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Editorials

Sale of some golf course property is long overdue

The Lycoming County Commissioners recently took a giant step toward the sale of some property at the White Deer Golf Complex with the hiring of an engineering firm to survey 70 acres of land for development at the complex. The survey of five parcels at the golf course is a practical and long ...

Medal of Honor recipients honor us with their talks

Strength through humility. Resiliency. Honesty. Integrity. Two medal of honor recipients recently spoke of those qualities during a rare opportunity to hear them here in our area. Edward C. Byers Jr., a retired Navy SEAL, and Kyle White, a former Army sergeant, were here to speak about ...

Pulling out from Afghanistan does not rule out return

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported recently. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from Afghanistan ...

Kids need protected from online scammers and predators too

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Air Force should handle missions in outer space

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Today’s best gift surely would be a world of peace

Children, are you ready? Have you been very, very good? This Christmas morning will find presents under the tree, youngsters eager to see what gifts Santa has left for them, special meals to bring together families, churches filled beyond their ordinary numbers, and a special feeling in the ...

Are you ready for that warm, peaceful feeling?

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...

Signing bill into law secures justice over ‘Cadillac tax’

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More of it was being exposed this past week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American ...

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 ...