Editorials

Some liberals reveal themselves with tax relief resistance

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Tuesday’s election deceptively vital for region’s voters

All elections are vital parts of our democracy, whether they be local, state or national in importance. The election Tuesday is deceptively vital. At first blush, voters might think there is not much at stake because there is not that one, galvanizing race, such as the presidency or ...

Hillary Clinton call for Russia collusion probe has boomerang affect

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

A year of decision nears for White Deer Golf Complex

The assessment of the White Deer Golf Complex at a recent Lycoming County Commissioners meeting was positive. The occasion was consideration of a $19,690 bill for removing old sprinkler heads and installing new ones at the complex. The funds to pay that bill come from a 2012 bond issued ...

DDon’t underplay illegal vote number in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has determined noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years. The department’s disclosure followed examination of 35 primary and general elections from 2000 through 2017. It ...

Another pedestrian tragedy underscores Route 220 danger

For the fifth time in just over a year, a pedestrian was struck and killed last week while on a four-lane stretch of Route 220 in the Linden area. The circumstances of the accident are somewhat unclear. But the bottom line is that four pedestrian deaths on the same portion of highway in ...

From Washington to Williamsport, a sobering assessment of opioid epidemic

In Washington last Thursday, President Trump, who lost a brother to alcoholism, was declaring opioid abuse in this country a national emergency. In Williamsport on the same day, a state public hearing was the backdrop for a sobering assessment of where our own community stands with the crisis. ...

Commissioners correct to look at staff cuts given budget status

With Lycoming County once again looking at deficit spending to balance its 2018 budget, Commissioner Rick Mirabito said last week the county is working to lower its number of positions in order to save on salary and benefits costs. Mirabito said his goal is to reduce the county’s manpower ...

Gambling expansion does not solve state budget structure problems

Pennsylvania casinos will gross more revenue this year than any state except Nevada. So it comes as no surprise that the state lawmakers and Gov. Wolf, with a new budget stalled by a $2.2 billion deficit, last week approved a bill to expand casino-style campleing to truck stops, online ...

Trump took correct action in suspending insurance payments

As we pointed out years ago, billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies funneled to insurance companies by former President Barack Obama were a coverup. They were not authorized by Congress, as the Constitution requires. For that reason, President Donald Trump was absolutely correct in saying ...

County budget: deficit spending must end soon

The earliest projections for the 2018 Lycoming County budget show a $7.4 million deficit - and no tax increase. The projected deficit has been less each of the past three years. Moreover, the actual deficit during each of those years has actually been less than expected. But the practice of ...

ISIS: Its capital is gone but the terror threat is still in place

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

211 needs to become just as embedded as 911 in our lives

The 911 number has become the instinctive connector between people and emergency responders in our county, state and nation. And that’s great. Countless tragedies have been averted or at least partially reduced by that simple connection, understandable to everyone. The 211 hotline offered ...

Prescription limit bill long overdue, worthy of approval

The state Senate passed legislation last week that is long overdue. A bill chiefly sponsored by State Sen. Gene Yaw, who represents our region, would limit the number of prescription opioids– very strong pain killers – that may be dispensed. The bill puts a seven-day cap on ...

Earlier arrival to airport easy trade for greater safety

It's going to take longer to board a flight out of the Williamsport Regional Airport in the future. The Transportation Security Administration is implementing "new, stronger screening procedures" for carry-on items at the airport. New procedures require travelers to place all electronics ...

Intelligence agencies need a return to old-fashioned spying

It’s been clear for awhile that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned spying taking a back seat. Recently, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out into the ...

Naloxone partnering not a cure all, but a practical initiative

The Lycoming County Commissioners, Susquehanna Region EMS, many local police departments and the district attorney’s office entered into an important partnership recently. They agreed to provide local law enforcement agencies with naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug. The costs of ...

Sgt. Bergdahl’s plea robbed Americans of complete story

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Lawmakers discard practical budget answer for more taxes solution

Pennsylvania lawmakers stuck for a budget solution rolled out their go-to argument this week, reviving the call for severance tax on gas drilling. The industry appears to be making a rebound in Pennsylvania, the nation’s No. 2 gas state thanks to Marcellus Shale deposits. And proponents of ...