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City budget passes without mayor’s signature – again

January 2, 2015 Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana has once again declined to sign a city budget. more »»

On this day, we hope for rebirth of can-do spirit

January 1, 2015 New Year's Day is supposed to be a calendar-enforced page-turner. Today then is the day for starting anew. And, boy, don't we all need that. more »»

Commissioners make right call with pay cut, salary freeze

December 31, 2014 The Lycoming County Commissioners recently voted themselves a pay cut when they set salaries for elected county officials through 2019. more »»

Unsettled, fragile world needs return to nation of strength

December 30, 2014 Unsettled. Fragile. When we look at the state of our world and events that have been prominent in our nation in 2014, those are the first two words that come to mind. more »»

Wasteful spending habits of Congress must finally end

December 29, 2014 While several dozen members of Congress had specific concerns that prompted them to vote against a $1. more »»

Local landscape: Challenging but not without hope

December 28, 2014 Our first impression of the collective experience our area endured in 2014 is that life is hard and we are hardly an exception. more »»

Politicized CIA report raises more questions than it answers

December 27, 2014 Release of a report on CIA use of torture to get information from a few captured Islamic terrorists raises more questions than it provides answers. more »»

City on the verge of overdue building of sports arena

December 26, 2014 Plans for a sports arena complex in downtown Williamsport are more real than ever following City Council approval of the financing last week. more »»

On this Christmas, a recommitment to goodness is needed

December 25, 2014 As this Christmas day dawns, there are daily intrusions on the spirit of peace and goodness that are supposed to be the theme of this season. more »»

Pension seizure law having an impact in Pennsylvania

December 24, 2014 In 1978, following a wave of public scandals, state legislation known as the pension forfeiture law was passed. more »»

When taxpayers’ money is at stake, choose practicality

December 22, 2014 “Practicality has to win out over optimism,” City Councilman Don Noviello said at an important meeting regarding Williamsport’s budget for 2015. more »»

White House micromanaging a military problem

December 22, 2014 As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military. more »»

Fallout of county budget situation: Full operations exam

December 21, 2014 The bill has come due on Lycoming County government. more »»

Justice Department ‘profiling’ guidelines more politics as usual

December 20, 2014 Politicians are eager for the public to think they are doing something about whatever issue draws the largest headlines at any given moment. more »»

Survey is a fresh, early jolt for the East End project

December 19, 2014 There is lots of interest in development of the city\'s East End commercial district and no shortage of ideas. more »»

Wolf’s severance tax projections appear to be fictional

December 18, 2014 The boosters for a natural gas severance tax in Pennsylvania see a goldmine of revenue for state government. more »»

United Way campaign needs a significant fundraising boost

December 17, 2014 Lycoming County United Way passed out volunteer awards to some very deserving, community-minded people last week. more »»

Wolf’s reaction to mid-year budget report unsettling

December 16, 2014 The campaign season is over, but Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is still pretty good at being critical of Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration. more »»

Garner tragedy: Police should check arrest procedures

December 15, 2014 It is difficult to watch the video of the July 17 arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner without being stunned and horrified. more »»

City Council takes difficult yet correct action with tax hike

December 14, 2014 Opposing a tax increase would be like opposing good parenting. But good parenting requires being, first and foremost, responsible and willing to be the bad guy making the right decisio. more »»



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