Editorials

Thwarting threats to the nation requires relentless attention

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville, Ohio, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual ...

City engineer has been threading the needle for 35 years

A city engineer, given the nature of the job, is going to get all the complaints and none of the glory. For that reason, stoic John Grado was probably perfectly suited for 35 years of involvement in the city of Williamsport’s infrastructure. He has been a city engineer, a streets and ...

Awareness, action key to ending local child abuse cycle

Through late April, Children and Youth Services of Lycoming County received 180 child abuse reports. That is not a misprint. Of the reports, 18 have been verified as legitimate. The agency and Susquehanna Valley Court Appointed Special Advocates held ceremonies recently to raise awareness ...

Montoursville board makes correct call on old portion of school

One of the hardest things local school boards have to do is separate sentiment from practicality. That difficult decision often comes down to school buildings. The Montoursville Area School Board has been wrestling with just such a difficult decision for several years regarding the 1931 ...

War against heroin epidemic shifts to legislative front

The region and state’s heroin epidemic is being fought on many fronts. More and more, that includes a battery of state legislation geared toward arresting the impact of prescription opioids. That’s with good reason, as prescription opioids are the root cause for 80 percent of all heroin ...

Spend the money on clean-coal research to modernize the industry

It has been pointed out that many of the miners who lost jobs because of former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity will never go back to digging coal, regardless of how energetic new President Donald Trump is in reversing the assault. That is true enough. For ...

Given tourism’s value, hike in hotel tax logical

We are told by local officials representing a variety of diverse interests that tourism is a strength of our region with great economic value and potential. If that’s the case, then the Lycoming County Commissioners should approve an increase in the hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 ...

The VA’s questionable pace on suicide hotline is the latest shortcoming

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them commiting suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Commissioners bring sober budget view to local officials

Some would call it distressing. We would call it realistic. The Lycoming County Commissioners laid out the short- and long-term fiscal outlook for the Lycoming/Sullivan Counties Boroughs Association last week. It was not a pretty picture – a $9 million budget deficit, looming expenses of ...

Repasz Band’s state historical marker designation overdue

The Repasz Band, a Williamsport staple since 1831, is getting a state historical marker this year. The designation is one of only 18 in Pennsylvania this year and we can’t imagine any of them are more worthy. The band was one of this year’s survivors in an intense competition for the ...

Reentry Services Center rebidding can pay dividends

The Lycoming County Reentry Services Center, designed to rehabilitate people while reducing the county prison population, has had an interesting existence since opening in the summer of 2014. Backers believe the managers of the reentry center have been a key proponent to a successful prison ...

On health insurance reform, everything needs to be on the table

With a new move to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance law gaining steam, President Donald Trump and members of Congress already are being urged to not go too far. Trump is being urged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organizations representing the health care and health ...

An impossible task: Perfect downtown parking formula

It's a delicate balance. The city of Williamsport wants to provide convenient parking downtown for people who want to shop or attend events. To do that means making it tougher to provide convenient parking for people who work downtown. For the past year the city has been allowing two-hour ...

The China relationship: Peace investment trumps currency issue

President Donald Trump is being criticized for dropping complaints about currency manipulation by China, while he attempts to gain Beijing’s help against North Korea’s rogue regime. It is true that China’s currency manipulation has been harmful to some U.S. businesses and workers. At ...

NaturalizaNaturalization event: 25 become Americans the intended way

At a time when immigration is a very hot button topic in these United States of America, the pure joy of a naturalization ceremony is not just a routine event. In federal court in Williamsport last week, 25 people from 17 different countries became citizens of the United States. It was a ...

Necessary airport project on the verge of construction start

The much-needed construction of a new terminal building at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville is officially ready to start. Contracts were awarded last week to four bidders for different sections of the project. The contracts totaled $16.5 million, which is actually good ...

Marino as nation’s drug czar: The pieces seem to fit

The job is national drug czar. We wish it weren’t necessary, but the position has never been more important. And as long as we need leadership of a national war on illegal drugs, it would seem that U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan House Republican, fits the job description ideally. He is a ...

Time and patience are the watchwords for highway work

Significant progress on streets and highways takes time and patience. It took more than three decades to modernize Route 15 between Harrisburg and the New York State line, with a major part of the work north of Williamsport and through Tioga County. This year PennDOT’s local district will ...

Trump passes first commander-in-chief test with Syria action

Every presidential election the nation's voters are, first and foremost, electing a commander-in-chief who will protect our country and its citizens and protect the principles of freedom and humanity worldwide. Candidates talk about a lot of other issues that they would have some impact on if ...