Opinion

Public service pays pretty well in Pennsylvania

Editorials

It’s called public service. And it turns out public service at the highest levels of state government pays off pretty well. The salaries of Pennsylvania’s 253 state lawmakers, more than 1,000 judges and several dozen top executive branch officials will rise in 2018. The increase of ...

Pelosi lives up to track record

Opinion

Finally, Nancy Pelosi’s faux feminist veneer has fully cracked. The Democratic “shero’’ is, and always has been, a sham. But after Pelosi’s incoherent babblefest on “Meet the Press’’ defending accused groper John Conyers and clown-cad Al Franken, the progressive left can no ...

Pelosi’s principles complicated by inconvenience

Opinion

It’s amazing how complicated simple principles can become when they’re inconvenient to your team. Nine days ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi created a mess for herself by insisting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Rep. John Conyers deserves “due process” in the face of a ...

Conyers, others deserve pink slips from Congress

Editorials

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be dismissed from Congress. Add to that using taxpayers’ money in attempt to cover up wrongdoing, and the case for removal is ironclad. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is accused of doing both things. His ...

Tolerance for Elizabeth Warren’s Fake News

Opinion

The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of “fake news.” But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat. ...

Debt and taxes and perdition

Opinion

Should the government borrow against the future? Should it guarantee higher taxes for your children and grandchildren in return for lower taxes for you? If government’s moral legitimacy depends on the consent of the governed, as Thomas Jefferson argued in the Declaration of Independence, ...

Local levee is worthy of top priority status

Editorials

The levee that protects Williamsport and its surrounding municipalities is listed as the top priority in the Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan as identified by the Greater Williamsport Alliance. And the numbers associated with the levee underline what being a top priority means. Based on the ...

Bill would help mitigate community, home flood risks

Opinion

Almost every year heavy rains cause rivers and lakes to overflow, wreaking havoc on flood prone communities, like many of those in Lycoming County and throughout the country. Five years after Superstorm Sandy and weeks after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, we see the devastating effects ...

The heroes next door

Opinion

It's been a rough year all around. We've really been through a lot these past 11 months. The media has yet to recover from their collective mental breakdown caused by the perceived presence of a usurper in the Oval Office. Just when we thought the craziest thing on college campuses was the ...

Islamic terror in Egypt illustrates global scope

Editorials

In the bloodiest attack ever by Islamic terrorists in Egypt, they massacred at least 235 fellow Muslims in an attack on a mosque Friday. Bombs were set off, and those who escaped them were mowed down by gunmen. The mosque, in Egypt’s Sinai region, was packed with members of the Sufi branch ...

The abrupt shaming of Charlie Rose

Opinion

The privileged and prestigious professional life of Charlie Rose came to a shocking end this week. In the latest lurid front-page testimony on powerful men, the Washington Post reported that eight women have accused Rose of brutish and exhibitionist behavior. They said new employees were ...

Taking sexual harassment seriously requires some serious distinctions

Opinion

There’s a consensus aborning: There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation and violence of any kind. Enthusiasm for the new dawn varies widely. Some think it’s a great feminist or moral awakening. Others see an era of witch hunts, prudery and weaponized politics ...

City’s no-tax-hike plan refreshing; discipline required

Editorials

Necessary services for Williamsport residents. Exorbitant pension obligations. Expensive levee certification requirements. Bargaining unit contracts. These and other requirements make balancing a city budget without a tax increase extremely difficult. But that's what has been proposed ...

When it comes to terrorists, English lacks needed purity

Editorials

One wonders what ever happened to using the English language honestly. Consider reports of atrocities committed by groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida and Boko Haram. Often, news stories describe them as “extremists” or “militants.” It happened again recently, after at least 235 moderate ...

‘Punching Down’ is not American

Opinion

Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that “punches up’’ rather than “punches down.’’ To “punch up’’ means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. “Punching down’’ is ...

History shows hypocrisy with Clinton accusers

Opinion

It was bizarre watching KABC TalkRadio in Los Angeles — my hypocritical ex-employer — hold a televised press conference. It turns out that one of the station’s news anchors, Leeann Tweeden, claims Sen. Al Franken groped her. In 2006, Tweeden said, before Franken became a senator, he and ...

Retail trends taking toll on Lycoming Mall

Editorials

One by one, the anchors that used to be the cornerstones of the Lycoming Mall are leaving. In an era when on-line shopping has taken the on-site volume out of big-box stores, Macy’s and J.C. Penney have abandoned the mall. Sears will close in January. Two other major anchors and three ...

Better late than never: Really?

Opinion

The English poet of the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, is generally credited with coining the phrase that has been updated in modern English to read, “better late than never.” It means to do something or to arrive later than expected may not be good, but it is better than not at ...

Conyers is albatross Democrats deserve

Opinion

There are sexual harassers, and then there is John Conyers, the Democrat from Detroit who made his congressional office an adjunct of his libido. The evidence suggests that Conyers believed that as a 27-term congressman, he was entitled to the Washington, D.C., equivalent of the Ottoman ...

Jet service first big dividend from airport advances

Editorials

Years of runway renovations and an ongoing terminal construction project at the Williamsport Regional Airport are finally starting to pay off. In a big way. Today. This is the day the airport officially moves into the jet age. At 12:23 p.m., Embraer 145 regional jets with a capacity ...