Editorials

NASA-Russia relationship could carry danger with it

NASA officials revealed this week that in protest of Russian actions in Ukraine, the U.S. space agency is suspending most cooperation with its Russian counterpart.Just one joint initiative will be continued, NASA officials said. It involves the U.S. paying Russia to ferry American astronauts ...

Heroin problem can only be solved with community resolve

There is something about a public airing that tends to crystallize a community problem.Such was the case recently when the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force sponsored a community public information and education meeting.But there's a twist on the community problem theme.Heroin is not just this ...

Obama administration not enforcing law protecting bald eagles

It should be clear to Americans that President Barack Obama's opinion is that the law is what he and he alone says it is - even if it encourages wholesale slaughter of bald eagles, the nation's symbol. If a law enacted in Congress gets in his way, Obama simply changes it.Several months ago, The ...

Transportation bill will have big impact on local roads

If you are wondering whether the state transportation bill will create more state highway work in the area, the numbers should answer the question.In the Williamsport area alone, $5.8 million will be used from the bill's fresh revenues for resurfacing, pavement preservation, bridge replacement, ...

Long overdue records management system is online for city

Williamsport city police now have a computerized records management system.Doesn't sound like a big deal, does it?But consider an officer investigating a shooting, a drug overdose or a criminal act being able to show a potential witness at the scene a photograph of possible suspects.From the ...

Transportation bill’s fruits about to show in region’s bridges

The state transportation bill passed last fall to solve Pennsylvania's highway and bridge woes carries with it some unwelcome outcomes.The bill's main revenue source is raised by lifting the cap on the Oil Co. Franchise Tax, which has raised gas prices at the pump by about 9 cents on ...

Public gets second chance at Route 220 safety plan input

There are 22,000 motorists who each day travel Route 220 between Woodward and Piatt townships.That makes the stretch of highway one of the busiest locally.Statistics show it also is among the most dangerous roads in the region.For several years, there have been multiple changes made on the road ...

Why the secrecy regarding Holder’s personal flights?

Nearly 400 airplane flights that were taken for personal reasons by Attorney General Eric Holder and other top Justice Department officials were not included in government reports on use of aircraft.According to the Government Accountability Office, which exposed the secrecy over personal use ...

Zoning expansion of downtown district can be launching pad

Zoning changes aren't the most sexy of government actions.But Williamsport's economic revitalization committee took an important first zoning step this past week regarding expansion of the Central Business District in the city.An amendment to the city zoning map would expand the Central ...

Exempt volunteer fire department from Obamacare regulations

For many years, many residents of our area have been able to count on volunteer fire departments to come to our aid in emergencies. Hundreds of men and women provide the service while asking for nothing in return.For generations what they did was a wonderful bargain. In exchange for a few ...

Heroin task force taking big public step Saturday

We've seen it countless times.A well-intentioned committee is formed to counter a community ill. There's a lot of talk at the start but not much action and the problem-solving momentum dries up.That's not the case with the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force organized by Lycoming County President ...

Heroes breakfast underscores richness of our community

Helping people in need or facing an emergency is what the American Red Cross has been about since its founding.This ongoing excellence in humanity was highlighted at the fifth annual Heroes Breakfast of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.The ceremony honored 13 men and women who made a ...

Out of disaster rises a stronger local freight bridge

In September 2011, 100-year flood waters devastated the railroad bridge over Loyalsock Creek in Montoursville.A lot of our readers may not be familiar with what that bridge they pass every day driving into and out of Montoursville does.The bridge is a professional freight service to 70 ...

River Walk access, parking about to get much better

The Susquehanna River Walk has become a unique asset that highlights the river and natural beauty that are the stamps of our area.There's only one problem. It's hard to get access to the walk that rings the river between downtown Williamsport and the hills of South Williamsport.That's about to ...

FHA drags feet on commercial drones

There are all sorts of possibilities for using unmanned drone aircraft to make our lives better. No pun intended, but the sky's the limit.Except in the United States. Here, the Federal Aviation Administration has decreed that there is to be no use of drones for commercial purposes.You can buy ...

It’s easy to make a villain of the natural gas industry

The state's Independent Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan office of the state Legislature, recently reported that Pennsylvania's taxes on the natural gas drilling boom are among the lowest in the nation.In its new report, the office noted that Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation with ...

Obama administration has not kept its transparency promise

When President Barack Obama took office, he promised Americans the most transparent administration in history. Just the opposite has occurred.The situation is getting worse, according to a study of the federal government's responses to requests for records. The Associated Press found that "the ...

Hotel tax revenues benefit diverse assets of travel and tourism

It's easy to forget just how much revenue comes to Lycoming County through local hotel stays and tourism.Until the annual divvying up of 15 percent of the hotel tax revenues.Last week Lycoming County travel and tourism officials awarded $134,000 in grant dollars for the coming year to 19 local ...

Memorial Pool gets needed jump-start donation; more needed

It's a start.But there's a long way to go.Friends of Memorial Pool committee recently showed up for a meeting with a $1,000 check for repairs to the deteriorating pool.It will cost between $639,000 and $900,000 to get the pool back into shape and provide areas required for special needs ...

Marino wants the next step – repeal – of flood rate reform

The most recent legislation would blunt the radical residential flood insurance rate increases that everyone has been complaining about, but that's not enough to satisfy state Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican.Marino wants a bill to address commercial properties regarding flood ...