Editorials

For United Way, a revised focus and daunting challenge

The Lycoming County United Way is embarking on a new fundraising campaign under new leadership with a different point of emphasis as it canvases every corner of the county for charitable donations. The organization wants to raise enough money to impact people in the county 55,000 times in the ...

STEP takes correct ‘step’ with annual endowment funds

We really like some of the “steps” that STEP is taking lately in the name of opportunity and self-help. STEP is working toward creating a Housing Options Pathway Endowment Fund to add funding to its housing options programming. Last year, STEP created a general fund called the STEP ...

Two programs blaze trail in fight against DUI, underage drinking

Just about everyone concedes that underage drinking and driving while intoxicated are major sources of tragedy, not just in our region but in the nation. Knowing a problem exists and doing something about it are two different things, however. In Lycoming County, there are not one but two ...

The Iran nuclear deal: Toughen it or leave it behind

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more ...

Direct talks are best path to proper hotel tax operation

A lawsuit filed against the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, its CEO and two Lycoming County commissioners alleging improper use of hotel tax funding has been withdrawn. That’s good news and reasonable action. But judging by the comments of local attorney Bob Elion, who filed ...

Constitution deserves preservation, defense without compromise

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 17, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel ...

Flanigan Park needs a helping hand and community buy-in

Elliot Walker Sr. is a city resident who lives in the neighborhood around Flanigan Park. He knows what he is seeing and would like it to change. "Everybody's morale is down. Everyone talks and no one wants to walk," he said following a recent meeting with Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. "We need ...

Lobbyist a wise investment for costly levee work

The tragic devastation brought by Hurricane Irma serves as a sobering reminder of just what havoc a flood can bring. It also points to the necessity of adequate flood protection and flood insurance. And that's as much a municipal responsibility as it is a homeowner responsibility. The flood ...

Marino apparently will be anti-drug czar after all

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan House Republican who represents much of our region, will apparently be leading the nation’s anti-drug effort after all. The Trump administration announced recently it has tapped Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is actually a ...

Regional police get vote of confidence from misunderstanding

The prospect of losing local police coverage drew a lot of concern from Porter Township residents, who turned up at the latest supervisors’ meeting. It turns out Porter Township supervisors were not looking to withdraw the township from the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police ...

Don’t forget losses to Virgin Islands from hurricanes

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But let’s not forget about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse ...

Brace for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Overdue dissection could produce state budget solution

We have lost track of how many times we have asked in this space that the state budget be examined line item by line item before its size and the taxes needed to support it are increased. Faced with a $2.2 billion budget gap for the belated 2017-18 budget, the Republican majority in the state ...

YWCA leader leaves with an enduring legacy

Diane Glenwright retired as CEO of the YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania last week after 16 years. But she really did not leave. The programs and services she guided from birth to sustainability on behalf of women in this region remain. The building she transformed from deterioration to a ...

The ride helps us remember what we must never forget

With the roar of the motorcycles, we remember. As the flags blow stiff in the wind behind the cycles, we remember. And onlookers to the 17th 9/11 Memorial Coalition ride waved their flags back. As the sun set gently on Monday, the ride forced us all to remember what we should never ...

Region gets boost in bus and air transport menu

The transportation portfolio of the region got a big boost on two fronts recently. A new carrier, Fullington, took over out-of-town bus service that Susquehanna Trailways recently dropped. The company also will take over operations at the bus terminal on Church Street. Fullington's takeover ...

Haley’s statements on North Korea: More truth than hyperbole

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said last Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea ...

Education most vital part of new school in Montoursville

It is not your father’s Montoursville Area High School anymore. When the new school year dawned, administrators, teachers, children and parents walked into a much different Montoursville Area High School. After years of planning and often contentious debate, a sharply renovated ...

Trump is correct to be concerned with Venezuela chaos

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Area gets closeup for industry at the best possible time

When it comes to being a business and industry prospect, Lycoming County had its closeup on the closing weekend of the Little League World Series. The Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, along with officials from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, hosted site ...