Other Commentaries

Congress loses man of courage, decency

As he has done on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th ...

Green New Deal: A tax hike on everyone

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the “FAQ” to NPR, The Washington Post ...

One local teen’s view of a divided country

The country is split either way, you are Democrat or a Republican, There is no middle ground. There were fights in the street when President Trump won the election. It was the combatant Left versus the Right. If you support President Trump you are a racist/bigot and anti-people. ...

Lycoming County part of election system talks

Elections are about choosing among a variety of candidates with different views on important issues. But there is one item that unites Republicans and Democrats alike: making sure voting is fair, accurate, accessible and secure. Over the last year, a bipartisan chorus of state and local ...

Premises, premises

Here is the problem for President Trump’s critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 presidential election. Then they deluded themselves by embracing the notion that Trump was illegitimate, unstable, stupid and an offense to ...

The Virginia Blackface Follies

The “blackface scandal” proved beneficial for two things. It displaced the frenzy over Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s support for a law lifting many restrictions on late-term abortion. It also took away headlines and news print space from the commonwealth’s Democratic ...

Harrison Ford’s climate horror story

NBC late-night comedian Seth Meyers recently dedicated one of his “comedy” diatribes to denouncing “scaremongering about socialism.” Liberals have a right to lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain’t one of them. These are the same people who relentlessly scaremonger ...

Step up…or stop complaining; Your community needs you

During this year’s municipal elections, voters will see familiar names when they stand in front of their voting machines…not the names from the nightly news, but rather the names of friends and neighbors who want to serve their community. In a robust democracy, this is clearly what the ...

How could they?

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist church had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was “how could they?” It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic ...

New Deals – even green ones – are big business bonanzas

Amazon is taking its ball and going home, and New York Democrats are actually celebrating. I wasn’t a huge fan of the deal New York and Amazon worked out. I don’t like corporate welfare, and the race among municipalities to bribe businesses to set up shop in their backyards has a lot of ...

Trump can’t win in 2020, but Dems could lose

If the 2020 election were simply a question of whether voters want President Donald Trump to serve another term, he would lose. His job approval ratings have consistently been in the low- to mid-40s nationwide, and it’s no better in potential battleground states. ScottRasmussen.com polling ...

The president and chilling free speech

While the public discourse has been consumed over the realization that abortion physicians actually let viable babies who survive late-term abortions die — as well as whether President Donald Trump or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will blink first over the issue of congressional authorization ...

Lost, buried, burned: Oklahoma’s Rape Kit Scandal

If you are puzzled by the nationwide rape kit testing backlog, Oklahoma provides maddening insight on the bureaucratic forces that create intolerable inertia — and injustice. An estimated 225,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed across the country; more than 7,200 have been neglected in ...

Trump can only win if Dems keep moving left

Donald Trump can’t win in 2020 but the Democrats can lose, and they seem determined to give it their best shot. Straight-line predictions are the undoing of every pundit and prognosticator. But it seems safe to say that if present trends hold, President Trump has no path to winning a ...

Whistling past the ‘Green New Deal’

A bold new crew of radicals swept into Congress to remake environmental policies, and the news media immediately called out their poisonous and extreme proposals. If you’re thinking about this freshman class of knuckleheads who has given us the 2019 “Green New Deal,” the answer is no. ...

Sherrod Brown is not an idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus for a very long time is declining to sign up for the fashionable radical causes of the hour. Brown ...

Collaboration in the local arts world

This year, the Community Arts Center celebrates its twenty-fifth season. Reaching a milestone such as this seems an appropriate time for some reflection. Rather than simply recounting the parade of performances that have graced the stage, I’d like to focus on the local relationships that have ...

Let’s share the outdoors

In Harrisburg, there is a renewed push by some that Sunday hunting should be permitted. The Pennsylvania State Grange respectfully disagrees. Even while disagreeing, we certainly understand the rationale. The Pennsylvania Game Commission believes it will make more money from the sale of ...

A travesty in New York

There were two victims in the horrific attack earlier this month on Jennifer Irigoyen in New York City. But the state’s law recognizes only one of them. Anthony Hobson allegedly dragged his pregnant former girlfriend into the stairwell of her Queens apartment building and stabbed her in the ...