Editorials

At the very least, memo raises major Russia probe issues

When we get past all the commentary that surrounded it, what did we learn from the Republican-composed congressional memo created and released by the House Intelligence Committee on Friday regarding the investigation of President Trump's presidential campaign? • The investigation was based ...

City codes leaders correct to fine violating landlords

City codes administrators are noticing that experienced landlords are ignoring the city ordinance that requires rental property inspections every four years. So they are hitting them in the best place to change their attitude: The wallet. They have started hitting landlords not meeting the ...

Gallup media poll yields predictable, sobering results

When it comes to polling, Gallup is probably the most trusted name in existence. So the latest Gallup/Knight foundation survey on trust, media and democracy deserves to be respected for its professionalism and objectivity. The findings were instructive and hardly surprising to us. • ...

For For some expressing sexual misconduct outrage, it’s an act

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

County drug court has a two-decade record of success

In a region where illegal drug use is a problem too big to ignore, a court program that focuses on drug treatment has to make a major, positive impact. By any measure, Lycoming County’s drug court program is making that kind of impact. Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts ...

State of Union: Positive, but sadly, unwelcome to some

President Trump’s State of the Union message Tuesday was uplifting for all the right reasons and disheartening for all the wrong reasons. We suppose that’s to be expected, given how politically divided the nation is, even as the economy – to the benefit of all Americans – shows its ...

Loyalsock Creek worthy of River of Year moniker

Loyalsock Creek flows through Worlds End State Park and along the Loyalsock Trail. The 59-mile trail provides vistas overlooking the stream below. The stream flows through a very remote, rural area of Pennsylvania. So when the creek was nominated for the title of 2018 River of the Year, ...

State education leader promotes a better learning path

Pedro A. Rivera, state secretary of education, visited Lycoming College recently and got a lot of face time with student teachers and other parts of the school's student body. He came away impressed, which hardly surprises us, given Lycoming's status as one of the nation's premier liberal ...

Don’t repeat Obama mistake; Support protesters in Iran

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

Charter Commission survey: City residents get rare opportunity

The seven-member city Charter Commission is nearing the survey portion of its mission that is supposed to lead to a recommendation on the best form of government for the future of Williamsport. At its meeting last week, the commission crafted a survey that is to be taken by about 200-plus ...

Twitter and control of free speech: It’s a very tricky slope

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet ...

Hopefully, Oprah predictions of ‘a new day’ is correct

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she tried ...

Congressional map: Best outcome is a redrawing for 2020

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down the state's congressional map, ruling that it was unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The state's Supreme Court is heavily Democratic. The maps were drawn up by a Republican majority in 2011. The court did not say in its ...

Budget ‘shutdown’ based on contrived set of priorities

This is Washington today. When 2018 started, Republicans who own majorities in the House and Senate as well as the White House were labeled heartless if they did not extend the Child Health Improvement Program. A six-year extension of the program is in the budget that was rejected Friday and ...

County pays golf course debt, first step in critical year

With each passing day, 2018 feels more and more like a make-or-break year for the White Deer Golf Complex. The Lycoming County Commissioners last week voted to pay off all debts related to the golf complex – a $439,000 settlement. They are considering using natural gas impact fees to pay ...

Opioid declaration: Right-minded, but execution important

Gov. Tom Wolf has declared the state opioid addiction epidemic a public health emergency, a declaration similar to the designation given a natural disaster. There’s nothing wrong with the 90-day disaster declaration, which automatically widens access to the state’s prescription drug ...

Proposed tax hike in Montoursville needs scrutiny

For most local taxpayers, the school property levy is the largest single bill they pay in a given year. So any school tax increase is not welcome. Increases above the Act 1 index are demoralizing. Montoursville Area School District’s real estate tax millage is at 14.85 mills, so any ...