Editorials

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 ...

Lycoming County has unique asset in mental health court

Three people had a very important graduation recently. It didn't fit the norm, but it deserves attention.The trio graduated from the Lycoming County Mental Health Court program.Our guess is that a lot of people did not know such a court even existed. And it doesn't, in many counties.But in ...

Health care law is fine – if others have to use it

Liberals in Congress might have been more interested in delaying Obamacare if they and their staffs had to cope with anything like it. But they do not.At the heart of the disagreement that shut down many federal government agencies last week was a bitter battle over Obamacare. At first, ...

Penn State sanctions softened; hopefully, it’s just a start

Penn State University's football program finally got some good news from the NCAA recently.The college sports governing body restored some of the scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Five scholarships will be restored next year and 15 more will be phased in ...

The real cause of the shutdown is really quite clear

Americans ought to be very clear on why some sectors of the federal government "shut down" Tuesday morning. The bottom line is simple: President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to grant millions of people the same breaks the administration already has handed to big ...

Keep minds open on day reporting center for city

According to a Pew Center research project, of 8,750 inmates released from Pennsylvania prisons in 2004, almost most 40 percent were reincarcerated by 2007.That seems to justify the recent statement by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts that "We can't just put people in jail and expect ...

Sanitary authority, Loyalsock merger a needed example

It's really quite simple.When two municipalities have like functions, they should ask whether a duplication of services and administrative costs is leading to unnecessary spending for either body.The Williamsport Sanitary Authority last week closed on an agreement with Loyalsock Township to ...

Facts show gas boom alive and well in state

The gas industry naysayers have been spreading a lot of misinformation lately that the gas drilling industry is on the decline in Pennsylvania.The fact is that the average gas well in the state is producing about three times the amount of a well in the Barnett Shale play in Texas, according to ...

Key social services arm showing some encouraging signs

The value that The Center in Williamsport plays is important beyond debate.The work at the facility at 844 W. Fourth St. is geared toward the educational and personal enrichment of the area's youth, families and seniors by providing comprehensive programs, camps, workshops, seminars, substance ...

Part One of the YMCA renaissance reaches construction

So Part One is going pretty well.We speak of the new YMCA planned just south of the Susquehanna Health complex in Williamsport, where ground was broken last week.Even as ceremonial shovels were turned for the new facility to house the Y's recreation, health and social services programs, earth ...

When the law is the law – unless it is inconvenient

If you want to open a coal mine or drill a gas well in an area where certain types of rare fish or other endangered wildlife live, be prepared to be told you will have to change your plans. There are government regulations to safeguard some species, after all.Among them are bald and golden ...

Highway and bridge improvement plan is long overdue

The state of Pennsylvania has 4,000 structurally deficient bridges and about 10,000 miles of substandard highways.That is not news to most state residents, who can feel every inch of the deficiencies when they drive. Quite frankly, much of Pennsylvania's road and bridge network stands out for ...

Are we doing enough to stop bullying in schools?

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year.Investigators are looking into whether charges can be filed against some of the 15 or so girls who ganged up on ...

Replacing parking deck more difficult with loss of grant

The Midtown Parking Deck came down pretty quickly last week.Getting the more modern replacement in place on West Third Street in Williamsport may not be as simple.A $12 million grant for Trade and Transit Centre II from the U.S. Department of Transportation has fallen through, according to city ...

Gas industry impact meeting draws some curious answers

The Lycoming County Planning and Community Development Department took input from community leaders last week on the impact of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry in the area. We found the responses curious, to say the least.Some of the leaders pointed to the increased truck traffic and ...

Latest Benghazi hearings expose even more shame

Four Americans, including an ambassador, were killed in an attack on the American embassy in Libya more than a year ago.The families of the victims were told those who did the killing would be rooted out and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by President Obama, then Secretary of State ...

House takes correct action on health care; Senate should follow

So you are a lawmaker and you go home for the summer recess and at your town halls you are hit by the concerns of the majority of your constituents afraid of what the new health care law is going to do to their premiums.The businesses in your district are telling you what the law will mean to ...

Obama ‘stimulus’ claims don’t mesh with harsh reality

President Barack Obama likes to boast that trillions of dollars in "stimulus" spending of various types has put more Americans back to work.It has not. Unemployment rates are down slightly only because fewer people are looking for work. The civilian labor force participation rate - the ...