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Editorials

Bill attempts to create level playing field

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading. In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

College for Kids

Our kids are world-class, both on the playing fields and in the classroom. In another month, we’ll be watching the annual Little League World Series unfold and rooting on new rosters of football players across the region. Then school bells will start to ring, calling youngsters back to ...

Keep tradition alive in our area

Its roots may be traced to 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War, and in 1870 it held its first exhibition. Ever since then, the Lycoming County Fair has been the place to go each year for an agricultural extravaganza — and so much more. Each year, the modern fair just seems ...

State budget checks many needed boxes, but too large

Pennsylvania has an on-time state budget that does not raise taxes and puts aside $300 million in its Rainy Day Fund for future emergencies. The budget includes funding increases for a wide variety of educational initiatives, from pre-K programs to workforce investments. The workforce ...

Surely government can find way to help battle Ebola

Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...

County budget software a win for transparency

Early action has saved the county $7,000 on software that is intended to make the county budget more transparent and understandable to the public. But we have to agree, partly, with Republican Commissioner Tony Mussare, who recently voted against spending $94,949 initially and another ...

Progress made against poaching

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Questions I would have asked the Democrats

The likelihood I would ever be invited to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon. Still, as I tortured myself watching the two “debates,” which were not really debates, but mostly a show ...

State Legislature should overhaul charter school law

Enabled by technology and state law, the development of cyber charter schools threatens our public school system that is intended to provide a free public education. Cyber charter schools allow parents to place their children in an online classroom that is not directly part of the public ...

Getting help for substance abuse limited by Medicaid

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Ready to swim? Take a dip in area pools

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Take a moment to reflect on how freedom was won

Tonight we celebrate our freedom with fireworks. But before the night sky is lit up, we should take a moment to reflect on what it took for us to have not only our freedom but the riches that freedom has generated, nearly two and a half centuries later. By riches, we mean the freedom to ...

County health care expenses appear to expose larger issue

It’s costing 19 percent more than budgeted this year to pay for the health care of Lycoming County government employees. That’s disturbing, to the tune of $2 million in health care costs over the budgeted amount. More disturbing is one of the reasons given by Commissioner Rick Mirabito ...

‘Concentration camp’ tweet trivializes the Holocaust

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter: “This administration ...

County makes wise, $51,200 investment in juvenile rehabilitation

When a youngster runs afoul of the law and has exhausted all local resources for punishment and rehabilitation, what are the odds on that person developing into a productive member of the community with a future full of life’s best experiences? Not very good. However, the odds can be ...

Cooler heads must prevail in City Hall

The important business of the people of Williamsport must continue in a positive manner in City Hall during the next six months until the next city administration is in place. Who will lead that administration will be decided in the November general election. In the interim, city residents ...

Reasonable people will respect effort, insist on evidence before criticizing

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. ...

College budget reflects mixed bag of trends

The Pennsylvania College of Technology board has approved a budget for 2019-20 of $157.3 million, a $7.1 million decrease in spending. That’s a good thing. The budget includes a 2.51-percent tuition and fee rate increase, a 1.5 percent increase for residence life and 1.5 percent increase ...

See what the crash looks like and keep it from happening

The July 4th holiday looms. It’s on a Thursday this year, one week from today, meaning a whole lot of folks will embark on a four-day weekend after work next Wednesday. That’s great. This is Independence Day, after all, so celebration of the greatest democracy the world has ever known is ...

Federal lawmakers must ensure funds for LWCF continue

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...