Opinion

Volunteer fire companies face hard realities

Editorials

When it comes to volunteer firefighting, it’s a different world from the bucket brigades of the first half of the 20th century. It’s also a more expensive one. And to that end, the numbers don’t add up when it comes to keeping a volunteer fire company afloat. A series of stories in ...

‘What-aboutism’: The Art of the Spiel

Opinion

Growing up in Mt. Carmel, my friends and I were masters at diverting attention from our own failures, simply deflecting them to the real or imagined ones of others. For example, when I dropped a perfectly thrown pass in the end zone just inside the fire hydrant that served as an end zone ...

End collusion between state, special interests

Opinion

Should state government help special interest groups collect political campaign donations? Most Pennsylvanians would instinctively answer “no.” In fact, using government resources for political purposes is illegal for almost everyone. But behind the scenes, government union leaders ...

Understanding Republicans and their marriage to tax cuts

Opinion

It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

Trump presidency better than Twitter feed

Opinion

The president of the United States wakes up some mornings seemingly determined to convince as many people as possible that he’s unsuited to high office. Fortunately for him, he has a Twitter account allowing him to act on this impulse immediately and without any filter. Recently, Trump ...

The Steinle verdict screams for revision of immigration policy

Editorials

Walking on a pier in San Francisco with her father in 2015, Kate Steinle was shot in the back. The 22-year-old died in her father’s arms. She was shot by Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had been released several weeks earlier from a San Francisco jail despite a federal request to detain him ...

NY Times does a super PAC imitation

Opinion

It was crazy last week, so you might have missed the news that The New York Times decided to operate like a super PAC. Here’s what happened. The Times’ editorial board changed the bio on the opinion section’s Twitter account to inform the public that it was “temporarily taking over” ...

Harassment bill long overdue and shamefully needed

Editorials

We are appreciative that U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements involving federal lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct. But the entire Congress should be ...

Praying for the return of virtue

Opinion

Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples ...

Republicans need to dump Roy Moore

Opinion

It is a political, tactical and moral mistake for Republicans to continue backing Judge Roy Moore for Alabama’s Senate seat. In brief, he has been accused by multiple women of, decades ago, making unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances toward them when they were teenage girls — one ...

Bus fleet savings show capabilities of gas industry

Editorials

One of the more pleasant bits of news to come out of Williamsport city budget talks was the disclosure that the River Valley Transit system is saving $400,000 a year by converting its fleet from diesel fuel to natural gas. And there is more savings on the way. While 10 compressed natural gas ...

What if Roy Moore wins?

Opinion

When Donald Trump appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General, it was widely assumed that his permanent replacement would be a Republican. But the scandals and allegations surrounding Republican nominee Roy Moore have challenged that assumption. It would be a stunning ...

The back story behind Flynn’s guilty plea

Opinion

In August, when President Donald Trump’s lawyers persuaded him to refrain from attacking independent counsel Robert Mueller publicly — he had many times called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” — they also told him that the investigation was not aimed at him and not to worry ...

Public service pays pretty well in Pennsylvania

Editorials

It’s called public service. And it turns out public service at the highest levels of state government pays off pretty well. The salaries of Pennsylvania’s 253 state lawmakers, more than 1,000 judges and several dozen top executive branch officials will rise in 2018. The increase of ...

Pelosi lives up to track record

Opinion

Finally, Nancy Pelosi’s faux feminist veneer has fully cracked. The Democratic “shero’’ is, and always has been, a sham. But after Pelosi’s incoherent babblefest on “Meet the Press’’ defending accused groper John Conyers and clown-cad Al Franken, the progressive left can no ...

Pelosi’s principles complicated by inconvenience

Opinion

It’s amazing how complicated simple principles can become when they’re inconvenient to your team. Nine days ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi created a mess for herself by insisting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Rep. John Conyers deserves “due process” in the face of a ...

Conyers, others deserve pink slips from Congress

Editorials

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be dismissed from Congress. Add to that using taxpayers’ money in attempt to cover up wrongdoing, and the case for removal is ironclad. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is accused of doing both things. His ...

Tolerance for Elizabeth Warren’s Fake News

Opinion

The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of “fake news.” But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat. ...

Debt and taxes and perdition

Opinion

Should the government borrow against the future? Should it guarantee higher taxes for your children and grandchildren in return for lower taxes for you? If government’s moral legitimacy depends on the consent of the governed, as Thomas Jefferson argued in the Declaration of Independence, ...