Other Commentaries

The Grinchy Washington Post

Liberals at the Washington Post didn’t seem to have a merry Christmas this year. They were seriously unhappy about the fact that anyone would utter the “lie” about President Trump making it safe to say “merry Christmas” after eight years of the Obamas sending out White House cards ...

A really good office pool for 2018

1) In 2018, a. the Democrats will win control of the House of Representatives. b. the Republicans will retain control of the Senate. c. President Donald Trump will provoke the use of the 25th Amendment by his Cabinet to remove him temporarily from office. d. the key issue in the ...

‘Lefty’ Travis: A lawyer’s life

When I heard about the passing of Ron Travis, it was a shock, a bombshell. I was sitting in my daughter’s apartment in French Hill, Jerusalem, Israel, when the e-mail came to me. I knew that Ron had a broken heart after the untimely death from breast cancer of his daughter, Leigh. Only a few ...

Our ‘sore winner’ president

During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief executive also from ...

An Unfond Farewell to Un-statesman Hatch

The longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history announced this week that he will finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally retire. That’s seven “finallys’’ — one for each of the consecutive six-year terms Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, served. He begin his ...

The UK’s consequential embrace of secularism

ANGLESEY, Wales — The UK Daily Mail has again published a story about a subject that has become a recurring theme this time of year. No, not Christmas, but rather drunkenness, though the holiday is used as its primary excuse. Pictures accompanying the story show young people collapsing in ...

Institutional failure source of American weirdness

Ever since Donald Trump touched the Orb, praise be upon it, I’ve been making “This is what you get when you touch the Orb” jokes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll tell you: On his trip to the Middle East in May, President Trump, along with the Saudi king and the ...

A Viewer’s Guide to Midterms

Forget the Super Bowl! For millions of Americans, the biggest spectator sport of 2018 will be the midterm elections. The political winds currently favor the Democrats, but it’s impossible to know how strong they’ll be blowing come November. Five key races can give casual fans a good sense ...

America at Christmas

What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers? What if Christmas is the potential ...

The year of media freakouts

The year 2017 unfolded into a massive surprise to liberals, who fully expected that before Christmas we would (a) all die in a nuclear war over President Donald Trump’s tweets or (b) be swearing in President Mike Pence after Trump was impeached or petulantly quit because the news media were ...

Heritage Foundation breaks two glass ceilings

Hillary Clinton was supposed to break the glass ceiling, which she said has kept a woman from becoming president, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., has actually done it. Their new president is Kay Cole James, a female, an ...

Honoring 2017’s Bulldogs

There are talkers and doers, sowers of dissatisfaction seeds and agents of lasting change. Much of my column work over the year is dedicated to exposing the worst crapweasels in politics, pop culture, media and the policy arena. But to ring out 2017, I’m raising a toast to some of my favorite ...

Wolf administration lists road construction achievements in region

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Montoursville-based Engineering District 3 is wrapping up another busy construction season that saw 586 miles paved or preserved, and bids opened on 50 roadway contracts and 30 bridge contracts. In addition to the $147.6 million in ...

Gov. Wolf’s re-election chances

Will Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf win a second term in the rapidly approaching 2018 statewide election? Or will he become another “one term Tom,” losing his bid for a second term, as did his immediate predecessor, Republican Tom Corbett. Since a constitutional change in ...

The cultural winners and losers of 2017

The first year of President Trump stirred the makers of popular culture into a frenzy of resistance. Any list of the year’s cultural winners and losers revolves around how the entertainment elites offended Americans in the red states by trying too hard to correct their outdated patriotism and ...

Can FBI get away with getting Trump team emails?

Within hours of his victory in last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump dispatched his lawyers to establish a nonprofit corporation to manage his transition from private life to the presidency. This was done pursuant to a federal statute that provides for taxpayer-funded assistance to ...

The ultimate Christmas gift

Unless you are spending this time of year at a spiritual retreat cut off from TV, newspapers or internet service you cannot escape the blaring music and the marketers attempting to sell you something they promise will bring you happiness and peace. The many definitions of peace seem ...

Suppose Obama spent Year 1 battling ‘collusion’?

Imagine how Democrats, the media, academia and Hollywood would have reacted had the newly elected President Barack Obama, America’s first black president, spent the first year of his presidency with his campaign and transition teams under investigation for “collusion” to steal the ...

Give Trump credit where it’s due

Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an ...