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Editorials

Sale of golf course property

Three hundred homes. In a scenic area. With easy access to Route 15. Ten minutes from Williamsport. That sounds like the makings of a pretty attractive housing subdivision. And in a nutshell, that’s what the Lycoming County Commissioners are mulling. They are unanimously in favor of ...

State attorneys general may want to review settlement

Attorneys general in 49 states — including ours — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their parents’ ...

We remember this fateful day

Today, we remember. We remember the 2,977 honorable people who died on American soil some 18 years ago today. We remember the police and firefighters and how they rushed in, putting the welfare of thousands ahead of their own. Many of them joined those who died as the twin towers fell, ...

Allocations show the safety net served by the local United Way

The Lycoming County United Way recently announced allocation of $1,107,000 to various programs for the fiscal year that began July 1. The most essential thing to know is that this is money raised from you and by you that goes to people who need it the most. And that may include you. It ...

Battered by Dorian, Bahama’s people in dire need of U.S. aid

What happened to people in the Bahamas is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our neighbors to the east to the ...

A story of sacrifice for freedom’s sake

A rosette is to be placed next to the name of a young man from Hughesville on the Tablets of the Missing in the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands. The rosette will signify that the young man is no longer missing. Army Pvt. ...

Epstein investigation needed

A few of the women victimized by the late Jeffrey Epstein got their day in court recently, and some expressed frustration that they will never see him there. Epstein, the rich sexual abuser who committed suicide in jail earlier this summer, was to have been tried on various charges that he ...

Sanders’ climate plan disregards costs to get votes

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

River Valley Transit: A 50-year tale of practical innovation

Fifty years ago, the city of Williamsport purchased a private bus company for $75,000 and established its own bus system. The bus system served the city. The buses ran on gasoline fuel. The buses had no radios or communication system. If there was a breakdown, customers were dropped off at a ...

Using national debt as a political ploy simply will not work

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

Unscrupulous hiring practices

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

Labor Day: It’s about more than end of summer

Today there will be picnics and gatherings of friends and family. Today there will be food on the table, parties, parades and laughter. Today is Labor Day, and there also will be much that will be taken for granted. Labor Day has been a federal holiday for the past 125 years. For many people ...

Louisiana gets to celebrate

In an event where everybody wins, the kids from River Ridge, Louisiana, were the ultimate winners of the Little League World Series, defeating the team from Willemstad, Curacao, this past Sunday to take the championship. In winning the title, the champs achieved a couple of firsts. They ...

3 little words that could mean so much

Prepare. Engage. Inspire. Those words are “cultural and procedural extensions” of Loyalsock Township High School’s vision, values and mission, according to principal Matt Reitz. They show the correct approach as a new school year opens. We trust the words illustrate the motivation of ...

Lavish campaign promises would be costly

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful idea, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for ...

Local area beating state DUI trend; still, serious issue persists

The number of state police arrests for drunken driving rose by 1 percent last year, according to recently released statistics. State police made 20,143 DUI arrests in 2018, compared to 19,963 in 2017. And since 2014, there has been a 12-percent increase in the number of people state police ...

YWCA program moves domestic violence survivors into safe homes

Domestic violence victims who find themselves homeless have new help through a rapid re-housing program at Liberty House, a program of the YWCA of Northcentral Pa. Since the new program began, the YWCA reportedly has been able to house 21 individuals and families. The program is funded by ...

Excitement stirs with next phase of Pajama Factory

The Pajama Factory, an eight-building complex in the block bound by Park Avenue, Rose Street, Memorial Avenue and Cemetery Street, recently was approved for a highly competitive, $2 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant. Owner Mark Winkelman is well on his way already ...

County juvenile recidivism rising

The good news is that Lycoming County juvenile probation workers are handling fewer kids. The bad news — and it’s very bad news — is that the percentage of those minors graduating into the adult prison system has risen, according to Ed Robbins, director of juvenile probation in Lycoming ...

Beijing should be treated same way as North Korea

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...