Editorials

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 ...

City on cusp of more changes to spur development

Traffic congestion is Kryptonite to commercial development in small cities. People in cities like Williamsport and the residents from surrounding areas count easy and quick access to what they want to do as one of the main reasons for living in a comparatively smaller metropolitan ...

Congress does not deserve to have the August recess

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

Recent naturalization ceremony illustrates real American story

When it comes to immigration, the image most of us have these days is chaos on our southern border and families being separated as adults try to illegally cross into the United States. No matter your political stance, it’s an ugly look on an explosive issue. And it’s a sad look, given ...

Trump-Putin chaos: Self-inflicted wound, but wildly overstated

President Trump took a firestorm of deserved criticism following his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, including words of opposition from the region’s Congressional representatives, Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican, and Glenn Thompson, a Howard Republican. We are heartened to ...

Pruitt dismissal was warranted, but don’t dismiss the agenda

Bad politicians do not translate automatically to bad policy. Scott Pruitt was not an acceptable administrator of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies — but that does not mean Trump should change them. It appears he has no intention of altering course. Pruitt resigned as ...

It’s time for state to consolidate its school administrators

Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, state funding of pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public education rose $360 million, according to state Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region. Indeed, the state’s allocation for public education seems to always be rising and ...

Miracles still happen, not just in Thailand, but also in our country

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news recently was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Strzok’s tone at hearing exposed the bias he was denying

FBI agent Peter Strzok was emphatic to the point of flashes of anger during his testimony last week to a congressional committee looking into political bias at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. In 2016, Strzok made his dislike of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump perfectly ...

Pre-emptive strikes to Kavanaugh nomination stain Casey, Senate

This is how by-the-book and predictable Senate approvals of Supreme Court nominees have generally been. Antonin Scalia, clearly a staunchly conservative nominee, was approved 99-0. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, clearly a staunchly liberal nominee, was approved unanimously. Were they qualified to ...

City, neighboring municipalities should get tough on fireworks

On Sunday night, 11 nights after July 4th, loud, booming fireworks were being set off locally. They likely were purchased legally, thanks to the October 2017 repeal of a state law that opened up the sale and purchase of fireworks that previously could only be bought in state’s adjacent to ...

AC for an aging city vet: A really cool act of kindness

“It was no skin off of anybody’s back.” That’s what George Heiges, Jr., director of the county Veterans Affairs office, had to say about efforts to provide air conditioning for an aging veteran during the recent heat wave. When Michael Seitzer, assistant director of the office, ...

Trump’s European adventure: Chaotic, with correct priorities

As expected, President Donald Trump, visiting four countries in Europe, is rattling a few cages among the world leadership he met with. He chastised some of them for not contributing enough funding to the NATO cause, leaving a disproportionate large burden to the United States. He publicly ...

Gateway moves the city closer to college town status

There are more than 7,000 college students attending Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. That’s equal to about a fourth of the population of the city. So, factually, Williamsport is a college town. But while there is some evidence of that, there ...

Immigration crisis will end when political grandstanding is aborted

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

A warning to the unscrupulous: Updated cameras being installed

A warning has been issued to those with “unscrupulous ideas” with respect to the Newberry Estates apartment development in the Newberry section of Williamsport. An updated security system will give eyes to not only apartment management but also city police, who will be able to see ...