Editorials

On this Labor Day, remember the skills that make a worker

On this Labor Day, unemployment is at a 16-year low, according to the most recent labor statistics. So there is that positive to reflect as many of us enjoy a holiday respite and celebrate what we do for a living. The lower unemployment number can be read many ways, particularly depending ...

Rally a shining example of what unity looks like

It doesn’t take a lot of bigoted people to stain a nation. That much we learned from the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. But a crowd of any size that has peace-building and unity in mind can turn the momentum in the other direction. That was evident at Brandon Park, where a crowd of ...

Rally a shining example of what unity looks like

It doesn’t take a lot of bigoted people to stain a nation. That much we learned from the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. But a crowd of any size that has peace-building and unity in mind can turn the momentum in the other direction. That was evident at Brandon Park, where a crowd of ...

Navy looks to solve reasons for multiple mishaps recently

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the recent collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. Officials already have ...

In time of extreme need, give to help victims of Harvey

Until further notice, the United States has a sixth Great Lake. It’s called Harvey. It’s located off the eastern coastline of Texas and the southern coast of Louisiana. Such is the scope of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Harvey, which has dumped rainfall of biblical proportions on ...

National emergency opioid declaration needs willing partners

President Trump is declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency," which puts a proportionate label on the crisis that we believe people in our region would accept as accurate. The president promised to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. The problem is certainly one ...

Tough police calls coming for leaders of borough, township

Porter Township leaders have decided they no longer can afford police coverage from the nearby Jersey Shore police department. The borough spent $528,000 on police coverage this year, with $227,000 of those costs paid for by Porter Township. With that decision, Porter Township is losing ...

The latest Series brings new level of signature moments

The kids from Tokyo, Japan, rule the Little League Baseball world following their win over Lufkin, Texas, the United States titlist Sunday at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. The Japanese youngsters, however, weren’t the only winners. You can add the Lufkin kids to the list. They came back from ...

We hope Afghanistan leaders heard all of Trump’s speech, strategy

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech last Monday night. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action ...

County break with state over reentry program: Be careful

The GEO Group recently started a new partnership through Lycoming County with Pennsylvania to provide reentry services for state parolees, just as it does for the county. The partnership did not last long. The county commissioners voted 2-1 recently to halt the program completely, citing ...

Charlottesville: Free speech is never an invitation for violence

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Bigotry, sadly, can exist in a country dominated by human kindness

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds and even geographic ...

Most vital part of airport punchlist is future outcome

Earth is being moved and construction of the Williamsport Regional Airport’s new passenger terminal is starting. By this time next year, a $16.8 million airport modernization project in Montoursville will be complete. But the most important part of the punchlist to fulfill follows ...

Back-to-school time should include a vital conversation

It's back-to-school time and more than a few parents in the region are feeling those mixed emotions. It's great to get a change of scenery for kids who actually get a little bored by the end of August. But another summer is ending, the daily routine is about to get more complex and hectic ...

Region’s ultimate Americana exhibit generates $31 million

The number is $31 million. That's the estimate of how much money is infused into the region's economy by the Little League World Series in South Williamsport and related events. That number has crept higher in recent years as the Series has expanded from its original five-day event to a ...

Next step with North Korea is permanent nuclear disarmament

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Statue underscores an unmatched day of baseball locally

With a Major League Baseball game being played tonight at Bowman Field in conjunction with the Little League World Series, the latest addition to the Bases Loaded statue project is fitting. Unveiled last week, the latest statue at the entrance to Bowman Field is that of an outfielder wearing ...

Abuse of Pentagon by contractors deserves a closer investigation

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

The Repasz Band’s imprint is official with state marker

The Repasz Band has been a cultural cornerstone of Williamsport and the region for 186 years. Now the band has the formal proof that it’s a cultural cornerstone for the state and nation. Last week a state historical marker celebrating the band’s existence and imprint was unveiled in ...

Pothole ‘hotline’ speaks volumes on city streets

We’ve been saying for years that street conditions in Williamsport are overdue for attention after seemingly being low on the priority list for awhile. There is proof of the situation in the phone logs of the “pothole hotline.” A nine-member crew has fielded 58 new work orders as a ...