Opinion

Abuse of Pentagon by contractors deserves a closer investigation

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

TV makers can’t stop ripping Republicans

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The world of television and how Hollywood delivers it keeps changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have become prestigious brands whose original programming draws a pile of Emmy nominations. In 2017, Netflix has received 91 Emmy nominations, second only to HBO’s 111. Hulu ...

How did Dems’ IT scandal suspects get here?

Opinion

Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets — especially if the public’s tax dollars subsidized their ...

The Repasz Band’s imprint is official with state marker

Editorials

The Repasz Band has been a cultural cornerstone of Williamsport and the region for 186 years. Now the band has the formal proof that it’s a cultural cornerstone for the state and nation. Last week a state historical marker celebrating the band’s existence and imprint was unveiled in ...

Acosta can’t handle the facts

Opinion

CNN reporter Jim Acosta pitched another fit in the White House briefing room on Aug. 2, asserting that President Trump’s immigration policy was refuted by a poem engraved on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty. Trump aide Stephen Miller fought him tooth and nail, slamming him for a ...

The ‘anti-diversity screed’ that wasn’t

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The first thing to know about the instantly infamous “anti-diversity screed” written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn’t anti-diversity or a screed. The loaded description, widely used in the press and on social media, is symptomatic of the pearl-clutching over ...

Pothole ‘hotline’ speaks volumes on city streets

Editorials

We’ve been saying for years that street conditions in Williamsport are overdue for attention after seemingly being low on the priority list for awhile. There is proof of the situation in the phone logs of the “pothole hotline.” A nine-member crew has fielded 58 new work orders as a ...

Sanctuary cities vs. hideouts

Opinion

In biblical times, a sanctuary city was a place where someone who had committed unintentional manslaughter could find refuge from “the avenger of blood.” If the offender left the sanctuary city, he could be set upon by a relative of the dead person and killed. No sanctuary was available ...

Rigid party strategies pave lane for outsider

Opinion

“The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that “will never change.” Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn’t borne out in the polls. Such nitpicking, however, overlooks a ...

The sober truth: Safety top priority for our schools

Editorials

Last week’s South Williamsport Area School Board meeting included a report by Superintendent Dr. Mark Stamm on facility safety and security and changes to the emergency response plan. The sad reality is that such a report – an afterthought 30 years ago – is an absolute essential ...

Automation is nothing new

Opinion

In recent years, some people have become convinced that the digital revolution will lead to mass unemployment. The solution, they say, is to provide a Universal Basic Income so that every American receives enough money to live on whether they work or not. hope of some UBI dreamers is that ...

Stephen Miller TKOs Jim Acosta

Opinion

When Donald Trump’s policy adviser Stephen Miller stepped into the White House briefing recently to defend a plan for reducing levels of legal immigration, Jim Acosta of CNN was aghast and let everyone know it. Put aside that Acosta believed it was his role to argue one side of a hot-button ...

This year’s Series has potential to be most special ever

Editorials

There are few communities the size of ours that have a signature event to offer that prompts worldwide attention. But our community has that in the Little League World Series that starts with a leadoff attraction in the Grand Slam Parade that has grown into an introductory event worthy of the ...

Common sense uncommon in Washington

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“Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” — Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense. Sometimes what used to be called “common sense” can seem radical in Washington, which is used to practicing ...

Once again, the guardrails hold

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WASHINGTON — A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even ...

Authentic Republican wisdom

Opinion

American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request of the ...

What about ‘chaos’ in Clinton White House?

Opinion

In a newspaper piece about a White House in turmoil, a prominent paper described an atmosphere of beleaguered aides confused by their unscripted boss, a man who needed a “rudder on what many believed was a loose and listing ship.” This is not from a recent piece about President Donald ...

Jobs, stock market news challenge the doomsayer agenda

Editorials

The nation's jobless rate reached a 16-year low of 4.3 percent when the new employment numbers were released last week. The report noted 209,000 new jobs in June, following 231,000 new jobs in May. The favorable employment numbers came the same week that the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped ...

Competing to glamorize abortion

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The website Deadline reports that there are not one but two movie projects attempting to glorify an underground abortion collective in Chicago that operated in the four years before the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion. One radical feminist at the Jezebel blog proclaimed ...

75 years ago — my wonderful summer of ‘42

Opinion

For most Americans the summer of 1942 was a terrible time: it was the first year of the War which was going badly — Japan was advancing everywhere in Asia, Germany dominated Europe, U-boats were sinking ships up and down the coast and our men were continually leaving for the services. ...