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Editorials

More needs to be done to protect Americans from hackers

Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window.Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter.As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out.Now imagine a "house" with hundreds, perhaps thousands of doors and windows - some of which even the ...

City police hope revamped approach will pay dividends

The Williamsport Police Department responds to 15,000 calls a year, an average of 41 per day.The department instituted some measure last week geared to preventing crime, responding less and reducing the number of calls.This summer senior police officers will be a greater walking presence, ...

The ledger sheet for public schools doesn’t make sense

With the notable exception of the Loyalsock School District, the education ledger sheet for Lycoming and Tioga County school districts does not add up. Enrollment is down in the all the districts in the past two decades, ranging from 30.38 percent at Williamsport to 1.56 at Loyalsock, with five ...

Can Wolf’s affable nature lead him to budget compromise?

State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, was working in his somewhat isolated office late one day when there was a knock on the door."I've been visiting offices to see who really does the work around here," Gov. Tom Wolf said by way of introduction. What ensued was a friendly, ...

Pension reform for state: Reality, not political football

Pennsylvania's public employees pension fund is unsustainable. The proof is not a matter of conjecture. It's a matter of record. The Pew Charitable Trust ranks the state next to last in the nation since 2003 in making annually required payments to its two major pension funds.That's the largest ...

Times have changed – and so should U.S. energy policy

Oil and natural gas are being used as geopolitical weapons like never before in history.Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has become perhaps the world's most skillful, effective practitioner.His strategy, already far advanced, is to bend Europe to his will by threatening to cut off the oil ...

These grads have tough assignment: Recapture the world

It's graduation season at our region's high schools.They vary in size from hundreds of seniors to 18 at St. John Neumann Regional Academy.But in special ways, all high school graduations are created equal.They mark the end of an education gauntlet that begins with kindergarten and offer a ...

EPA mistakes: It’s more than public relations problem

Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Environmental Protection Agency officials are admitting they made some mistakes with their "waters of the United States rule."But pay close attention:?"I want to tell you up front that I wish we had done a better job of rolling out our clean ...

Wolf tax package exposed when put in broad daylight

It was predictable and some would say political. But it was also instructive.A measure combining all of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed tax increases - $12.7 billion over the next two years was introduced by Rep. Seth Grove, a Dover Township Republican. Naturally, the measure was defeated ...

Downtown projects: Their worth will be proven with results

The Destination 2014 Town Center project has turned into more of a Destination 2016 project.With so many moving parts to the development that will revitalize the block that formerly housed the YMCA complex, that's understandable.But the project is moving forward and is now in the grant approval ...

Drug court stories are heartwarming – and so necessary

There have been more than 1.3 million seriously addicted people to come through the 2,900 drug courts nationwide in the past 25 years.Not all of the people who have come through the programs have beaten the odds and overcome drug and alcohol addiction.But the percentage who have succeeded is ...

Old City project: Battery of ideas will bring results

Access.Traffic.Partnerships.Those were the watchwords at last week's meeting with economic development consultants for the Old City/East Third Street Gateway area at the James V. Brown Library.Consultant Thomas Flynn said that the first priority in the development area should be a gateway ...

Ramadi results show worry about ISIS is legitimate

Contrary to what some commentators are saying, Islamic State terrorists' conquests of the Iraqi city of Ramadi do not raise questions about U.S. strategy to defeat the vicious group. They merely emphasize that a worry present for many months is growing.Many Iraqi troops abandoned weapons, ...

Two more big pieces fall into place downtown

Groundbreakings are watershed events for private and public projects.In truth, though, they are actually the inconsequential part after the vision of an idea and before the reality of a finished development.Last week saw groundbreaking for two projects totaling about $30 million in public and ...

Events don’t end city problems, but can be start

It's been a tough month in Williamsport on the crime and misery front. There have been shootings. There has been death. That is the unvarnished truth. It's not an easy truth to live with.It's also not the entire picture of our proud city. We know that.So the most important step to stopping this ...

Judge should eliminate political cover for Clinton on e-mail release

A federal judge, perhaps disgusted by the blatantly political attempt to protect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has rejected one aspect of it. He should proceed to the next step.Clinton already has ensured voters considering her for president will not have access to many potentially ...

The state’s fixes are doable, with attitude change

It will be quite a challenge for Gov. Tom Wolf to find common ground with the Republican-controlled state House and Senate as the budget talks heat up in the next month.Unless he's willing to give a little on his proposals. And there hasn't been a hint of that so far.Recently the Pennsylvania ...

Public pools: Not all communities are created equal

Memorial Day was this week, so the public swimming pools are open for business.Well, sort of.There are fewer of them than the heyday of a few decades ago, when the public swimming pool was among the most popular spots in a community.There is no more East End pool in Williamsport, where ...

Common Core: An imperfect education model forced on us

Among complaints many educators make about the federally driven Common Core school standards is that administering required tests is an enormous challenge.Lack of computers and broadband access to the Internet often are cited.Requiring that tests be administered online is one of the Common Core ...

Today, remember ultimate sacrifices of American soldiers

We live in an age when our military personnel are asked to defend the causes of peace and freedom on multiple dangerous fronts throughout the world.But it is easy to forget how long this has been the case.Today, Memorial Day, we remember.We remember World War I, supposedly the war to end all ...