Opinion

WASD preliminary budget numbers are too scary to remain

Editorials

The business manager of the Williamsport Area School District says the district is looking at a $2.6 million deficit in its preliminary budget for 2017-18. The district’s fiscal year ends June 30, so at this point the deficit is a number on a paper. No more. No less. Early numbers are ...

Pine Street two-way plan reaches grant seeking phase

Editorials

The vision of two-way traffic on Pine Street in downtown Williamsport became very real last week when City Council’s finance committee backed the administration’s recommendation to pursue a $729,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to reconstruct Pine Street. The ...

The Patent/Trademark Office’s assault on free speech

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of “a building of dignity and importance” for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court pondered during oral arguments this week. The case concerns the name of an ...

Martin Luther King: A great American

Opinion

Abraham Lincoln is generally regarded today as one of America’s greatest presidents. But, that wasn’t always the case. It took more than half a century after his death before the memorial erected in his honor could be built. The bitterness of the Civil War he waged to preserve the Union ...

Wolf making big budget promises; Devil in the details

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf says he will balance the state budget this year without a major tax increase. He is not saying much else. Meanwhile, analysts are projecting a $2 billion-plus hole in the state’s finances based on present and future expenses. So we appreciate Wolf’s hopeful scenario but ...

The waterbeetle of American politics

Opinion

He flabbergasts the Human Race By gliding on the water’s face With ease, celerity and grace; But if he ever stopped to think Of how he did it, he would sink. — Hilaire Belloc, on the waterbeetle WASHINGTON — Leaving aside the missing element of grace and the improbability ...

Heavyweight match: Lewis vs. Trump

Opinion

WASHINGTON — A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his inauguration, ...

Dr. King’s son sets an example for the rest of country to follow

Editorials

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Goodbye to one selfie president, hello to another?

Opinion

On Feb. 12, 2015, President Obama made a selfie-stick video for BuzzFeed. You may remember it — or perhaps not — because if there’s one thing Barack Obama delivered during his eight years in office, it was plenty of celebration of himself. The country was treated to Obama slow-jamming ...

Michelle Obama’s cult in the media

Opinion

Michelle Obama made her last public speech as first lady. The networks lined up with a 21-handkerchief salute. Nothing will ever be the same. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell proclaimed that the speech was “one of hope and empowerment for the young people she has championed for eight years ... her ...

Trump’s clarion call: Now arrives the hour of action

Editorials

Moments after being inaugurated, Donald J. Trump, 45th president of the United States of America, signaled his intentions for the coming days, weeks, months and years of his term. “Now arrives the hour of action,” he said near the conclusion of a muscular speech punctuated by multiple ...

PennDOT: District infrastructure advances significant

Opinion

This is in response to the editorial “Another year brings hit at the pump – and results too subtle” that appeared in your newspaper on January 7. PennDOT appreciates the newspaper pointing out the state’s massive highway system, the inherent challenges that go with maintaining a ...

Grab your torches

Opinion

Citizens of Pennsylvania,-grab your torches and head to the castle, because Dr. Frankenstein is building a monster again!   Those who gave life to this monster are calling it the “The Property Tax Independence Act”; which has a pleasant ring, like the “Affordable Care Act.”  Just ...

By Their Tweets Ye Shall Know Them

Opinion

Fact: Donald J. Trump won the election by the rules and is our president. My reaction: I hope he is successful in doing good things for our country. Democrats should give him a chance and work with him on issues where they and he share common ground. And they should oppose him only when there ...

Trump needs to reverse nation’s attitude on coal

Editorials

Many people are counting on President Donald Trump, inaugurated Friday, to end the Obama administration’s war on coal and affordable electricity. But merely slamming on the brakes is not enough. As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted in a letter to Trump, the runaway locomotive ...

Hosea, can you see?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Republicans can argue until their last breath that Trump objectors are sore losers, but isn’t more at stake than “mere politics”? This phrase has been rendered quaint by such serious issues as: Russian hackers apparently trying to tilt the election toward Donald Trump; ...

Ben Carson: Role model

Opinion

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his ...

Kidman gets it right on supporting process – and gets condemned

Editorials

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring to buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country ...

Sponsors of anarchy

Opinion

Hoodlums will be out in full force this Inauguration Day. Count on it. I’ve covered the left’s criminal anarchist element for more than 20 years — from the animal rights terrorists who have harassed, threatened and firebombed scientific researches across the U.S. and Europe to the ...

Labor SLabor Secretary nominee Puzder has pro-worker agenda

Opinion

While incoming President Donald Trump is being inaugurated this week, his cabinet nominees are undergoing a second week of grueling confirmation hearings. Proponents hope that they can quickly be confirmed and get started bringing reforms to increase American prosperity and security. At the ...