Editorials

Bridge enhancement bill meets criteria for legitimate spending

Pennsylvania has a lot of bridges, in case you haven't noticed.And most of them are old, which you probably have noticed.And because of that, Pennsylvania leads the nation with 5,543 structurally deficient bridges out of the nation's 22,667 structurally deficient bridges, almost a quarter of ...

United Way begins to climb hill meant to meet real needs

It's an intimidating mountain to climb.The mountain Lycoming County United Way has begun to climb measures $1.725 million for this year's fundraising campaign.The record goal speaks to the needs of Lycoming County's human services agencies, which are as great as the fundraising target ...

Corbett keeping up fight to privatize Lottery management

Gov. Tom Corbett is not giving up his fight to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery.Corbett has extended the life of the bid from a private firm to take over Lottery management until Oct. 29.Camelot Global Services is the bidder seeking to manage the $3.7 billion Pennsylvania ...

Brodart warehouse project hits city’s housing priorities

It's the vacant building with the large chimney stack background. The former Brodart warehouse is a rather dubious landmark near the entrance to the city's West End.But that's about to change as demolition of the building begins and ambitious housing plans emerge over the course of the next ...

Obama kept one promise – to kill the coal industry

Back in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama outlined his plan to wreck the coal industry and drive electricity prices up."If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can," he said, adding, "It's just that it will bankrupt them."Now Obama is president and he is keeping his promise. ...

Heroin’s scary grip on our area must be fought

It's easy to get.It's cheap.It feels good.On the scale of temptation, that's a hard-to-beat trifecta.And so it is that heroin has become the drug of choice in the nation and, in ever-increasing numbers, in our community.But we left some stuff out of the heroin portfolio. It's also deadly.Short ...

Holder’s marijuana message treads on dangerous ground

Marijuana is illegal under federal law.Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal purposes, ...

Keystone Central takes wise action to arm security officer

The Keystone Central School Board voted last week to allow their full-time district police officer to carry a gun in the district's schools.Good for them.The board also approved a provision to arm other security personnel with nonlethal methods of control, including tasers, collapsible batons ...

Syria: The case has not been built for military response

Syria, in the throws of a miserable civil war, was the stage for the chemical gassing recently of more than a thousand people.All indications are that Syrian President Bashar Assad is behind the lethal gassing and the needless killing of people over the past two years.President Obama has been ...

Recent decision shows value of gas impact fee system

There has been debate about the worth of gas impact fees that the state Legislature chose over a gas drilling tax.But the bottom line is that a tax goes to Harrisburg and state coffers first.And from there, who knows where, as history shows.The natural gas impact fees are predominantly ...

A tough summer for area, but some encouraging signs

By almost any measure, it's been a tough summer for the Greater Williamsport Area.There's an acknowledged heroin problem. There's been a substantial outbreak of violent incidents, including fatal shootings.And that in addition to the usual uptick in crime problems that occur during these ...

Presidents are supposed to enforce law, not break it

State legislators from throughout the nation heard a stern lecture from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week.Clearly, Sebelius was in a mood to browbeat leaders in states that have been reluctant to implement mandates of the new national health care law, "Obamacare." ...

Congress should not allow NRC to keep breaking the law

Among the most serious energy-related challenges facing the United States is what to do with waste generated at nuclear power plants, health care facilities and other users of radioactive materials. There is no place where the highly dangerous waste can be stored securely and safely over the ...

Town hall topic strikes at heart of American crisis

The point made at a recent town hall meeting sponsored by Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey was reasonable.A Danville resident made it clear to Toomey, a Zionsville Republican, that a family can't be sustained on jobs that pay $9 or $10 an hour. And he pointed out that jobs aren't as plentiful ...

City’s future in aquatics business is cloudy at best

The City of Williamsport is down to one operational swimming pool as the summer ends. The real question addressed by City Council's finance committee last week was whether there will be any open next summer. "Should the city be in the aquatics business or not?" Councilman Randall J. Allison ...

Region desperately needs modernized terminal building

The Williamsport Regional Airport is located in Montoursville. But 88 percent of the people who fly in this 13-county region use a different airport.That's because there are only three flights coming to and from the airport from one airline daily. There's no competition and very little ...

The realities – and blessings – of security in the 21st Century

Metal detectors.Baggage checks and tags.Those are not just the staples of airport security.They were a fact of life at the recent Little League World Series here recently.So many of us are old enough to remember when you just walked into an event like that with a folding chair and leisure gear ...

Climate alarmists’ new toy not working

Climate alarmists have a new toy with which to play - but it may not be as pleasing as they hope.The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed, according to the Associated Press, "to help local officials in the Great Lakes region deal ...

It is our labors that make us special in America

We call this day Labor Day and ought to make more of a fuss about it than we do.For a whole bunch of people, this holiday marks the real end to summer. Kids are off to school, some on bus each morning, some several hundred miles away at college. Boats will soon be coming out of the water and ...

Ruling may make open records process more complex, costly

Execution of Pennsylvania's open records law just got more complex.And more costly.And more time-consuming.Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has endorsed wide authority for state courts to determine whether government records should be released publicly.The ruling, in a matter involving a Pittsburgh ...