Editorials

Tax reform talking points: Reality will tell the real tale

Depending on the viewpoint you accept, the tax reform promoted by the Trump administration and being passed by Congress is either a slick tax break for only the richest among us or an historic, overdue payback to almost all Americans. Those were the wildly disparate party lines championed by ...

Two panels have tall task regarding the city’s future

Two elected commissions have begun perhaps the most important work done in the public realm in Williamsport in half a century. The city Charter Commission elected on Nov. 7 held its initial meeting two weeks ago. The commission has nine months to make a recommendation on the best form of ...

More development of former ‘Y’ property a big downtown step

When the Liberty Arena was built, one of the most important parts of the vision for the property at West Fourth and Elmira streets was development plans for the remaining part of the former YMCA building. The arena is operational and busy. And now it appears development plans for the former ...

Why can’t nation’s coming tax relief kick in immediately?

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their ...

County budget: Tax hike unwanted, but future goals correct

The bad news is that the Lycoming County budget of more than $100 million in 2018 will require a 0.75-mill real estate tax increase. That’s never a good thing. But arguments may be made that this is the most responsible budget the county commissioners have passed in several years. ...

The world community needs to rein in North Korea leader Kim

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...

Legislation takes needed next step regarding sexual harassment cases

The drive to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements for federal lawmakers in sexual harassment cases has been taken to another level. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation that would require repayment ...

Beyond test ‘snapshot’, other factors key to local student learning

The region’s schools recently received the results of the latest school performance tests, with a predictable mixed bag of scores. Some schools scored very well in the latest tests, others not so much. The tests are, quite accurately, characterized as a “snapshot” of student and school ...

United Way needs grassroots giving to reach ‘impact’ goal

The Lycoming County United Way has set an ambitious goal of impacting lives 55,000 times with the money raised in its annual fundraising campaign. That’s nearly double the impact 29,000 times in Lycoming County by the services of the United Way program partners last year. The United Way ...

Comey’s curious decision on Clinton server becomes clear

Veteran FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok has been pulled out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in our election, it was revealed recently. Strzok reportedly was involved in an exchange of text messages that showed his bias against ...

Volunteer fire companies face hard realities

When it comes to volunteer firefighting, it’s a different world from the bucket brigades of the first half of the 20th century. It’s also a more expensive one. And to that end, the numbers don’t add up when it comes to keeping a volunteer fire company afloat. A series of stories in ...

The Steinle verdict screams for revision of immigration policy

Walking on a pier in San Francisco with her father in 2015, Kate Steinle was shot in the back. The 22-year-old died in her father’s arms. She was shot by Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had been released several weeks earlier from a San Francisco jail despite a federal request to detain him ...

Harassment bill long overdue and shamefully needed

We are appreciative that U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements involving federal lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct. But the entire Congress should be ...

Bus fleet savings show capabilities of gas industry

One of the more pleasant bits of news to come out of Williamsport city budget talks was the disclosure that the River Valley Transit system is saving $400,000 a year by converting its fleet from diesel fuel to natural gas. And there is more savings on the way. While 10 compressed natural gas ...

Public service pays pretty well in Pennsylvania

It’s called public service. And it turns out public service at the highest levels of state government pays off pretty well. The salaries of Pennsylvania’s 253 state lawmakers, more than 1,000 judges and several dozen top executive branch officials will rise in 2018. The increase of ...

Conyers, others deserve pink slips from Congress

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be dismissed from Congress. Add to that using taxpayers’ money in attempt to cover up wrongdoing, and the case for removal is ironclad. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is accused of doing both things. His ...

Local levee is worthy of top priority status

The levee that protects Williamsport and its surrounding municipalities is listed as the top priority in the Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan as identified by the Greater Williamsport Alliance. And the numbers associated with the levee underline what being a top priority means. Based on the ...

Islamic terror in Egypt illustrates global scope

In the bloodiest attack ever by Islamic terrorists in Egypt, they massacred at least 235 fellow Muslims in an attack on a mosque Friday. Bombs were set off, and those who escaped them were mowed down by gunmen. The mosque, in Egypt’s Sinai region, was packed with members of the Sufi branch ...

City’s no-tax-hike plan refreshing; discipline required

Necessary services for Williamsport residents. Exorbitant pension obligations. Expensive levee certification requirements. Bargaining unit contracts. These and other requirements make balancing a city budget without a tax increase extremely difficult. But that's what has been proposed ...