever known is ...

Federal lawmakers must ensure funds for LWCF continue

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

An exemplary man’s mission

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other ...

Two correct steps taken to bolster downtown parking

By virtue of a $4.7 million line of credit arrangement that is being shared with River Valley Transit, the Williamsport Parking Authority recently announced it will be keeping its parking rates the same for the next year. A savings of $250,000 a year through the 10-year refinancing package is ...

United States should offer help

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

Grant important to house domestic violence victims

The YWCA very effectively provides housing for domestic violence victims through its Liberty House program. But the organization is looking for additional residential units, which probably underscores the depth of the domestic violence crisis in this and other areas. The Lycoming County ...

We should all celebrate the day a promise was kept

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebration by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, which is observed annually on June 19, this past Wednesday. It is a celebration of ...

Kudo’s to Farrell: Award underscores exemplary work

The U.S. Department of Education is correctly stubborn in giving out its National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards. It gave out 340 blue ribbons to private and public schools this year for exceptional academics, arts and athletic achievements, predominately to schools in areas with at ...

State must resist getting reckless with budget

The state’s economy is as strong as it has been in years, leading to tax collections of $800 million above budgeted revenue projections in the current budget year. That should make passage of a new state budget easier than normal, correct? Well, sort of. Unfortunately, Gov. Tom Wolf has ...

City deserves full answers on Park Avenue plan info

The city of Williamsport is paying $82,280 for a report meant to market the Park Avenue plan for future development. The minimum expectation of Ingalls Planning and Design, of Fairport, New York, would be that the report is informationally complete and accurate. But city codes officers who ...

Johnson caps his dreams for others in perfect message

Alize Johnson had dreams as a child. But unlike most people, his dreams were not limited to himself. He had dreams that involved others. And once he realized his big dream of making it to the National Basketball Association last summer, he started working to use his financial benefits to ...

Tuition exchange of 2 colleges only enhances an asset

With two quality colleges within its borders, Williamsport has a unique asset in Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. That’s doubly true when they join forces. The schools recently announced plans for a tuition exchange program which will benefit dependents of ...

40 naturalized citizens starting a special life

We are always heartened and energized by local naturalization ceremonies. The recent ceremony in which 40 people officially became citizens of the United States during ceremonies at the federal court in Williamsport is no exception. At a time when America has a crisis at its southern border ...

No need to tarnish the gas impact fee with severance tax

The natural gas industry has paid $1.7 billion in impact fees to the state in Pennsylvania since 2012. It also has asked for and received zero dollars in state funding to finance its drilling efforts, which in turn have led to jobs, a valuable export for the state and lower energy rates for ...

We must examine mental health policies before gun control

The mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians — while futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his supervisor ...