Editorials

The White House buck doesn’t seem to stop anywhere

Former president Harry Truman was famous for insisting that anything that went wrong in federal government was his responsibility. "The buck stops here," he realized.But nowadays, the buck doesn't seem to stop anywhere.Consider the fiasco that was the rollout of the Obamacare system.Though a ...

Coal vendetta, energy forecasts don’t match up

One wonders, sometimes, whether President Barack Obama and others involved in his vendetta against the coal industry pay any attention to their own administration's energy forecasts.Consider one issued this week by the Energy Department. Analysts there expect the vast majority of American ...

End of shutdown, Obamacare rollout are solving nothing

So the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government has been over 10 days since Congress got to the edge of yet another cliff and decided to run back to flat land.Have you noticed how much better government's connection to our lives has improved since the vote?Didn't think so.To the ...

Will prevailing wage law hold up state transportation bill?

A rare meeting of state House and Senate leaders Tuesday was a signal that the Legislature is getting close to approving a transportation bill to improve Pennsylvania's hurting road and bridge system.But it's also clear that everyone is going to have to give a little to turn the $2.3 billion ...

School property tax changes; Debate, but with caution

We are pretty confident that almost every property owner in the region believes their property taxes are much too high.That's mostly due to high school property taxes.The question isn't whether the public education systems in the region need the property taxes to function. Clearly, they do. The ...

Community must declare war on heroin to beat it

Anyone who doesn't think the intensified presence of heroin and other drugs in our area doesn't present a chilling threat to our population needs to reread what the Rev. Ronald S. James, executive director of the Williamsport-Lycoming Crime Commission, said last week.James, an ex-junkie and ...

Latest numbers more validation for state store privatization

The latest numbers tell you all you need to know about whether liquor privatization for Pennsylvania is viewed as something that should be done.The survey by the Heart and Mind Strategies, involving more than 1,000 people surveyed in early September, showed that logic is triumphing over the ...

Don’t expect full disclosure on recent coup in Libya

U.S. special forces' capture of a notorious al-Qaida leader in Libya has been hailed as a coup in the war against terrorists. It also was a reminder of just how badly President Barack Obama's administration handled regime change in that country.American Delta Force troops staged a raid in ...

Corbett not giving up his fight for three top priorities

If you are waiting for Gov. Tom Corbett to wave the white flag on his three priorities in the final year of his term, give it up.That was the message of state Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser, who was in Williamsport recently and assured those attending a Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of ...

The correct way to investigate mine safety transgressions

Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration investigtors have not moved quickly enough in cases involving possible criminal behavior leading to mine safety violations, the Labor Department's Inspector General has reported.The vast majority of mine safety violations are ...

Getting to the heart of rental property, drug trade problem

Pushing hard for a Williamsport rental ordinance holding landlords accountable for their properties, city crime officials were successful with their compelling case to City Council last week centering on the connection between rental properties and heroin trade locally.Capt. Timothy Miller said ...

Economic growth the bright spot spot of Corbett’s tenure

In many political circles, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is viewed as vulnerable in next year's election.Much of that thinking is probably based on the failure of the governor to get positive action on some of his most treasured initiatives, such as the privatization of the liquor store system ...

County highway plan: Correct priorities, with bags attached to funds

Lycoming County has a 20-year transportation plan. It was approved at last week's Williamsport Area Transportation Study meeting.The plan reveals achievement over recent decades. The number of deficient bridges is down to 43 and 25 of those bridges are currently getting attention, with the ...

Panel gets earful on the outdated prevailing wage law

The state House Labor and Industry Committee got an earful at a recent public hearing locally on the prevailing wage reform.And why not?The prevailing wage rate requirement on public projects over $25,000 costs taxpayers a lot of unnecessary money due to a flawed premise.The prevailing wage ...

More evidence some bureaucrats lack common sense

Part of the reason so many Americans are fed up with government in general is that too often bureaucrats display a complete lack of common sense.During World War II, Joe McGrain of Rochester, N.Y., served aboard a B-26 bomber. That very aircraft is on display at the National Museum of the Air ...

Petty, embarrassing fallout on three fronts from partial shutdown

There is plenty of blame due both major political parties and all the major wings of our federal governing apparatus for the partial shutdown of our government.But the closing of the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall and the national parks by the Obama administration ...

The annual deficit is less – thanks to the taxpayers

In arguing for bigger government, including the national health insurance takeover, President Barack Obama is being more than a little dishonest. He insists he is reducing the spending deficit - but he is not. He maintains the debt ceiling is not a license for more deficits - but it is.Take a ...

The conflict between poll numbers and shutdown realities

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, a Howard Republican who represents much of our region, isn't taking his salary during the partial federal government shutdown.Neither are Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and a growing number of the state's member of Congress.That's a start on the long ...

Memorial Park pool appears to have a future in the city

It appears the City of Williamsport is ready to salvage the Memorial Park pool.Mayor Gabriel J. Campana is requesting $250,000 from City Council to pay for repairs to reopen the pool by 2015.The decision means the East End Pool will be closed after the 2014 season.This decision - which seems to ...

Caving in on the debt ceiling won’t solve the problems

As the partial shutdown of the government collides with an alleged deadline for raising the debt limit, the tap dance goes something like this:The Republican-controlled House of Representatives won't end the partial shutdown unless President Obama agrees to talk about changes in the nation's ...