Editorials

Debt nears $17 trillion; it cannot be allowed to continue

Taxes have gone up, not just for "the wealthy" but for every American who works.The national debt is approaching $17 trillion. Deficit spending still is reported in hundreds of billions of dollars a year.But some liberals are saying that federal spending cuts can be put on the back burner now, ...

Gas drilling hearing serves purpose if premise is pure

When it comes to gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, the questioning seems to be without end.State Rep. Greg Vitali, a Havertown Democrat and chairman of the Housing Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, held a news conference last week to call on Gov. Tom Corbett to hold public ...

Looking beyond the legal dance of state voter ID law

It's another day, another judge's order, and another obstacle for Pennsylvania's voter-identification law.A state judge has ruled that local poll workers can ask voters to show IDs if they have them and distribute written material about the law, but they many not tell voters at the polls that ...

School: Some things change, most vital part remains same

School bells are ringing again this week in the region.In the Williamsport Area School District, there is a dramatically changed building that used to be the Roosevelt Middle School and is now the Williamsport Area Middle School.There is a new superintendent.There are now four classifications ...

Little League Series provides a magical, 11-day ride – again

It happened again this year on the last Sunday in August.And no matter how many times the Little League World Series in South Williamsport delivers a special closing act for all the world to see, we are left with the same feeling.Gratitude.We are grateful to the players and coaches for ...

Nigeria deserves more aid, support from United States

Americans sometimes wonder why Muslim clerics are not more energetic in their criticism of terrorists who claim to be Islamic fundamentalists. In some places, however, a few leaders of the faith do speak out - and pay heavy prices for their religious honesty and courage.As many as 44 Muslims ...

Numbers show gas industry here is major energy player

Remember all that trepidation about the direction of the natural gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania in the past year?You can apparently put those worries to rest.Bentak, a Colorado company that analyzes energy trends and is considered very reliable by government and industry sources, says ...

First Amendment should never be risked

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."So ...

Scranton’s political style is sadly in short supply today

We're not sure former Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton, who died recently at age 96, could have made it in today's political world.For starters, Scranton, elected as governor in 1962, was a moderate Northeastern Republican. That breed of politician is in short supply in this age of extreme ...

Community service alternative has great potential

One in four adults in Lycoming County have not received their high school diplomas.About 6 percent have less than a ninth-grade education.So it figures that literacy is a big problem. And studies show there is a huge correlation between a lack of education, lack of employment and recidivism for ...

Some parts of gas worker training can’t be legislated

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is introducing legislation geared to making gas industry jobs more accessible to Pennsylvanians than out-of-state workers.First off, we appreciate the thoughts behind Casey's Marcellus Shale on the Job Training Act, which would authorize grants to strengthen ...

The county prison overcrowding equation a difficult challenge

The Lycoming County Prison has spent $120,000 on inmate housing costs in the first seven months of 2013.It spent $66,000 in July alone on those costs to take inmates to either the Clinton County Correctional Facility or the pre-release center.These costs don't include the cost of the man hours ...

New York courts don’t understand individual liberty

After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court.And why not?Two state courts already have ruled Bloomberg's plan is unconstitutional - but ...

Take the judge’s lead and attack the heroin problem

"We're losing a generation."That was the blunt assessment of Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts last week. She was reacting to what she sees in her drug court. She was reacting to the establishment of a methadone clinic on Lycoming Creek Road to provide the lesser potent synthetic ...

Embassy closings show anti-terrorism strategy not working

The decision to close U.S. diplomatic outposts in 19 cities in the Middle East and elsewhere in Muslim areas, was "not an indication of a new threat" from Islamic terrorists, a State Department spokeswoman insisted Sunday.She maintained it was only because of "an abundance of caution."That is ...

Obamacare: Before it’s too late, it must be repealed

Maybe it's a good thing that Congress took its summer recess.Hopefully, they are talking with constituents about the health care law that will start to take full effect shortly after they return.Unless every survey regarding Obamacare is woefully inaccurate, the majority of Americans don't like ...

Drawing the line on landlord-tenant ordinance for city

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana says he was told by residents at a recent town hall meeting to do whatever he can to put slumlords out of business.We agree with him - almost.A lot of Williamsport's crime problems have their root in tenants who aren't here to live and work, but rather to ...

It’s series time: Welcome to our city, area, stage

Welcome, world, to the Little League World Series, an event that has grown gradually through seven decades to the point where most of the globe knows about our area.There is Williamsport, the home of Little League Baseball, and South Williamsport, the home of the international complex that ...

Another anti-liquor privatization attacks proves inaccurate

One of the many bogus arguments made this past spring against privatization of the Pennsylvania liquor store system was that privatizing liquor stores would kill people.The party line of opponents to liquor privatization was that making sales available in that manner would lead to more drunken ...

Bipartisan group takes the correct approach on coal ash

A broad, bipartisan coalition of lawmakers supports Rep. David McKinley's bill to regulate coal ash.Democrats in the Senate should take the same open-minded view of the measure.House of Representatives members approved the bill, HR 2218, last week, by a wide margin and with bipartisan ...