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Charlotte air service and Williamsport

Beginning Aug. 18, American Airlines will discontinue service to its Philadelphia hub and begin connecting service to Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) from the Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT). The carrier will upgrade the aircraft serving the airport to its dual-class 65-seat, Canadair ...

Farmers — and what the Bloomberg narrative left out

Soon they will be tilling the fields in our region and state. Then they will be planting corn and a whole bunch of other stuff that will eventually wind up on your dinner table. They will nurture and harvest their product crops and receive not nearly enough compensation for them. And most ...

Pro-energy, pro-manufacturing approach is best for Pennsylvania

An extremist policy advocated by many Democratic presidential candidates — banning fracking — would cripple Pennsylvania’s economy and leave hundreds of thousands of families destitute. Even Lt. Gov. John Fetterman acknowledged to the New York Times that the Democratic Party’s embrace ...

A Sanders’ nomination means a Trump landslide

Bernie Sanders is so far out of step with the majority of Americans, his nomination will ensure a second term for Donald Trump. Who says so? A January 2020 poll. When added together, Americans calling themselves “conservative” or “moderate” outnumber those who call themselves ...

Working together for good jobs

How often do you see Democrats, Republicans, and Independents working together to make government work for you? How often do you see organized labor and corporations working together to create good paying jobs? It is rare to find common ground on anything in these divisive times, but ...

Once upon a turnpike

It’s like a recurring bad dream. A new year, a new turnpike toll hike. Now, driving the length of the highway costs upward of $65.70 — not counting the return trip. Only, this nightmare is real. We know the usual suspects: infrastructure needs, mandates that the turnpike fund mass ...

Getting to know office seekers? Money has made it harder

Campaigning — which will dominate virtually every news cycle the next eight months — has changed a lot over the past four decades. It used to be a national or state campaign could be built around a caravan of open-topped Cadillacs parading down a street with the office seeker standing up ...

Pelosi’s drug scheme robs patients of new medicines

The House of Representatives passed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented crackdown on the pharmaceutical industry. Her bill, “H.R.3,” would allow the government to dictate prices on a broad array of drugs, with the promise of bringing domestic prices closer to those in foreign countries ...

Another victim of child abuse

For far too long, the sexual abuse of children and young women has been given little attention by our society. As a result, many thousands of victims were scarred for life. Fortunately, that outrage is finally getting the attention it deserves, and those accountable are being brought to ...

A responsible state budget? Only in your dreams

In his sixth budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf asked us to “imagine” what Pennsylvania would look like if he could purchase everything on his wish list. To cover the costs, he wants to raise overall spending a massive 6.1 percent. He also wants to borrow $5.5 billion — a loan that our kids ...

Where America comes together

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The “Miracle at Philadelphia” in 1787 that resulted in our enduring Constitution, united a fractured country struggling to find trust in its government, balance individual freedoms with national sovereignty, establish checks and balances through three branches of ...

Pot push lives in labor la-la-land

While Lt. Gov. John Fetterman crusades on legalizing recreational marijuana, one poll released last fall suggests Pennsylvanians may not be eager to jump on the bandwagon. They’re right to be cautious. Lost amid the legalization hullabaloo is the chaos unfettered pot will wreak on labor ...

What have we become? Whatever it is, we are better than this

So, there is this annual ceremony held to celebrate the Foley American Hostage Freedom Award. The award is named for James Foley, the American journalist who was kidnapped and beheaded by the Islamic State. It is meant to honor exemplary work to free American hostages. Did I say it’s an ...

Democrats still haven’t figured out what went wrong in 2016

Things are not going swimmingly for the Democrats right now. President Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial, and he gave a State of the Union address that made Democrats feel like the hapless Japanese military as they watched Godzilla stroll through downtown Tokyo. His polling is up ...

Trump right to restrict travel to fight coronavirus

Chinese government officials and the World Health Organization are bad-mouthing the Trump administration for trying to stop the coronavirus from invading the United States. The Trump administration is barring foreigners who have been in China recently from entering the U.S. Americans returning ...

Romney: A modern man for all seasons

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself. The intense moment came when he spoke of his devotion to God, saying: “I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.” Lump in throat. ...

Winning means coming in first

In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who finishes in ...

A missed opportunity

For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation. Not this year. One could tell where things were headed when President Trump arrived later than most ...

The offensive Bloomberg campaign

The rich are different from you and me — they can buy themselves instant presidential campaigns. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has elbowed himself into the Democratic nomination race solely on the basis of his fortune. His campaign is high-handed as only a billionaire many times ...

The year 2016

And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump in early February 2020. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016, was a signal event in this ...