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Opinion

Terrorist watchlist must point to those who are true threats

Editorials

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Campaign for new Bookmobiles

Editorials

“Smaller, more efficient vehicles with people who care.” That’s the goal of the James V. Brown Library as it looks to raise half a million dollars to upgrade its Bookmobile. And we use the word “upgrade” loosely here. In fact, the library would like to replace its large bus-like ...

Politics as it should be practiced

Opinion

Back when Richard Nixon was president, a Washington saloon five minutes’ walk from the White House named the Class Reunion was the go-to watering hole where press, politicians and real people could rub and bend elbows. To be candid, I was a regular at “the CR,” as it was called, but ...

Non-debate ‘debates’

Opinion

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate — not even close. Here’s how dictionary.com defines “debate”: “A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative ...

Yes, gun ownership is a God-given right

Opinion

The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right. Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer established this beyond a doubt in a Twitter thread in the aftermath of the West Texas shooting spree. He said that he wouldn’t use “the ...

Staying within constitutional boundaries

Opinion

It’s exhausting being both a conservative and a critic of President Trump. When I aim my pen at the White House, many of my comrades on the right go nuts. And readers who love it when I go after Trump turn into a cage full of poo-flinging monkeys when I turn my attention to the ...

Kids United Playground gets community hug

Editorials

It is much more than a playground. Otherwise, the Kids United Playground proposed for the Stevens Primary School area would not be getting the group hug it is getting from all sectors of the community. The Lycoming County Commissioners last week took $125,000 in Act 13 natural gas impact ...

It’s time for pharmacy benefit managers to be transparent

Opinion

I write as president of a cooperative company comprised of independent community pharmacies, typical of the community pharmacies throughout our commonwealth. For more than a century, independent, community pharmacists have served generations of families all across Pennsylvania, providing their ...

Climate change a convenient excuse

Opinion

“Climate change is an existential crisis,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared Tuesday, unveiling her plan to fight climate change in advance of CNN’s interminable townhall event on the topic with 10 Democratic presidential candidates. The use of the term “existential crisis” is ironic. ...

Good for attorney generals for targeting fraudulent robocalls

Editorials

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to “robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem to ...

Recovery Month: A time for help, hope

Opinion

There are approximately 22 million individuals in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) in America. These individuals are our family members, neighbors, and coworkers. They are comprised of all socioeconomic classes, races, and gender. For each of us, the word recovery can mean different ...

Tiadaghton Regional Police plan deserves government support

Editorials

We’re watching with great interest what’s been going on with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department in the Jersey Shore area. The department began with a merger of two police departments — Jersey Shore borough and Porter Township. The tiny regional department soon began to ...

A front porch campaign

Opinion

Here’s an idea: Joe Biden should run a front porch campaign. Front porch campaigns were once a common feature of American presidential politics, though the term wasn’t always applied to the practice. The most famous front porch campaigns were in the 1880s and 1890s, culminating in William ...

A beautiful memorial

Editorials

She was such a little girl to die so young, and she accomplished a great deal in her short life. Besides fighting for the cause of childhood cancer, 7-year-old Callie Cavanaugh inspired many to take action. A memorial garden was dedicated in her honor this past weekend. Her mother, ...

Can we get redistricting right?

Opinion

We know judges, don’t we? They eat logic for breakfast, fairness for lunch and snack all day on wisdom. When political dust attempts to deface their robes, they calmly take out the lint remover. In these overpoliticized times, they are the last shepherds of doing what’s right, not what ...

Enact Phillip’s Law to save lives

Opinion

In a Pennsylvania where our children have the mental health resources they need, Phillip Spruill Jr. would be entering sixth grade this school year. In that Pennsylvania, Phillip’s laughter would mingle in the hallways of Benjamin B. Comegys School with that of his classmates, as a new ...

A need for free world to go on record

Editorials

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

A parable of ‘privilege-hoarding’

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for ...

Unequal justice

Opinion

One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to “achieve a ...