Editorials

County radio system upgrade necessary – at $7.4 million cost

The numbers are in on what the inevitable upgrade of Lycoming County’s public safety communication system will cost. They are scary. Consultants who have been studying the system for more than nine months told the Lycoming County commissioners last week that the overhaul will cost about ...

The Habitat formula: Blessings earned by team of caring people

The Habitat for Humanity Home Ownership program is more than three decades old and came of age when President Jimmy Carter, to his everlasting credit, made it his pet volunteer cause after leaving office. The program shows no signs of losing its momentum. And locally, it has never been ...

Finally, Mueller probe may be reaching the beginning of the end

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Broadband access incentives would even playing field for region

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation that we admit may not move much of the public’s meter. But it is very necessary. Marino recently introduced legislation to aid in deploying rural broadband to unserved and underserved areas. The Rural ...

In National Newspaper Week, remember that journalism still matters

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...

State’s gambling revenues need a designated home

In the 2 1/2 months since the Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the state of New Jersey took in $1.1 million from its 8.5 percent tax on gambling. That came from $153 million spent on bets and $16.5 million lost by gamblers. Pennsylvania is set to become ...

City insurance bids ultimately getting options, public review

It turns out there can be competition after all for the city’s of Williamsport’s insurance coverage. City Council’s finance committee last week was handed four requests to submit proposals to the city for its insurance coverage. They came from Henry Dunn Inc., the city’s existing ...

Brotherhood threesome has extended their gifts to benefit community

At a time when our country is deeply divided and seemingly coming apart at the seams, last week’s Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance awards dinner reminded us of what we can – and should – be. The honorees were Rev. Spencer Sweeting, pastor of City Alliance Church, local attorney Fred ...

Veterans wall of monuments answers desperate need to remember our history

Call it our Great Wall. Construction of the wall of monuments of all U.S. wars before the 20th century is progressing quickly at Veterans Memorial Park, West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive, augmented by a contribution by Pennsylvania College of Technology students and donations of materials ...

Hopefully, result of Kavanaugh ascent will scrub ugliness

With the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court has taken a conservative turn that tethers rulings to a strict adherence to the Constitution that we have not seen in a few generations. At the end of a torturous confirmation process, that's the bare, historic result that ...

Get your flu shot, if not for yourself, at least for loved ones

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

The road best traveled for the city’s pension funds

The number for 2019 is $4.5 million. That’s how much spending in the next city budget is set aside for the pension funds of Williamsport police, firemen and officers and employees. The amount approved by City Council is $500,000 more than it was this year. The good news is that the ...

Other nations must join U.S. to put more pressure on Iran

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

Political hijinks block plan to cut state House size

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation. That means it’s larger than the ones that serve California, Texas, Florida and New York state. That should be all you need to know about a multi-year effort to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania. The ...

Brownfields boost? Hopefully, history will be repeated

The Brodart neighborhood, the Pajama Factory, Wegman’s and Kohl’s department store all have something in common besides being located in Williamsport. At one time, all of them were underutilized or abandoned properties and buildings. The Lycoming County commissioners have gotten an ...

Bowman Field due for one final series of improvements

The long odyssey to preserving Bowman Field for the next generation is nearly complete. The city of Williamsport recently was notified it will receive a $600,000 state grant for another round of structural improvements at the historic facility that houses the Williamsport Crosscutters and ...

Plan shows future vision for Thruway, Route 220 projects

The path to making a dangerous, eight-mile stretch of Route 220 between Williamsport and Jersey Shore safe has not been cheap or expedient. Much has been done over the past decade to improve that section of highway, but more work remains in the next few years. That work was part of $400 ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Neighborhood around eastern Park Avenue finally getting attention

We were heartened to see the city hold a meeting this past week to hear from residents of the Park Avenue neighborhood. The area of focus among city officials is bound by Little League Boulevard to the south and Brandon Avenue to the north, Market Street to the east and Campbell Street to the ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...