Editorials

Opioid crisis fight gets some federal punch with bill

Our region is being overrun by a multi-faceted opioid abuse problem. The good news is that awareness of the problem has been elevated in recent years and the war against it is being fought by a coalition that includes the political, medical, and human services sectors. The better news is ...

Lycoming College’s new entrance, city progress take shape

Seeing is believing. Ground is being turned at the southern extreme boundary to Lycoming College, where a new entrance to the school will emerge a year from now. The Krapf Gateway Center will house the school’s Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences and will establish a new face that ...

Fourth set of bids latest milestone for Susquehanna Valley Thruway project

They are more than just bids on paper. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently opened bids for the fourth contract of the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project. The bids pertain to paving of the new alignment of the project’s northern section from Route 15 south of ...

In Detroit, money has not bought better academic performance

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the ...

State must support farmers to ensure the health of all

The relationship between the environment and farm operations was highlighted during a recent breakfast meeting between area farmers and Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The agricultural community’s relationship with the department is key to ...

Kavanaugh situation is a case study in political ugliness

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

Natural gas industry consumer, business numbers impressive

The natural gas industry is an easy whipping boy for a wide variety of opponents who have varying beliefs that put them in conflict with the industry. And to the extent that the opposition holds the natural gas industry’s feet to the fire regarding environmental issues related to the ...

Township deals with emergency services realities of today

We suspect the action taken by Old Lycoming Township recently will become the new normal in future emergency services for smaller boroughs and townships. The towship’s supervisors agreed to collaborate with the township’s fire department on drafting job requirements and hiring an ...

City, others act on fireworks; state should revisit them

Williamsport City Council has amended its fireworks ordinance to reflect more restrictive hours, responding to the proliferation of dangerous, loud independent displays in recent years. The new restrictions call for fireworks detonation only during the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from the ...

Farm subsidies expose clear conflicts for many Congress people

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

City Council correct to seek independent insurance proposals

Bring in the brokers. We stand behind City Council’s decision to seek proposals for city insurance and not wait until next year for city Mayor Gabriel J. Campana to do so himself. Council is correct to push past the seemingly cozy relationship between Mayor Campana and Steven W. Cappelli, ...

Socialism turns promised paradises into pits of misery

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should ...

North Korean leaders learning lying does not work with Trump group

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought he could get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear weapons is not working ...

Droning motorcycles remind us to never forget Sept. 11, 2001

The droning of motorcycles throughout much of Lycoming County Tuesday night served as our somber reminder of lives lost, valor, courage and everything that we Americans are supposed to be. The 18th annual ride to remember the tragedy of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and ...

Commissioners’ action: Tedious, under the radar – and correct

The Lycoming County Commissioners made a series of personnel moves last week involving changes of full- and part-time status, tweaking of roles and hiring of an additional assistant district attorney. The changes will result in a net savings of $23,000 annually and improve efficiency in the ...

It’s official: City, college are partners for Gateway project

Memorandums of understanding tend to be agreements between public entities that already are foregone conclusions. But the one approved between Williamsport City Council and Lycoming College recently is worth spotlighting. Council adopted a formal agreement on reinvesting in the college ...

Brownfield morphing to trails in region a win-win proposition

A pilot program from the state Department of Environmental Protection presents a win-win proposition for the area. The program calls for the restoration and repurposing of Brownfield sites and includes remedial work needed to connect walking and bicycle trails in Lycoming County. These are ...

Everett town halls: The school property tax echo chamber

State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region, must feel like he is in an echo chamber. Everett has been conducting a series of town halls within his district recently. The tone, decibel level and crowd size varies from meeting to meeting, but the message is ...

Don’t forget our history or ignore the lessons within it

After hearing of the estimated cost — $92 million — of a parade he proposed to showcase America’s military, President Donald Trump wisely called the event off. As he noted, that much money could do much good if spent on defense hardware. Trump suggested the parade in Washington, D.C., ...

Swamp growing with city, borough leadership moves

Things just got swampy in the heart of Lycoming County. Certain power moves in recent months reveal a curious set of individuals pulling the strings: Mayor Gabriel J. Campana; Steven W. Cappelli, a former city mayor (1996-2000) and state representative (2001-2009); and Michael D. Miller, an ...