Opinion

Why North Korea was watching closely what Trump did in Syria

Opinion

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a broader purpose: Showing other regimes ...

Trump’s message to Syria is a muddled one

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President Trump was right to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad with airstrikes. Some have said that the bombing campaign didn’t go far enough, and I’m sympathetic to that argument. Empty buildings in the middle of the night are useful targets if you want to demonstrate symbolic ...

Array of projects geared to safer, better local roads

Editorials

Pennsylvania has a well-earned reputation for a highway system that is not in the best of shape. Whether it’s the sharp climate contrasts that lead to a difficult freeze-thaw cycle or the extraordinary amount of winding highways or just priority errors over the years, the roads never seem ...

Politics polarize; Community unites

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News outlets are routinely filled with commentary and analysis suggesting that 21st-century America is a deeply polarized nation. Countless stories are presented as a battle between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, private sector and public. Political activists fan the ...

The student data-mining scandal

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While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American ...

Staff reduction plan for Lyoming County is worth monitoring

Editorials

With the Lycoming County budget becoming more constricted every year, the commissioners set a goal to reduce staff by 20 positions during 2018. The stated goal is to get more control over the day-to-day operations budget. The plan was to reduce staff through attrition, or by eliminating ...

Searching and seizing

Opinion

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, ...

Tighter regs would make Facebook more profitable

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Here’s a bet: Congress will end up “cracking down” on Facebook with “tough” regulations that Facebook will probably protest quite vigorously. And then Facebook profits will go up. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, withstood two days of questioning in Congress ...

Barbara Bush: She was genuine in ways that made her special

Editorials

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Zeroing in on Facebook’s anti-conservative tilt

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Two days of congressional hearings with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg underlined how American perceptions of media power are changing. After 2012, Democrats and their media allies oozed over the way former President Barack Obama’s brilliant strategists changed the face of campaigning ...

Why is Facebook groveling?

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What is it about spectacular American business success stories like Facebook that brings out envy and resentment? Facebook has 2 billion monthly users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is 33 and has a net worth north of $60 billion, making him the fifth richest person on Earth, according to Forbes last ...

Why is Facebook groveling?

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What is it about spectacular American business success stories like Facebook that brings out envy and resentment? Facebook has 2 billion monthly users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is 33 and has a net worth north of $60 billion, making him the fifth richest person on Earth, according to Forbes last ...

County re-entry services contract worth renewing

Editorials

There are two ways to look at the contract between Lycoming County and GEO Group to provide re-entry services to the county. That probably explains the split vote this past week on approval of a new agreement between the county and GEO. On the one hand, the new agreement calls for a ...

Many dairy farmers should be asking, ‘Where is My Money?’

Opinion

Several years ago, an elderly, slender lady appeared on a TV ad, pounding the counter and shouting, "Where is the beef?" Now there are thousands of dairy farmers who should be shouting, "Where is my money?" The money they should be talking about is the extra funds accumulated in the Margin ...

What exactly is ‘Due Process?’

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We hear a lot about “due process” these days. President Trump tweeted the question as to whether accused male sexual offenders are entitled to “due process.” So what exactly are Trump and others who trumpet the phrase talking about? The concept of due process is ensconced within the ...

North Korean dictator is never sincere; meeting demands toughness

Editorials

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met ...

Mark Zuckerberg’s insufferable tripe

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Once again, Mark Zuckerberg is sorry. The founder of Facebook, who has apologized for privacy breaches throughout much of his company’s existence, is back at it, on a much larger stage than ever before. The proximate cause is the Cambridge Analytica controversy. In violation of ...

Ryan follows the lead of Speaker Reed

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One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman’s account, in “The Proud Tower,” of how he neutered the minority party has ...