Opinion

Lycoming County’s $164,000 question is about to be answered

Editorials

The Lycoming County commissioners have a $164,000 question: How well is the county run, generally and financially, and what could be changed to make it better in the future? We are guessing taxpayers want to hear those answers too. And those answers are coming very soon. The commissioners ...

New details ruin Khashoggi hero story

Opinion

The gruesome murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi shredded the idea that Saudi Arabian royalty should be praised for reforming itself. Princes who chop political opponents into little pieces are not nice people. That said, puh-leeze stop it with the adoration of a man who ...

Millennial socialism 101

Opinion

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal makes the obligatory nod to the original New Deal, but FDR’s handiwork is much too modest an antecedent. The Green New Deal calls for a top-down revolution in the operation of American society so sweeping that it would be disturbing if ...

Hoops at Memorial Park a good thing; Execution shaky

Editorials

The concrete is curing. The basketball hoops are coming back to Memorial Park. We are glad for that. We never thought they should have been removed five years ago over drug-related activities. The city needs all the positive recreation activity locations it can get for its youth. We ...

Decision time on Brexit

Opinion

LONDON — To Brexit, or not to Brexit, that is the question (apologies to Shakespeare). The answer to whether the UK will pull out of the European Union as a majority of voters favored in a 2016 referendum will be decided this month. Maybe. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament that ...

The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things, and on Monday, I offered my list of the 10 best things Trump did in 2018. But he also did a lot of bad things that ranged from cringeworthy to catastrophic. Here are the 10 worst: 10. His comment about ...

As long as it’s fair, tight monitoring of gas well fees legit

Editorials

Some 17 shale gas producers took one on the chin recently from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court ruled against them in a dispute centered on what counts as a "stripper well" or a well that is nearing the end of its life. Such wells are exempt from annual impact fees paid to areas ...

Keeping shutdown in perspective

Opinion

In official Washington and the nation’s political media world, the partial shutdown of the federal government is a crisis dominating the arrival of a new Congress this week. That perception is certainly understandable when you consider what a company town Washington, D.C., has become. Just ...

Agendas of Wolf, local lawmakers portend dual result

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s agenda priorities don’t usually match up well with most of our local lawmakers. It appears the trend will continue in 2019. Lawmakers do share the governor’s determination to fight the opioid epidemic. State Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Republican representing much of our ...

The Massachusetts Curse

Opinion

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first 2020 Democratic White House challenger to announce her “exploratory committee,” a legal device that allows candidates to receive donations and to hire staff in preparation for a full-fledged presidential candidacy. Make no mistake; ...

Think things are bad now? They were lots worse in 1919

Opinion

The 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of World War I in Europe came and went with surprisingly little notice Nov. 11. Commemoration was muted for a conflict that took the lives of some 15 to 19 million soldiers and civilians — estimates vary widely — including, in ...

Gas distribution takes another hit in Maryland ruling

Editorials

Distribution prospects for natural gas in the Mid-Atlantic states took a hit recently when Maryland officials rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would have carried natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It was a win for environmentalists ...

Trump’s top 10 successes of 2018

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his second year in office, the list of extraordinary things President Trump has done, for good and ill, continued to grow. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump has done in office. (In my next column, I will give you my list of the 10 worst.) 10. He ...

Be it resolved: To speak English

Opinion

“Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?” asked Professor Henry Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady.” It’s a good question for Americans, especially millennials. On a recent flight two young women sat behind me, chattering away rather loudly. In just one minute I ...

New chamber head understands future county challenge

Editorials

The new president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce is already headed in the correct direction by simply understanding the overarching challenge for Lycoming County's future. Frankly, it is a math problem. And Jason C. Fink summed it up quite well in an interview in this past ...

And the bride and the groom shall dance

Opinion

…And the Bride and the Groom shall dance in the streets of Jerusalem. These words written by the Prophets Ezekiel, Isiah and others have resonated through the millennia for the Jewish people. They represent the hope, dreams and aspirations of what have been called “Judah’s tearful-eyed ...

Skyrocketing drug prices threaten more than health of older adults

Opinion

Prescription drug prices continue to rise at alarming rates, leaving many older Americans struggling to afford the medications they need. AARP’s most recent Rx Price Watch Report found that the average price of brand-name drugs widely used by older Americans increased at four times the ...

LERTA, reassessment both are needed to bolster tax base

Editorials

There is general agreement among local public officials that the Lycoming County tax base - particularly in the city - would benefit greatly from increased commercial and public development. And there also is a consensus that Lycoming County is overdue for a property tax reassessment to make ...

Cultural winners and losers of 2018

Opinion

It’s a little hard to judge popular culture in the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact — are they offering enough “Resistance”? — instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its ...