Editorials

Regionalized fire protection required for county’s future

Amen. That was our first reaction to a call by Williamsport Fire Chief Todd Heckman last week for City Council to explore regionalization of fire protection with volunteer departments. We have been begging for regionalization of county or at least Greater Williamsport firefighting ...

Missing the point in conflict between Trump and media

So Jim Acosta of CNN – courtesy of the courts – has his hard pass that allows him access to the White House and the unfettered ability to cover the president of the United States back. It's another win for the First Amendment and freedom of speech – which we will always applaud. The ...

Education answer lies in priority shift, not more funding

The school and community leaders who met last week in a summit focused on funding for public schools got their message half correct. Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and leader of the summit, said both Pennsylvania and the nation are ...

George H.W. Bush: Broad legacy sewn through public service

As president, George H.W. Bush promised to make America a "kinder, gentler" nation. How fitting. Former President Bush, who died Friday at age 94, was a kinder, gentler kind of leader. That was his way. And public service was his vocation. He was a World War II hero as a pilot who ...

Casey – why not? – dips toes into Dem presidential race

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is putting Pennsylvania on the 2020 political map by floating the idea he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. Of course, Pennsylvania was already a presidential hot spot for the 2020. It’s considered a must-have state by both major political ...

Solution to shameful caravan chaos is overdue legislation

People in the caravan at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, threw rocks at border agents and attempted to breach a fence on Sunday. They were turned away with tear gas as tensions escalated. So, it turns out reports of an invading caravan of people seeking to overtake the nation's border ...

City parks donor sets example for others to follow

The city of Williamsport has an anonymous donor willing to establish a legacy fund with a $263,000 gift that would benefit the city's parks. There are specific items on the list of benefits, such as re-establishing the pool house at East End as a recreational center with arts and ...

The details reveal difficulty of city’s 2019 budget puzzle

The pertinent numbers on the Campana administration's proposed city budget for 2019 are in and they none of them are pretty. The budget calls for another tax increase, this time 0.65 mills on real estate. The budget calls for four fewer policemen. And even with those less than savory ...

‘Click it or Ticket’ could literally be a life and death matter

Just about everyone who has ever gotten a traffic ticket has felt – at least for a little while – that surely, there was something better that the police could be doing with their time than picking on little ol' you. Well, sometimes – just like when your parents did it and many of you ...

When warranted, police, prosecutors deserve stiff penalties

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

The Lycoming County property reassessment: No fun, but necessary

Lycoming County's proposed 2019 budget includes a lot of expensive projects, the worth of which can be debated. But the $1 million set aside to begin a reassessment of properties in the county is warranted. The total cost of the reassessment is estimated at about $3 million, and the revised ...

Saudi decision not as simple as human life vs. economy

President Trump declared this week he would not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He made it clear he values the benefits of good relations with the kingdom in that consideration, even as there is a possibility that Saudi Arabia’s crown ...

Amid award moment, jeopardized city police staffing gets spotlight

Even as Williamsport policemen were being given awards for bravery at City Council’s meeting last week, they were taking the moment to push hard against Mayor Gabriel Campana’s proposed cuts in the police department as part of the 2019 budget proposal. The mayor said he’s not planning ...

We can all be more thankful; We can all be better

Food on our tables. Homes that provide shelter. Family and friends to share our lives with. Religion and other foundations to keep us correctly centered. Those are the things that most of us commemorate on this Thanksgiving. They are the pillars of life and the inspiration that makes us ...

Florida vote count circus puts bruise on voting process

There are more than 3,000 counties in the nation that participated in the counting of votes during the recent midterm election. Only two counties – Broward and West Palm Beach in Florida – seemed to have a problem with the process. Somehow, ballots were found after the polls closed, ...

Criminal justice reform makes sense; Now it’s prove-it time

President Trump and his administration have been pushing hard for criminal justice reform in the past several months. The key tenets of the plan involve softening sentences on certain offenses and giving second chances to those who have run afoul of the law. The plan would especially ...

Lycoming County’s budget: Solid ideas, storm clouds loom

No tax increase is planned with the 2019 Lycoming County budget. That’s the good news. And, as one county commissioner pointed out at a public hearing this past week, the county can’t be constantly raising taxes and expected businesses to locate here. But the ledger sheet gets a ...

As caravan nears, it is time Congress solved immigration

Last year, 1.13 million people legally immigrated to the United States. The total is the most of any country – by a lot. The total pretty much matches totals for the past several years. Clearly, there is no resistance to those who want to pursue the legal process of immigration. The problem ...

Political divisions gloss over nation’s booming economy

As is typical of any midterm election season, there was a lot of public campaign hand-wringing in the past couple months that left the impression our country is in the darkest of times. It is hardly the first time political pundits and opposition to the sitting power holders painted an overly ...

Inmate total, reentry needs present a tough balancing act

There was a recent graduation ceremony for 30 people who have transitioned back into the community through Lycoming County’s reentry program. That’s 30 success stories of people who ran afoul of the law and rectified themselves through the county’s reentry program to become contributing ...