Editorials

Time for state to finally solve its transportation woes

It's not a stretch to say Pennsylvania's roads and bridges may be in greater need of repair and modernization than any state roads in the country.The good news is that efforts to change that appear to finally be bearing fruit.Bickering and partisanship have stalled transportation bills in the ...

Filipinos deserve all the aid country can muster

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid.That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...

Can the country be rescued from Obamacare mess?

We now have a number 26,794 to quantify the embarrassment that the strong-armed national health care law is.That's how many people in a country of more than 300 million people were able to enroll for health insurance during the first, badly flawed month of the Obamacare website.To think the ...

Miners deserve better odds vs. black lung

Black lung, known in the scientific community as coal workers' pneumoconiosis, was back in the news recently.A big law firm has been accused of intentionally withholding information that could have helped some miners collect black lung benefits.Obviously, state and federal authorities should ...

Seeing beyond the Marcellus Shale employment numbers

State Department of Labor and Industry reports that the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry supports more than 200,000 jobs.That's the ad that Gov. Tom Corbett's online site uses to show the positive economic impact of the industry on Pennsylvania.Count on both the numbers and impact being ...

District selloff of former schools showing promise

One of the reasons school building decisions building, renovation and closing are so important is that it's difficult to get revenue from them if they are no longer usable.The Williamsport Area School District is testing that theory with some success. The district recently auctioned off the ...

Mayor’s cost plan just starting point for 2014 city budget

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana last week set out the starting points for the 2014 city budget. The mayor laid out a proposed 3.3-percent spending increase that includes money to hire two more codes enforcement employees, three police vehicles and wage increases of 2 to 3.5 percent to ...

Increase penalties for youths gambling at state’s casinos

When you see all those engaging commercials promoting gambling casinos in Pennsylvania, you don't see 14-year-old children plying a roulette wheel or a slot machine.But it happens.Way too often.Since 2008, the state Gaming Control Board has fined casinos more than $1.6 million for 127 incidents ...

Our veterans need to be remembered now more than ever

There are special days on the calendar that we all pay attention to Christmas, Thanksgiving, July 4th.Today is a day Veterans Day that we need to pay more attention to.In many quarters of this country, veterans are the forgotten heroes. Their unemployment rate is higher than the rest of the ...

Gas impact fees advance county – $8.4 million

An extra $8.4 million.That's a lot of money. It's the amount Lycoming County has to distribute this year from the state natural gas drilling impact fees.A total of $3.7 million of the money has been used for improvements within county government.The rest has gone to a variety of important ...

There’s nothing wrong with going overboard for voter equality

First-time voters had to present identification proof in order to vote in Tuesday's General Election.As far as we can tell, no one was disadvantaged by the procedure.The request for ID is not something brand new to election day procedure, but it's more of an issue to some since the advent of ...

Another absurd claim against coal

Those who hate the coal industry, and by extension the reasonably-priced electricity it generates for tens of millions of Americans, never tire of inventing new arguments for why every mine in the U.S. should be shut down.It is easy to imagine the hand-clapping glee with which some have greeted ...

Epiphany for some Democratic senators on Obamacare dubious

Now that the Affordable Care Act rollout has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, several Democratic Senators have been joining Republican colleagues in calling for a delay of implementation of the national health care takeover.That's fine, but forgive our skepticism.There's this thing ...

Off-year election: Predictable results, leadership crisis looms

The only way to read the message of an election is to follow the numbers.The voter turnout in Lycoming County was about 25 percent, typical for an "off-year" election but unsettling nonetheless. Ideally, a much greater percentage of eligible voters would be making decisions about the county's ...

Water main project benefits from gas impact fee structure

Lycoming County's natural gas impact fee contribution has recently been increased for the YMCA and Susquehanna Health building projects. The gas impact fee money coming to the Williamsport Water and Sanitary Authority for replacing a water main has been increased from $180,000 to $210,000 due ...

Obamacare: Runaway locomotive with no one easing off the throttle

The new national health insurance law, Obamacare, has become something like a runaway locomotive - doing an enormous amount of damage but with no one willing to ease off on the throttle. But don't expect President Barack Obama to agree to a suggestion by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that the ...

Local representation at the heart of Tuesday’s election

Tuesday marks a classic "off year" election. There's no presidency at stake. There's no governor's chair at stake. Voters aren't being asked to decide who they wish to be their next state representative or senator, U.S. congressman or senator.But if it's true that the closest connection ...

Did court go too far in its EPA/coal-fired plants ruling?

U.S. Supreme Court justices already have ruled that President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to shut down coal-fired power plants. But when the court takes another look at the issue early next year, it is possible the EPA will be told it has gone too far.In ...

City codes officials using muscle, need more to be effective

The city Codes Department is hitting landlords with knowingly substandard structures hard these days.The fourth installment of the city's "shameful properties list" announced by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana this week included 43 citations to 11 property owners, with each citation carrying a $1,000 ...

Parking downtown: What can the city provide and afford?

For a very long time in the city of Williamsport, downtown parking has been a difficult equation to perfect.The dilemma has always been providing parking in adequate numbers and proximity while not overusing available property that could otherwise be an office, lodging, restaurant or retail ...