Other Commentaries

A cancer stigma unnecessarily killing thousands

The nation’s biggest meeting of cancer specialists unveiled several breakthroughs on Saturday. The horrible news is what’s not improving. Only a miniscule 4% of men and women at high risk of getting lung cancer from smoking go for a CT scan to detect it while it’s curable. That 4% ...

Natural gas impact tax working

Over the years, we have heard local leaders use one word to describe Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas development: “Godsend.” Without the tax revenue delivered directly to local communities, buying that new fire truck, fixing the courthouse dome or improving the biking trail just ...

The Daily Beast’s shabby scoop

Breaking news: Some guy posted a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. But fear not. The website The Daily Beast sprang into action. It tracked down the random, Trump-supporting man who allegedly posted the offending clip, hounded him until he talked, then published his name and other details ...

The wayward special counsel

In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book. He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations. His departing act was a public statement meant to ...

To impeach or not to impeach?

“If the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” —Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) The revelation by Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash that he believes the Mueller Report accuses President Donald Trump of impeachable offenses has ignited firestorms in both major ...

It’s time to remove children from sex offender registries

With several septuagenarians competing for the presidency, the ghost of the 1990s looms over the 2020 race. Joe Biden has faced criticism for his sponsorship of the 1994 crime bill. President Donald Trump tweeted, “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being ...

Understanding why Trump loathes John McCain

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, “Big Bad John,” was christened in 1992 in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first father-son duo of four-star admirals, “Slew” and Jack. On July 12, 2018, their son and grandson respectively, retired Navy captain and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III ...

Robert Mueller’s upside-down justice

It’s a familiar quote from Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” but with special contemporary relevance in light of a recent statement by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “‘If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble... ‘the law is a ass — a idiot.”‘ But it isn’t so ...

Mueller should not have held a news conference

In his news conference, special counsel Robert Mueller explained why he would not testify before Congress. “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he said. “It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words ...

Is Biden Hillary Clinton — or George W. Bush?

The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he’s neither. He’s Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, recently asked “Is Biden the new Hillary?” “Trump plans to wage the same sort ...

House unlikely to ever get Trump’s tax returns

House Democrats are jubilant because they won two court victories in their ongoing battle to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns and decades of his personal and business banking records. But their glee won’t last long. These federal district court rulings are likely to be overturned ...

A ‘feast’ of educational experiences

As a college president, I am deeply concerned when I read that the level of public trust in higher education has declined. An October 2018 Gallup poll, for example, found that public confidence in higher education had fallen from 57 percent in 2015 to 48 percent in 2018; with the largest ...

Time to throw a safety line to public-sector employees

On the day he died, Jake Schwab went to work like he did on any other morning, looking forward to tackling the projects ahead of him. The 48-year-old Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority mechanic and avid motorcycle enthusiast was assigned to work on a bus from a different agency. Although he ...

Committed to ideological diversity

When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find “disagreeable.” If that’s your ...

A living eulogy for Ollie Oops

CAMDEN, S.C. — Eulogies, it has always seemed to me, are best delivered while the subject is living and can enjoy hearing the best version of him- or herself. Thus, today’s column is dedicated to Ollie the Blind Poodle, also affectionately known as Ollie Oops. A toy poodle born blind, ...

A man of all people in a world divided

He was as popular as Rocky Balboa was in Philadelphia. He was a man of the people, all people. In a world and a country divided by race, religion and political differences, Father John Manno didn’t care about our dissimilarities; he cared about us. He didn’t judge one by the way they looked ...

D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the ...

Trump’s poor approval ratings

“Without the ILLEGAL Witch Hunt, my poll numbers, especially because of our historically ‘great’ economy, would be at 65 percent,” President Trump tweeted last week. In all likelihood, the president believes what he wrote. It’s a strongly held sentiment among many of Trump’s ...

Justice Department right to indict Assange

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called WikiLeaks a “nonstate hostile intelligence service.” Apparently Julian Assange agrees. In its new 18-count indictment of Assange for multiple violations of the Espionage Act, the Justice Department notes that Assange told former Army ...

No credit where credit is due

The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” It is even more amazing what has been accomplished with the American economy, but Democratic presidential candidates, ...