Editorials

Future for mall area must include uses beyond retail

A new Economic Development Task Force has been formed, including the Lycoming County Commissioners, Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce representatives and Lycoming County Planning Commission members. They say the focus of their first meeting will be reuse of vacancies in and around ...

Lawmakers should drop bureaucratic protection of the VA

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Obama’s attempts at imperial reign take deserved hit

Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit this week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about ...

St. Anthony’s Center: The spirit behind it must be carried on

The St. Anthony’s Center is scheduled to hold a meal at noon today, followed by local nuns paying respect to Sister Henry Lambert, who opened the food kitchen for the less fortunate 38 years ago and died in May. The closure that follows the meal comes with sadness after a variety of ...

Graduation: The perpetually vital path to the future

As May ends, graduation season dawns. Whether it’s high school, college or post-graduate degree that are the object of the affection, it is supposed to be a time of hope for the future for those on the receiving end. With a little mystery, anxiety and trepidation mixed in. No matter the ...

Overdue progress coming this summer to key road arteries

Everyone wants streets, bridges and highways that are free of potholes and bumps and generally smooth surfaces to navigate. But none of us wants the inconvenience that often accompanies the work to execute the improvements. There will be plenty of improvements and inconvenience this summer ...

Remembering Marx: An unintentional creator of bloodiest government

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin recently, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Today, remember those who make our world possible

As you read this on another Memorial Day morning, the security of the United States and freedom-loving nations throughout the world is being challenged by nuclear threats in North Korea and elsewhere, violence and conflict throughout much of the Middle East, global terrorism and rogue dictators ...

Bill would improve state redistricting process drastically

Anyone who has observed the political slime that has been Pennsylvania’s redistricting map changes of recent months should be heartened that even some members of the sitting Legislature are embarrassed enough to change the process. The Senate’s State Government Committee this past week ...

North Korea trots out its carrot-stick routine; It won’t work this time

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. In recent days, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between ...

In the end, district maintains buildings, furloughs teachers

Teacher furloughs. Building closures. Program cuts. Faced with a $1.4 million deficit for 2018-19 a few weeks ago, the Jersey Shore Area School Board had those three choices – none of them pleasant – on their dartboard for potential savings. The board voted 6-3 at the end of April against ...

New college gateway, Old City progress finally happening

A lot of talk and not much action. That’s been the story for years regarding the need to improve the city’s eastern boundary corridor. But there is every indication that story is about to be reworked – radically – in the next 18 months. Lycoming College has announced plans to kick ...

Gas industry is healthier, but be careful with tax

It’s not the boom of seven or eight years ago. But the natural gas industry is on the upswing in Pennsylvania. The drill rig count across the state has risen by 33 percent between December 2015 and December 2017. At last count, 40 rigs were in operation in Pennsylvania. As good as ...

City correctly losing patience with a few neglected properties

The city of Williamsport has had a lot of success in recent years with a systematic codes inspection program. The program is orderly and pragmatic and allows multiple chances for property owners to comply with repairs and cleanup requests. For a property owner to reach the stage where there ...

Military sexual assault numbers trending wrong way

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Memorial underscores the need to remember history – warts included

Never forget. Particularly our history. A “visually stunning” memorial wall of monuments is being constructed at Veterans Memorial Park in Williamsport. While the memorial won’t be ready for the hoped-for Memorial Day unveiling, it should be ready by Veterans Day Nov. 11. The ...

Seattle may pay for biting the hand that feeds it

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast on Monday approved a plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Favorable county prison numbers need to continue

All of the numbers reported at last week’s Lycoming County Prison Board meeting were positive. And most of them have to do with the success of the county’s re-entry program. The inmate population for April was 337, compared to 398 in April of 2017. The total of 61 fewer male and female ...

Primary election: Some messages, but November needed for the big answers

Tuesday’s primary election provided some indicators of how much redistricting and the presidency of Donald Trump – and the resistance to his agenda – will impact midterm elections in Pennsylvania. The truest answers, however, were left for the November election. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, ...