Editorials

Legislation takes needed next step regarding sexual harassment cases

The drive to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements for federal lawmakers in sexual harassment cases has been taken to another level. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation that would require repayment ...

Beyond test ‘snapshot’, other factors key to local student learning

The region’s schools recently received the results of the latest school performance tests, with a predictable mixed bag of scores. Some schools scored very well in the latest tests, others not so much. The tests are, quite accurately, characterized as a “snapshot” of student and school ...

United Way needs grassroots giving to reach ‘impact’ goal

The Lycoming County United Way has set an ambitious goal of impacting lives 55,000 times with the money raised in its annual fundraising campaign. That’s nearly double the impact 29,000 times in Lycoming County by the services of the United Way program partners last year. The United Way ...

Comey’s curious decision on Clinton server becomes clear

Veteran FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok has been pulled out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in our election, it was revealed recently. Strzok reportedly was involved in an exchange of text messages that showed his bias against ...

Volunteer fire companies face hard realities

When it comes to volunteer firefighting, it’s a different world from the bucket brigades of the first half of the 20th century. It’s also a more expensive one. And to that end, the numbers don’t add up when it comes to keeping a volunteer fire company afloat. A series of stories in ...

The Steinle verdict screams for revision of immigration policy

Walking on a pier in San Francisco with her father in 2015, Kate Steinle was shot in the back. The 22-year-old died in her father’s arms. She was shot by Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had been released several weeks earlier from a San Francisco jail despite a federal request to detain him ...

Harassment bill long overdue and shamefully needed

We are appreciative that U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements involving federal lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct. But the entire Congress should be ...

Bus fleet savings show capabilities of gas industry

One of the more pleasant bits of news to come out of Williamsport city budget talks was the disclosure that the River Valley Transit system is saving $400,000 a year by converting its fleet from diesel fuel to natural gas. And there is more savings on the way. While 10 compressed natural gas ...

Public service pays pretty well in Pennsylvania

It’s called public service. And it turns out public service at the highest levels of state government pays off pretty well. The salaries of Pennsylvania’s 253 state lawmakers, more than 1,000 judges and several dozen top executive branch officials will rise in 2018. The increase of ...

Conyers, others deserve pink slips from Congress

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be dismissed from Congress. Add to that using taxpayers’ money in attempt to cover up wrongdoing, and the case for removal is ironclad. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is accused of doing both things. His ...

Local levee is worthy of top priority status

The levee that protects Williamsport and its surrounding municipalities is listed as the top priority in the Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan as identified by the Greater Williamsport Alliance. And the numbers associated with the levee underline what being a top priority means. Based on the ...

Islamic terror in Egypt illustrates global scope

In the bloodiest attack ever by Islamic terrorists in Egypt, they massacred at least 235 fellow Muslims in an attack on a mosque Friday. Bombs were set off, and those who escaped them were mowed down by gunmen. The mosque, in Egypt’s Sinai region, was packed with members of the Sufi branch ...

City’s no-tax-hike plan refreshing; discipline required

Necessary services for Williamsport residents. Exorbitant pension obligations. Expensive levee certification requirements. Bargaining unit contracts. These and other requirements make balancing a city budget without a tax increase extremely difficult. But that's what has been proposed ...

When it comes to terrorists, English lacks needed purity

One wonders what ever happened to using the English language honestly. Consider reports of atrocities committed by groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram. Often, news stories describe them as “extremists” or “militants.” It happened again recently, after at least 235 moderate ...

Retail trends taking toll on Lycoming Mall

One by one, the anchors that used to be the cornerstones of the Lycoming Mall are leaving. In an era when on-line shopping has taken the on-site volume out of big-box stores, Macy’s and J.C. Penney have abandoned the mall. Sears will close in January. Two other major anchors and three ...

Jet service first big dividend from airport advances

Years of runway renovations and an ongoing terminal construction project at the Williamsport Regional Airport are finally starting to pay off. In a big way. Today. This is the day the airport officially moves into the jet age. At 12:23 p.m., Embraer 145 regional jets with a capacity ...

Early progress shows dramatic impact of the Thruway project

The transformative Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project is starting to give hints of just how dramatic an advancement in transportation it will be when it is completed several years from now. The signature piece of the $700 million project is a 13.5-mile long, 180-foot high, ...

Don’t be reassured by Iran’s claims regarding its missiles

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs was for ...

Park Service project to honor Black Panthers a misguided priority

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...