Editorials

Tax reform not the big break for rich that it is painted as

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will ...

County should seek pay hike for taking in federal inmates

Lycoming County has come full circle regarding its prison population. It is lowering its own inmate population through a variety of means, including its Reentry Services Center. Gone are the days when the Lycoming County budget included exorbitant amounts of money to pay for transferring ...

Rare opportunity for city residents officially available

We’ve nagged city residents about this previously. But now that the Williamsport Charter Commission has officially made publicly available its survey on what would be the best form of city government in the future, we will nag one more time. The commission is giving people until March 30 to ...

Magical Habitat for Humanity formula takes shape again

The work of Habitat for Humanity has become so effective over the years that it can go unnoticed. But the organization’s work should never be taken for granted. Recently, Habitat for Humanity began building a duplex that will serve as housing for two families on Scott Street in ...

When objectivity is held prisoner by political agendas

In these divisive, partisan times, it is difficult to objectively assess major developments on a national level. Everyone, it seems, has a spin. Everyone, it seems, has an agenda. Objectivity and facts seem to be held prisoner to the reality of current events. With that in mind, last week’s ...

Natural gas move of city bus fleet a winning initiative

River Valley Transit unveiled 10 new compressed natural gas buses last week. Those additions add to a fleet of vehicles the city’s public transportation system is operating on cleaner-burning fuel. In our view, this is nothing but the most welcome form of good news. Use of natural gas ...

Guns: Laws do no good if they are not enforced

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the guns he ...

Sunshine Week goal: More revisions to Right-to-Know Law

Today we mark the start of Sunshine Week, which celebrates your right to know about government’s business and our right to go about providing that information. We should start with a thank you. The Pulse of America 2018 National Survey Report says that 80 percent of you are very ...

The Nasser case: How did abuse go undetected so long?

They just kept coming. Some stood bravely alone, their voices rising in anger. Others sobbed quietly as they are supported by loved ones. They all had the same story: Dr. Larry Nasser sexually abused me. About 160 of them testified in court to what Nasser did. The total number of his ...

City crime numbers improving, but great challenges remain

The Campana administration and the city police department specifically can be justifiably proud of the latest FBI crime statistics for Williamsport. Those statistics show drops in most of the major crime categories between 2016 and 2017. In 2016, city police investigated 345 drug ...

Everett point about ‘spending problem’ hard to refute

State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region, is not happy with Gov. Wolf's opening proposal of a $33.18 billion budget for 2018-19. And he shouldn't be, based on one number – 3.7 percent. That's the amount of the spending increase Gov. Wolf is proposing. ...

Everett point about ‘spending problem’ hard to refute

State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region, is not happy with Gov. Wolf's opening proposal of a $33.18 billion budget for 2018-19. And he shouldn't be, based on one number – 3.7 percent. That's the amount of the spending increase Gov. Wolf is proposing. ...

County courts will miss special work of two judges

Lycoming County court is in the process of losing decades of firm, fair rulings from its bench. Judge Dudley N. Anderson retired at the start of 2018 and his replacement will be determined in an election this year. And Judge Richard A. Gray announced recently he will be stepping down in the ...

Longtime Montoursville Mayor Dorin showed love of borough with every action

Another community stalwart who took leave recently was John Dorin, who served decades as Montoursville’s mayor before stepping down this year. In his every word and action, Mayor Dorin showed his true love for the borough and showed it in countless ways that will benefit Montoursville well ...

Jersey Shore takes correct fire, police protection approach

Jersey Shore borough is becoming big in the merger, consolidation and regionalization business these days. And that’s a good thing. The borough council recently approved a letter of intent for its two fire departments to merge. The consolidation between Citizens Hose Co. is being pushed to ...

Graham: Unrivaled in winning converts to Christianity

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died recently at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

Grant request for flood levee meets priority standard

Every day in Harrisburg there is spending by state government that is wasteful and not in keeping with what should be Pennsylvania government spending priorities. Flood protection is just the opposite. In a state full of rivers, streams and creeks that are subject to flooding from ...

The most significant number in Florida school tragedy is 39

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

Upcoming survey offers city residents a rare opportunity

City residents will be getting a rare opportunity starting about March 8. At that time, the Williamsport Charter Commission will release its public survey that is meant to help the seven elected officials gain insight on what may be the best form of city government under Third-Class City ...

Thorough look at rail safety overdue after string of tragedies

Two crew members were killed recently when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. This was the third ...