Editorials

Battle lines drawn for future operation of city government

The battle lines on the future of city government have been drawn. The Williamsport Governmental Study Commission looking at the benefits of home rule government is drafting a charter calling for a city administrator to run operations. The city Charter Commission is writing a draft charter ...

Money over morals on full display with Roseanne’s situation

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again recently. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling a ...

Counselors showing strong track record at daunting task

To get an idea of the challenges associated with treating people with substance abuse or in need of mental health care locally, consider some of the facts laid out by Crossroads Counseling official to the Williamsport Rotary Club Monday. Dr. Denise Feger, Crossroads Counseling program ...

Roger Madigan: The definition of a citizen legislator

The state’s lawmakers were originally intended to be citizens legislators. They were supposed to be people from multiple professions and occupations who would take leave of them for a few years and bring their common sense experience with the real world to state government. It’s easy ...

Evaluate school security plans now for 2018-19 year

The South Williamsport Borough Council recently approved hiring a new police officer as a result of a deal between the council and South Williamsport Area School District to provide one of the borough’s officers as a school resource officer for the district. The plan is to have a school ...

Future for mall area must include uses beyond retail

A new Economic Development Task Force has been formed, including the Lycoming County Commissioners, Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce representatives and Lycoming County Planning Commission members. They say the focus of their first meeting will be reuse of vacancies in and around ...

Lawmakers should drop bureaucratic protection of the VA

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Obama’s attempts at imperial reign take deserved hit

Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit this week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about ...

St. Anthony’s Center: The spirit behind it must be carried on

The St. Anthony’s Center is scheduled to hold a meal at noon today, followed by local nuns paying respect to Sister Henry Lambert, who opened the food kitchen for the less fortunate 38 years ago and died in May. The closure that follows the meal comes with sadness after a variety of ...

Graduation: The perpetually vital path to the future

As May ends, graduation season dawns. Whether it’s high school, college or post-graduate degree that are the object of the affection, it is supposed to be a time of hope for the future for those on the receiving end. With a little mystery, anxiety and trepidation mixed in. No matter the ...

Overdue progress coming this summer to key road arteries

Everyone wants streets, bridges and highways that are free of potholes and bumps and generally smooth surfaces to navigate. But none of us wants the inconvenience that often accompanies the work to execute the improvements. There will be plenty of improvements and inconvenience this summer ...

Remembering Marx: An unintentional creator of bloodiest government

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin recently, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Today, remember those who make our world possible

As you read this on another Memorial Day morning, the security of the United States and freedom-loving nations throughout the world is being challenged by nuclear threats in North Korea and elsewhere, violence and conflict throughout much of the Middle East, global terrorism and rogue dictators ...

Bill would improve state redistricting process drastically

Anyone who has observed the political slime that has been Pennsylvania’s redistricting map changes of recent months should be heartened that even some members of the sitting Legislature are embarrassed enough to change the process. The Senate’s State Government Committee this past week ...

North Korea trots out its carrot-stick routine; It won’t work this time

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. In recent days, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between ...

In the end, district maintains buildings, furloughs teachers

Teacher furloughs. Building closures. Program cuts. Faced with a $1.4 million deficit for 2018-19 a few weeks ago, the Jersey Shore Area School Board had those three choices – none of them pleasant – on their dartboard for potential savings. The board voted 6-3 at the end of April against ...

New college gateway, Old City progress finally happening

A lot of talk and not much action. That’s been the story for years regarding the need to improve the city’s eastern boundary corridor. But there is every indication that story is about to be reworked – radically – in the next 18 months. Lycoming College has announced plans to kick ...

Gas industry is healthier, but be careful with tax

It’s not the boom of seven or eight years ago. But the natural gas industry is on the upswing in Pennsylvania. The drill rig count across the state has risen by 33 percent between December 2015 and December 2017. At last count, 40 rigs were in operation in Pennsylvania. As good as ...

City correctly losing patience with a few neglected properties

The city of Williamsport has had a lot of success in recent years with a systematic codes inspection program. The program is orderly and pragmatic and allows multiple chances for property owners to comply with repairs and cleanup requests. For a property owner to reach the stage where there ...