Other Commentaries

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 ...

Hillary blames America first

In one of the great scenes in American cinema, Jake Blues (John Belushi) of the Blues Brothers, explains — at gunpoint — to his ex-fiancee (Carrie Fischer) why he left her at the altar. “I ran out of gas! I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come ...

Ending the monopoly on regulation

Not too long ago, Democrats complained about Republican governors and state legislators using their authority to fight Obamacare. Now, those same Democrats are encouraging state and local officials to fight President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty on climate change. Such hypocrisy ...

The age of unilateral rule

The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been an extension of the last six years of the Obama administration, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in ...

Two polar opposite examples

For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 ...

Griffin gets her comeuppance

How could Kathy Griffin think she didn’t cross a line with her Islamic State group-beheads-the-president imitation? In a sense, her ignorance is understandable. Since Donald Trump was elected, there have been no lines to cross. Anything ... everything ... has been acceptable. The ...

Hysteria over Paris pullout

For sheer hilarity and hyperbole it’s hard to beat a recent headline on a Washington Post editorial opposing President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the nonbinding and unenforceable Paris climate agreement. “Trump turns his back on the world,” it screamed. A close second ...

Reforming welfare can restore opportunity and renew hope

Opportunity. For many, this word inspires hope for the future. Unfortunately, for others—including some of the nearly 10,000 families living below the poverty line in Luzerne County—it’s a word that can seem too good to be true. This is an unacceptable tragedy. As a longtime ...

Why oppose legalizing marijuana

The debate over whether or not to legalize marijuana as medicine has been a very controversial one. The House Health and Judiciary committees have completed a combined series of hearings to further investigate this issue. In 1979, Keith Stroup, founder of NORML (National Organization for ...

How long will NBA fans tolerate Trump-bashing by head coaches?

The success of NBA San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich cannot be denied. In his professional career, the Popovich-led Spurs have won five championships. Popovich is also a military vet. Fluent in Russian and armed with an Air Force Academy degree in Soviet studies, his first post was as an ...

Spying on you, me, the president

“The makers of our Constitution ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928 After the Watergate era had ended and Jimmy Carter was in the White ...

What price separation from Europe?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had enough of President Trump. Speaking last Sunday in a Munich beer hall, Merkel suggested that Europe may no longer be able to rely on the United States as a faithful ally and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own hands.” I had ...

To die for Estonia?

WASHINGTON — So what if, in his speech to NATO, Donald Trump didn’t explicitly reaffirm the provision that an attack on one is an attack on all? What’s the big deal? Didn’t he affirm a general commitment to NATO during his visit? Hadn’t he earlier sent his vice president and ...

What if collusion probe finds nothing?

President Trump is back from his first foreign trip, and CBS “welcomed” him back by suggesting again that he can’t possibly win a long fight with the media. On May 28, CBS reporter Errol Barnett quizzed “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, saying: “Trump is back to tweeting his ...

The nonexistent case for the Paris accord

For a bull in the china shop, President Donald Trump gingerly stepped around the Paris climate accord. That dance ended last week, with Trump deciding whether to stay out. “Out” should be the obvious answer. No U.S. interest is served by remaining part of the accord, which even its ...

Two ways of looking at America

There are two ways of looking at America. One approach offers hope for a bright future, focuses on common ground shared by most Americans and is grounded in pragmatism and reality. The other offers a depressing outlook, encourages polarization and is grounded in ideology and fantasy. The ...

Conservative mom breaks pot taboo

Let’s talk about marijuana. Specifically, let’s talk about how and why I came to be one of the countless parents across America (and around the world) who have let their chronically ill children try it. A groundbreaking new study published last week in the New England Journal of ...

Praying Mantis explains today’s politics and the Trump/Republican agenda

To understand the bizarre political era in which we live, let us recall the mating rituals of the praying mantis. In their amorous encounter, the male mantis approaches the female — which is the physically larger and stronger of the two — and, if permitted, mounts the female from the ...