Other Commentaries

Trump got trolled

If President Donald Trump has acted as his own worst enemy in the Russia controversy, as everyone says, he’s been baited into it. Rush Limbaugh a couple of weeks ago said he was laughing over Trump’s “epic troll” of the Democrats by firing FBI Director James Comey (and meeting with ...

Government health care doesn’t assure better care

While Washington freaked out over the Congressional Budget Office’s verdict on the American Health Care Act (aka “Trumpcare”) and how cutting back health insurance would cost countless lives, the more interesting accounting came out of California. The dream of implementing single-payer ...

In defense of discretion

When I was a kid, people in positions of authority had lots of discretion. It was part and parcel of their job. Police officers brought kids to their parents for punishment, rather than the precinct for charges. Teachers confiscated pocket knives and broke up fist fights, with the only ...

Zippo lights the way on pension reform

The state Senate recently took the first steps toward passing a significant overhaul of Pennsylvania’s troubled public pension systems. Far from entering unchartered waters, Senate Bill 1’s critical change, a 401(k)-style pension component, has been tested and approved in the private ...

Sen. Al Franken is ‘sick,’ all right

Sen. Al Franken has a new book out humbly titled “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.” On that same level of attempted humor, his biography states he received “his doctorate in right-wing megalomania studies from Trump University.” Stay classy, Sen. Franken. Sycophantic press profiles of ...

Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

“Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.” — Irving Kristol WASHINGTON — The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. ...

Saudi Arabia’s duplicity

Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and “drive them out,” as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism. Saudi Arabia has ...

Why Trump is right to call terrorists ‘losers’

“Loser” is strange word. Literally and most plainly, it is simply someone who doesn’t win some specific contest or challenge: the loser of a race, boxing match, business deal, etc. Economists routinely talk about how this or that policy — on trade, taxes, whatever — creates ...

Roger Ailes ruined Monica Lewinsky?

It was big news when Roger Ailes died. Everyone in his industry acknowledged that a serious, even transcendent force in American media and politics had passed away. Without Fox News over these last 20 years, the shape of American politics would be far different. The heretofore ...

The forgotten slaughters of the innocents

For now, everyone knows the sonorous name and cherubic face of 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos. She’s the littlest known victim of last week’s jihad attack in Manchester, England. Her doe-eyed image spread as rapidly across social media as the #PrayForManchester hashtags and Twitter ...

Five steps needed to create a brighter future for our nation

Losing faith in our dysfunctional system of politics and government is the essential first step for anyone who wants America to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. Only by recognizing this reality and losing faith can we be freed to explore other ways of working together ...

Great moments in Fake News ‘Journalism’

What about President Donald Trump’s complaint about “fake news”? Let’s look at some examples of “Great Moments in ‘Journalism’” over the last few years. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., in an appearance on ABC’s Sunday morning political show hosted by George Stephanopoulos, ...

Self-pity can be politically fatal

In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked — along with George Washington — among the three best U.S. presidents. Yet President Lincoln was vilified in life, referred to in print as “the ...

The genius of Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address ...

Embrace the robots

We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of Americans unemployable and has created a vogue for outlandishly stupid policy proposals. A popular idea in Silicon Valley is for a so-called universal ...

A portentous election in the Peach State

ATLANTA -- By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million -- perhaps more than $130 per ballot -- will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America's governments. This is an expensive funeral ...

Not on our soil

The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, D.C., police. Their offense? Intervening after ...

Tim Allen’s hit gets canceled

In January, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told a Television Critics Association session in Hollywood that she wanted to retool ABC programming to include more shows for Trump-voting segments of the population: Men, rural America and working-class families. “If we’re talking ...

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal ...

Loyalsock’s ‘Free Police’

Over the past year or so there have been numerous editorials and articles in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette related to Loyalsock Township getting “FREE” State Police coverage. There are only 12 municipalities in Lycoming County that have local police, and the other 40 municipalities ...