Opinion

LLB Series: A stage that all of America can be proud of

Editorials

It’s safe to say the multifaceted Little League World Series that unfolds starting tonight is a spectacle unlike any other in America. And yet it embodies so much of the spirit that is emblematic of our country. It starts with a community opening its arms to the world, as in the kickoff ...

Prison reform: An unlikely GOP issue

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Prison reform has been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last week, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, property, five governors were in ...

Should Trump voluntarily talk to Mueller?

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When federal prosecutors are nearing the end of criminal investigations, they often invite the subjects of those investigations to speak with them. The soon-to-be defendants are tempted to give their version of events to prosecutors, and prosecutors are looking to take the legal pulse of the ...

Local firefighters bring western blazes much closer to home

Editorials

Those wildfires you keep reading and hearing about in California and Utah are, in some ways, a lot closer to us than you think. That is, if you are a firefighter. Sam Raisch is among seven people from the Deparrtment of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, District 16 at ...

Reporters suddenly hate the Soviets?

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Reporter Andrea Mitchell is celebrating 40 years with NBC News and appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to discuss the milestone. Host Trevor Noah suggested that the killing of five people in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom could be laid at President Trump’s door (he ...

The John the Baptist of the left

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A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence. Bernie Sanders is the prophet with honor in his own party. The former socialist gadfly is now the socialist trendsetter. At the moment, he has to be counted among the most successful ...

Arizona’s division over ICE illustrates political polarization

Editorials

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

The Matrix at 20

Opinion

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is such a ...

On the constant hunt for fresh outrage

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It’s a perfect mess befitting our imperfect age. The New York Times announced it was hiring a Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board. A respected reporter on technology and the internet, Jeong is Asian-American. Nanoseconds later, a number of her objectively racist tweets emerged. “Oh ...

Grafius Run survey meshes with reality of summer storms

Editorials

Williamsport officials have begun to distribute a survey door-to-door asking residents for damage assessments caused by Grafius Run floods over the past 10 years. Given the rash of torrential rain storms in recent weeks, the timing could not be better. We suspect some of the residents ...

The free market is curing blindness

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The FDA recently approved a revolutionary drug that could restore sight to 2,000 nearly-blind Americans. Doctors inject the personalized "gene therapy," called Luxturna, directly into patients' eyes. The treatment overrides a rare genetic mutation that causes severe vision problems and ...

Confusion as national policy

Opinion

My father was a tough guy. When I was in college, it was much cooler to be a liberal arts major than to be in the school of commerce. Nevertheless, Dad insisted I take not only a couple of accounting courses in the school of commerce, but also a class in business management. Peter Drucker was ...

FDA crackdowns insult the intelligence of most Americans

Editorials

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

Liberals against freedom of conscience

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Why is it considered “liberal” to compel others to say or fund things they don’t believe? That’s a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it’s a puzzling development for those old enough to remember when liberals championed free speech — even advocacy of ...

Hathaway is hurting race relations

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Dear Ms. Anne Hathaway, Two black sisters at an Oakland, California, subway station were attacked by a knife-wielding white man. He killed one sister, Nia Wilson, and injured the other. The Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested him. His family reportedly told authorities that he suffered ...

Lagging internet options hurt region, need quick solution

Editorials

It’s not a secret that a significant portion of our lives – especially the working part of it – is heavily impacted by usage of broadband Internet. So when residents of our region don’t have adequate Internet service, they are probably working at a competitive disadvantage ...

CNN pits Lebron James against Trump

Opinion

Pro basketball legend LeBron James was interviewed on “CNN Tonight” on July 30. Host Don Lemon warmly congratulated him for opening a school for 240 at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. If only it could’ve ended there, focused just on that. But you knew it ...