Editorials

Study underscores natural gas is an energy powerhouse

The latest study by an independent, market-based think tank regarding the natural gas industry is instructive. The study showed natural gas is eight times more efficient than wind and 16 times more efficient than solar energy. It showed that over a 30-year period, $1 million invested in wind ...

Recent acts work of disturbed people, but discourse must improve

Someone tried to send a bomb to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it was intercepted by the Secret Service two weeks ago. As the week wore on, the Secret Service also was looking into what may have been an explosive sent to former President Barack Obama. Police in New York were ...

Critically important midterms deserve high voter turnout

Midterm elections tend to be under-the-radar, low-turnout events. This year's midterms shape up as an exception. And if they are not, it will be the fault of the voters. Voters are going to make a decision on state and national offices and local issues. Tuesday's vote could determine the ...

In this different election, some reasons to vote

As should be obvious to most people, this midterm election is unlike any other. The country is so emotionally and politically divided that voting decisions come down to which group mindset, rather than individual candidate, you trust more. That's regrettable and we hope the state and nation ...

For voters, substance is on the ballot in Tuesday’s election

Most elections we tell voters to focus on issues when making informed decisions on candidates and referendums. We would suggest that has never been more important than in the midterm election that dawns Tuesday. Unfortunately, the unprecedented nature of today's political discussion on a ...

Williamsport government referendums: A citizen opportunity, responsibility

Williamsport voters have the responsibility of making one of the biggest decisions in decades this Election Day, and we caution the city electorate to educate themselves well in advance of heading to the polls. When they enter the voting booth, city residents of all political stripes will ...

New chamber head brings local roots to important job

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce stayed in-house in naming Jason Fink at its new president. He will replace Vincent Matteo, who has been leading the chamber since 2001 and is retiring at the end of the year. Over the past 18 years, the scope and mission of the chamber has ...

Synagogue shooting: Hate, anti-Semitism are, sadly, still alive

In what has become far too commonplace in this country, another mass shooting occurred over the weekend – this time, right here in Pennsylvania – as an anti-Semitic gunman rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 and ...

UPMC Susquehanna seeks next level of care with expansion

It should be quite apparent to most people by now that hospitals both in the region and nationwide are in a medical care version of an arms race. They either expand and modernize services and their menu of care or they are swallowed up by a larger medical care institution that will do just ...

The caravan: There has to be a process for those coming here

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Sanitary system move to agency likely won’t come without costs

On paper, the move of management of Williamsport's stormwater management system from city government to the Williamsport Sanitary Authority makes sense. The agreement, pushed for by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and approved recently by City Council, has been several years in the making. The ...

The Khashoggi murder: Response is what should have happened with others

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the murder of a journalist who wrote columns about Saudi Arabia for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian ...

Four policemen represent what law enforcement requires

Police are not perfect. But who could be facing hundreds of instantaneous decisions every day that may be an unscripted matter of life and death. And in the few instances where they make a wrong decision, the outcry gives the impression they are a group without heart, compassion and ...

Descending enrollment trend a cloud on state university system

Enrollment at the 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is down by 4 percent this year, including nearly 38 percent at Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically black college. This is the latest batch of bad news for our state universities system, as enrollment has been ...

A true hero with local roots justly awarded medal

Most of us have seen those White House ceremonies in which Congressional Medals of Honor are awarded and marveled at the stories of genuine bravery and true heroism. We are always struck by the true heroism, courage dedication to duty that the ceremonies represent. It’s fair to wonder ...

The phishing test failure provides lesson for us all

The information services department of Lycoming County government recently sent out a fake email to county employees to test them on the potential for making the county’s systems vulnerable to hackers. The test email mimicked a phishing scam, in which anyone clicking on a link from an ...

Cyberwarfare needs to be part of the North Korea crackdown

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

In wake of disasters, FEMA’s work must include understanding

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

County reassessment would resolve sticky property tax issues

We are heartened that the South Williamsport Area School Board recently reversed its assessment appeals policy. The only thing worse than an unfair policy is an unfair policy that goes unrecognized and therefore is allowed to continue. In May the board adopted a policy of appealing the ...