Opinion

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 ...

Two cases show depth of drug epidemic in area

Editorials

The details of two drug cases prosecuted locally last week gave a picture of just how omnipresent and developed the illegal drug trade is in our area. The U.S. Attorney's offices indicted 11 people in federal court for a heroin distribution network that has been operating in Williamsport and ...

Hollywood Vs. the ‘Fascist’ election result

Opinion

Critics of the Hollywood left chuckled when Hillary Clinton lost the election. Those dramatic videos full of celebrity ardor for the Clintons flopped. Rarely has there been a more pronounced disconnect. It turned to belly laughs when those celebrities responded by making more videos. First, ...

What happened to the honeymoon?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and ...

City Council keeps same direction in ever-tougher role

Editorials

As the year began, Williamsport City Council reorganized and re-elected Jonathan Williamson as council president and Randall J. Allison as vice president. The action came without comment, but, intended or not, it said a lot. It left the message that council, as a group, is comfortable with ...

Academia may now be beyond satire

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering. In 1996, Alan ...

Challenge us, don’t coddle us

Opinion

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Marino tries again with three bills that make common sense

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, is trying again in the new Congress. He is reintroducing three common sense bills intended, in his words, to refocus Washington. The bills deal with issues of term limits, single-subject legislation and ...

Dylann Roof’s last act

Opinion

CHARLESTON, S.C. — If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city’s federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper’s patience was rewarded with the jury’s return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof. Roof, who insisted on ...

Fawning farewells? Not for Republicans

Opinion

For weeks, the liberal media have celebrated all that President Barack Obama means ... to them. CNN produced a two-hour documentary on the Obama legacy that never mentioned things like annual trillion-dollar deficits. Fareed Zakaria wrapped up the show saying, “He ran an administration that ...

Health care solution: If it’s hasty, all boxes must be checked

Editorials

Haste makes waste, it has been said. In Washington, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. But as long as the replacement is available to everyone simultaneously, the new majority should go forth with the effort. As its ...

On Fire: MTV News

Opinion

It’s still January, but it’s already been a banner year for preening liberals on cable TV who are hell-bent on self-immolation in the name of proving everyone else’s moral inferiority. To use young people’s slang these days, you’re “lit,’’ media progressives. But not in a good ...

Russian hacking and glass houses

Opinion

Many top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a secret intelligence operation for the purpose of discrediting Hillary Clinton, thereby helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton has done more to discredit ...

New majority must bring new tone to Washington’s way

Editorials

Many elected officials in Washington who represent the conservative Republican portion of Congress are getting a rare opportunity in the next two years. They are in control of the House, Senate and White House. With that control comes great responsibility, and  the new power base is starting ...

The not so Golden Globes

Opinion

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high ...