Opinion

Preservation back on for former YMCA building – sort of

Editorials

So, preservation of the YMCA building at West Fourth and Elmira streets is back on. Sort of. In a reversal of previous intentions, the developer/owners of the building announced last week that they have dropped an appeal of a City Council decision to prevent demolition of the ...

More assaults on the rule of law

Opinion

Amid all the happy hoopla over President Donald Trump’s trip to Singapore, where he began the process for what he hopes will be the normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, has come an effort by the House ...

More assaults on the rule of law

Opinion

Amid all the happy hoopla over President Donald Trump’s trip to Singapore, where he began the process for what he hopes will be the normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, has come an effort by the House ...

State budget angst magically invisible in an election year

Editorials

It would be hilarious – if it did not involve millions of dollars, most of it your tax dollars. We speak of the state’s 2018-19 budget. Local lawmakers say they expect a smoother process to approving the budget. And – are you sitting down? – it may be approved by the June 30 ...

The entitled ‘Comedy’ elites

Opinion

What is it about our entertainment elites that makes them think they are so much wiser than everyone else? Why do they seem to think that comedians like Samantha Bee and Donald Trump impersonators like Alec Baldwin are going to save America with their rants? The arrogance of late-night ...

Krauthammer: My friend, mentor and lodestar

Opinion

WASHINGTON — A few years ago, I was talking with Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News green room when the news that someone famous had passed away flashed on the television screen. Charles told me the way he hoped to go when his time came. His dream, he said, was to be assassinated during ...

Judge sent wrong message on sexual assault; Voters acted

Editorials

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

California results suggest that the Blue Wave has crested, ebbed

Opinion

The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states — containing the majority, 228 of 435, of House districts — have held their primaries, and all but the three with runoffs have chosen their nominees. The latest results, taken together with the generic vote ...

Shame on Google for treating the military as evil

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. The move came after an uprising by 4,000 ...

Groundhog Day? Judge applicant names kept secret

Editorials

It feels like Groundhog Day. With Lycoming County Judge Richard A. Gray retiring at the end of June, the county bench has an interim opening to fill until Gray’s term officially ends next year. Gov. Wolf’s office is in charge of making the interim appointment. Wolf’s office was ...

It is time to end the practice of gerrymandering

Opinion

Gerrymandering has become the buzzword du Jour in national politics - as well as a long smoldering policy issue about to convulse the Supreme Court in a possible constitutional crisis. Yet, few realize the ancient and arcane origins of the term – nor how we have gotten to this point. The ...

Government job creation is a myth

Opinion

Can government create jobs? If you ask Gov. Tom Wolf, you won’t get a straight answer. On the one hand, Wolf promised Amazon millions — likely billions — in taxpayer subsidies to build a second headquarters in the commonwealth and create jobs. On the other, Wolf recently took to Twitter ...

There’s a reason lawmakers are wary of presidential power

Editorials

It is unfortunate in a way that even Republicans in Congress sometimes refuse to go along with President Donald Trump’s initiatives. But after eight years of former chief executive Barack Obama’s imperial presidency, one can hardly blame lawmakers for being on their guard. Another example ...

The politics of cake

Opinion

Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Justice Anthony ...

No pardon for partisan hypocrisy

Opinion

Quick, grab the smelling salts and clear the fainting couches. President Trump’s pardon of conservative author Dinesh D’Souza recently violently triggered Beltway media elites. It’s peanut butter, weed pollen, gluten, manspreading, Chick-fil-A, the national anthem, and Kryptonite all ...

The summit: Future will define level of history made

Editorials

To accurately measure the level of history achieved this week in Singapore between leaders of the United States and North Korea, it’s necessary to look backward first. The separation of North and South Korea has gone on for seven decades, to the detriment of both nations, their region and ...

Heaven’s newest angel

Opinion

There are those who believe he should never have been allowed to be born. He came into this world prematurely with severe spina bifida, Chiari II malformation, hydrocephalus, autonomic dysreflexia, central sleep apnea, dysphagia, hypotonia and paralyzed vocal cords. He would develop chronic ...

Could Trump pardon himself? It’s complicated

Opinion

In conservative circles, few arguments are more triggering than those that begin: “The Founding Fathers never could have imagined ...” There are several reasons conservatives don’t like this line of reasoning, but chief among them is that it gives license to progressives to exceed ...

On this Flag Day, consider an end to culture of disrespect

Editorials

When the visit to the White House of the National Football League champion Philadelphia Eagles was canceled last week, the typical separation of fact from fiction by most of the media was followed by the predictable negativity. Flag Day seems a fitting time to intervene with the facts. Four ...

Different standards for the left

Opinion

We’ve come a long way from harmless playground jibes like “your mother wears combat boots,” to those of today from the likes of Samantha Bee and other leftist “entertainers” who say things about President Trump and his family that are so vulgar they can’t be printed in a newspaper ...