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Editorials

When it comes to voting, it’s clearly a no-excuses election

There is never an excuse for not voting in an election, given the sacrifices that have been made to preserve and maintain the most sacred of democratic rights.But Tuesday's local election takes that axiom to another level.It is filled to the brim with elections for important offices. And they ...

Tehran proves again and again it can’t be trusted with deal

President Barack Obama and champions of his nuclear weapons "deal" with Iran continue to insist, in effect, that if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it isn't necessarily a duck. Despite ongoing evidence Iran is engaged in an all-out military hardware buildup, the ...

More city police: The money’s there, get it done now

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana wants more policemen hired to help fight the violence and illegal drug activity that has been dragging down the city.The money is available through two funding streams.So let's get on with the hiring of more police, right? Not so fast.Mayor Campana has ...

More city police: The money’s there, get it done now

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana wants more policemen hired to help fight the violence and illegal drug activity that has been dragging down the city. The money is available through two funding streams. So let's get on with the hiring of more police, right? Not so fast.Mayor Campana has ...

Detective, trooper represent heroism typical of police

Lycoming County Detective Alberto E. Diaz Jr. has seen and done it all in more than 30 years of police work.He spent 25 years with the state police conducting vice, narcotics and financial investigations and testifying as an expert witness in numerous probes.He also did his share of undercover ...

At Hope Enterprise, tradition of unique excellence continues

Hope Enterprises Inc. held its annual awards dinner recently.It was a night of very wide smiles and deep pride for those who execute the organization's mission as well as the families with connections to Hope.It reminded us of the unique treasure the organization is to our community and ...

Coalition can be tool to solve the recidivism riddle

The cycle of repeating crime and incarceration makes our community and any other community unsafe and prone to prison population problems.Solving the problem of recidivism would go a long way toward solving much of the violence, drug and crime problems of the City of Williamsport, Lycoming ...

Finally, doing the right thing in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama may have begun doing the right thing in Afghanistan - but time will tell whether he will follow through.Pursuant to a promise he made while campaigning for the presidency in 2008, Obama quickly began withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan after he was sworn in. His goal ...

Congeniality can’t erase Wolf’s faulty state budget agenda

We give Gov. Wolf high marks for guts.He stood his ground last Friday on his state budget views while speaking in Williamsport to the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals.That's probably not a group that shares his approach on the state budget, which is to spend more to get out of ...

The vets’ mess needs top-to-bottom cleaning to heal

Allison Hickey may have resigned as head of the Veterans Benefits Administration just in time to avoid being caught in the middle of a scandal.After she revealed plans to leave, Department of Veterans Affairs Secetary Robert McDonald praised her for reducing a backlog of veterans' claims for ...

Same old Washington: The problem remains spending

The government needs more of our money, liberal politicians insist. Really? During the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Americans paid 6 percent more income and Social Security taxes than during the previous 12 months.Corporations dodge their obligations, the tax-and-spend crowd assures us. ...

For first time in awhile, some good county prison news

For the first time in a lot of months, Lycoming County has gotten good news about its prison population.The number of Lycoming County prisoners housed in an out-of-county prison because of overcrowding here was significantly lower in September and so far in October was lower than the period ...

Thankfully, city rental property ordinance holding up in courts

The city of Williamsport's rental property ordinance continues to hold up against a suit filed by a New York-based landlord with property in the city who calls it unconstitutional.And we are thrilled about that.Williamsport's systematic schedule of inspections of rental properties is intended ...

White Deer can be turned around with practical solutions

A professional golf course management company recently took a hard look at operations of the White Deer Golf Course.The report from Billy Casper Golf was unflattering and shed some light on the financial difficulties at the golf course and related operations in recent years.Far from being the ...

Solving the city’s shooting issues a complex problem

Shootings seem to be happening with far too much regularity in the City of Williamsport these days. With last week's fatal shooting on Brandon Avenue, seven people have died from shootings in the city in less than 10 months in 2015.Fighting this increasing violence and a heroin epidemic that ...

The Taliban – If they fool us twice, shame on us

We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. And why not? We strike trust-us deals with an Iranian regime operating under the motto, "Death to America." For decades we trusted North Korea to refrain from developing nuclear weapons.For more than a year before the Sept. 11, ...

Weigh candidates’ forum participation in voting decision

The cornerstone of our democracy is elections in which voters decide who will represent them at the local, state and national levels. Our role as a newspaper is a serious one. It is our job to try by every means to inform voters as completely as possible on candidates' views regarding the ...

New science center enhances future of Lycoming College

It's not easy for liberal arts colleges to keep pace with other schools in an age of "career prep" emphasis. That doesn't mean those colleges can't be just as strong in the career preparation field.Lycoming College took a strong step in that direction with Saturday's dedication of the Lynn ...

Body cameras for police will show all facets of incidents

What would you do if you were a policeman who - fortunately wearing a ballistic vest - had just been shot by a suspect?Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often quite painful. And if you are the officer, your thought in the split-second before you must act ...

United Way campaign: Vital funding touches the entire community

It's a $1,625,000 mountain.That's the goal for the Lycoming County United Way annual fundraising campaign that began last week.The campaign got a couple early pushes.The annual Home Run campaign in conjunction with Williamsport Crosscutters home runs and sponsors of those homers raised $6,000. ...