Other Commentaries

We must remain vigilant

My first experience with the Lycoming County addiction treatment system came in 2015 shortly after I became the communications director for the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. I was invited to share my family’s story of addiction at a graduation ceremony of President Judge ...

Jobs under attack from federal minimum wage

There’s some good news buried in Pennsylvania’s budget. Governor Tom Wolf originally wanted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12, but he backed down after hearing from business leaders and seeing that a higher minimum wage would mean Pennsylvania could lose at least 34,000 jobs. As a ...

Medicare for All will cripple doctors

Americans have health on their minds. Nearly four in 10 voters think health care is the most important policy issue our country faces. Some lawmakers — including several Democratic presidential candidates — think a government takeover of the nation’s health insurance system is the ...

Democrats say no one is above the law — except illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON — We have heard a lot about the importance of the rule of law from Democrats lately. During special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation of President Trump, Democrats in Congress delivered a clear and unified message. “No one is above the law, especially the president of the ...

America: Love it or leave it (again)

The phrase “America, Love It or Leave It” has a pedigree dating at least to the McCarthy Era. In the ’70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to leave the country if a Republican is ...

President is putting patients in control

A few years ago, my doctor recommended a routine heart exam. I would be paying for it out-of-pocket, since I had a high-deductible plan, so naturally I asked what it would cost. After a great deal of effort, I was told the list price was $5,500, and my insurer’s rate was $3,500. But when I ...

Prevent drug development pipeline from running dry

Nearly 150 potential Alzheimer’s drugs have failed during clinical trials in the past decade. The disease still has no cure. It costs our healthcare system $277 billion each year. Yet investors keep funding these long-shot efforts because they know that one breakthrough drug could ...

A football in the war against Trump’s enemies

I have written about the American Jewish community as a political football. Perhaps that was an understatement. Thanks to President Trump’s latest tweet war, it appears that the Jewish community, including Israel, is more like the European football; kicked, head butted, thrown from the ...

The real danger of categorical politics

Conservatives talk a lot about how we don’t like identity politics. But it’s not always clear what people mean by it. Academics and intellectuals tend to mean one thing, while politicians and activists often have something slightly different in mind. Democratic politicians who engage in ...

Claremont would make founders weep

The Claremont Institute was part of the flowering of intellectual conservatism that graced America in the 1970s and ’80s. Founded by students of Lincoln scholar Harry Jaffa, the California think tank was devoted to teaching “the principles of the American Founding to the future thinkers and ...

Binding arbitration is dangerous for patients

Washington lawmakers believe they’ve found a bipartisan solution to lowering the cost of prescription drugs. A proposal called “binding arbitration” is being promoted by Speaker Pelosi’s top advisors, who reportedly believe the Trump administration will be on board. Binding ...

Things haven’t always been this way

Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to ...

The climate of American medicine

Let’s just get this fact out of the way at the outset: Climate change is real. Climate science is real. When 97 percent of all scientists dedicated to the subject agree on something to a greater or lesser degree? It is real, plain and simple. The potential for its worst-case ...

Defund Lutherans for open borders

If you were shocked by the images of the Mexican flag flying over an Aurora, Colorado, immigration detention center this weekend, you’ll be appalled at an even more disgusting spectacle: One of the top promoters of the so-called Lights for Liberty nationwide protests by Trump-hating, ...

Nobody eats wolf

WASHINGTON — From Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner’s balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in “Dances With Wolves,” Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite ...

Want to know what you’re buying?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently recalled 62,000 pounds of beef due to an E. coli outbreak, creating a nightmare for big grocery chains nationwide. But for the millions of Americans who shop at food co-ops, there’s nothing to worry about. These small grocers obtain their meat and ...

Prisoners of the past on the economy

We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened — or that we remember as having happened — constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination. But it can also be a pitfall for politicians, particularly for those seeking ...

Middle-Class Joe cashes in

The American middle class just got a lot richer. Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as “Middle-Class Joe,” made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration. This hardly qualifies as a rounding error in the portfolio of any ...

Biden’s electability is a myth

WASHINGTON — Despite a lackluster debate performance, former vice president Joe Biden is still holding on to his lead in the race for the Democratic nomination in large part because Democratic voters see him as the most electable candidate. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a 45 ...

Socialism war on capitalism

They thought we were rich. They thought we were privileged. They thought we had it easy. Those were the assumptions growing up 50 years ago with the family name attached to a building and a clothing business, Troisi Tailors and Haberdashers. The reality was nothing like the assumptions. My ...