Editorials

Events in Texas a reminder of how to prevent mass killings

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, apparently came to an end ...

United Way funding results testimony to local giving trait

Trends in giving are difficult to turn around. But the Lycoming County United Way did that with this year’s fundraising campaign. For the first time in five years, the organization exceeded its previous year’s campaign results. The organization is projecting donations of $1,249,606 ...

River Walk extension would only increase impact of treasure

There is no denying what a treasure the Susquehanna River Walk is. The unique recreation path has the valley’s signature, the river, as its primary backdrop and has been an inspiration for individual and family health since its start in the 1990s. Given its special value to our area, we ...

West End crime solutions most likely are old-school ones

Anyone who doubted there is a problem with rowdy behavior and vandalism in the city’s West End, particularly by youths, had those doubts put to rest at a meeting of City Council’s public safety committee Tuesday. The committee got an earful regarding crime problems during the meeting at ...

Raise the Region success shows the heart of our region

Within the next 30 days, 314 nonprofit organizations in Lycoming, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties will be receiving a nice, tidy check. And it will be a refreshingly different windfall. It will be part of the $1.45 million in donations garnered through the ...

School shootings: The problem is deeper than guns

There has been heartening involvement by our youth and fruitful community discussions here and throughout the country since the Parkland school shooting tragedy. The nation has reached a new level of determination to end school tragedies. It’s just as clear there are people – particularly ...

What did VA secretary Shulkin know and when did he know it?

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

National Parks: The last true bargain – keep it that way

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Court rulings mean sanctioned chaos in Congressional elections

The U.S. Supreme Court and a federal panel on Monday dismissed Republican challenges to a redrawn congressional map imposed on Pennsylvania by the state’s high court, increasing the likelihood that map will be the basis for Congressional election races this year. The ruling means Democrat ...

Estate notice change will cost taxpayers, reduce their access

State legislation that has been introduced eliminating the requirement to advertise decedents’ estates in newspapers is being promoted as “another option” by its backers. “Who would be opposed to an additional source to get information?” state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, a Loyalsock ...

Latest price hike doesn’t change levee repair need

The costs for repair of the levee that protects Williamsport and its surrounding communities jumped another $5 million to $15.8 million recently. That reality hit when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined another $5 million would be needed for repairs that have arisen from rules ...

Bandshell’s preservation priority has been earned over decades

City government leaders are seeking a $100,000 state grant for repairs needed at the Brandon Park Bandshell. Matched by $100,000 in local funding, the money would pay for structural repairs at the venerable bandshell and at a handicapped-accessible lift to allow those with physical ...

Pennsylvania overdue for a reduced size in state Legislature

Pennsylvania’s 253-person Legislature is the nation’s second largest. If it is reduced to 189, which the House voted for last week, that will still be more than twice the 80 that represent all of California. The reduction would make Pennsylvania’s legislature the country’s ...

Report spotlights revolting, unpatriotic Anti-Semitic attitudes

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued recently. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents, about half of them vandalism, were reported ...

Jailed mentally ill need proper approach to break their cycle

Lycoming County will participate in the national initiative Stepping Up, which helps provide counties with tools to lessen how many mentally ill people are sentenced to prison. The decision made by the commissioners recently is a good one for emotional, compassionate and practical ...

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 ...