Editorials

This state budget must include fix for pension crisis

Pennsylvania ranks 48th out of the 50 states when they are measured by the share of annual pension contributions made since 2003.That's why the pension system for state employees is woefully underfunded.Which leads to all sorts of political consternation.There are a whole lot of people who ...

EPA: Evidence mounts of insufficiently policed, arrogant bureaucracy

Among those responsible for the government's war on coal and reasonable electricity prices was a now-retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official named John C. Beale.At one time he was the agency's highest-paid employee.Beale is about to begin serving a 32-month prison sentence for ...

Early returns on city rental ordinance appear to be good

City of Williamsport officials say the rental ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1 is working.They have numbers and anecdotal evidence to make their point.The city has issued 17 citations and shut down properties since the start of the year, according to Joseph Gerardi, city codes ...

Talk not being matched by money for city pool work

The City of Williamsport has secured $700,000 for renovation and reopening of the Memorial Pool by 2015.It has selected a consultant to design the renovations.The only caveat to the work is that $50,000 come from the community to support the work.Not a dime has been raised.We have said many ...

Community’s future quality may depend on task force success

The Heroin Task Force of Lycoming County has reached the strategy implementation phase of its existence.The task force formed a few months ago and coordinated by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts met recently and rolled out a strategy of polished public outreach to curb the heroin ...

With latest OK, it’s time to approve Keystone pipeline

Enduring a grueling five-year review process that we are certain President Obama's pet energy initiatives don't have to endure, the Keystone XL Pipeline put another notch on its approval belt recently.The State Department reported no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion ...

Obama’s marijuana concerns not matched for other businesses

It is a shame President Barack Obama does not have the same level of concern for most businesses that it does for those in the marijuana industry.Obama, in addition to his recent comments supporting state-level legalization of recreational marijuana use, seems determined to help those involved ...

Taking more steps to bolster city’s east business district

There's something to be said for meetings, even informal ones.One of those sessions was held recently regarding development and a traffic study of the expanded Central Business District east of Market Street in Williamsport.Those at the meeting talked of changing traffic patterns and adding ...

Americans about to get a lot less for their tax dollars

Assuming President Barack Obama means what he says - more than an idle concern, in view of his record for veracity - Americans are about to get a lot less for the tax dollars they send to Washington.That cliff-drop of a loss in government services may well be felt at the local and state ...

Poll results show state resident see beyond propaganda

The people of Pennsylvania, by a large margin, like the presence of the natural gas industry in the state. They just are concerned that the drilling be done in an environmentally safe manner.Those are the hardly surprising in our view findings of a Franklin and Marshall College poll that found ...

Corbett’s budget plan: A partly cloudy forecast

Partly cloudy with a chance of mixed precipitation.That might fit for the state budget forecast following Gov. Tom Corbett's budget address Tuesday.Corbett is proposing a $29.4 billion General Fund budget and a 3.3-percent spending increase.He's proposing the extra money to start healing the ...

Indictment reveals well-oiled machine for drug trafficking

A recent federal indictment brought to life exactly how the Philadelphia area is connected to Lycoming and Tioga counties through illegal drug trafficking.And how difficult it is to detect and neuter that drug trafficking.Six men, according to the indictment, distributed heroin, cocaine and ...

Details underscore impact of tragic city police chase

The details of the crash in the midst of a city police chase a few weeks ago only underline how split-second decisions can change many lives forever. According to state police, the city patrolman responding on East Third Street to back up a rookie officer a few blocks away was driving 101 mph ...

One more glitch that amounts to broken Obamacare promise

President Barack Obama and his liberal cronies waste few opportunities to assure Hispanics they should rely on the Democrat Party. But the delayed rollout of the Spanish-language website for Obamacare demonstrates just how much the White House really cares.Millions of people in this country ...

Math alone should prompt repeal of flood reform act

The state House Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Banking Committee heard a lot of emotional pleas this past week when they held hearings in Harrisburg regarding the impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.But beyond the emotions, the numbers alone should have left an ...

Court needs to curb some of the excesses of Obama administration

U.S. Supreme Court justices often are called upon to interpret difficult, highly technical points of law and the Constitution. At least some of them may be grateful this week includes a no-brainer.It is a case involving President Barack Obama's unconstitutional appointment of members of the ...

President Obama’s State of the Union detached from reality

President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night was, in many ways, a compacted version of his five years in the Oval Office.He continued to advance policies that are too far removed from the realities of most Americans, which is why his poll numbers are plummeting. And he continues ...

Local school budget numbers may be indicative of trend

The early estimates of revenues and costs for the Williamsport Area School District's 2014-15 budget are not encouraging.There's a $2.5 million gap between the projected costs of $83 million and revenues of $80.5 million.The board voted to apply for Act 1 exceptions. If approved by the state ...

Gambling industry revenue in state takes inevitable dip

Pennsylvania collected $1.4 billion in taxes from state-sanctioned gambling last year, making it the nation's second largest gambling market behind Las Vegas.That's the good news.But those totals also indicate the state may have maxed out its ability to support government through gambling.The ...

Public union workers deserve protection over spending of dues

In 2012, the state's main government unions, including the Pennsylvania State Education Association, spent nearly $5 million of member dues on political activities and lobbying.That's fine - except for the fact that the money was not given with any approval of members and the actual ...