Editorials

Fireworks trend: Reverse it before there is a tragedy

It feels like the July 4th fireworks display starts about July 1 and doesn’t end til, oh, about today. We are not referring to the sanctioned municipal events. We are speaking of the independent displays that seem to sprout up in just about every neighborhood. And unlike the municipal ...

Grant brings ideas, vision for East End to reality – finally

Ideas are great. Vision is great. But when it comes to transcendant public development, it takes money to make ideas and vision come alive. Williamsport's East End corridor has had the potential to be vibrant for decades and finally has real money to become a distinctive part of the local ...

Trump’s government reorganization plan makes sense to people

How nice it would be to believe President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies to believe an improvement has occurred when they see it, ...

New prescription policy is worth monitoring for anti-opioid results

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has found that four in five new heroin users began abusing prescription painkillers. That’s a pretty stark fact that lends credence to the thinking that the opioid epidemic is largely a product of prescription painkillers. To that end, Geisinger ...

Putin, Russia are indeed threats, so why not meet, and keep them closer th

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer. That may occur next month. Since even before the 2016 election, conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin abounded. There were claims the Russian leader ...

Despite pulling out of climate accord, U.S. making progress on goals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s timing in lambasting President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords could have been better. Recently, Merkel, saying climate change is “a fact,” called Trump’s decision “very regrettable.” Just days before, ...

Elm Park presents rare city opportunity; Process is important

There was a time when Elm Park along West Fourth Street was teeming with softball teams daily in the summer, with both league and tournament competitions going on seemingly around the clock. That time has passed. The Elm Park Softball Boosters Association has disbanded, the former lease on ...

Energy official makes the case for Trump energy policies

President Trump has his share of detractors. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, is not among them. He spoke recently to the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce members about the changing energy landscape under the president's watch. The policies, he ...

Responsibility, respect must remain part of our exceptionalism

Good morning, fellow Americans. Welcome to another birthday. It’s July 4th again. There will be fireworks, hot dogs and heat today. There also will be independence, which is what we are celebrating today. It is independence blazed by immigrants who came to this land in search of ...

Ruling dropping union worker dues requirement overdue

Last week, in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is a violation of the First Amendment for public sector unions to force all public employees – whether union members or not – to pay agency fees that support union activities. It’s about time. Pennsylvania is ...

Charitable giving by Americans shows defining compassion

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: About $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Community activist, Camp Cadet: The seeds of what we need

We seem to be living in dangerously uncivil times these days. Typical political disagreement has been elevated from argumentative discourse to nasty, vulgar tweets to threats against institutions and elected officials to calls for uprisings and public harassment of the nation’s ...

NY attorney general points finger at the wrong public figure

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

A couple theories paying dividends on one city block

The ultimate test of a theory is how it works in real life circumstances. City Council approved use of $1,500 in legislative contingency funding in 2015 for a peace pole in the 600 block of Second Street. The hope was that the peace pole would be a catalyst for the neighborhood to see ...

Mayor drops agency leasing proposal – with a parting shot

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana on Wednesday dropped his attempt to get a lease buy-back agreement with the city and Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority. But he didn’t do so without a parting shot across the bow of City Council, which has informally rejected the ...

Natural gas impact fee numbers show unique effectiveness

The argument for a natural gas severance tax in Pennsylvania usually starts with fingers pointed toward other big energy producing states and their drilling taxes. Well, the state Public Utility Commission last week announced that nearly $210 million is being distributed in impact fees this ...

State funding hike meant to hold PCT tuition in place

One of the beneficiaries of the unusually smooth state budget process was higher education. And that includes the Pennsylvania College of Technology, which received a $662,000 increase in state funding, a 3-percent hike over this year. "The message we are trying to send is we don't see any ...

Do you have $15.4 billion laying around? Your government does

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Evidence suggests region’s opioid alliance is remaining strong

With Project Bald Eagle disbanding recently, we’ve been heartened by recent assurances that there are medical and court system coalitions in place to carry on the worthy initiatives that Project Bald Eagle helped start to fight the region’s opioid epidemic. UPMC/Susquehanna Health last ...

State budget increase in school safety warranted if focus is correct

Pennsylvania appears to be well on the road to election year budget peace. While we are under no illusions that this goes very far beyond political necessity for both major political parties, we are heartened by one aspect of the 2018-19 state budget. It calls for increased spending on ...