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Editorials

Hopes turns into apartments plans at former YMCA

The idea of renovating the former YMCA building for some other use was a hopeful one, but years of vacancy and an aging interior seemed to argue more for a future as a parking lot. Now there is much more than hope. There is a $4 million investment from JRAS Realty of Jessup. There are ...

Major discovery in our backyard a big win for U.S.

Eureka — a statement made upon a triumphant and sudden discovery — was associated with the gold rush of the mid-1800s. An early gold mining settlement in Nevada County, California, in 1850 took the name and quickly became a town of considerable importance, attracting prospectors not just ...

First responder bills hopefully not too late to stem numbers crisis

In case you have not noticed, we have a volunteer firefighter numbers crisis and not enough first responders in many of our communities these days. It’s been going on for a couple of decades and is nearing a crisis stage. Changing lifestyles, work and family demands, the costs for ...

Big acquisition worth 96 jobs is welcomed news

For an area the size of Milton, an industrial business expansion of 96 jobs is no small deal. And for the expansion to involve steel manufacturing in a previously vacant building is particularly heartening. Such is the case in the latest news regarding Custom Container Solutions, which is ...

Consumers, retailers benefit from agency’s metered parking perks

The Williamsport Parking Authority has made a variety of customer-friendly decisions that are good for downtown consumers and a step forward for center city businesses. The authority has announced expansion of free parking for First Fridays and the holidays. To facilitate an accelerated and ...

Of social media, fool me once, shame on you …

Russian trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from ...

County government needs to try harder to balance boards

Balance. It’s an important part of life. Visit your doctor’s office and you may be asked to stand on one leg, to demonstrate your ability to balance. You may be asked if your diet is balanced, if you are getting all of the nutrients needed to sustain your physical health. You ...

Unacceptable: We all have role in fighting bigotry

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers were ...

Wrap your mind around quantum computing race

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Extending research will be important to making a dent in poverty battle

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

City line of credit practical

Williamsport City Council has correctly given preliminary approval to a $2 million line of credit that gives the city flexibility to cover the cost of some big ticket projects in the next year while the city awaits grant reimbursements. Those include Grafius Run flood mitigation, East Third ...

What will it take to stop deadly trend?

They’re still not getting the message. Drinking and driving is a deadly practice. The most recent year for which statistics are available, 2017, saw an increase in alcohol-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That year’s 10,874 fatal ...

Study will show extent of airport ‘leakage’ — but finding fix is key

The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority has approved plans for a $12,600 study to learn various statistics, including air passenger destinations and departures and what airports are being used by travelers. The professional term for what they are seeking to learn is airport leakage, ...

#MeTooVoter — why the silence?

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

Lycoming College’s fundraising success shows momentum

Lycoming College launched a $65 million capital fundraising campaign three years ago. The “Campaign for a Greater Lycoming” wound up raising more than $79 million to improve several academic programs and pay for its new Center for Academic Experiences. Impressively, the money came from ...

Language of love: Foundations speak student support

An engineer-turned-educator, Mark Love, recently spent the day with eighth- and ninth-grade students in the South Williamsport Area Junior-Senior High School. The event of “Engineers Teaching Algebra” was made possible through a grant that the South Williamsport Education Foundation ...

Medicare’s cost disparity between opioids, other drugs needs to be reviewed

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if there are effective alternatives is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne ...

Hopefully, DEP’s recent tour of run will support a fix

Patrick McDonnell, state Department of Environmental Protection secretary, recently toured Grafius Run. He got an audience of more than 60 residents who told him tales of what the flood magnet does during most heavy rain storms and sustained downpours. He boosted morale, he brought hope, ...

More homes means more families for city neighborhood

Talk about a metamorphosis. That’s what we see when we look at the area of the city that not that many years ago supported Brodart operations in the 1600 block of Memorial Avenue. After the facility was razed in early autumn 2013, groundbreaking quickly followed and a 40-unit Memorial ...

Syrian die is cast

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic ...