Opinion

Personality biggest re-election obstacle

Opinion

“What’s your pitch to the swing voter on the fence?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday. Questions of this sort are gifts to politicians, but interviewers ask them for a couple of reasons. One, they’re civic-minded. Politicians ...

Kudo’s to Farrell: Award underscores exemplary work

Editorials

The U.S. Department of Education is correctly stubborn in giving out its National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards. It gave out 340 blue ribbons to private and public schools this year for exceptional academics, arts and athletic achievements, predominately to schools in areas with at ...

Deeper and deeper in debt

Opinion

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 ...

Dems’ agenda: Kill jobs, pander to freeloaders

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Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, including front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, flocked to the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress on Monday, each trying to outpander their rivals and promise the most government handouts. It was an alarming spectacle for ...

State must resist getting reckless with budget

Editorials

The state’s economy is as strong as it has been in years, leading to tax collections of $800 million above budgeted revenue projections in the current budget year. That should make passage of a new state budget easier than normal, correct? Well, sort of. Unfortunately, Gov. Tom Wolf has ...

State budget may build on tax reform boom

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State lawmakers are heading into budget negotiations with wages rising, record low unemployment, and state revenues surpassing projections — an economic windfall largely due to federal tax reform. With all this great economic news, it would be easy to grow complacent. But here’s the ...

City deserves full answers on Park Avenue plan info

Editorials

The city of Williamsport is paying $82,280 for a report meant to market the Park Avenue plan for future development. The minimum expectation of Ingalls Planning and Design, of Fairport, New York, would be that the report is informationally complete and accurate. But city codes officers who ...

Yes, we can ensure health care coverage and save costs in state

Opinion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: House Bill 3 moved quickly through the state House of Representatives where it received a near-unanimous vote and was sent to the state Senate for consideration.) What if we told you Pennsylvania could design a better system for giving residents affordable access to quality ...

The twin pillars of health care reform

Opinion

Seven out of 10 voters rate their health insurance coverage and the medical care they receive as good or excellent. Despite that, only 34% give our nation’s health care system positive reviews. Not surprisingly, therefore, health care reform has consistently been a top voter concern election ...

Johnson caps his dreams for others in perfect message

Editorials

Alize Johnson had dreams as a child. But unlike most people, his dreams were not limited to himself. He had dreams that involved others. And once he realized his big dream of making it to the National Basketball Association last summer, he started working to use his financial benefits to ...

Tuition exchange of 2 colleges only enhances an asset

Editorials

With two quality colleges within its borders, Williamsport has a unique asset in Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology. That’s doubly true when they join forces. The schools recently announced plans for a tuition exchange program which will benefit dependents of ...

40 naturalized citizens starting a special life

Editorials

We are always heartened and energized by local naturalization ceremonies. The recent ceremony in which 40 people officially became citizens of the United States during ceremonies at the federal court in Williamsport is no exception. At a time when America has a crisis at its southern border ...

American politics are very imitative

Opinion

It’s a better than even bet that in Massachusetts today there is more than one ambitious young Democratic candidate running for local office who is deliberately pronouncing the word “again” so that it rhymes with “a pain.” Why, you logically ask? Because that’s how the martyred John ...

Thanks to Lycoming County commissioners

Opinion

Our company recently celebrated the grand opening at Muncy Greene, the new affordable senior community we developed, built, and will own and operate on John Brady Drive in Muncy Township. We would like to thank the local community, specifically Lycoming County Commissioners R. Jack McKernan, ...

America will always be ‘racist’ — if Nirvana is the goal

Opinion

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted that America could elect a black president in 40 years or less. Implicit in King’s prediction is that such an achievement would show that racism was no longer a serious problem in our country. Three years later, King said: “Because of prejudices ...

Hazards of extirpating whiteness

Opinion

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like nearly everyone, is running for president, presides over the largest and most media-centric city in America. His national name recognition is respectable, but his support is undetectable. Literally. He’s at 0%, lagging behind such Democratic titans as ...

No need to tarnish the gas impact fee with severance tax

Editorials

The natural gas industry has paid $1.7 billion in impact fees to the state in Pennsylvania since 2012. It also has asked for and received zero dollars in state funding to finance its drilling efforts, which in turn have led to jobs, a valuable export for the state and lower energy rates for ...

It’s more about you than us

Opinion

My mid-1960s newspaper route had 105 customers along an East End of Williamsport corridor that included just about every house on Elizabeth Street and Franklin Street and all points in between. The intersection of demand and enterprise called me to attempt expansion by recruiting residents ...

Raise the limits on tax credit scholarships

Opinion

It was the middle of Wednesday and I had 30 minutes — 30 minutes and a choice. I could either eat my lunch in peace after a hectic morning of work, or I could use that half hour to fill out scholarship applications for my son, Myles. It was a no-brainer, and I’ll tell you why. We live in ...