Editorials

Fly your flag proudly today; It has never been more important

We have seen the news video way too often, especially in today’s world, of our American flag being burned. Sometimes it is a defiant objector in a far off land who does not share the American ideals of freedom and liberty and would prefer the demise of our democracy and what it signifies. ...

$5 fee most equitable way to catch up on flawed county bridges

Much of Lycoming County is a mosaic of streams, creeks and runs. From a highway standpoint, that means lots of bridges. Many of those bridges are more than a century old. Many of them are structurally onsound. Most of these bridges are in heavily rural corners of Lycoming County, the largest ...

Trump, Congress must find way to cut federal spending

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Change in city government: It’s time to discuss it

We applaud Williamsport City Council's vote Thursday night that will allow city residents to decide whether they want to pursue a change in the form of government that determines how the city operates in the future. Let's start with what this is not. It is not City Council unilaterally ...

Finally, the state is about to approve real pension reform

After four years of trying the state Senate’s Republicans may finally have the public employee pension reform they have been seeking. The Senate passed pension reform Monday calling for smaller retirement benefits to newly hired state employees in favor of a 401(k)-style plan that most of ...

Reaction to Paris pullout shows sad, unnecessary divide

The first job of the president of the United States is to protect the interest of the citizens of this country. That's what President Trump did last week, plain and simple. The country was – by executive order of former President Obama – involved in the Paris Treaty climate change ...

Two South Side legends left an indelible mark

In hundreds of small communities in this country, there are a few people who stand out as the backbone, either by leadership, talent or personality - or a combination of all three. R. David Frey and William Byham, who have represented much of the heart and soul of South Williamsport for ...

Now comes the hard part for the state budget

The state House passed a budget for 2017-18 in early April. It was for $31.5 billion, $800 million less than Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal of $32.3 billion. Now it's June and the hard part remains – coming up with a compromise that suits all parties enough to produce a budget by the end of ...

Local lawmaker’s gas tax reversal may have impact

At a recent town hall meeting, state Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, informed those in attendance he has changed his thinking and now supports a natural gas severance tax. Everett, who has been a very reasoned voice regarding the natural gas industry, said he has changed his thinking ...

In a cellphone age, the path for today’s grads hasn’t changed

“There is no formula. Look at each day and live it for you.” “Living life to the fullest demands bravery.” “This is your life. Seize the opportunity in front of you.” Those were the words of wisdom of students to students at last week’s Montoursville High School graduation. ...

Reentry Center vote can’t have even a hint of impropriety

The more important a public decision is, the more obvious it needs to be that the decision is completely free of even the slightest appearance of a conflict of interest or impropriety. The Lycoming County Commissioners have a critical decision to make in the coming months regarding who will ...

North Korea gets zero until buildup ends

North Korean officials have done the predictable. They are insisting that before there can be any talk of reining in their nuclear weapons and missile development programs, the regime must be granted new concessions by the United States and other countries. Specifically, Pyongyang wants a ...

City food truck measure is fair and overdue

Williamsport City Council has preliminarily approved a food truck ordinance that seems to be hatched by compromise and answer key questions. Council was charged with a dual mission: Don't stunt the enterprise of food truck operators but don't hurt the business of existing brick-and-mortar ...

Tech Center graduation underscores its worth and decade of growth

There will be dozens of graduation ceremonies at the region’s high schools in the next several days, with thousands of students celebrating in caps and gowns. But perhaps the most underrated ceremony in terms of importance was the first graduation event that occurred a week ago. Last ...

Calmed by conditions, supervisors OK medical marijuana plant

At first blush, the prospect of a medical marijuana facility permit in an area reeling from an opioid epidemic seems like a bad match. But on April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania became the 24th state with a comprehensive medical marijuana program. With that designation comes legitimacy that ...

Congress must ask new questions on nation’s protection

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

On this Memorial Day, the sacrifices mean more than ever

From its battle for independence to the worldwide conflicts of today, the United States of America has had military personnel willing to risk – and lose – lives for the countless causes of freedom. On this Memorial Day, their sacrifices should be more clearly in focus than ever, as we ...

Trump lays historic groundwork; media blocks the impact

In the past nine days, President Trump took an historic flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel and laid solid groundwork for alliances among people who have been divided for centuries. He showed strength, leadership, vision and determination while attempting a bold alliance of moderate Muslims ...

North Korea tactics may finally work against Kim Jong Un

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

Commissioners show proper watchdogging regarding two issues

The Lycoming County Commissioners are supposed to be the stewards of the tax dollars that pay for county operations and funding for other projects. With that in mind, we have no problem with two ongoing issues. A disputed construction project involving a leachate tank, costing roughly $5.7 ...