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Marino wants the next step – repeal – of flood rate reform

March 26, 2014 The most recent legislation would blunt the radical residential flood insurance rate increases that everyone has been complaining about, but that’s not enough to satisfy state Rep. more »»

Additional lights among best deterrents to crime

March 26, 2014 There is nothing someone preparing to commit crime hates more than light. The City of Williamsport recently floated a $20 million bond and Mayor Gabriel . more »»

Raise the Region: Big hearts, correct causes, worth million

March 25, 2014 If generosity is the mark of a strong region, this is definitely a strong region. more »»

Money for research is one thing; redundant research is wasteful

March 24, 2014 Investigators with the Government Accountability Office tell us approximately $1.4 billion was spent by the government on autism research between 2008 and 2012. That is the good news. more »»

Legislation correctly focuses on fairness in natural gas royalties

March 23, 2014 Some landowners leasing with natural gas companies say they aren't getting nearly the royalties they thought they would due to exorbitant post-production fees. State Reps. more »»

U.S. foreign policy inconsistencies make it hard to get support

March 22, 2014 No wonder so many foreign leaders are reluctant to go along with U.S. policy initiatives. more »»

Easing of flood insurance hikes is just a start

March 21, 2014 We will start with a little gratitude. more »»

Region represented historically well on the basketball court

March 20, 2014 There are few things that galvanize a community more than high school sport. more »»

Numbers indicate positive impact of city codes ordinance

March 19, 2014 City Codes Administrator Joe Girardi is a self-proclaimed numbers guy. He likes to use statistics to illustrate points. more »»

Liquor privatization pursuit must continue

March 18, 2014 Gov. Tom Corbett said at a recent news conference that he has not given up on a plan to change the state’s system of liquor stores. more »»

State jobless rate stacks up well against the rest of the nation

March 18, 2014 Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was at a post-recession high of 8.1 percent in September 2012. The latest figures place the jobless rate at 6. more »»

Ship to honor heroes of Flight 93 is richly deserved and overdue

March 17, 2014 Amid the shock and horror of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, a group of ordinary Americans became heroes by sacrificing their own lives to save other. more »»

Letting Sunshine Law in: Many issues are creating clouds

March 16, 2014 Today begins National Sunshine Week, a celebration of open government and the people's right to know what their public servants are doing in their name. more »»

White House shoots first, with no questions later, with Russia

March 15, 2014 U.S. officials’ blustery but seemingly inconsequential reaction to Russian intervention in Ukraine sums up failures in foreign policy by President Barack Obama and his administration. more »»

Flood reform act worthy of council resolution exception

March 14, 2014 City Council passed a resolution last week supporting local lawmakers' efforts to reform a law sending national flood insurance beyond the paying capabilities of our residents and potentially... more »»

Local prescription drug drop-off boxes latest anti-drug tool

March 13, 2014 There are many gateways to illegal drug addiction, particularly heroin. One of them is right there in your medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs. more »»

Revitalization group for city's east end makes practical sense

March 12, 2014 There appears to be ever-gathering momentum to develop the City of Williamsport’s Central Business District east of Market Street. more »»

Auditor general's report validates serious pension woes

March 11, 2014 Maybe the state’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale can do what no one else has been able to do regarding public pension funds - that is, reform them before they bankrupt government. more »»

Medicare Advantage latest in series of Obamacare deceptions

March 10, 2014 About 16 million older Americans rely on Medicare Advantage policies to supplement their government health insurance. more »»

Fundamental flaws are at the root of school funding woes

March 9, 2014 Several school districts in the region appear to be having even greater budget struggles for 2014-15 and have asked for exemptions that would allow them to raise taxes beyond what state law allows. more »»



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