Opinion

East Third-Mulberry street parcels finally ripe for development

Editorials

They have been sitting there for years — two vacant parcels at East Third and Mulberry Streets very near the heart of downtown Williamsport. While center city has seen a host of developments in the past decade, only grass has grown on these two properties. The circumstances that make ...

Robert Mueller’s upside-down justice

Opinion

It’s a familiar quote from Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” but with special contemporary relevance in light of a recent statement by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “‘If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble... ‘the law is a ass — a idiot.”‘ But it isn’t so ...

Mueller should not have held a news conference

Opinion

In his news conference, special counsel Robert Mueller explained why he would not testify before Congress. “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he said. “It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words ...

Those seeking high office must not compromise nation

Editorials

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Is Biden Hillary Clinton — or George W. Bush?

Opinion

The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he’s neither. He’s Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, recently asked “Is Biden the new Hillary?” “Trump plans to wage the same sort ...

House unlikely to ever get Trump’s tax returns

Opinion

House Democrats are jubilant because they won two court victories in their ongoing battle to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns and decades of his personal and business banking records. But their glee won’t last long. These federal district court rulings are likely to be overturned ...

High school grads carry future hopes

Editorials

We’ve just witnessed the annual rite of passage at school stadiums across the county. Hundreds of local young people were awarded high school diplomas, a major step in the transition to adulthood. We’re so proud of them — all of them, not just the star athletes and most talented artists ...

A ‘feast’ of educational experiences

Opinion

As a college president, I am deeply concerned when I read that the level of public trust in higher education has declined. An October 2018 Gallup poll, for example, found that public confidence in higher education had fallen from 57 percent in 2015 to 48 percent in 2018; with the largest ...

Time to throw a safety line to public-sector employees

Opinion

On the day he died, Jake Schwab went to work like he did on any other morning, looking forward to tackling the projects ahead of him. The 48-year-old Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority mechanic and avid motorcycle enthusiast was assigned to work on a bus from a different agency. Although he ...

Rare earth threat reminder of our shortsighted policies

Editorials

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Committed to ideological diversity

Opinion

When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find “disagreeable.” If that’s your ...

A living eulogy for Ollie Oops

Opinion

CAMDEN, S.C. — Eulogies, it has always seemed to me, are best delivered while the subject is living and can enjoy hearing the best version of him- or herself. Thus, today’s column is dedicated to Ollie the Blind Poodle, also affectionately known as Ollie Oops. A toy poodle born blind, ...

Father Manno an inspiration for community

Editorials

The Rev. John K. Manno was a friend to all who passed his way. He was a blessing for the community who could not look the other way. He saw a neighborhood in crisis and worked tirelessly to gather people who could join forces to better the lives of others. He witnessed people flooded out ...

A man of all people in a world divided

Opinion

He was as popular as Rocky Balboa was in Philadelphia. He was a man of the people, all people. In a world and a country divided by race, religion and political differences, Father John Manno didn’t care about our dissimilarities; he cared about us. He didn’t judge one by the way they looked ...

We remember their sacrifices for free people

Editorials

“We will accept nothing less than full victory.” That was what Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said in his message to the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force 75 years ago as they prepared “to embark on a great crusade.” The crusade “to bring about the ...

D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman

Opinion

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the ...

Career center grads uniquely equipped for employment

Editorials

The more than 90 students who graduated from the Lycoming Career and Technology Center recently represented the following areas of study: Automotive technology, computer systems, construction technology, criminal justice, culinary arts, drafting and design technology, early childhood education ...

Wolf encouraged by opioid war progress; time will tell the tale

Editorials

If such a thing is possible, there is good news on the opioid war front in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf says preliminary statistics are pointing to a decrease in overdose deaths in the state in 2018. He and his administration are even suggesting the opioid crisis might be starting to wane in ...

Trump’s poor approval ratings

Opinion

“Without the ILLEGAL Witch Hunt, my poll numbers, especially because of our historically ‘great’ economy, would be at 65 percent,” President Trump tweeted last week. In all likelihood, the president believes what he wrote. It’s a strongly held sentiment among many of Trump’s ...

Justice Department right to indict Assange

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called WikiLeaks a “nonstate hostile intelligence service.” Apparently Julian Assange agrees. In its new 18-count indictment of Assange for multiple violations of the Espionage Act, the Justice Department notes that Assange told former Army ...