Opinion

A powerful lesson in memory of President Bush

Opinion

The scene at the U.S. Capitol as former President George H.W. Bush lay in state presented a tableau and a lesson for those who seek earthly power and believe it can change things. As the TV cameras panned the crowd, I was struck by how many aging “formers” there were, men (and they were ...

Whether roads, bridges or bike paths, Murawski played a vital role

Editorials

When Mark Murawski interviewed for the vacant Lycoming County transportation planner position 32 years ago, he did not have a lot of tangible qualifications to offer. He jokes that he had a valid driver’s license and could read a map. That was about it. Apparently, Murawski is a quick ...

Bushes back in media’s good graces

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The death of former president George Herbert Walker Bush created a calm oasis of civil discourse, if only for a couple of minutes. It was appropriate to salute this man’s kindness and statesmanship, even if you disagreed with him passionately, as many conservatives did. And yet, it’s a ...

Retired police chief: A lifetime protecting – and teaching people

Editorials

Robert Hetner recently retired as South Williamsport police chief, ending a law enforcement odyssey that began at the age of 19 as a South Williamsport School District police officer. In the middle of that odyssey he spent 20 years as a social studies teacher in the East Lycoming School ...

George H.W. Bush: Man of character

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I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was ...

Stop partisan corpse abuse

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Impolite question, but it needs to be asked: Is there a Republican dead body that left-wing partisans won’t use to bash Donald Trump? Last week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs at the current ...

Golf contract delay signals setup needs 2019 turning point

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners last week delayed renewing the contract with Billy Casper Golf to manage the White Deer Golf Complex until this week. The delay of the three-year contract – and comments surrounding it – seem to signal at the very least that 2019 looms as the year the ...

A voters’ immigration reform bill

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Political leaders from both major parties have dreamed of “comprehensive immigration reform.” The idea has always been a grand bargain that legalized the status of many illegal immigrants in the U.S. along with improving border security. However, the idea always faltered in the court of ...

Witch hunt or probe by a brutal book?

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The nation paused from its toxic political battles to remember the kindness and gentleness of President George H.W. Bush. He was kind to Bill Clinton, who defeated him in 1992, and to Ross Perot, whose unusual entry into the presidential race that year siphoned conservative voters away from ...

Thankfully, Bower League basketball finds needed home

Editorials

Count us among those thrilled – and somewhat relieved – to find out the John H. Bower Sunday School Basketball League has found a new home for this season. The league, for a time, was without a place to play its games with the removal of basketball courts at the Liberty Arena over the ...

Time to drop out of ‘College’

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In spite of continued attempts, either misguided or malevolent — or both — by national leaders to undermine public trust and confidence in the American free press and free elections, the United States’ model of political and individual freedom has inspired billions around the planet. ...

Sorry, you can’t protect Mueller

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Mitch McConnell just did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called Robert Mueller protection bill, hopefully never to rise again. There’s been much harumphing about how Republicans are in the tank for President Trump by not getting on board the bipartisan bill, but ...

Make changes, but don’t sacrifice nation’s dedicated miners

Editorials

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

Gene editing – an enormous threat – is here

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WASHINGTON — A Chinese scientist’s claim to have created the first genetically edited babies has evoked widespread condemnation from the scientific community. “This is far too premature,” one American genetic scientist told the Associated Press. But here is a larger question: Should ...

Identity politics rejection part of American history

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I’ve spent much of the last year promoting, debating and — let’s just be honest — hawking my latest book, “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy.” An interesting pattern has developed. Of ...

An unfair holiday shopping strategy regarding local stores

Editorials

ays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should inspect various types, the adviser suggested. One ...

Vote check upgrade correct settlement of 2016 lawsuit

Editorials

A suit filed in 2016 by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein seeking recounts of the presidential votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan struck as sour grapes. The lawsuit accused Pennsylvania of violating the constitutional rights of voters because the voting machines were ...

China agrees to fentanyl crackdown after pressure from Trump

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One week before the midterm elections, seven members of Congress jetted to China with specific marching orders from the Trump administration and Ambassador Terry Branstad: Urge Beijing to crack down on fentanyl, the No. 1 killer in the U.S. overdose crisis. Trade was also on the agenda, said ...

Who’s to Blame? Leaders, institutions, voters?

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In the wake of the off-year elections, conservative analyst Yuval Levin saw no winners. “It is the weakness of all sides, and the strength of none, that shapes this moment.” You can see what he means. Donald Trump hasn’t gotten everything he wanted — not even the wall! — from the ...