Editorials

Those who gave all to their country deserve better

Beside and just below the American flag in many places can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. It is a sign that many local residents view it as a duty to find out what happened to the thousands of Americans still listed as missing in action or as prisoners of war from our nation's ...

Heroin battle plan worth pursuing – and needs to work

It's not your imagination.Local police and law enforcement officials acknowledged last week increased problems with heroin drug traffic and usage in the area and related increases in other crime numbers and violence in both Williamsport and surrounding communities in Lycoming County.We would ...

Better performance should be expected of new NRC chairwoman

Transparency will be the hallmark of her administration of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison MacFarlane assured U.S. senators before they voted a few days ago to confirm her for a five-year term as NRC chairwoman.Let's hope so. Pledges of transparency by politicians - and make no ...

Lycoming County prison problems, costs multi-faceted

Lycoming County paid Clinton County $16,497 to house inmates in May. Lycoming County will pay an estimated $35,000 to Clinton County in June to house inmates.Lycoming County's daily inmate population in June was 378.8, a record dating to 2007.Clearly, something has to change.The county would ...

Voter ID law on trial for lots of curious reasons

A trial is going on these days over the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's voter identification law.The trial may be a major step toward a judicial ruling on whether the photo requirement should be enforced at polling places statewide or thrown out as unconstitutional.Think about that.We are ...

Airport tower survives another year, but facility needs more

The on-again, off-again air traffic control tower at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville is on again.The control tower is open until at least September 2014 courtesy of the chaos amid federal budget shenanigans and the lack of a new transportation plan.The newest preliminary ...

State system tuition hike is moderate– but still a concern

There are 115,000 students in the state university system, many of them residents of our region. It will cost them more to attend college this fall again.The tuition for in-state students in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is going up 3-percent from the 2012-13 school year. ...

Plan to arm rebels in Syria deserves skepticism it is getting

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama's request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime. Clearly, some of the lawmakers have better memories and more strategic attitudes concerning the Middle East.After many months of doing nothing to aid the ...

Transportation plan needs resurrection in state’s fall session

The state House was very close to adopting a comprehensive funding and strategy plan for upgrading Pennsylvania's deteriorating roads and bridges as the budget was being passed.While the transportation plan was a late budget casualty, state Rep. Garth Everett believes it can be successfully ...

Changing face of downtown merits a study of traffic

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that traffic in downtown Williamsport has picked up considerably in recent years.The gas drilling boom has created more hauling traffic and a sharp increase in hotels, motels and restaurants to serve the people working in this industry.Call it ...

Congress should say no to bleeding citizens so government can grow

Among the most upsetting aspects of the Internal Revenue Service scandal is that participants in harassing organizations based on their political ideals do not seem to recognize they did anything wrong.Recently, acting IRS head Danny Werfel conceded that his agency discriminated against more ...

Merger could be the answer for three vital groups

It's not just any kind of a summer program.Far from it, the summer program being offered jointly by STEP Inc., The Campbell Street Family, Youth and Community Association and Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action could be the start of something much bigger.The three groups are ...

Gas royalty fairness legislation guarantees landowner benefits

We applaud legislation being co-sponsored by two local state representatives in the name of residents who are leasing property for gas drilling.State Reps. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, and Matthew E. Baker, a Wellsboro Republican are behind a response to concerns by many landowners that ...

Pension reform must eventually be carried out

Another budget session has come and gone without a remedy for Pennsylvania's looming pension crisis, which threatens to rob state government's future ability to fund needed human services programs and other essentials.Gov. Tom Corbett has promised to revisit pension reform in the fall. Many ...

Surveillance cameras almost ready for primetime in city

The city's 10 surveillance cameras aren't fully functioning yet. But the City of Williamsport is getting close to that reality.The net yet fully functioning cameras will eventually be scanning and using a variety of advanced techniques of surveillance in three city parks. They are fully visible ...

President shows he does not care about coal war casualties

President Barack Obama is intelligent enough to understand what his declaration of war on the coal industry will mean to tens of millions of Americans. For them, climate change will be among the least of their worries.Obama actually has been waging war on coal for much of his term in office. ...

State reform agenda fails; there’s lots of blame to go around

Pennsylvania has a state budget for another year.But not much else.Gov. Tom Corbett went a disheartening 0-for-3 on the three major initiatives that were supposed to accompany this budget.There was supposed to be a comprehensive new transportation bill to heal the state's deteriorating roads ...

Unmasking the White House IRS alibi

An Internal Revenue Service official in Washington now is admitting she knew of the agency's discrimination against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.That makes it clear the White House claim the harassment occurred only in the IRS's Cincinnati office simply is not true.Some ...

Americans can’t afford fortunes for foreign ratholes

Americans poured billions of dollars into rebuilding Iraq's economy and infrastructure after our military toppled Saddam Hussein from power. The result has not been satisfactory. Iraq continues to be torn by sectarian violence. U.S. policy toward Afghanistan has been a mirror image of the Iraq ...

Penn College: We hope excellence will always be available

The latest Pennsylvania College of Technology budget for the 2013-14 school year is $144.5 million. It's a testament to how the college has grown since the days when it was known as the Williamsport Area Community College and operated out of a few buildings left behind when Williamsport Area ...