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Editorials

Re-entry website is one more addition to rehab toolbox

When people break the law and are convicted of crimes, they are punished. That’s as it should be. The best possible outcome following that is that the offender serves their time and becomes rehabilitated during their penal phase to the point where they are worthy of a second chance. That, ...

Borough, township correctly look to streamline police

We traditionally favor streamlining, consolidating and sharing services among municipalities as a means of saving money and improving efficiency by publicly funded entities. The latest steps being taken regarding police in the Jersey Shore area and Old Lycoming Township are no ...

Broadband access key to region’s future

For most of us, the days of slow- to no-broadband internet access ended long ago. But in significant portions of Lycoming County and other parts of our region, there is no broadband service. A recent public meeting to develop strategies for expanding broadband service in our region drew 36 ...

Where was ‘MeToo’ with regard to Epstein?

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is among the sleaziest of perverts, if federal authorities are to be believed. Given his 2008 guilty plea to charges he had sex with minors in Florida, there is no reason to discount charges he faces now in New York. Outrage already has been expressed over the ...

40 years of Free Enterprise Week inspires students

Williamsport, we have guests! About 400 high school students from across the state have been in town each week from early July until early August — and they have been different students each week. Their purpose? To attend a business camp offered mainly on the campus of Lycoming College, ...

Area state park finally receives a missing piece

We were delighted to learn that a gap has been filled at Ricketts Glen State Park in Sullivan County, which recently expanded its borders with the addition of 143 acres of forestland. The land represents what park officials were calling “the missing puzzle piece.” The acreage ...

Trump’s tweet

It has been pointed out that President Donald Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s radicals than ...

Local levee funding case is strong

The bill for the local levee project needed to get the required recertification for the dike is estimated at between $13.6 million and $16 million. Despite multiple public and private entities contributing money toward the project, a substantial financing gap remains for the necessary ...

Goal of lowering county government payroll a priority

While approving a part-time clerk position recently, the Lycoming County Commissioners took great pains to emphasize their continued efforts to lower payroll. We have heard these assurances before. And goals have been set for payroll and staff cutting by the commissioners. But such goals ...

Proud to be an American

This letter is about the question of citizenship on the census papers. Nancy Pelosi and her puppet, Chuck Schumer, and the Democratic supporters, must be ashamed of this great country. I am not! I am very proud to be a citizen of this great country. Werner Ziegmann South Williamport

American fruit born of proper citizenship path

Some people do it right. Today we speak of the 37 new American citizens who recently participated in a naturalization ceremony at the federal courthouse in Williamsport. Each of them followed the legal path — not necessarily an easy path — to citizenship. During the ceremony, one of ...

Tuition rate freeze first step

The State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania is freezing tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year for the first time in 20 years. Hopefully, it’s not a case of too little too late for the state-owned system, which includes Mansfield and Lock Haven universities. The tuition ...

Repatriations were up during Obama years

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...

Mussina’s call to Cooperstown

Cooperstown, a hamlet in southeastern New York, sits where the Susquehanna River begins, amid farms and rolling hills. It also is the promised land of professional baseball players, home to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Mike Mussina grew up and still lives in Montoursville, part ...

Look how far living boldly has taken us

Fifty years ago today, the world watched alongside us, the United States of America, as man set foot on the moon and planted the stars and stripes. It was momentous; generations of previous decades may have laughed at the notion of flying through space, scoffed even, and the idea would have ...

Natural gas fees making ‘impact’ on multiple fronts

The numbers alone can speak for themselves. Lycoming County received $10.5 million from the Natural Gas Impact Tax for 2018. North central Pennsylvania received $50.6 million. The state of Pennsylvania, in total, received $251.8 million. Since the impact fee was legislated in 2012, the state ...

Minimum wage hike needed, but budget time not the right time

Provisions to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 an hour were not addressed with the new state budget, as Gov. Tom Wolf had hoped. We hope that does not mean the minimum wage will not be increased. It is well past time to increase the lowest minimum wage in the country. It ...

Justice officials need to learn why

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Newberry’s World Series run

The scenario is the same every summer. The regular Little League Baseball season ends, leagues pick all-star teams and they start competing. But only once has this annual passion play for 11- and 12-year-olds resulted in a Williamsport team making it all the way to Howard J. Lamade Stadium ...

Lawmakers, Wolf must compromise on voting machines

State lawmakers recently passed a separate measure amid their budget votes that designates $90 million to pay for counties instituting new voting machines that have an auditable paper trail ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Given the state’s history of unfunded mandates inflicted on ...