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Editorials

For next 12 days, Americana is alive and well at Series

The teams have come from far away Uganda and Australia and just down the road, Red Land.Among United States competitors, there are fresh names in the competition. South Carolina is here for the first time since 1950. Missouri is making a rare appearance.There are big names on the visitor ...

Wolf’s points on key budget blockages knowingly incomplete

As the state budget stalemate drones on, Gov. Tom Wolf's side of the argument gets thinner by the day.We are all for the Legislature working with the rookie governor to craft a budget based on compromise and consensus.But that doesn't mean the governor gets to accuse lawmakers of budget ...

Circle of suspicion correctly tightening on Hillary Clinton’s emails

Hillary Clinton has been protected by everyone, from her husband and former President Bill Clinton, to the mainstream media to President Obama.But politics does not trump the law, or obvious transgressions against the trust of the American people.So the circle of suspicion is correctly getting ...

Gas industry vital signs can’t handle a severance tax

The Wolf administration last week announced creation of 30 new jobs in Washington County at Neptune Solutions Co., a water treatment company serving the oil and gas industries."Natural gas production is growing faster in Pennsylvania than anywhere else in the country and Nepture's recent ...

Congress should begin inquiry of Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood officials have cried foul over an expose by an anti-abortion group. Why, the Center for Medical Progress has been harassing them for years and has released only carefully edited videotapes in its campaign, Planned Parenthood officials whine.But editing can do only so much to ...

Streetscape/traffic study of Old City project area intriguing

One of the underplayed but major facets of the Old City plan involves a rethinking of traffic patterns in the city's East End and a host of site improvements that are long overdue.A $75,000 study, partially funded by natural gas impact fees, includes a look at two-way on Basin Street, Fourth ...

Ceremony shows what immigration is meant to look like

Recently 39 people stood before federal Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann in Williamsport and took the oath of citizenship to become American citizens.The ceremony stood in stark contrast to the acrimonious debates we have in this country regarding immigration.There were no over-the-top ...

With unity, great things can come of Old City strategy

City Council unanimously approved the Old City/East Third Street Redevelopment Strategy last week.Council backed an ambitious potpourri of ideas based largely on a survey by consultants of 1,500 respondents.The plan calls for a better connection between Center City Williamsport and areas east ...

Budget: Legislature should not cave to misguided priorities

Gov. Tom Wolf was not the only person elected in Pennsylvania state government last November.Across the state, voters bolstered Republican majorities in the state House and Senate.For years, most of Pennsylvania has been backing the views of Republicans. But the new governor doesn't seem to ...

Changing sentencing guidelines for drug criminals illogical

Law enforcement officers and officials, along with the prosecutors and judges who deal with those they arrest, should discriminate against people only on the basis of the crimes they commit. Handling investigations, arrests, prosecutions and sentencing differently because of a person's race, ...

Loyalsock board fills school director vacancy correctly

The Loyalsock Township School Board had a vacancy and filled it with Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transition at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.Those are solid professional credentials that earned Watson a stint on the board to fill a term that will expire in ...

Steele facilitated growth in Community Arts Center

Rob Steele is leaving his position as executive director of the Community Arts Center to take a position in Florida.He was bid farewell last week via flash mob and a crowd that we suspect represented only a small percentage of the people who have admired Steele's work as front man for the ...

Beware boomerang of excessive hike in minimum wage

It is likely that soon, thousands of fast-food restaurant workers in New York will have a personal understanding of the warning, "Be careful what you wish for. You may get it."State officials have bowed to pressure and agreed that New York's $8.75 an hour minimum wage is not enough for about ...

Pentagon should rethink its policy on carrying firearms

Members of the military are supposed to be protecting us.It's not supposed to be the other way around.Yet on one recent day, there were armed civilians were guarding armed forces recruiting stations in several states.Volunteers on self-assigned guard duty were reacting to the recent attack that ...

LUW allocations a critical payoff of fundraising effort

The kind citizens who combined to give $1,432,233 to the Lycoming County United Way campaign last fall did a lot of good.Their giving the fourth highest amount raised in an annual campaign that started in 1922 resulted in allocations of $1.2 million.The full impact of the giving hit home when ...

Coordination effort on stormwater problems is the correct step

Williamsport is an old city, which means its infrastructure is old.Underneath the city is a network of aging cast-iron pipes and water distribution systems.The municipalities neighboring the city are in similar situations, with infrastructure almost as old.Given those common circumstances and ...

PSU makes some tuition history; other schools hike fees

For the first time in 49 years, Penn State University will keep tuition the same for the university's in-state undergraduates in the upcoming school year.That means the annual tuition will remain at about $16,570 for those students. That's still more than $65,000 over the course of four years, ...

Kasich’s unique record stands out

For too long, the economy has been the political playground of presidents - of both parties - and many members of Congress. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in announcing his candidacy for president, proposes to roll up his sleeves and get to work restoring our nation to one where the promise of ...

One county’s numbers define depth of pension woes throughout state

It's hard to overstate the impact pension plans can have on any public body.It's hard to put into perspective how massive a pension crisis Pennsylvania taxpayers face.We'll try to make the point with mere pension numbers for the 28th Senate District in York County.State Senator Scott Wagner, ...

IRS advocates cry foul over funding; Please

Taxpayers were not given good service by the government tax agency this year, officials admit. Advocates for the Internal Revenue Service blame - you guessed it - budget cuts.But Congress did not cut IRS spending for the current year. According to the agency itself, it had $11.97 billion to ...