Editorials

The leaks: Whatever the facts, the public deserves to know them

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Astounding amount of giving truly Raises the Region

The numbers alone speak to the generosity of this region. The annual “Raise the Region” event sponsored by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania raised more than $1.4 million last week. The money came from 8,190 donation gifts over a 30-hour period. And the ...

Muncy Valley work meets vital need for UPMC Susquehanna

For the past several years, there have been several high-profile construction projects that have modernized the Williamsport Regional Medical Center campus of UPMC Susquehanna. Lost amid those transformative advances has been the work at the Muncy Valley Hospital arm of UPMC ...

Senate’s unanimous condemnation of attacks on synagogues warranted

Every member of the U.S. Senate, all 100 of them, signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week, asking for more federal action to find those behind threats targeting nearly 100 Jewish synagogues, community centers and schools during recent weeks. One arrest has been made, but that ...

May Primary Election features a full ballot of dedicated citizens

The deadline for submitting petitions to run for local elected offices has come and gone and the ballot for this May’s Primary Election is pretty full in all corners of Lycoming County, the largest county geographically in Pennsylvania. That’s very good news. It’s an indication that ...

Pelosi’s health care bill standards hypocritically change

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ripped a Republican proposal to replace Obamacare not long after the bill’s contents were released last week. Americans don’t know enough about the bill, Pelosi insisted. Why, “without a (Congressional Budget Office) ...

Obamacare authors made health care overhaul politically risky

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

For Park Avenue strategy, look at East End pathway

The area of Park Avenue from Hepburn to Campbell streets is being targeted by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana for long-overdue development. It’s a worthy goal and has some City Council pointmen on board in Councilman Randall J. Allison, chairman of council’s economic revitalization committee, ...

What happens when government hurts rather than helps businesses

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

Local school fund struggles underline need for reforms

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget calls for modest increases in special education and basic education funding to Lycoming County’s eight school districts. But the superintendents of the districts say it isn’t enough. The first reaction is to say that, given state budget woes, the ...

MLB-LLB marriage Aug. 20 will take Bowman Field, city to another level

There’s going to be a marriage Aug. 20 in Bowman Field. It’s between Major League Baseball and the Little League World Series. The formal invitations have not been sent out yet, but the details have leaked out. And all of them are great news for the city, its minor league baseball ...

Under new leader, Hope not resting on its excellence

Rob Labatch, new president of Hope Enterprises, has been doing a lot of homework the past few months. He took over in December for longtime Hope President Jim Campbell, who set a standard of excellence at Hope that bears emulating. Labatch is looking to somehow enhance Hope’s programs ...

Are city surveillance cameras working? Evaluation overdue

The city of Williamsport has had surveillance cameras in five parks for the past four years. There have been fewer than five arrests directly attributed to the cameras, which are designed to stop crime in the parks and provide evidence that leads to charges when crimes occur. “We’re not ...

How much should Americans pay to defend Europe allies?

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been asking ...

McMaster precisely what the nation needs at this time

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Trump’s outline of priorities hardly extreme to masses

The reaction of local lawmakers to President Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress Tuesday night was pretty predictable. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region and an early advocate of Trump, expressed confidence that the president is leading ...

Numbers suggest state police fee plan should be adjusted

We support Gov. Wolf’s proposed $25 per capita fee for municipalities who use state police for local police protection. But there’s a lot of evidence that suggests the fee actually should be higher. State Police Commissioner Col. Tyree Blocker told a Senate budget hearing last week that ...

The war to end opioid crisis is a long-term struggle

Sheriffs from six counties in central Pennsylvania got together recently for a panel discussion hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives. A naturally tight-knit group, the sheriffs are even more in step with each other when it comes to their biggest daily concern. That would be the ...

Purest form of public service up for grabs in 2017

This election year does not carry the glitter of a presidential election year. But if you subscribe to the notion that political representation at the local level is the purest form of government involvement, this year may be more important than last year at the ballot box. In Lycoming ...

Establish a program dedicated to helping keep elections fair

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted recently. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...