Editorials

Gorsuch, perfect fit for Supreme Court, wins over political pettiness

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They mounted a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Many of these same senators were part of Gorsuch’s ...

City streets get long overdue priority treatment

Gas utility UGI is beginning its milling of several streets in Williamsport where new gas lines were installed and patching was done before winter last fall. And permanent paving will follow in the next couple weeks. Those words are music to the ears of city residents who have been dealing ...

$5 fee appears to be best way to repair bridges

Lycoming County has 54 structurally deficient bridges that are not owned by the county, but rather local municipalities that do not have the means or funds to repair them. To get the job done, the Lycoming County Commissioners are considering a $5 vehicle registration fee. The fee would be ...

Match budget cut criticism with real work on the problem

President Donald Trump’s proposed “skinny budget” is drawing some harsh criticism based on some of the cuts he is proposing. The Chesapeake Bay cleanup, free legal services aid and community block grant programs that benefit many of the region’s municipalities all are on the list of ...

House approval first of many steps in state budget talks

The good news is that the state House of Representatives has passed its version of the state budget in early April, nearly three months ahead of the June 30 budget deadline. The bad news is that the $31.5 billion plan is $800 million less than Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget. Rep. Garth ...

DeVos poses threat to end Washington’s grip on the nation’s schools

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

Father of 401(k) has cautionary retirement tale

The 401(k) plan, probably the most-used retirement method in the private sector today, was born in Bedford County. Millions of Americans, without the security of a defined benefit pension that most public-sector workers get when they retire, put their faith in a 401(k) plan when setting ...

Rice’s rep cries out for tough inquiry of surveillance allegations

Susan Rice, who was among former President Barack Obama’s top aides, cannot be trusted. Her attempts to mislead the public over the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, make that clear. So when Rice insists allegations the Obama White House spied on ...

151 years young, region’s YMCAs continue advancing

The YMCA recently held its 151st annual dinner to celebrate the services and work at its five branches in the region. There was plenty to celebrate. Locally, the YMCA in the past two years has settled into new headquarters in Williamsport that offer a wider array of services and programs ...

Route 15 Thruway project can have dramatic impact

Next month will mark the start of the Susquehanna Valley Thruway with construction of the Route 15 interchange south of Winfield in Monroe Township in Snyder County, and Union Township, Union County. It will be a modest, understated start, but the end product will be anything but that. The ...

Vivitrol Court latest initiative in county against opioid crisis

Lycoming County’s court system has done its share of trailblazing in recent years with problem-solving programs. The court system is trying another precedent-setting initiative that relates to the region’s opioid crisis. Vivitrol Court is the only one of its kind in the state and ...

State fire leader has a recurring volunteer nightmare

Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Timothy Solobay has a recurring nightmare. It’s the one where someone makes a 911, but there are no volunteer firefighters available to handle the emergency. Unfortunately, the volunteer firefighter numbers trend makes Solobay’s nightmare a more real fear ...

Swim club payments without city contract wrongful arrangement

Williamsport City Council’s finance committee found out last week that a swim club using Memorial Park Pool received $4,200 in taxpayer money without council’s authorization or a signed contract. Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said the facts that came out at the finance committee’s meeting ...

On unemployment, President Trump’s remarks are on target

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Gorsuch, with allegiance to Constitution, exactly what Supreme Court needs

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

Right-to-work bills would make state more attractive

The state's Republican lawmakers are working on a battery of bills that would represent a sea change for workers in Pennsylvania. But the right-to-work legislation would not be radical in comparison to the rest of the country and is, in fact, necessary if Pennsylvania is to compete for ...

Health care: Rebuke of Trump doesn’t remove the problem

For the people who live outside Washington – where real life trumps political machinations and media slants – health care is more important than who wins a Congressional vote count and the spinning that follows the tally. So what was almost giddily hailed as a humiliating setback for ...

Now nation knows of James V. Brown Library’s excellence

Most people in our community know of the excellence of the James V. Brown Library, its ever-growing inventory of services and multiple ways the organization reaches every corner of Lycoming County’s population. Now the nation knows. The library has been named one of 30 finalists for the ...

Now nation knows of James V. Brown Library’s excellence

Most people in our community know of the excellence of the James V. Brown Library, its ever-growing inventory of services and multiple ways the organization reaches every corner of Lycoming County’s population. Now the nation knows. The library has been named one of 30 finalists for the ...

First-class emergency responders deserve daily recognition

Lycoming County officials sponsored an appreciation dinner last week for emergency responders. Fittingly, John Yingling, director of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, announced his hope for a peaceful dinner that would go uninterrupted for the honored guests and the pagers they ...