Opinion

Cooler heads must prevail in City Hall

Editorials

The important business of the people of Williamsport must continue in a positive manner in City Hall during the next six months until the next city administration is in place. Who will lead that administration will be decided in the November general election. In the interim, city residents ...

Dairy farmers need to step up to the plate

Opinion

Without any reservations, it is very obvious that more dairy farmers must start making more calls to our Congressmen in Washington D.C. if we want to allow whole milk back into our schools. Why do we only have 29 cosponsors on Congressman GT Thompson’s bill HR 832, that would allow all ...

Don’t use the word ‘reform’ for charter school bills

Opinion

If you weren’t worried about the rising cost of public education before now, you should be. If the Legislature passes the charter bills currently in the Senate, expect more of the same; higher school taxes and disappointing news on school performance. The PA House recently passed a set of ...

Elizabeth Warren’s terrible plans

Opinion

Senator Elizabeth Warren is being lauded as the serious candidate in the race. Her motto, “I have a plan for that,” is accepted as proof that she is thoughtful and conscientious. That’s too generous. One should expect a grown-up to evaluate costs and benefits, to understand tradeoffs, ...

The madcap caution of Donald Trump

Opinion

The worry recently was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal. The episode is another ...

College budget reflects mixed bag of trends

Editorials

The Pennsylvania College of Technology board has approved a budget for 2019-20 of $157.3 million, a $7.1 million decrease in spending. That’s a good thing. The budget includes a 2.51-percent tuition and fee rate increase, a 1.5 percent increase for residence life and 1.5 percent increase ...

State’s largest workforce crisis

Opinion

Two out of five workers who care for people with an intellectual disability or autism (called direct support professionals, or DSPs) leave their jobs every year, largely due to the cripplingly low wages they are paid through government funding. Recently, the 2019 version of the Fix the DSP ...

What a border crisis looks like

Opinion

News flash: There’s a crisis at the border. This was discovered again over the past few days when immigration attorneys talked to reporters about appalling conditions at a Border Patrol facility detaining migrant minors in Clint, Texas. According to the lawyers, many of the kids had to ...

See what the crash looks like and keep it from happening

Editorials

The July 4th holiday looms. It’s on a Thursday this year, one week from today, meaning a whole lot of folks will embark on a four-day weekend after work next Wednesday. That’s great. This is Independence Day, after all, so celebration of the greatest democracy the world has ever known is ...

Reparations for slavery, drawing lines

Opinion

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for Americans to make reparations for slavery. On June 19, the House judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and civil liberties held a hearing. Its stated purpose was “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, ...

Double standard on culture-war controversies

Opinion

When Vice President Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana, he got along well with the mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, despite the fact that Buttigieg is a gay, liberal Democrat and Pence is a straight, socially conservative Republican. Ironically, Pence is a straight man in both the ...

Federal lawmakers must ensure funds for LWCF continue

Editorials

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

The circular firing squad

Opinion

Mo Udall, the legendary Democratic congressman from Arizona, was brutally candid about his party’s bad habit of succumbing to intramural recriminations that became the political equivalent of a civil war in the leper colony. “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle,” ...

A.G. Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

Opinion

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump’s claim that his newspaper committed “treason” by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to ...

An exemplary man’s mission

Editorials

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other ...

Two correct steps taken to bolster downtown parking

Editorials

By virtue of a $4.7 million line of credit arrangement that is being shared with River Valley Transit, the Williamsport Parking Authority recently announced it will be keeping its parking rates the same for the next year. A savings of $250,000 a year through the 10-year refinancing package is ...

United States should offer help

Editorials

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

Democratic presidential debates surely will shake up the race

Opinion

The Democratic presidential primary debates are scheduled to begin Wednesday and Thursday, with 10 candidates competing each night. Joe Biden enters the debates as the nominal front-runner, followed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. There’s an excellent ...

Must we wage war with Iran?

Opinion

“The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” ABC News reported. Hours before that attack, Iranians launched surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In ...