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The new algebra

Letters

A month into the new year, and on the heels of the formerly esteemed body known as the Senate, under the power-mongering leadership of Mitch McConnell, acquitting as “not bad enough” the reprehensible, unprecedented and un-presidential behavior of one Donald J. Trump, I hereby resolve ...

Be positive, not negative, litter rebuttal

Letters

The writer missed my whole point on litter downtown and I am not out of line. The downtown litter on the streets is a disgrace. I am not angry and my opinion should be a wake up on all the litter. I am not talking about bags of trash but everyday litter of plastic bottles, candy wrappers, etc., ...

Minor correction

Letters

I just finished reading the wonderful letter, “If the Communists invade America,” in the Feb. 7 edition and have to say the writer was almost 100 percent correct with his facts except for one. The AR-15, so the writer claims, shoots a .223 full-jacketed bullet that doesn’t expand. Well ...

Fate sealed

Letters

Mitt Romney sealed his political fate with the Republican Senators in Washington on Feb. 5, 2020, when he voted to impeach Trump along with all of the Democratic senators. Not only did he betray the Republican Party, but he also betrayed every Utah resident who voted for him to represent them ...

School resources officers are ‘community policing at its best’

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The school resource officer is like the oldtime cop on the beat, according to Stacey Collis, a trainer with the National Association of School Resource Officers, who led a week-long basic training session at the Intermediate Unit 17 facility recently. “They knew the neighbors and they ...

Montoursville woman reports on recent mission trip

Religion

It was late 2019 that Christina Boughton, a Montoursville wife and mother of three, discussed her desire to spend the early part of 2020 in Mole-Saint-Nicolas, Haiti, where she would work with missionaries and teachers at a local orphanage associated with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. ...

Search for city fire chief continues

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Williamsport Bureau of Fire remains without a chief as of Friday, as former chief Todd Heckman has decided to go back into the ranks as a firefighter engineer, Mayor Derek Slaughter said. Heckman had the option to either retire or to go back to work, Slaughter said. The chief’s salary was ...

Three rules to live by

Letters

In answer to the letter from the gentleman in Wellsboro: 1. “Don’t judge lest ye’ be judged.” 2. “Those without sin shall cast the first stone.” And the most important law of life: 3. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” God has been trying to tell us ...

‘For we have this hope as an anchor’

Religion

Many people collect items that bring them joy or remind them of a time in life or a moment of strength. The symbol I enjoy is the anchor. I latched on to a scripture a few years ago that helps me hold on when the “storms of life” try to “blow me out to sea.” Hebrews 6:19 says ...

Prison population continues to drop

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The average daily inmate population decreased from 331.52 in December 2019 to 319.51 in January, according to figures released at Friday’s Lycoming County Prison Board meeting. That’s several months in a row that numbers have gone down, according to reports. For male prisoners, the ...

Take heart

Letters

The Senate trial has come to a predictable, but disappointing, conclusion. On the plus side, both the House and Senate proceedings revealed great amounts of info regarding the Trump Administration that Trump wanted to keep private. And those revelations will only continue as time goes on, in ...

Presidential hopefuls begin filing for ballot

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HARRISBURG — The first Democratic presidential candidates are filing voter signatures to get on Pennsylvania’s primary ballot, according to information from the state election office Friday. The first to file was California billionaire Tom Steyer, submitting signatures on Thursday. On ...

Senate Republicans now own behavior

Letters

The Republican Senate acquitted the president. They now own his behavior. Predictably, Trump is acting like a despot. He has not “learned a lesson” as several massively naive senators declared he would. Trump’s firing of Col. Alexander Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient with ...

Rep. Dush seeks Scarnati’s 25th District Senate seat

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CLARION — State Rep. Cris Dush (R-66) announced he is seeking the nod from constituents of Senate District 25 in the wake of Senator Joe Scarnati’s announced retirement from the Pennsylvania Senate at the end of his 5th term in office. The 25th Senatorial District, which includes ...

Chamber recognizes three businesses for excellence

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Three area businesses were singled out Thursday during the annual Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for commitment to excellence to customer service and employee retention. The Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award went to Hilsher Graphics Commercial Printing of ...

Alleged thief accused of assaulting man he tried to rob

Police Fire and Court

JERSEY SHORE — Within an hour after Broadway Hotel owner Silvio DeParasis caught a “heavily intoxicated” Michael Spotts inside the hotel’s closed bar one afternoon last week, the 56-year-old businessman broke into Spotts’ apartment and assaulted him, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police ...

Man found guilty of murder, gets third life sentence

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Joseph Sentore Coleman Jr., 38, of Philadelphia, was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to life in state prison for the murder of Christopher Wilkins on Aug. 30, 2016, at 505 Park Ave. Jurors deliberated for more than five hours until they unanimously agreed on the convictions, which ...

Experiment failing

Letters

The noble American experiment in democracy, self-government of, by and for the people, that has been tried these past 271 years, appears now to be catastrophically failing, in my opinion. The House, having successfully impeached arguably the worst, most corrupt and dishonest President since ...

Comms announce hiring for top public safety post

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A key spot in Lycoming County government will soon be filled with the hiring of Jeff Hutchins, of Montoursville, as director of the Department of Public Safety. Commissioners announced at their meeting Thursday that Hutchins, an EMT, volunteer firefighter and part-time telecommunicator, is ...

State Senate President will not seek re-election

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HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati will not seek re-election, he told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. Scarnati, 58, a fifth-term Republican from Brockway in northwestern Pennsylvania, said he wrestled with the decision to step down after 14 ...