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Democratic presidential debates surely will shake up the race

The Democratic presidential primary debates are scheduled to begin Wednesday and Thursday, with 10 candidates competing each night. Joe Biden enters the debates as the nominal front-runner, followed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. There’s an excellent ...

Must we wage war with Iran?

“The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” ABC News reported. Hours before that attack, Iranians launched surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In ...

Biden’s problem with Democrats is that he doesn’t hate Republicans

WASHINGTON — Let’s get this straight: Joe Biden is leading in the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination because he’s the most “electable” candidate in the Democratic field? A guy who doesn’t realize that I worked with segregationists isn’t a winning message with ...

Delivering results on drug prices

Just over a year ago, President Trump and his health secretary, Alex Azar, stood in the Rose Garden at the White House and told the American people they were going to start putting American patients first and lower prescription drug prices. The President announced a bold blueprint that would ...

Hospitals could lose in this year’s budget

A lot has changed since 1998, the year that Pennsylvania and 45 states stood up to big tobacco and helped create the Tobacco Settlement Fund (TSF). We may have moved on from CD-ROM, dial-up internet, and the Y2K bug frenzy; but a few things have stood the test of time: “Pokemon,” “Toy ...

On collusion, Trump is right, Stephanopoulos is wrong

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary interview, President Trump and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos repeatedly sparred over whether special counsel Robert Mueller had cleared Trump of collusion with Russia. “Are you trying to say now that there was collusion even though he said there was ...

Personality biggest re-election obstacle

“What’s your pitch to the swing voter on the fence?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday. Questions of this sort are gifts to politicians, but interviewers ask them for a couple of reasons. One, they’re civic-minded. Politicians ...

Deeper and deeper in debt

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 ...

Dems’ agenda: Kill jobs, pander to freeloaders

Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, including front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, flocked to the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress on Monday, each trying to outpander their rivals and promise the most government handouts. It was an alarming spectacle for ...

State budget may build on tax reform boom

State lawmakers are heading into budget negotiations with wages rising, record low unemployment, and state revenues surpassing projections — an economic windfall largely due to federal tax reform. With all this great economic news, it would be easy to grow complacent. But here’s the ...

Yes, we can ensure health care coverage and save costs in state

(EDITOR’S NOTE: House Bill 3 moved quickly through the state House of Representatives where it received a near-unanimous vote and was sent to the state Senate for consideration.) What if we told you Pennsylvania could design a better system for giving residents affordable access to quality ...

The twin pillars of health care reform

Seven out of 10 voters rate their health insurance coverage and the medical care they receive as good or excellent. Despite that, only 34% give our nation’s health care system positive reviews. Not surprisingly, therefore, health care reform has consistently been a top voter concern election ...

American politics are very imitative

It’s a better than even bet that in Massachusetts today there is more than one ambitious young Democratic candidate running for local office who is deliberately pronouncing the word “again” so that it rhymes with “a pain.” Why, you logically ask? Because that’s how the martyred John ...

Thanks to Lycoming County commissioners

Our company recently celebrated the grand opening at Muncy Greene, the new affordable senior community we developed, built, and will own and operate on John Brady Drive in Muncy Township. We would like to thank the local community, specifically Lycoming County Commissioners R. Jack McKernan, ...

America will always be ‘racist’ — if Nirvana is the goal

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted that America could elect a black president in 40 years or less. Implicit in King’s prediction is that such an achievement would show that racism was no longer a serious problem in our country. Three years later, King said: “Because of prejudices ...

Hazards of extirpating whiteness

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like nearly everyone, is running for president, presides over the largest and most media-centric city in America. His national name recognition is respectable, but his support is undetectable. Literally. He’s at 0%, lagging behind such Democratic titans as ...

It’s more about you than us

My mid-1960s newspaper route had 105 customers along an East End of Williamsport corridor that included just about every house on Elizabeth Street and Franklin Street and all points in between. The intersection of demand and enterprise called me to attempt expansion by recruiting residents ...

Raise the limits on tax credit scholarships

It was the middle of Wednesday and I had 30 minutes — 30 minutes and a choice. I could either eat my lunch in peace after a hectic morning of work, or I could use that half hour to fill out scholarship applications for my son, Myles. It was a no-brainer, and I’ll tell you why. We live in ...

Protectiong the Medical Assistance Transportation Program critical

There’s a program that you may have heard about, called the Medical Assistance Transportation Program, or MATP. It provides transportation for Medical Assistance recipients who do not have transportation available to them for non-emergency medical appointments, including visits and ...