Opinion

Criticism of Conway reveals double standard

Opinion

CNN has grave concerns about White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility and even refused to have her on its Sunday show recently, apparently to protect viewers from her Jedi mind trick powers. CNN subsequently invited Conway to appear on the network, infuriating a chorus of ...

The travel moratorium: A hopeless disaster

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given ...

Practical revisions needed for city residency rule

Editorials

The city of Williamsport was ready to hire a human resources director to handle the insurance and benefits package for 218 employees. There was only one problem. The director-to-be could not meet the residency requirement that is part of the city’s personnel requirements. So City Council ...

This is democracy in action

Opinion

A crowd of a few dozen enthusiastic protesters stood in front of the federal building in the small upstate Pennsylvania community of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They carried signs and slogans mostly protesting Donald Trump and some purporting to welcome refugees to the tear soaked shores of the ...

This time, make sure infrastructure work truly is shovel-ready

Editorials

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, ...

The Right can’t defend Trump’s behavior

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By now you may have noticed the difficulty many conservatives have defending everything President Trump does and says. I’m not just referring to the big policy moves, most of which conservatives can support fairly easily (so far). I mean the whole whiplash-inducing spectacle: The ...

The Great Manipulators at Time

Opinion

Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title “The Great Manipulator.” Bannon dared to identify the liberal media as “the opposition party.” Time took ...

The North Korean red line

Opinion

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corp. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it effects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic thinking about nuclear weapons in the ...

Major media remain in denial

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Since Donald Trump’s election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories. Didn’t they help twice elect Barack Obama? Why didn’t the formula work this time? Mostly the media ...

Amid a divided world and nation, some real heroes

Editorials

In these times of worldwide danger and political upheaval within our American borders, it's easy to forget there are ordinary people in our midst who are true heroes for the extraordinary things they do. Mike Dunlop, Keith Miller and George Bitner fit the bill. The trio of Marine Corps ...

Hail the Gender-Fluid Scouts?

Opinion

The Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, used to be derided as a “traditional, values-based” organization, whose oath spoke of a “duty to God” and whose law insisted the Scouts be “reverent.” Now the BSA worships something else: corporate donations. It should have been expected ...

Trump Russia rhetoric throws U.S. under bus

Opinion

Once again, President Trump has come to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense by throwing America under the bus. In a pre-taped interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump was asked to explain his respect for Putin. “He is the leader of his ...

Hopefully, energy center, panel talk dissolve barriers

Editorials

Discussions about energy often deteriorate into a negative political debate about the environment or rich people getting richer. When the Marcellus Shale drilling boom injected fresh life in the region's economy several years ago, much of that positive development was obscured by innuendo and ...

Do we have a legitimate government?

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Prior to last year’s election, supporters of Hillary Clinton worried that Donald Trump and his supporters might not accept Hillary Clinton’s victory as legitimate. It never occurred to them that the shoe might soon be on the other foot. Shortly after it became apparent that there would ...

The tables of transparency turn on the litigious Left

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When Pope Francis visited America in 2015, one topic that seemed mandatory to address was the old scandal over priests found guilty of sexually abusing children. Despite more than a decade of reforms and a more liberal-pleasing pontiff, some activists never stopped bashing the Catholic ...

Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but tall hurdles remain

Editorials

The environmental patient known as the Chesapeake Bay is getting better. But he’s still under the weather. That’s the layman’s translation to the latest scientific data regarding the cleanup of the Chesapeake. Three separate organizations are charting slight improvement in the ...

Be careful what you wish for

Opinion

At the National Prayer Breakfast recently, President Trump promised to “totally destroy” the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives the background ...

A modest proposal to solve inequality

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Tight labor markets shrink income inequality by causing employers to bid up the price of scarce labor, so policymakers fretting about income inequality could give an epidemic disease a try. This might be a bit extreme but if increased equality is the goal, Stanford’s Walter ...

Trump driving us to distraction

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves. Those who thought they ...