Opinion

Agendas of Wolf, local lawmakers portend dual result

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda priorities don’t usually match up well with most of our local lawmakers. It appears the trend will continue in 2019. Lawmakers do share the governor’s determination to fight the opioid epidemic. State Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Republican representing much of our ...

The Massachusetts Curse

Opinion

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first 2020 Democratic White House challenger to announce her “exploratory committee,” a legal device that allows candidates to receive donations and to hire staff in preparation for a full-fledged presidential candidacy. Make no mistake; ...

Think things are bad now? They were lots worse in 1919

Opinion

The 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of World War I in Europe came and went with surprisingly little notice Nov. 11. Commemoration was muted for a conflict that took the lives of some 15 to 19 million soldiers and civilians — estimates vary widely — including, in ...

Gas distribution takes another hit in Maryland ruling

Editorials

Distribution prospects for natural gas in the Mid-Atlantic states took a hit recently when Maryland officials rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would have carried natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It was a win for environmentalists ...

Trump’s top 10 successes of 2018

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued to grow. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump has done in office. (In my next column, I will give you my list of the 10 worst.) 10. He ...

Be it resolved: To speak English

Opinion

“Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?” asked Professor Henry Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady.” It’s a good question for Americans, especially millennials. On a recent flight two young women sat behind me, chattering away rather loudly. In just one minute I ...

New chamber head understands future county challenge

Editorials

The new president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is already headed in the correct direction by simply understanding the overarching challenge for Lycoming County's future. Frankly, it is a math problem. And Jason C. Fink summed it up quite well in an interview in this past ...

And the bride and the groom shall dance

Opinion

…And the Bride and the Groom shall dance in the streets of Jerusalem. These words written by the Prophets Ezekiel, Isiah and others have resonated through the millennia for the Jewish people. They represent the hope, dreams and aspirations of what have been called “Judah’s tearful-eyed ...

Skyrocketing drug prices threaten more than health of older adults

Opinion

Prescription drug prices continue to rise at alarming rates, leaving many older Americans struggling to afford the medications they need. AARP’s most recent Rx Price Watch Report found that the average price of brand-name drugs widely used by older Americans increased at four times the ...

LERTA, reassessment both are needed to bolster tax base

Editorials

There is general agreement among local public officials that the Lycoming County tax base - particularly in the city - would benefit greatly from increased commercial and public development. And there also is a consensus that Lycoming County is overdue for a property tax reassessment to make ...

Cultural winners and losers of 2018

Opinion

It’s a little hard to judge popular culture in the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact — are they offering enough “Resistance”? — instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its ...

Say his name: RIP Cpl. Ronil Singh

Opinion

In the still of the last night of 2018, the silence of California Dems chilled the air and airwaves. Border wall opponent Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted three times between Christmas and New Year’s Eve bemoaning the plight of illegal immigrants and their children. But not a peep was heard ...

City zoning change may help one development plan, hopefully others

Editorials

Williamsport’s central business district is getting bigger. At least on paper. City Council last week approved elongating the central business district from Hepburn Street along West Third and Second streets, west to Center Street. The zoning map amendment will help a builder, Herman ...

Movie of the year

Opinion

The filmmaker Peter Jackson deserves more than an Oscar; he deserves a medal. What the director of the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” movies has done with his World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” is more than restore archival film; he has restored the humanity of ...

Border wall a symbol of our symbolic politics

Opinion

We closed out 2018 with a partial government shutdown merely adding some extra spice to the monotonous stew of political rage served daily, it’s worth noting that the primary sticking point isn’t an ideological split over border security, nor is it the recalcitrance of the president or the ...

11 Turnpike toll hikes in a row – payoff not obvious

Editorials

For the 11th year in a row, motorists' tolls on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up. So that's more than a decade of annual increases to drive the turnpike. The tolls went up 6 percent starting Sunday, meaning for passenger vehicles traveling the length of the Turnpike the ...

Osama Bin Laden was right

Opinion

Osama bin Laden predicted it and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In his book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and ...

Trump’s character will be his downfall

Opinion

For a very long time now, I have been predicting that the Trump presidency will end poorly because character is destiny. I’ve said it so often, I occasionally need to be reminded that I didn’t coin the phrase. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus did when he observed “ethos anthropoi ...

A little reason would go a long way for Gov. Wolf

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf has some big-ticket items on his shopping list of potential goals in his second term. They include an increase in the minimum wage, expansion of background checks on firearms purchases, overhaul of how public schools are funded and imposition of a tax on Marcellus Shale ...

The Office Pool for 2019

Opinion

1) On Jan. 1, 2020, Donald Trump will be a. fighting an indictment for fraud. b. fighting impeachment proceedings. c. running for re-election. d. no longer president. 2) In 2019, the House Democrats will a. drive Trump crazy with subpoenas and investigations. b. finally get their ...