Editorials

High court strikes blow for public workers’ rights

We are intrigued by a recent Supreme Court that said thousands of home health care workers in the state of Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.The justices, in a 5-4 vote, said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of ...

The Center revival takes baby steps with hoops, opening

The basketball hoops are back in one part of Williamsport Flanigan Park.And the Campbell Street Community Center is reopening.These hopeful developments come on the heels of the purchase of the center by Firetree Ltd.The hope is that the purchase of The Center will usher in a new era of youth ...

Williamsport’s healthy ranking no surprise, given the local assets

The Greater Williamsport Area has an acknowledged heroin problem. While that is part of a national scourge, the perception is that the heroin problem in the Williamsport area is worse than most places.Williamsport also is the sixth best place to live in Pennsylvania, according to ...

Survey shows state gas drilling support stands at 58 percent

A recent Quinnipiac University poll revealed Pennsylvanians support drilling for natural gas by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.The survey found 58 percent of Pennsylvanians who are regular voters favor the drilling, a far cry from the supposedly divided state many have claimed the drilling is ...

Saving the VA: A disturbing Washington pattern is emerging

Leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives hope to reach agreement soon on a bill addressing the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal.Among other things, it calls for veterans to get medical treatment from the private sector if they are placed on long waiting lists by the ...

Civil War monument brings reminder that should prompt pride

We live in an age when it is not cool to remember and be reverent of history.Everything is in the here and now.History is something that happened 20 minutes ago.There is great risk in forgetting or not revering the history that is part of all of us.History is the starting point to a path of ...

When it comes to terrorists, drop the political correctness

Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all inside.Iraq is besieged by an army of Sunni Muslims who favor crucifixion and beheading of those not fanatic enough for them.Taliban forces trying to regain power in Afghanistan kill children ...

Way’s Garden – a city ‘anchor’ – ready for a transformation

The richness of a community is reflected in "anchors" those places that distinguish it from any other community.Williamsport has a special anchor in Way's Garden in the heart of the historic district on West Fourth Street.In 1913, J. Roman Way donated land to the city to be used as a park for ...

Hopefully, sale of The Center starts needed renaissance

The Center, going back generations when it had different names, has always been a positive meeting place for a variety of community activities, all of them geared to creating positive growth in people.The building on Campbell Street recently was sold by the Lycoming County Housing Authority to ...

Popular Riverwalk finally gets parking and safer access

The River Walk that encircles Williamsport and South Williamsport at the Susquehanna River has been popular to bicyclists, walkers and runners since it opened in 2010.But the popularity hasn't been matched by parking access for its users.Until now.A permanent lot with 91 spaces for vehicles is ...

Rare ruling makes public access to records easier

A Pennsylvania court ruled recently that the Office of Open Records has the authority to order a private review of records to decide disputes about access to government documents and information.What's that mean?It means that a Commonwealth Court panel has given the Office of Open Records ...

Despite funding boosts, Social Security service seems to be decreasing

Try getting an answer to your questions about government retirement benefits by calling your local Social Security office. Let's hope you have plenty of time to wait ... and wait ... and wait.Perhaps you will be tempted to visit the Social Security office personally. Again, be prepared for long ...

This time, momentum for development of ‘Old City’ is real

Can the "Old City" become a new revitalized part of the City of Williamsport?Only the future holds that answer.But we can't recall a time when there was more momentum to realize the full potential of area east of Market Street than now.The Lycoming County Commissioners recently approved an ...

How is administration getting away with lies unacceptable in the past?

Using illegal methods to harm one's political opponents, then lying to cover it up, is serious business, as former President Richard Nixon learned.Claiming records sought by investigators were "lost" accidentally can expose one to ridicule, his secretary, Rose Mary Woods, found out.But that was ...

On this day, resolve to preserve our exceptional way

On this day, when we celebrate our country's independence, there is an easy way to rationalize why July 4th is celebration worthy in these United States of America.Look around.The Mideast is boiling over in chaos, torn between rebels and weak governments, terrorists and religious sects, ...

Impact fees produce dividends that are less likely with tax

The funding for the 2014 gas drilling impact fees was released Tuesday..And our region is not getting cheated.The total gas drilling impact fee funding to Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga, Sullivan and Bradford counties is $45.4 million.That includes $18.8 million to Bradford County, which has the most ...

Corbett holding out for budget that includes some answers

We are supposed to have a state budget today.We don't.Not without Gov. Tom Corbett's signature.And we, the shareholders in the state of Pennsylvania's government, have a right to be upset at this annual political tug-of-war that leaves the state budget hanging by a thread.But just who should we ...

No state budget yet: Pay attention to the reasons why

We are supposed to have a state budget today.We don't.And we, the shareholders in the state of Pennsylvania's government, have a right to be upset at this annual political tug-of-war that leaves the state budget hanging by a thread.But just who should we be upset with?You can take the ...

Lots for Americans to be worried about where Iraq is concerned

Americans should be worried about the war in Iraq, for various reasons. One concern is that the Sunni army assaulting Iraq's Shiite-controlled government may interrupt oil shipments.It has been said the advice that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" originated in that part of the world.But ...

Resist temptation to make gas industry the budget solution

too many projected expenses, not enough revenue to cover them, and some long-term problems to solve in the process. That's not new news.Neither is the fact that tax increases and new taxes are being discussed to solve the problem.That's always the easier route than actually discussing spending ...