Editorials

Trump’s shot across the bow of Cuban leaders appropriate

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For decades, ...

State’s police video policy will nurture unnecessary distrust

Regrettably, it didn’t last long. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week ruled that police dashboard videos can be made a matter of public record unless the police agency can prove it contains criminal investigation material. This week, the state Legislature approved a bill that allows ...

Bowman Field has a sparkle to it with major modernization

Bowman Field is once again home to minor league baseball’s Williamsport Crosscutters. But when the Cutters opened the home portion of their schedule last week, there was a palpable sparkle to the historic city facility. Maybe it was the chair seats that now are bolted down in place of the ...

Early indications show city’s interest in government change

With minor league baseball’s Williamsport Crosscutters season opener at a refurbished Bowman Field for competition, a Williamsport City Council-sponsored meeting on plans to consider a change in the city’s form of government drew 30 people last week. That may not seem like a lot, but in ...

Journey House success story takes another step forward

The Journey House Transitional Housing Program recently took another step forward. Make that a fifth step, as in the fifth apartment the program has offered since the program was founded in 2007. The program is a success story whose foundation is a partnership with Lycoming County United ...

The baseball practice shooting: May this be the moment to pause

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

$$5 county bridge fee has its critics but makes sense

The Lycoming County Commissioners have approved a $5 per vehicle registration fee, effective Oct. 1, to pay for repairs to 40 structurally deficient bridges. The fee has an understandable legion of critics. To be frank, we don’t like the way residents, seniors in particular, keep getting ...

Repudiation of traditional politics happening elsewhere

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

Numbers show gas industry still has ‘impact’ in state

The natural gas drilling industry may have experienced something of a downslide in the region in the past couple years. But it is still having an “impact.” To be precise, it is having a $5.46 million impact. That’s the windfall to Lycoming County municipalities in 2016 state impact ...

Despite trouble spots, Lycoming prof sees economic momentum

When it comes to the local economy, viewpoint is everything. So one person's booming economy is anything but that to the person whose job has been replaced by a machine. To make the most accurate assessment of where we stand economically in the region, we have to lean on the numbers. And ...

Political tardiness limits the impact of pension reform

The history part is that Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation last week moving Pennsylvania government's new public employees into a less expensive pension benefits structure, a portion of which will be a 401(k)-style program. But the signing does not represent unique or trend-setting ...

Penn College budget at least comes with no sticker shock

Paying for a college education today can be the largest single cost many families endure, especially if multiple children are involved. So any relief from the numbing annual tuition increases above the rate of inflation is welcome. The Pennsylvania College of Technology board of trustees ...

Merkel shows shameful disregard for America’s life sacrifices in Europe

Last month, after President Donald Trump suggested European countries should start paying their fair share of the cost of NATO, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out at Americans. Europeans no longer can rely on other nations standing by them in times of military peril, Merkel said in a ...

Desperate budget situation leads to gambling expansion

The state government revenue stream is swimming in red ink, with collections running far below expectations. And it seems operational expenses keep rising. Those increases combine with a looming public pension financial crisis to put Pennsylvania in a desperate budget situation. That ...

At long last, Grafius Run flood control work moves forward

When the heavy rains hit Williamsport, the debris from trees that populate the Grafius Run area becomes trapped in trash racks, flooding the streets that are in the run’s path. The problem is worsened by deteriorating pipes meant to channel water to the river. The result is seepage and ...

Pergola puts an overdue stamp on Way’s Garden restoration

A Roman-style pergola was dedicated at Way’s Garden last week. The dedication marked the latest chapter in the renaissance of this jewel in the heart of Williamsport. Restoration of Way’s Garden has been going on for a couple years, thanks to the tireless work of several dedicated ...

The bare-fisted battle over the Trump budget begins in Congress

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from both our states ...

Fly your flag proudly today; It has never been more important

We have seen the news video way too often, especially in today’s world, of our American flag being burned. Sometimes it is a defiant objector in a far off land who does not share the American ideals of freedom and liberty and would prefer the demise of our democracy and what it signifies. ...

$5 fee most equitable way to catch up on flawed county bridges

Much of Lycoming County is a mosaic of streams, creeks and runs. From a highway standpoint, that means lots of bridges. Many of those bridges are more than a century old. Many of them are structurally onsound. Most of these bridges are in heavily rural corners of Lycoming County, the largest ...