Editorials

LLB Series: A stage that all of America can be proud of

It’s safe to say the multifaceted Little League World Series that unfolds starting tonight is a spectacle unlike any other in America. And yet it embodies so much of the spirit that is emblematic of our country. It starts with a community opening its arms to the world, as in the kickoff ...

Local firefighters bring western blazes much closer to home

Those wildfires you keep reading and hearing about in California and Utah are, in some ways, a lot closer to us than you think. That is, if you are a firefighter. Sam Raisch is among seven people from the Deparrtment of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, District 16 at ...

The run is over, but Keystone all-stars achieved like few others before them

For a long stretch of this summer, Keystone Little League’s all-star team was on a path to repeat the historic run of several years ago, when Keystone made the Little League World Series. The path ended with a loss to Maryland Thursday night in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bristol, Conn., ...

Arizona’s division over ICE illustrates political polarization

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

Grafius Run survey meshes with reality of summer storms

Williamsport officials have begun to distribute a survey door-to-door asking residents for damage assessments caused by Grafius Run floods over the past 10 years. Given the rash of torrential rain storms in recent weeks, the timing could not be better. We suspect some of the residents ...

FDA crackdowns insult the intelligence of most Americans

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

Lagging internet options hurt region, need quick solution

It’s not a secret that a significant portion of our lives – especially the working part of it – is heavily impacted by usage of broadband Internet. So when residents of our region don’t have adequate Internet service, they are probably working at a competitive disadvantage ...

Squabbles underscore significance of city government referendum

The latest squabble between Williamsport City Council and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana involves insurance broker shopping. Council says the mayor is trying to stop the shopping for an insurance broker who is supposed to work with council and the administration to find the best insurance agencies ...

‘Gag orders’ and city business are never a good mix

Penn Strategies is a consulting firm charged with doing the city of Williamsport’s bidding on grants and other funding totaling in the millions of dollars and pertaining to a variety of important initiatives. The firm is, in effect, the city’s key financial agent in attempts to secure ...

North Korea meets one promise of accord, but more is needed

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Iran shows its true intentions; They aren’t good

Meeting with our nation’s enemies in an effort to find some common ground is a good idea, despite criticism of President Donald Trump for meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. At least Putin was willing to talk. That is more than can be said about Iranian President Hassan ...

Distribution progress gas industry’s key to future in state

The natural gas drilling boom of eight or nine years ago, when 111 rigs were drilling into the earth of this region for Marcellus Shale deposits, is not about to return to our region. That’s an economic reality. But the industry is producing natural gas at a fairly robust rate these days ...

The curious path to the Manafort trial; Only judge looks good

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has ...

County prison ledger sheet: Programming key to stabilization

The volatility of Lycoming County prison operations and necessity to prevent overcrowding was underlined in the system's recent report for June. After nearly two years of keeping the male inmate population low enough to avoid expensive transfers, the Lycoming County Prison had about four days ...

Job skills program; Details needed to show practicality

It all sounds like the correct priority at the correct time that fits well with the future. Gov. Tom Wolf is taking steps to implement a $30 million workforce development initiative to expand high-demand computer and industrial skills training, an effort funded under the recently passed state ...

First responders: We cannot imagine a world without them

It was tragic. Two people out to enjoy our beautiful Pine Creek entered the water but did not survive. Mother and son both died, but not before some valiant efforts to save the two vacationers from out of the area. First responders gave everything they had to try to resuscitate her and to ...

City correct to seek some control over noise levels

It’s summer. We get that people want to have a good time. And we are fine with that, as long as it does not impinge on everyone else’s idea of a good time. City police and codes officers were at hearings last week petitioning the state Liquor Control Board for a waiver to the state liquor ...

Commissioners on correct track with early budget focus

The Lycoming County Commissioners are starting their 2019 budget preparations early, which we like. We also like a couple of the priorities that were shared with the public, namely an increase in funding to the Lycoming County Library System, plans for more radios and towers to reduce safety ...

Unsettling lawsuit underscores degree of litigation sickness

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass shooting ...