Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Breathing life

Some things go without saying. We’ve come across many a story in which a person, a family, loses their car in an accident, or loses their home in a fire, but everyone ended up okay; everyone got out of the house. We breathe a sigh of relief. We can replace material possessions, but we ...

Our Opinion: Political hijinks

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation. That means it’s larger than the ones that serve California, Texas, Florida and New York state. That should be all you need to know about a multi-year effort to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania. The ...

Our Opinion: The sooner the better

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Our Opinion: Understanding — not a bad thing

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That ...

Our Opinion: Unless… If… And… Or but

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted ...

Our Opinion: Get the message

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

Our Opinion: State jobless rate, at 18-year low, says a lot about economy

The latest jobs report from the state Department of Labor and Industry places Pennsylvania's unemployment rate at 4.1 percent for August, the latest month for which numbers are available. How good is that unemployment percentage? It is the lowest jobless rate since 2000 - in other words, ...

Our Opinion: Opioid crisis fight gets some federal punch with bill

Our region is being overrun by a multi-faceted opioid abuse problem. The good news is that awareness of the problem has been elevated in recent years and the war against it is being fought by a coalition that includes the political, medical, and human services sectors. The better news is ...

Our Opinion: Take a deeper look at pensions

Any Pennsylvanian not living under a rock the past several years knows that the state's public pension system is under water. Under water, in this case, means billions of dollars less than what is needed to fund the system today and in the coming decades. One of the reasons the state is ...

Our Opinion: Political weapon

One may be tempted to wonder why, if they are so eager to get at the truth, powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate kept allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh under wraps for so long. Actually, there is no question about the cynical game being played by Sen. Dianne ...

Our Opinion: There is someone to talk to

What an impressive event held Saturday at War Memorial Field. There were well over a hundred people in the GLOW;RIOUS Run/Walk, which was meant to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. September is Suicide Prevention Month. This group glowed in the dark to bring awareness ...

Our Opinion: Natural gas numbers impressive

The natural gas industry is an easy whipping boy for a wide variety of opponents who have varying beliefs that put them in conflict with the industry. And to the extent that the opposition holds the natural gas industry's feet to the fire regarding environmental issues related to the ...

Our Opinion: By some means

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Our Opinion: Starting to pay more attention

You can tell by the crowds, people are starting to figure it out. Sure, high school football in Warren County has always been well-attended by fans. And, by fans, we mean people who aren’t just parents or grandparents, brothers or sisters. We’ve noticed recently, going back a few seasons, ...

Our Opinion: Needs of the many…

23,000 pounds of metal? We can look at this two ways — that we have a bunch of people who don’t care about our community, or that we have a bunch of people who do. Maybe we can look at it in more ways than that, but we do have to commend our citizens that care deeply about our ...

Our Opinion: We need much more… much sooner

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their ...

Our Opinion: Let’s ‘display’ some discretion

Williamsport City Council has amended its fireworks ordinance to reflect more restrictive hours, responding to the proliferation of dangerous, loud independent displays in recent years. The new restrictions call for fireworks detonation only during the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from the ...

Our Opinion: Let’s talk about it

We’ve heard it over and over and over again. Keep religion out of schools. Keep sex education out of schools. Keep... Okay, enough. Clearly, it’s worth a try. Are we all in agreement that this world is going to hell in a handbasket? School shootings, racial wars, drugs, drugs, and ...

Our Opinion: Trust but verify

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Our Opinion: All we can

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...