Other Commentaries

For Joe Biden, on China it’s still the 1990s

Once upon a time, May 1 — May Day — was a day for working-class parades in factory towns. This year, it was a day for Joe Biden, to set off on his third presidential campaign in 32 years, to make news on the stump, not in a working-class venue but in the university town of Iowa City, now ...

A momentous day for salamander, clean water, pupils

On April 23, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 9 — now Act 3 of 2019 — recognizing the Eastern hellbender as Pennsylvania’s first official state amphibian. It was a momentous day for the salamander, Pennsylvania students and clean water. This bipartisan bill is about more than ...

Keeping fake illegal alien families together

Who remembers the hysterical sound and fury of open borders leftists last summer over President Donald Trump’s detention and enforcement policies at our besieged southern border? Remember the #FamiliesBelongTogether, #WhereAreTheChildren, #AbolishICE and #MeltICE hashtags? Remember the ...

Trump can use the economy to change people’s minds

WASHINGTON — With the end of the Mueller probe and the news that the U.S. economy is performing far beyond expectations, President Donald Trump has reached an inflection point in his presidency. He has the chance to turn the political tides decisively in his favor, if he takes it. We ...

Why are candidates so radical?

In the 1920 presidential election, Warren Harding won in a landslide by promising a “Return to Normalcy.” Today’s Democrats would be wise to make that same pledge for 2020. They probably won’t, however, which is why President Trump might get re-elected. Harding’s concept of normalcy ...

Democrats’ plan to destroy jobs boom

If you’re looking for work, this is the best job market in 50 years. The economy is soaring. But Democrats running for president are pitching plans that will destroy millions of jobs, doubling the number of people out of work. Consider “Medicare for All.” It could wipe out a ...

An attack on Congress’ coequal power

WASHINGTON — President Trump, after saying Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify before Congress on the report he wrote on his investigation into Russian interference into U.S. elections, now says he shouldn’t. “No redos for the Dems,” he tweeted. Mueller himself is said to ...

Correcting the record about severance tax

Back in March, the Sun Gazette wrote about Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Williamsport to highlight how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania will fund the repair of critical infrastructure like the levy along Lycoming Creek. By providing the funding needed to tackle these problems — as well as ...

Welcome to The Cypress Inn, where America lives

We have this rule when we travel: Eat where the locals eat. On a recent trip that took us through the hook of the panhandle of Florida on a serene Friday morning, yours truly was the driver, the better half was sleeping and a candidate for breakfast arose in Cross City. On the side of the ...

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The heroic story of ...

Economic nationalism: Just socialism on the right

It has “invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing,” the philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek famously wrote. Hayek’s larger point was that while conservatism plays an important role in pumping the brakes on radical ideas that go too ...

In honor of nurses here, nationwide

Each day and around the clock, more than 5,000 nurses provide skilled, compassionate care to the 3 million residents served by Geisinger’s hospitals and clinics. These dedicated women and men, and their 4 million colleagues nationwide, are truly the foundation of our healthcare ...

We’ve heard enough from Robert Mueller

The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing. It’s not as though we don’t already have the special counsel’s version of events. He mustered enormous investigate resources and took two ...

Will Biden’s long career help or hurt?

Joe Biden has been around a long time. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, at age 29 (he reached the Constitution’s required age of 30 before taking office in January 1973). No one in the current Senate was there then; the current senior-most House member only arrived there after ...

Going for broke against President Trump

WASHINGTON — As Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges her House Democratic flock to focus on the party’s liberal/progressive agenda, former Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement as a presidential candidate doesn’t mince words. He’s out to kick President Trump out of the Oval Office in 2020. ...

A uniquely American story

Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given just 48 hours to ...

A tale of two obstructions

Every Republican remembers with disgust the video of Bill Clinton glowering into the camera and declaring: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.” It’s worth revisiting why ...

Let staff ask the questions

There aren’t many advantages to being old — and at nearly 72, I qualify — but having actually lived through historic events gives one certain insights. From 1972 to 1974, I was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee. I was hired to the professional staff even though I did not ...

Fake news: The post-Trump economic ‘disaster’

Many “experts” expected, predicted and warned of instant economic disaster under a Donald Trump presidency. But a funny thing happened on our way to economic oblivion. The economy took off. Former President Barack Obama presided over the worst economic recovery since 1949. He became the ...

Barr hearing was much ado about nothing

WASHINGTON — If Shakespeare had titled Attorney General William Barr’s appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would have called it “Much Ado About Nothing.” Democrats seized on the supposed “bombshell” that special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter ...