Editorials

Obama and Kerry are delusional with North Korea policies

The position President Barack Obama's administration is taking toward North Korea would be laughable if it did not involve a threat to world peace.U.S. officials are right to be concerned about North Korea in the wake of an internal purge by dictator Kim Jong Un.Kim had his uncle, long ...

O’Brien replacement: To restore legacy, PSU must move forward

The brand of Penn State football and the university itself was jeopardized by the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.Any evaluation of Bill O'Brien's two years as football coach at the university, his decision to leave and the hiring that will take place in the future must be viewed in that ...

Billions of dollars wasted on green energy initiatives

For as long as 30 years, the wind power industry will be permitted to do something no one else can get away with, President Barack Obama has decreed.No matter how many bald and golden eagles are killed by wind power turbines, the industry will not be punished in any way.Few of Obama's ...

$3 million state grant bolsters Destination 2014

Perhaps for the first time, the Destination 2014 project intended to create a hub of activity on the west end of downtown Williamsport appears to be more than just a dream.A $3 million state grant will create that sort of reality.City officials say they have the matching funds required to go ...

A wish for more public efficiency in the year ahead

Call it our wishlist for the region to thrive in 2014.This is not about your household. You've got your own challenges. We won't meddle other than to wish you luck with them.This is about the public leadership we elect and appoint to head our municipal, school and county organizations and ...

2014 can be brighter with an attitude change

We enter 2014 on this New Year's day with the foundations of our lives teetering.At home, we worry over health care and what it will look like in the year to come.We worry about our long-term economic balance.And our nation's ability to remain secure.There was a time when we can plan on those ...

News canvas of 2013 gives many reasons for real frustrations

We want to be hopeful and positive this time of year.Reviewing the major news in our nation this year makes that difficult.We've got an Affordable Care Act that is anything but that for most Americans and represents an overreach by government into our health care system, a sixth of our economy. ...

A legislative stab at bringing efficiency to federal budgeting

In Washington, government spending is discussed in terms of billions and trillions of dollars. A million bucks isn't even enough to merit decimal-point mention in most agency budgets.But out here in the hinterlands, $1 million is still thought of as big money.U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and ...

A tough year, but local problems are not insurmountable

Consider the touchpoints of local news developments this year.There's a heroin problem in the City of Williamsport and outlying municipalities that police liken to a nuclear bomb.Housing in rental properties may be the nesting ground and, as such, is getting a new examination with a city plan ...

Congress should come down hard on Pentagon miscues

The Pentagon cannot account for more than $8 trillion U.S. taxpayers have given it since 1996, according to a news report by the Reuters news agency.Yet, even as the Defense Department insists it needs more money to defend the nation, officials admit waste and fraud are rampant.Clearly, the ...

Prison numbers speak to need for Day Reporting Center

The male inmate capacity for the Lycoming County Prison is 221. Through November, the average male population there was 209, as reported at the December meeting of the Lycoming County Prison Board.The female inmate prison capacity is 34. Through November, the average female population was 29. ...

Traffic flow start of city East End business potential

Is the East End of Williamsport the next commerce corridor locally?We're not sure about that, but we know the first rule of business location is checked off.The area east of Market Street in the city carries some of the highest traffic volume in Lycoming County daily, with major access points ...

Keep Christmas in your heart the entire year

We receive this Christmas morning on so many different levels.For millions of children, last night Santa Claus came down a chimney and this morning there were gifts. When you are 4 years old, it doesn't get much better than that.The beauty of this day and this season is that its meaning evolves ...

County budgeting likely to get harder in future

The good news is that Lycoming County government has passed no-tax-hike budgets for 10 years in a row.The tax-increase-free decade became official with passage of the 2014 budget recently.But there are looming fiscal clouds.The county continues to balance its budgets by drawing on surplus ...

Two studies raise questions about climate change arguments

Two scientific studies that nearly crossed paths on the way to publication by the National Academy of Sciences raise serious questions about climate change - and the liberal knee-jerk reaction that it must be caused by human activities.Recently, a study suggesting methane may be more at fault ...

Nation will need more than this budget in future

The U.S. House and Senate have actually passed a budget with bipartisan support.That's worthy of a shower of confetti in these days of politicized bickering that accomplishes little.But before the celebration gets out of hand, understand what actually happened and its future implications.The ...

Can Obama turn 180 degrees to solve problems?

A new national security strategy, replacing one he initiated in 2010, will be unveiled next year, President Barack Obama has informed Congress.Let's hope the 2014 strategy works better than its predecessor.Four key goals of the 2010 plan were to strengthen the U.S. position as a world leader, ...

Raid is the sort of action needed to fight city problem

Williamsport codes, police and fire officials closed the property at 405 High St. recently after it had several building violations and police discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in the open.City neighborhood crime watch leaders were pleased with what they saw in the raid.And they should ...

Agency, business take natural gas to another level

There's one place you can go in Williamsport where gasoline costs less than $2 a gallon.Call it the visionary reward.River Valley Transit is now operating a compressed natural gas fueling station that is open to the public, municipalities and corporations.That makes the friendly pump price ...

A model for how transportation work creates jobs, economy

When the state transportation bill was passed recently, there was lip service paid to the job retention and expansion that can be fueled by road and bridge improvements.Last week an example of how that footnote can come to life was illustrated in a bridge project in New York State.As the Tappan ...