Editorials

Brotherhood threesome has extended their gifts to benefit community

At a time when our country is deeply divided and seemingly coming apart at the seams, last week’s Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance awards dinner reminded us of what we can – and should – be. The honorees were Rev. Spencer Sweeting, pastor of City Alliance Church, local attorney Fred ...

Veterans wall of monuments answers desperate need to remember our history

Call it our Great Wall. Construction of the wall of monuments of all U.S. wars before the 20th century is progressing quickly at Veterans Memorial Park, West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive, augmented by a contribution by Pennsylvania College of Technology students and donations of materials ...

Hopefully, result of Kavanaugh ascent will scrub ugliness

With the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court has taken a conservative turn that tethers rulings to a strict adherence to the Constitution that we have not seen in a few generations. At the end of a torturous confirmation process, that's the bare, historic result that ...

Get your flu shot, if not for yourself, at least for loved ones

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

The road best traveled for the city’s pension funds

The number for 2019 is $4.5 million. That’s how much spending in the next city budget is set aside for the pension funds of Williamsport police, firemen and officers and employees. The amount approved by City Council is $500,000 more than it was this year. The good news is that the ...

Other nations must join U.S. to put more pressure on Iran

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

Political hijinks block plan to cut state House size

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation. That means it’s larger than the ones that serve California, Texas, Florida and New York state. That should be all you need to know about a multi-year effort to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania. The ...

Brownfields boost? Hopefully, history will be repeated

The Brodart neighborhood, the Pajama Factory, Wegman’s and Kohl’s department store all have something in common besides being located in Williamsport. At one time, all of them were underutilized or abandoned properties and buildings. The Lycoming County commissioners have gotten an ...

Bowman Field due for one final series of improvements

The long odyssey to preserving Bowman Field for the next generation is nearly complete. The city of Williamsport recently was notified it will receive a $600,000 state grant for another round of structural improvements at the historic facility that houses the Williamsport Crosscutters and ...

Plan shows future vision for Thruway, Route 220 projects

The path to making a dangerous, eight-mile stretch of Route 220 between Williamsport and Jersey Shore safe has not been cheap or expedient. Much has been done over the past decade to improve that section of highway, but more work remains in the next few years. That work was part of $400 ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Neighborhood around eastern Park Avenue finally getting attention

We were heartened to see the city hold a meeting this past week to hear from residents of the Park Avenue neighborhood. The area of focus among city officials is bound by Little League Boulevard to the south and Brandon Avenue to the north, Market Street to the east and Campbell Street to the ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Kavanaugh deserves confirmation amid delays and divisions

What we witnessed Thursday at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation – and the actions that led up to it – was a national embarrassment that is frightening to anyone revering the way America has always resolved its issues. A ...

State jobless rate, at 18-year low, says a lot about economy

The latest jobs report from the state Department of Labor and Industry places Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate at 4.1 percent for August, the latest month for which numbers are available. How good is that unemployment percentage? It is the lowest jobless rate since 2000 – in other ...

State public pension fees deserve deeper look by officials

Any Pennsylvanian not living under a rock the past several years knows that the state’s public pension system is under water. Under water in this case means billions of dollars less than what is needed to fund the system today and in the coming decades. One of the reasons the state is ...

Opioid crisis fight gets some federal punch with bill

Our region is being overrun by a multi-faceted opioid abuse problem. The good news is that awareness of the problem has been elevated in recent years and the war against it is being fought by a coalition that includes the political, medical, and human services sectors. The better news is ...

Lycoming College’s new entrance, city progress take shape

Seeing is believing. Ground is being turned at the southern extreme boundary to Lycoming College, where a new entrance to the school will emerge a year from now. The Krapf Gateway Center will house the school’s Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences and will establish a new face that ...

Fourth set of bids latest milestone for Susquehanna Valley Thruway project

They are more than just bids on paper. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently opened bids for the fourth contract of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project. The bids pertain to paving of the new alignment of the project’s northern section from Route 15 south of ...

In Detroit, money has not bought better academic performance

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the ...