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Yelling racist in a crowded nation

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WASHINGTON — “Culture and demographics are our destiny.” Stop. But Iowa Rep. Steve King didn’t stop there. He continued to feed his foot deep into his gullet: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Well, now. Let’s pause to parse. First, one never ...

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Dr. Ben Carson, in a speech before employees of Housing and Urban Development, the department he now runs, likened slaves to “immigrants”: “That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked ...

Bowman Field project officially reaches nuts-and-bolts phase

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The nuts-and-bolts portion of the Bowman Field modernization plan for this summer is officially under way. Williamsport City Council last week awarded contracts totaling $1.1 million for much of the Bowman Field renovation project, which includes a grandstand deck addition, box seating ...

Home show can be conduit to translate economy into action

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About 160 businesses and organizations made their sales pitch at last week’s West Branch Susquehanna Builders Home Show at Lycoming College. The event unfolded for the 58th year, with the Keiper Recreation Center serving as a nesting ground for builders, bankers, Realtors and others to ...

The dirty Dem dogs of disruption

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Here come the hyperpartisan hounds. A new nonprofit called American Oversight launched this week to combat President Trump’s “culture of impunity.’’ The outfit declared itself “nonpartisan’’ and claims its crusaders will fight for a ‘’transparent and ethical ...

Hiding the media’s disapproval rating

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The latest poll by USA Today and Suffolk University carried some eye-opening numbers about public disapproval of the media’s aggressive attempts to run the country. It found that President Trump has a 47 percent approval rating and that 44 percent disapprove of him. That’s not ...

PSU sex abuse mess enters a final chapter

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The Penn State University child sexual abuse mess that revolves around the actions of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky may be entering to a new level of ugliness. The child endangerment trial of former PSU President Graham Spanier is starting and former Vice President Gary ...

The real lessons of Middlebury College

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Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with ...

Three steps to fixing the health care mess

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Most Americans believe that no matter how bad something is, Congress can always make it worse. With their new health care bill, Republican Congressional leaders seem intent on proving that point. Even those with a passionate hatred of Obamacare can find something to hate in the GOP replacement ...

The NEA is a government frill

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WASHINGTON — Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight. Let’s pretend, counterfactually, ...

Stormwater system takeover could solve two critical issues

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Whenever there is a major rainstorm locally, there is a strong likelihood that Grafius Run in Williamsport will overflow, causing groundwater flooding and damage to streets and homes in several neighborhoods. The legitimate complaints and concerns about the Grafius Run situation go back at ...

Congress’ grizzly betrayal

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WASHINGTON — In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and “denning” of bears and wolves in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. The Senate is poised to consider the ...

Defense spending boost must be accompanies by fewer items of waste

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President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

The perils of Jacksonian governance

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Upon taking office, President Donald Trump dusted off a portrait of Andrew Jackson and hung it above his desk in the Oval Office. He chose better than he knew. The most jaw-dropping furor of the early Trump administration — the Obama wiretapping allegation — was presaged in broad ...

America’s longest war

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $1.4 billion of New York’s resources to solve the persistent problem of poverty in central Brooklyn. If he wins legislative approval, Cuomo, a Democrat, intends to spend the money on affordable housing, job training, anti-violence programs, recreational space, ...

Getting tougher on North Korea a diplomatic necessity

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North Korea’s new test of medium-range missiles a few days ago puts an exclamation point on the major foreign policy challenge facing President Donald Trump. For decades, presidents, secretaries of state and defense, and members of Congress have searched for a way to curb North Korea’s ...

Free speech: Protect it and exercise it with responsibility

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This past week is known as Sunshine Week and you might be wondering if anyone informed winter storm Stella of the occasion. But Sunshine Week has nothing to do with the weather. It denotes letting the sunshine in on the workings of public bodies that do your bidding in this democracy. The ...

The leaks: Whatever the facts, the public deserves to know them

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Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

A place to celebrate America’s foundation

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less ...

Why Cuban missile crisis matters today

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Gen. Charles de Gaulle, a French hero and statesman who did not lack for self-esteem, once stated, ‘’When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.’’ In October 1962, after U.S. charges that the Soviets had installed offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba — just 90 miles from the ...