Editorials

Raise the Region: Big hearts, correct causes, worth million

If generosity is the mark of a strong region, this is definitely a strong region.The second Raise the Region fundraising effort recently brought $1,002,673 to registered nonprofits from Lycoming, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in 30 hours.The event is an ...

Money for research is one thing; redundant research is wasteful

Investigators with the Government Accountability Office tell us approximately $1.4 billion was spent by the government on autism research between 2008 and 2012. That is the good news.The bad news is as much as 84 percent of that money was spent on redundant research.Duplication of research ...

Legislation correctly focuses on fairness in natural gas royalties

Some landowners leasing with natural gas companies say they aren't getting nearly the royalties they thought they would due to exorbitant post-production fees.State Reps. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, and Matt Baker, a Wellsboro Republican and others have called for an attorney general ...

U.S. foreign policy inconsistencies make it hard to get support

No wonder so many foreign leaders are reluctant to go along with U.S. policy initiatives. From one day to the next, President Barack Obama's inconsistencies have meant flipping a coin is an appropriate method of predicting how the White House will react to the next world crisis.New Ukrainian ...

Easing of flood insurance hikes is just a start

We will start with a little gratitude.In what is all too rare, Congress and the Obama adminstration have responded positively to complaints nationwide and passed legislation to scale back the huge flood insurance premium increases due to take effect.The increases, passed as part of flood ...

Region represented historically well on the basketball court

There are few things that galvanize a community more than high school sports.And when a high school team in a major sport is having a storybook season, the uniting behind the squad transcends school allegiances.This year's St. John Neumann boys basketball team is on the short list of scholastic ...

Numbers indicate positive impact of city codes ordinance

City Codes Administrator Joe Girardi is a self-proclaimed numbers guy.He likes to use statistics to illustrate points.The picture those figures painted in a speech last week to the Williamsport Rotary Club was an upbeat image regarding the City of Williamsport's ordinance requiring licenses to ...

Liquor privatization pursuit must continue

Gov. Tom Corbett said at a recent news conference that he has not given up on a plan to change the state's system of liquor stores.Beyond that, he didn't offer a lot of details other than to say "there is a lot of discussion going on" regarding the privatization of liquor stores that the public ...

State jobless rate stacks up well against the rest of the nation

Pennsylvania's jobless rate was at a post-recession high of 8.1 percent in September 2012.The latest figures place the jobless rate at 6.4 percent in January and included a downward revision of the unemployment rate for December at 6.8 percent.The nation's jobless rate was 6.7 percent for ...

Ship to honor heroes of Flight 93 is richly deserved and overdue

Amid the shock and horror of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, a group of ordinary Americans became heroes by sacrificing their own lives to save others.A monument to them, the passengers and crew of Flight 93, exists in south central Pennsylvania. It is at the site of where their airliner ...

Letting Sunshine Law in: Many issues are creating clouds

Today begins National Sunshine Week, a celebration of open government and the people's right to know what their public servants are doing in their name.It just so happens the week falls as a number of bills are working their way through the Legislature to change which taxpayer-funded documents ...

White House shoots first, with no questions later, with Russia

U.S. officials' blustery but seemingly inconsequential reaction to Russian intervention in Ukraine sums up failures in foreign policy by President Barack Obama and his administration. In effect, the White House has made the mistake of attempting to shoot first - with an empty gun - while not ...

Flood reform act worthy of council resolution exception

City Council passed a resolution last week supporting local lawmakers' efforts to reform a law sending national flood insurance beyond the paying capabilities of our residents and potentially logjamming the real estate market over much of the nation.This is known as "feel good" action and both ...

Local prescription drug drop-off boxes latest anti-drug tool

There are many gateways to illegal drug addiction, particularly heroin.One of them is right there in your medicine cabinet.Prescription drugs.Eighty percent of the incidents to which local law enforcement responds to every year are drug- and alcohol-related.And in recent years the increase in ...

Revitalization group for city’s east end makes practical sense

There appears to be ever-gathering momentum to develop the City of Williamsport's Central Business District east of Market Street.Consultants were recently given the go-ahead to study potential development of that area. Last week the East Third Street Gateway Revitalization Commission was ...

Auditor general’s report validates serious pension woes

Maybe the state's Auditor General Eugene DePasquale can do what no one else has been able to do regarding public pension funds - that is, reform them before they bankrupt government.DePasquale issued a recent report bringing into focus just how bad the municipal pension funding system is in the ...

Medicare Advantage latest in series of Obamacare deceptions

About 16 million older Americans rely on Medicare Advantage policies to supplement their government health insurance. We have warned for years that drastic cuts in federal funding for Medicare Advantage were part of the Obamacare scheme.President Barack Obama and his fellow liberals have ...

Fundamental flaws are at the root of school funding woes

Several school districts in the region appear to be having even greater budget struggles for 2014-15 and have asked for exemptions that would allow them to raise taxes beyond what state law allows.And by now, you've heard the spin Gov. Tom Corbett cut $1 billion from public education three ...

Outlandish attempt to curb media freedoms is chilling

We Americans disagree on many things. Liberals argue with conservatives. Republicans do battle with Democrats. But we must for the good of our children and grandchildren concur: No politician can be permitted to control the free press upon which Americans have depended for more than two ...

Innovation Center Susquehanna Health’s latest on-point project

It's getting harder and harder to remember what the campus of Susquehanna Health used to look like.The main building, emergency room and patient rooms have been overhauled and modernized and entrances, traffic patterns and parking facilities heavily altered.And now there is a Health Innovation ...