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Does big government feed epidemic of violence?

What’s the worst part about horrific, murderous violence in America? Well, except for the death, the ruined lives, the pain and the fear and the rush to pass laws that wouldn’t have prevented it, I think it has to be the media criticism. The challenge, at least for conservatives, is that ...

Trump ‘Liar-In-Chief’? What of Obama lies?

After the congressional testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, many Democrats, with notable exceptions, pulled back from the impeachment talk. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, one of the cheerleaders of the Donald Trump-must-go crowd, even said that Comey failed to make a case for ...

Rape fakers must pay a higher price

It’s settled, but far from over. The University of Virginia fraternity that was slimed and defamed by sicko fabulist Sabrina Erdely will receive a $1.65 million payment, the fraternity announced last week. Erdely’s manufactured tale of gang rape by Phi Kappa Psi members, spun through a ...

The religious left’s Second Coming

The religious left feels left out. According to an article in The New York Times, liberal clergy feel excluded from the political arena and blame the religious right for occupying what they once believed was their exclusive territory. They are, according to the story’s headline, “seeking ...

Comey hits and misses

Never before has, or presumably again will, a former FBI director say such harsh things about a sitting president of the United States. In his much-anticipated congressional testimony, James Comey called President Donald Trump a liar who fired him over the Russian investigation. In any other ...

Venmo is forcing big banks to innovate

Back in the 1960s, banks were not allowed to operate in more than one state. In fact, many states didn’t even allow branch banking, so there were lots of small local banks around the nation. Since then, of course, the rules have changed and the industry is dominated by a handful of very ...

Virginia shows the future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick ...

The lighter side of assassination?

In the wake of Kathy Griffin holding up a mock severed head of President Trump, it’s disturbingly obvious that murderous thoughts about our leaders are now considered by the left to be light, humorous fare, a balm for their anxieties. It’s not just Trump. The latest issue of the French ...

Get the shovels in the ground

WASHINGTON — Sensing that his Scottish enemies had blundered at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Oliver Cromwell said, “The Lord hath delivered them into our hands.” Philip K. Howard, were he the exulting type, could rejoice that some of his adversaries have taken a stand on indefensible ...

Bill Maher and the bad word

As to Bill Maher’s recent use of the N-word on live television, the comedian is probably scratching his head. What exactly are the rules on when, where, how and if the word can be used? Can a non-black, attempting a joke, use the word in public? On his HBO show, Maher had the following ...

Get the shovels in the ground

WASHINGTON — Sensing that his Scottish enemies had blundered at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Oliver Cromwell said, “The Lord hath delivered them into our hands.” Philip K. Howard, were he the exulting type, could rejoice that some of his adversaries have taken a stand on indefensible ...

Former governors make case for merit selection of state judges

Scandals and runaway campaign spending reinforce need for judicial reform through merit selection. Just over one year ago, we came together as former governors from across the political spectrum to call for the adoption of merit selection of statewide judges and justices to the appellate ...

An open letter on city government ballot question from City Council members

Following is an open letter to Williamsport voters from members of Williamsport City Council: On June 8, we voted 5-1 (with Randall Allison indicating his support, but unable to attend) to place a question on the ballot in November’s election, asking the voters of Williamsport whether or not ...

Saddest of all, little new to say about terrorist attacks

The saddest part about the recent terrorist attacks in the U.K. — aside from the actual horror for the victims and their families, of course — was that there was so little new to say about it. But that didn’t stop anyone. Everyone backed into their usual rhetorical corners, filling in ...

Engineering without a license

WASHINGTON — Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to ...

If it walks like a terrorist

In television it’s called a “loop,” the replaying of the same scene over and over and over again. The latest and most assuredly not the final terrorist attack in London last weekend was a “loop” that has become all-too familiar. The jihadists who claimed to be acting on orders from ...

YouTube banned me, but not hate Imams

One of the many maddening takeaways from the London Bridge jihad attack is this: If you post videos on YouTube radicalizing Muslim viewers to kill innocent people, YouTube will leave you alone. But if you post a video on YouTube honoring innocent people murdered by barbaric jihadists, your ...

CNN ‘scholar’ throwing excrement continues tasteless media circus

In reaction to the May ratings report showing MSNBC as number one in weeknight prime-time viewership in the prized 25-to-54 age demographic, CNN sent out a spokeswoman to separate itself from the competition. CNN should be viewed as “the one nonpartisan cable news network,” presumably ...

Can Wonder Woman just be Wonder Woman?

In the new “Wonder Woman” movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind — and she doesn’t even read the internet. The fevered commentary about the new hit film raises the question, “Can’t an Amazonian superhero wield her Lasso of Truth and bullet-deflecting bracelets ...