Opinion

In 2019, we all need to rediscover what really matters

Editorials

Our world in 2019 is dominated by cell phones, social media and a pace of life that seems more complicated and faster than ever. Technological advances allow us to communicate more than ever before. But sometimes it looks like we communicate less than ever before. Our social media ...

Tough on criminal justice reform

Opinion

Republicans and conservatives dating back at least to Richard Nixon have used the slogan “tough on crime” and its corollary “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” as electoral red meat. The problem is what to do when inmates are released with few skills, fewer job prospects and a bleak ...

Trump sabotaging himself by pandering to base

Opinion

Remember the old saw about the salesman who loses money on every sale but thinks he can make up the shortfall by selling in volume? That’s what comes to mind every time I hear people say that President Trump is being shrewd by pandering to his base. Consider the recent remarkable Oval ...

2018: Challenging, with shining moments, including POY roster

Editorials

We’ve spent the past week looking back and reflecting on the year 2018. We’ve recalled some of the bigger stories of the year, and in so doing remembered the challenges we faced. It was a year in which county government had a change of heart with respect to staffing that it had pledged ...

Mueller probe could be disaster – for Democrats

Opinion

WASHINGTON — All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller’s investigation. But the Mueller probe could very well turn out to be a disaster, not for Trump, but for the Democrats. The special counsel was appointed to investigate whether Trump ...

American fertility headed to all-time low

Opinion

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3,853,472. That’s an 11 percent decline, in a nation whose population has nearly doubled over those six decades. And though there are a few days left in 2018, the number for this year is ...

When politics is weaponized, our democracy suffers

Editorials

As our nation's year ends, there is an understandable amount of trepidation for its future. We seem divided at every turn, whether it be the worthiness of a Supreme Court nominee, how and whether to protect our borders or determining the length and depth of our military commitments on foreign ...

The potential 2020 Democratic contenders

Opinion

Let’s assume that surnames alone — down even to their phonemes — portend a presidential election in 2020 between John Kasich and Bob Casey. Kasich vs. Casey, either of whom might very well prove capable of restoring dignity, respect, intelligence, and sanity to the White ...

Deficit warning an alert for state’s taxpayers

Opinion

Pennsylvania’s state budget looks like an awful lot like a bucket with a hole in the bottom — taxpayers keep filling it up, but billions of dollars keep leaking out. The latest projections show a $1 billion increase in state revenues will pour in next year, according to the Independent ...

Selling off city assets difficult, but worth effort

Editorials

In the ever-evolving quest to increase the city of Williamsport’s meager general fund reserve, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana is looking to sell off some of the city’s assets. The former Almond Street fire station and Reighard Avenue civil defense building are being appraised for possible ...

Migrant girl dies, media pounces with missing facts

Opinion

One of the reasons people decry the “fakeness” of the news is the selectivity of which heart-rending anecdotes are “news” and which are not — unless they can be blamed on undesirable politicians. On Dec. 13, the Washington Post published an online story headlined “7-year-old ...

Gov. ‘Moonbeam’ warns fellow Democrats

Opinion

Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown recently said, “The weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party, I think, go get further out than I think the majority of people want.” When a tax-spend-and-regulate Democrat who signed legislation making California the first ...

County’s probation leader leaves behind hard-to-top legacy

Editorials

For 32 years, Scott Metzger has been serving as one of the “peace officers” – his term – of Lycoming County’s Adult Probation Office. All of the jobs in the office are thankless. They are also necessary. And, when done right, the result for the community, while not noticeable ...

Parties need to up their game

Opinion

Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe, institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders’ personal weaknesses or some combination of all three? This week, let’s look at one of those institutions: ...

Golf management extension hardly a cause for closure

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners have renewed the contract for Billy Casper Golf to manage the White Deer Golf Complex for another three years. But the three years are in name only. The county has the right to terminate the contract at any time without a cancellation fee and, should the ...

Most wasted of all days – one without laughter

Opinion

Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” For example, then-presidential nominee George W. Bush garbled in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2000, “Families is where our nation finds ...

Three good men, three great kids’ books

Opinion

Men get a bad rap. They’re blamed collectively for rape culture, violence, war, poverty, climate change and all other manner of global suffering. They’re forced to apologize on college campuses for their chromosomes, anatomy and athleticism. They’re vilified incessantly in ...

Some perspective on Syria move, Mattis and the shutdown

Editorials

One minute, President Trump is announcing abrupt plans to pull American troops out of Syria. The next minute, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resigned in disagreement. A couple days later, President Trump moved up the effective resignation date from February to next week, replacing him with ...

An optimist in a world full of pessimists

Opinion

I am optimistic about America’s future. That simple statement typically elicits varying expressions of shock and disbelief. Despite that, I believe that our nation’s best days are still to come. I am confident that our children and grandchildren will have much better lives than we have ...

Trump’s legal woes still growing

Opinion

It seems that every time we look at the legal maneuverings that reflect upon President Donald Trump, the allegations of unlawful behavior by him add up. We know that two teams of federal prosecutors are examining his pre-presidential and his in-office behavior. Special counsel Robert Mueller ...