Opinion

‘Climate Change Denier’…exactly the correct term

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There are many people, especially in the United States, who reject the findings of virtually the entire peer-reviewed scientific community worldwide that unaddressed man-made climate change will wreak catastrophic damage to our planet. The use of the term "climate change deniers" to describe ...

The vets’ mess needs top-to-bottom cleaning to heal

Editorials

Allison Hickey may have resigned as head of the Veterans Benefits Administration just in time to avoid being caught in the middle of a scandal.After she revealed plans to leave, Department of Veterans Affairs Secetary Robert McDonald praised her for reducing a backlog of veterans' claims for ...

Same old Washington: The problem remains spending

Editorials

The government needs more of our money, liberal politicians insist. Really? During the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Americans paid 6 percent more income and Social Security taxes than during the previous 12 months.Corporations dodge their obligations, the tax-and-spend crowd assures us. ...

For first time in awhile, some good county prison news

Editorials

For the first time in a lot of months, Lycoming County has gotten good news about its prison population.The number of Lycoming County prisoners housed in an out-of-county prison because of overcrowding here was significantly lower in September and so far in October was lower than the period ...

Thankfully, city rental property ordinance holding up in courts

Editorials

The city of Williamsport's rental property ordinance continues to hold up against a suit filed by a New York-based landlord with property in the city who calls it unconstitutional.And we are thrilled about that.Williamsport's systematic schedule of inspections of rental properties is intended ...

White Deer can be turned around with practical solutions

Editorials

A professional golf course management company recently took a hard look at operations of the White Deer Golf Course.The report from Billy Casper Golf was unflattering and shed some light on the financial difficulties at the golf course and related operations in recent years.Far from being the ...

Solving the city’s shooting issues a complex problem

Editorials

Shootings seem to be happening with far too much regularity in the City of Williamsport these days. With last week's fatal shooting on Brandon Avenue, seven people have died from shootings in the city in less than 10 months in 2015.Fighting this increasing violence and a heroin epidemic that ...

The Taliban – If they fool us twice, shame on us

Editorials

We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. And why not? We strike trust-us deals with an Iranian regime operating under the motto, "Death to America." For decades we trusted North Korea to refrain from developing nuclear weapons.For more than a year before the Sept. 11, ...

Weigh candidates’ forum participation in voting decision

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The cornerstone of our democracy is elections in which voters decide who will represent them at the local, state and national levels. Our role as a newspaper is a serious one. It is our job to try by every means to inform voters as completely as possible on candidates' views regarding the ...

Tax hikes: Wolf’s white whale

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Have a spare $1,000 lying around? If so, you'd probably make a mortgage payment or buy several weeks of groceries. You might even sock it away in your 401(k) or kid's college fund. But at a recent vote in Harrisburg, House lawmakers at Gov. Wolf's urging decided whether that money should be ...

New science center enhances future of Lycoming College

Editorials

It's not easy for liberal arts colleges to keep pace with other schools in an age of "career prep" emphasis. That doesn't mean those colleges can't be just as strong in the career preparation field.Lycoming College took a strong step in that direction with Saturday's dedication of the Lynn ...

Body cameras for police will show all facets of incidents

Editorials

What would you do if you were a policeman who - fortunately wearing a ballistic vest - had just been shot by a suspect?Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often quite painful. And if you are the officer, your thought in the split-second before you must act ...

State budget train wreck unfolded over past year

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HARRISBURG - The utter breakdown in state budget negotiations in Pennsylvania didn't happen overnight, but was produced by diametrically opposed policy positions and fueled by tough rhetoric among people elected specifically to work together.It's possible that the decision this week by ...

United Way campaign: Vital funding touches the entire community

Editorials

It's a $1,625,000 mountain.That's the goal for the Lycoming County United Way annual fundraising campaign that began last week.The campaign got a couple early pushes.The annual Home Run campaign in conjunction with Williamsport Crosscutters home runs and sponsors of those homers raised $6,000. ...

Investments to make state an energy powerhouse expensive

Editorials

Mariner East is a project designed to provide needed pipeline infrastructure to transport ethane, propane and other petroleum products from the Marcellus and Utica Shales to markets in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.The infrastructure would cut across the southern tier of Pennsylvania to the ...

Inspector generals may have covered up abuses by VA

Editorials

Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. But they can be a curse, too, and that may be the case at the Department of Veterans Affairs.Far from leading the crackdown on VA officials who fail veterans in need of health care, the ...

The pension bite takes up 17 percent of city budget pie

Editorials

It's barely October, and 17 percent of the City of Williamsport's budget for 2016 is locked in already.That's because last week City Council approved the Minimum Municipal Pension Obligation for its employees for 2016.The amount approved was $3.81 million. And that's the minimum necessary for ...

Making ‘Sunshine Week’ every week

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The Tenth "Sunshine Week" ended about six months ago, on March 21.This annual celebration of open government was created by the American Society of News Editors with a grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.Now co-sponsored by ASNE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the ...