Opinion

Journey House success story takes another step forward

Editorials

The Journey House Transitional Housing Program recently took another step forward. Make that a fifth step, as in the fifth apartment the program has offered since the program was founded in 2007. The program is a success story whose foundation is a partnership with Lycoming County United ...

Decades of blaming violence on right

Other Commentaries

The radical leftist fanaticism over Rep. Steve Scalise’s alleged shooter has been an integral part of the news coverage, as it should be. James Hodgkinson’s ties to the Bernie Sanders campaign have been reported (if sometimes buried) by most news outlets, and the pundits are virtually ...

You can’t govern by id

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent offshoot. What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability to distinguish between ...

The baseball practice shooting: May this be the moment to pause

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Comey flunks the New York Times

Opinion

Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: Ruin President Trump. This is why the “news” producers treated former FBI Director Jim Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate moment, a first impeachment ...

He’s a Republican now

Opinion

Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes it. Commentators who ...

$$5 county bridge fee has its critics but makes sense

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners have approved a $5 per vehicle registration fee, effective Oct. 1, to pay for repairs to 40 structurally deficient bridges. The fee has an understandable legion of critics. To be frank, we don’t like the way residents, seniors in particular, keep getting ...

A clash of titanic egos

Opinion

Three hours or more of testimony boiled down to a few simple statements. President Trump kicks everybody out of his office and asks his G-man whether the FBI can go easy on Trump’s “good guy” pal, Michael Flynn. Comey believes he is being “pressured” to stop a potential ...

Environmental responsibility must fall to the states

Opinion

Those who care about public health and the environment suffered yet another blow from Scott Pruitt’s EPA on May 26, as the agency proposed delaying federal emission standards for oil and gas companies that were set to go into effect on June 3, offering oil and gas companies yet another ...

Repudiation of traditional politics happening elsewhere

Editorials

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

Does big government feed epidemic of violence?

Opinion

What’s the worst part about horrific, murderous violence in America? Well, except for the death, the ruined lives, the pain and the fear and the rush to pass laws that wouldn’t have prevented it, I think it has to be the media criticism. The challenge, at least for conservatives, is that ...

Numbers show gas industry still has ‘impact’ in state

Editorials

The natural gas drilling industry may have experienced something of a downslide in the region in the past couple years. But it is still having an “impact.” To be precise, it is having a $5.46 million impact. That’s the windfall to Lycoming County municipalities in 2016 state impact ...

Trump ‘Liar-In-Chief’? What of Obama lies?

Opinion

After the congressional testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, many Democrats, with notable exceptions, pulled back from the impeachment talk. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, one of the cheerleaders of the Donald Trump-must-go crowd, even said that Comey failed to make a case for ...

Rape fakers must pay a higher price

Opinion

It’s settled, but far from over. The University of Virginia fraternity that was slimed and defamed by sicko fabulist Sabrina Erdely will receive a $1.65 million payment, the fraternity announced last week. Erdely’s manufactured tale of gang rape by Phi Kappa Psi members, spun through a ...

Despite trouble spots, Lycoming prof sees economic momentum

Editorials

When it comes to the local economy, viewpoint is everything. So one person's booming economy is anything but that to the person whose job has been replaced by a machine. To make the most accurate assessment of where we stand economically in the region, we have to lean on the numbers. And ...

The religious left’s Second Coming

Opinion

The religious left feels left out. According to an article in The New York Times, liberal clergy feel excluded from the political arena and blame the religious right for occupying what they once believed was their exclusive territory. They are, according to the story’s headline, “seeking ...

Comey hits and misses

Opinion

Never before has, or presumably again will, a former FBI director say such harsh things about a sitting president of the United States. In his much-anticipated congressional testimony, James Comey called President Donald Trump a liar who fired him over the Russian investigation. In any other ...

Political tardiness limits the impact of pension reform

Editorials

The history part is that Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation last week moving Pennsylvania government's new public employees into a less expensive pension benefits structure, a portion of which will be a 401(k)-style program. But the signing does not represent unique or trend-setting ...

Venmo is forcing big banks to innovate

Opinion

Back in the 1960s, banks were not allowed to operate in more than one state. In fact, many states didn’t even allow branch banking, so there were lots of small local banks around the nation. Since then, of course, the rules have changed and the industry is dominated by a handful of very ...

Virginia shows the future

Opinion

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick ...