Opinion

Institutions of higher learning have free speech balance role

Editorials

Suggesting terrorists may attempt to enter the country through a program to admit Syrian immigrants could land you in trouble at the University of California system in the future.So could asking whether racial preferences for college admission are a good idea. And don't even think about writing ...

Numbers belie the real condition of the jobs market

Editorials

It's always nice to see that Pennsylvania's jobless rate is a relatively low 5.4 percent, as it was in August and May, the past two reporting dates of the state Department of Labor and Industry.But the national unemployment rate is lower at 5.1 percent.And both the state and national ...

Wolf hopes moratorium leads to death-penalty reforms

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HARRISBURG - Despite the legal and political uproar over Gov. Tom Wolf's 7-month-old moratorium on executions, change comes slowly on Pennsylvania's death row.Executions continue to be scheduled at a normal pace as inmates become eligible to be put to death by lethal injection.Wolf has not ...

U.S.-Russia talks needed; but let’s show some spine

Editorials

Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is considering acceptance of an offer for U.S. and Russian military leaders to discuss Moscow's new assistance program for Syria. One question on his mind, Kerry told reporters, is whether the Russians intend just to help battle Islamic State terrorists ...

State chamber gets valuable lesson Wolf should have heard

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Sometimes getting an outsider's viewpoint of ourselves defines where we are and where we should be going.Kevin Spacey, a world-class actor and multi-faceted entertainer, spoke at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in Hershey Monday. Like so many of his on-screen characters, ...

Comprehensive plan meetings present a unique opportunity

Editorials

The formal name is comprehensive plan. The working title is "Lycoming 2030: Plan the Possible."Actually it is a "broad guide" for decision makers at the county and municipal levels of government, according to Lycoming County planning officials.The county has held two comprehensive plan public ...

Senate passes stopgap budget, Wolf vetoes it and the state loses

Editorials

So the state Senate has passed its stopgap spending plan of $11 billion in short-term spending and Gov. Wolf has given no indication he likes that idea anymore than the budget he was fed June 30.Leaders in the Legislature say their plan represents an effort to keep funding to schools, social ...

Completing tourism puzzle can mean big dollars for area

Editorials

Tourism dollars can be a big part of an area's economy.And Lycoming County has a lot to offers visitors, starting with natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, including walking and biking trails and paths.It has an historic district in Williamsport that showcases the area's lumber ...

Everett: Telling the truth on the state budget impasse

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I know the citizens of Pennsylvania are tired of hearing and reading about the General Assembly criticizing the governor and the governor blaming the General Assembly for the budget impasse in Pennsylvania.So, let's take a look at the facts and drop the rhetoric for a minute: After attempting ...

Obama turns to Alaska for climate change scare move

Editorials

Alaska was an excellent selection for President Barack Obama's scare campaign on climate change, during which he has warned entire countries could be submerged by rising oceans if global warming is not halted.Obama has not mentioned, of course, that the draconian plan he has in mind will do ...

Budget stalemate: It’s easy to forget how it all happened

Editorials

As Pennsylvania's budget stalemate drones on, it's easy to forget how we got to this point.It's easy to forget that Gov. Tom Wolf was sent an on-time budget with no tax increases.It's easy to forget that the budget sent to Wolf included $1 billion in additional education spending. It's ...

‘Quiet crisis’ as state budget stalemate grinds on

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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania state government's budget season is typically hectic, with raucous rallies echoing through the Pennsylvania Capitol, lobbyists packing the corridors and top lawmakers and governor's aides rushing to closed-door meetings.This year's is starkly different, two-and-a-half ...

Let’s make a great America greater!

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Deep down, Americans have traditionally been a "can-do" people. There is a solution for every problem. We are economically and militarily number one. Through shock and awe, we can win wars faster than a scalded dog. Our next move will be to a better house. Our next job will be better than our ...

Young illegal immigrants victimized; Congress should demand answers

Editorials

Arodolo Roberto Castillo-Serrano should be sent to a U.S. prison for a long, long time. But members of Congress should be asking how he got away with his crimes for so long - and how many others like him are victimizing young illegal immigrants.Castillo-Serrano, from Guatemala, has been in the ...

Online registration latest avenue for voter eligibility

Editorials

Much has been made from time to time about Pennsylvania's supposedly tough Voter ID laws.We've made the point to anyone who will listen that there's nothing tough about a citizen registering to vote in Pennsylvania if they will merely play by the identification rules and take advantage of all ...

‘Bold Goal’ a worthy one geared to ending hunger in region

Editorials

In the 27 counties that stretch from the New York border, through Central Pennsylvania and south to the Maryland border, more than 400,000 people are struggling with hunger.Two out of five children in the area served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank are facing hunger.The Food Bank last ...

Impact fee shows its worth again with local traffic study

Editorials

City Council last week approved the use of $15,000 in natural gas impact fees from Lycoming County for a traffic study east of Market Street.The traffic study is meant to be an important component in the execution of development plans for Williamsport's East End.This sort of quick, practical ...

Brandon Park is a jewel; city revisions must reflect that

Editorials

For generations Brandon Park has stood out as a crown jewel in the center of Williamsport, the unofficial line of demarcation between the city's East End, Center City and points west.The park has served multiple purposes. There is the recreation area at the eastern half, a bandshell area that ...