Our Opinion

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 ...

Our Opinion: One thing in mind

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican ...

Our opinion: Let’s band together

Strike up the band. No, seriously, strike up an all-Warren County band. We’ve had countless articles about the consolidation of programs in the Warren County School District — due to the size of schools, size of teams, the size of our wallets. And it always seems to have a negative ...

Our Opinion: Trial & error

Pennsylvania is in the top 10 among the 50 states in its spending per public education pupil. That has not kept education spending — and, specifically, how much of it comes from state government — from being a hot-button issue in Pennsylvania for decades. The problem has usually related ...

Our Opinion: Can’t ignore the numbers game

For whom the bell tolls... For parents with children participating in athletics in the Warren County School District, the bell tolls for thee. When it comes to athletics, it’s time to face the facts. With four high schools, one in each attendance area, at the behest of a vocal minority a ...

Our Opinion: Problems persist

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts ...

Our Opinion: They save lives

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Our Opinion: Where there’s smoke…

“It is now illegal to use tobacco products in any city park — even if you’ve reserved a pavilion.” The opening sentence to Tuesday’s front page article, “City Council: Tobacco use illegal in city parks.” Judging by a few comments on social media, or specifically, our posted ...

Our Opinion: A dangerous lesson

An Iraqi woman who left her native land for what she hoped was the safety of Germany has returned home — where she feels safer from Islamic State terrorism. Her decision is one more red flag for German officials who adopted an open-door policy toward refugees from the Middle East. Ashwaq ...

Our Opinion: Aiding predators

Allegations such as those that some Ohio State University students were sexually abused by those in positions of authority and/or trust invariably spawn many lawsuits. Those harmed understandably want some compensation for their suffering — and they want someone to be punished for ...

Our Opinion: Abridging the freedom

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Our Opinion: A spending problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that need to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Our Opinion: Keep kids safe

Classes for the 2018-2019 school year are scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their schools. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

Our Opinion: Fair trials

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been in ...

Our Opinion: Absurd

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...