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Obama’s latest thumbing of nose to Congress is a matter of life and death

June 14, 2014 Once again — this time in a matter of life and death — President Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at Congress. Many members, both Democrat and Republican, are angr. more »»

City board strikes middle ground with first codes rulings

June 13, 2014 The city housing board of appeals had its first meeting Monday to actually handle appeals resulting from Williamsport tougher rental property ordinance. The meeting yielded a mixed bag of results. more »»

Experienced service hired to marshal day reporting center

June 12, 2014 Lycoming County prison inmate handling took a big step forward last week with approval of an agreement for a day reporting center. more »»

Narcotics Unit trying to make drug dealing uncomfortable

June 12, 2014 With 100 days under its belt, the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit has seized $32,000 in illegal drug proceeds and has made some significant arrests. more »»

State budget woes: Solutions other than taxes long overdue

June 11, 2014 The state's budget outlook for 2014-15 is getting worse at the wrong time - just a few weeks before the June 30 deadline for approval. more »»

Highway improvement plan 'very ambitious' – and it needs to be

June 10, 2014 The Transportation Improvement Program of the Williamsport Area Transportation Study that is now on public display is "very ambitious," according to Mark Murawski, Lycoming County transportation... more »»

Long-term problems with Highway Trust Fund will have impact

June 9, 2014 No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund. more »»

Graduation time: More challenges, but much promise

June 8, 2014 Graduating from high school brings with it a kaleidiscope of emotions like few other life events. It’s an achievement, something to be proud o. more »»

Cleaning up VA can clear up veterans’ skepticism

June 7, 2014 Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one’s duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. more »»

Match drug forfeiture money with greater assistance to police

June 6, 2014 Drug forfeiture money comes from drug-related crimes, which is not a good thing. But something good can come of it apparently. more »»

Original Field is a no-brainer for National Register

June 4, 2014 As Little League Baseball is poised this week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding, there are fresh efforts going on to recognize its founder, Carl E. Stotz. more »»

Hybrid plan marksw a good start with state pension reform

June 4, 2014 Pennsylvania’s next state budget will likely require $600 million in taxpayer contributions to the state’s public employee pension funds. more »»

With each meeting, heroin problems, cures become more obvious

June 3, 2014 There have been a lot of public meetings lately on the area's heroin epidemic, evidence that the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force is in the process of meeting at least one goal – raising awareness... more »»

VA mess cries out for complete probe and full disclosure

June 2, 2014 No wonder so many veterans of military service have lost all faith in promises made by the government they defended. more »»

Gas industry talk remains much too politically focused

June 1, 2014 Issues regarding gas drilling in Pennsylvania almost always evolve into a politicized discussion, so it is good to stick to the facts from time to time. more »»

Nigerian schoolgirl incident should be last straw for Boko Haram

May 31, 2014 It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible. more »»

Minimum-wage would be bad for labor force consumers

May 30, 2014 The drive to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 is the feel-good legislation of the moment. And it's no wonder. more »»

Human services fund solution lies in better budget management

May 29, 2014 The news for local human service agencies wasn’t the best when Pete Tartline, executive deputy secretary for Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget, came calling last week. Tartline outlined Gov. more »»

Brotherhood honorees define the richness of our community

May 28, 2014 The richness of our community was defined in the honorees at last week’s annual Brotherhood Alliance dinner. Pickelner Awards were given to American Rescue Workers Col. more »»

Land Management Bureau fails to follow its own rules

May 27, 2014 Federal regulators demand that the rest of us, including individuals, companies and states, comply with rules intended to safeguard the environment. more »»



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