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A word to the wise

In the beginning was the Word — and the Word was “Full.” So, I didn’t invent the foregoing writing technique; but sometimes it’s best to just begin at the beginning: Distill your focus to a word and probe the implications of that word. Take “estuary,” meaning an embayment in a ...

A hidden gem

My family has been a part of the Greater Williamsport Area since my ancestor, Lt. Col. Matthias Shipman, purchased land in the Muncy Creek area on May 14, 1796, for seven shillings, nine pence lawful money. His grandson, John, migrated to the land with his family from New Jersey in the early ...

Health care whoppers

When it comes to health care, Democrats are selling snake oil. Americans are grappling with rising medical costs. But if they fall for the phony solutions the left is offering, they’ll pay with exorbitant taxes and shorter lives. Whopper 1: Obamacare is affordable. Joe Biden’s running a ...

PA Forward gives opportunity for better future

As another school year begins, I am always encouraged to see so many students from around the nation pouring into our city. Higher education is an important industry for our region. Those four-year colleges and universities, the Community College of Philadelphia and trade schools, employ tens ...

No new edition of ‘Profiles in Courage’

Then-Sen. John F Kennedy wrote admiringly in his 1955 book, “Profiles in Courage,” about Republican U.S. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of Kansas. In 1868, in a decision Ross knew would end his political career, he broke with his party to vote against the impeachment of then-President Andrew Johnson, ...

An increasingly nasty regime

HONG KONG — Lee Cheuk-yan, unlike most Americans, remembers and reveres Lane Kirkland, a hero of the first Cold War. During 16 years as leader of the AFL-CIO, 1979-1995, Kirkland gave crucial support, both material and moral, to Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in Poland, where it was ...

Attacks on Saudi Arabia aren’t America’s problem

PARIS — America’s top source of imported oil (43 percent of it) is Canada. As fellow NATO members, an attack on Canada would be considered an attack on the United States, and a response could include the use of armed force. As with any declaration of war, this would require congressional ...

Politics as it should be practiced

Back when Richard Nixon was president, a Washington saloon five minutes’ walk from the White House named the Class Reunion was the go-to watering hole where press, politicians and real people could rub and bend elbows. To be candid, I was a regular at “the CR,” as it was called, but ...

Non-debate ‘debates’

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate — not even close. Here’s how dictionary.com defines “debate”: “A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative ...

Yes, gun ownership is a God-given right

The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right. Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer established this beyond a doubt in a Twitter thread in the aftermath of the West Texas shooting spree. He said that he wouldn’t use “the ...

Staying within constitutional boundaries

It’s exhausting being both a conservative and a critic of President Trump. When I aim my pen at the White House, many of my comrades on the right go nuts. And readers who love it when I go after Trump turn into a cage full of poo-flinging monkeys when I turn my attention to the ...

It’s time for pharmacy benefit managers to be transparent

I write as president of a cooperative company comprised of independent community pharmacies, typical of the community pharmacies throughout our commonwealth. For more than a century, independent, community pharmacists have served generations of families all across Pennsylvania, providing their ...

Climate change a convenient excuse

“Climate change is an existential crisis,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared Tuesday, unveiling her plan to fight climate change in advance of CNN’s interminable townhall event on the topic with 10 Democratic presidential candidates. The use of the term “existential crisis” is ironic. ...

Recovery Month: A time for help, hope

There are approximately 22 million individuals in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) in America. These individuals are our family members, neighbors, and coworkers. They are comprised of all socioeconomic classes, races, and gender. For each of us, the word recovery can mean different ...

Elites abandon norms and show contempt for voters on both sides of the Atlantic

Wars by the elites on the people are flaring in English-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s being waged fiercely in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons and in the House of Lords. And in the newsrooms and greenrooms of American journalism. There’s much that can be ...

A front porch campaign

Here’s an idea: Joe Biden should run a front porch campaign. Front porch campaigns were once a common feature of American presidential politics, though the term wasn’t always applied to the practice. The most famous front porch campaigns were in the 1880s and 1890s, culminating in William ...

Can we get redistricting right?

We know judges, don’t we? They eat logic for breakfast, fairness for lunch and snack all day on wisdom. When political dust attempts to deface their robes, they calmly take out the lint remover. In these overpoliticized times, they are the last shepherds of doing what’s right, not what ...

Enact Phillip’s Law to save lives

In a Pennsylvania where our children have the mental health resources they need, Phillip Spruill Jr. would be entering sixth grade this school year. In that Pennsylvania, Phillip’s laughter would mingle in the hallways of Benjamin B. Comegys School with that of his classmates, as a new ...

A parable of ‘privilege-hoarding’

WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for ...

Unequal justice

One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to “achieve a ...