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Editorials

How will 2019 be remembered years from now?

As is the tradition among news organizations at this time of year, the annual look back at the events of 2019 has begun, and what a year it’s been — locally, across Pennsylvania, nationally and around the globe. But years from now, how will 2019 be remembered? Will we remember it for ...

Ground the 737 Max until safety is certain

Commercial aircraft production is a high-stakes business in more ways than one. Federal regulators should stick to their position of emphasizing one of those stakes — lives. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners have been grounded throughout the world since March, when two of the craft crashed ...

New look pleasing to the eye

Sometimes, the eyes reveal more about what a design on paper ever could. And with the remodeled Basin Street in Williamsport now reopened to traffic between East Third and East Fourth streets, the eyes paint quite a picture. They reveal a dramatic new building and southern entrance to ...

First Quality growth an economic blessing

The “super load” carrying a huge industrial dryer for the newest First Quality Tissue plant at Lock Haven marks a huge milestone when it comes to the history of manufacturing in Clinton County. Privately owned First Quality is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to add a third ...

Important to erect statues honoring civil rights leaders

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

Tough crime trends

Williamsport crime statistics for the first 50 weeks of 2019 paint a grim picture. For starters, the number of overall calls to police is up about 1,000 compared with 2018 and will top 13,000 by year’s end. Those calls can range from a disturbance to a juvenile being gunned down. In all ...

Police pact needed step for the future

The five-year police protection agreement approved between South Williamsport and DuBoistown is the kind of significant, practical move that needs to become more commonplace in our region. The partnership means more hours of patrol availability and police protection for both communities, but ...

Minimizing one risk at the cost of creating another doesn’t make sense

A significant number of schools throughout the United States have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service personnel can protect students in the event of an incursion by someone bent on violence. But an Associated Press ...

MLB, please say move to cut local francises isn’t so

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred is getting criticism from all sides over plans to eliminate 42 minor league franchises, including the Williamsport Crosscutters, after 2020. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has sent Manfred a letter warning of the harm that could result from the ...

Are intelligence agencies any better?

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

The very best government is small government

Many local governments and other taxing authorities across Pennsylvania who work on a calendar year-basis are in the final stages of adopting their 2020 budgets. We know many go through a long and sometimes excruciating process of evaluating costs, revenues, personnel, services … you name ...

We are saddened by passing of former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman

We are saddened at the news announced Sunday night that former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman — the father of current state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman — has passed away at the age of 87. The elder Corman, who represented Clinton County as part of his senatorial district, was renown ...

Music brings joy, evokes emotions on many stages

Do you hear what we hear? Music has made the headlines locally in recent weeks, and well it should. This region has long been blessed with strong music programs that foster the talents of our young. Take a look at the Williamsport Area School District, where the school will celebrate its ...

Continued reports fail to inspire trust in Catholic Church

Sometimes it seems every pledge of reform by the Roman Catholic Church is matched by one —or more — reports of outrageous behavior. A permissive policy toward predator priests who molested children appears to have characterized church policy for decades, not just in the United States but ...

Afghanistan fight not just about their country, but ours

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Board vacancies in need of fresh voices, leadership

There are some important takeaways from an issue that arose during the course of this year, leading up to November’s general election. They have to do with public service in the form of local government volunteer boards. Earlier in the year, a woman applied for a position on the county ...

United Way tries innovative way to raise funds

The Lycoming County United Way has set an ambitious goal of $1,612,126 for its current fundraising campaign, a dollar more than the most ever raised. The goal comes along with some significant changes in the way the local campaign is raising its money. According to United Way leadership, the ...

More evidence of mayhem

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Asylum should be based on facts of individual cases

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

Nacinovich led historic Repasz Band superbly

We’re hoping for standing room only Tuesday night at the Community Arts Center. Not only is it the annual Winter Holiday Concert of the Repasz Band, it also will be the final performance under the direction of Maestro Albert J. Nacinovich. Nacinovich has been involved with the ...