Editorials

Manning release order ranks among Obama’s worst missteps

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

White Deer Golf Complex nearing a turning point

The Lycoming County Commissioners are applying their version of what is known in golf circles as winter rules to the White Deer Golf Complex. The commissioners recently designated $100,000 to the complex to compensate for the winter slog when revenues typically run well behind bills. The ...

Thruway project hits first hurdle; it must be scaled

The Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Project has – pardon the pun – hit a roadblock. Actually, the roadblock is more like a milkshake-textured ooze from two coal by-products that are in the path of the southern portion of the project, which is designed to bypass the perpetually ...

National Guard joins Project Bald Eagle’s daunting mission

Project Bald Eagle, the community's clearinghouse organization in the fight against the region's opioid epidemic, is enlisting the National Guard to help in the battle. On one hand, that speaks to how serious the problem is. On the other hand, why not? Guard personnel say the expanded ...

Budget outlook gets gloomy, screams for fresh revenue source

Pennsylvania’s budget news gets more grim with each passing minute. The latest projections of the state Legislature’s Independent Fiscal Office show a potential shortfall of nearly $3 billion through next summer. That’s up from a previous projection of $2.2 billion, but the office has ...

Now maybe U.S. can pull off better deals

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s death ...

City on the verge of some dramatic, overdue changes

Some dramatic changes are due for Williamsport between Basin and Elmira streets, changes geared to creating a commercial corridor in the eastern end of the city, connecting Lycoming College to the downtown area and unclogging traffic patterns. All these things have been talked about for ...

Hopefully, Trump knows who Putin and company really are company are

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Something overdue appears to be in works in Montana

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If ...

Jordan is a Middle East ally that Trump should cultivate

President Barack Obama’s eight years in office have been a time of frustration for many of our nation’s allies. His shoddy treatment of Israel makes headlines regularly. But our second-most-reliable ally, Jordan, seldom makes the news. A terrorist attack there in mid-December, in which 10 ...

Greater free parking presence would help downtown perception

The cost and availability of parking have a lot to do with how a downtown is perceived. In the case of Williamsport’s downtown, the parking impression is a negative one, despite sincere efforts by public officials to change it over the years. Last week parking officials met with the ...

WASD preliminary budget numbers are too scary to remain

The business manager of the Williamsport Area School District says the district is looking at a $2.6 million deficit in its preliminary budget for 2017-18. The district’s fiscal year ends June 30, so at this point the deficit is a number on a paper. No more. No less. Early numbers are ...

Pine Street two-way plan reaches grant seeking phase

The vision of two-way traffic on Pine Street in downtown Williamsport became very real last week when City Council’s finance committee backed the administration’s recommendation to pursue a $729,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to reconstruct Pine Street. The ...

Wolf making big budget promises; Devil in the details

Gov. Tom Wolf says he will balance the state budget this year without a major tax increase. He is not saying much else. Meanwhile, analysts are projecting a $2 billion-plus hole in the state’s finances based on present and future expenses. So we appreciate Wolf’s hopeful scenario but ...

Dr. King’s son sets an example for the rest of country to follow

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Trump’s clarion call: Now arrives the hour of action

Moments after being inaugurated, Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States of America, signaled his intentions for the coming days, weeks, months and years of his term. “Now arrives the hour of action,” he said near the conclusion of a muscular speech punctuated by multiple ...

Trump needs to reverse nation’s attitude on coal

Many people are counting on President Donald Trump, inaugurated Friday, to end the Obama administration’s war on coal and affordable electricity. But merely slamming on the brakes is not enough. As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted in a letter to Trump, the runaway locomotive ...

Kidman gets it right on supporting process – and gets condemned

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring to buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country ...

Two cases show depth of drug epidemic in area

The details of two drug cases prosecuted locally last week gave a picture of just how omnipresent and developed the illegal drug trade is in our area. The U.S. Attorney's offices indicted 11 people in federal court for a heroin distribution network that has been operating in Williamsport and ...

City Council keeps same direction in ever-tougher role

As the year began, Williamsport City Council reorganized and re-elected Jonathan Williamson as council president and Randall J. Allison as vice president. The action came without comment, but, intended or not, it said a lot. It left the message that council, as a group, is comfortable with ...