Other Commentaries

Sen. Yaw provides leadership on end-of-life legislation

As a physician who has for many years cared for individuals dealing with advanced serious disease, I have seen how difficult this can be for patients and their loved ones. There are many decisions to be made about treatment options, care plans and goals of care. Very often, in our complex ...

Susan Collins’ finest hour

In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction. Collins is no conservative. She has voted ...

‘White Male Privilege,’ RIP

What’s the last remaining group in America that can be slandered, smeared, maligned and accused of racism, sexism and homophobia with no proof required? White men. On election night 2016, CNN’s Van Jones attributed Donald Trump’s victory to “whitelash.” That is, racist whites ...

Timeless — and wise — advice

On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the campaign had ...

The Left’s foolhardy attack on the Senate

Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame. You see, if only the Founders hadn’t forged the Great Compromise between large states and small states at the Constitutional Convention in ...

No, Kavanaugh didn’t lie

Brett Kavanaugh gave high-profile testimony that very few people seem to have paid attention to in any detail. The media last week engaged in a full-court press to establish that Kavanaugh drank to excess — when he admitted in his testimony that he drank to excess. In his opening ...

Downplaying Jimmy Kimmel’s bullying

The major media gaudily celebrated the weepy humanity of Jimmy Kimmel when he was a sympathetic figure — when his infant son Billy needed surgery and he pleaded for “health care for all,” and then again a year ago, after the senseless massacre in Las Vegas, where he grew up. But there’s ...

On health Care, voters want more choice and less politics

Polls consistently show health care is a top issue on voters’ minds heading into the midterm elections. It’s a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences. At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. Just 34 percent of ...

Treating Court as a political branch

Harsh winds are blowing on Capitol Hill. The hoped-for and feared clash between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and his principal accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, has come and gone, with all of its calculated and spontaneous outbursts, as well as gut-wrenching emotion. Dr. Ford subjected herself ...

A vital victory on trade

In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries. President Trump has been right in his criticism of NAFTA and other trade deals that have left the ...

Prosecutor picked apart case against Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant and pivotal choice. No doubt, allowing Mitchell to ask questions instead of Republican ...

Atticus Finch was on the wrong side

It’s time for “To Kill a Mockingbird” to give up its treasured place in American culture. The 1960 novel by Harper Lee was published to instant acclaim, has sold more than 30 million copies and is ubiquitous in high-school curricula. The 1962 movie version, starring Gregory Peck, is a ...

Telemedicine bill will improve healthcare access, help lower costs

Anytime a family member gets sick, it’s only natural that we want to find the best options to figure out what’s wrong and help them get the care they need.   As technology advances, families have more options for care — not just in the office of a physician or provider. Thanks to ...

Making the case for a city manager

On Tuesday, November 4th, the voters of Williamsport will have a chance to change the structure of the city government. This opportunity does not happen often, so I hope everyone will consider the options carefully, become informed, and vote on what you think is best. I am a longtime ...

The Kavanaugh Combat and Campus Cranks

For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these now-deleted tweets from Washington, D.C., Catholic college professors about the Brett Kavanaugh battle and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick is considered scandalous and newsworthy. 1. “Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is ...

Kavanaugh’s anger made sense

Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history. After his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered a compelling, sympathetic performance earlier in the day, Kavanaugh entered the Senate Judiciary ...

Regarding Flake, I am guilty as charged

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and ...

The problem with Trump ‘doctrine of patriotism’

President Trump began his address to the United Nations last week with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That’s too bad, because no ...

Literary taste Vs. Stormy Daniels

It’s fascinating when the national media’s literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for “The Best New Books to Read Fall 2018,” and two ticks down from former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir was “Full Disclosure” by ...

How abortion polarized America

“Here’s my question,” tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “what is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are identical to our own, and the SCOTUS ...