Other Commentaries

What if Roy Moore wins?

When Donald Trump appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General, it was widely assumed that his permanent replacement would be a Republican. But the scandals and allegations surrounding Republican nominee Roy Moore have challenged that assumption. It would be a stunning ...

The back story behind Flynn’s guilty plea

In August, when President Donald Trump’s lawyers persuaded him to refrain from attacking independent counsel Robert Mueller publicly — he had many times called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” — they also told him that the investigation was not aimed at him and not to worry ...

Pelosi lives up to track record

Finally, Nancy Pelosi’s faux feminist veneer has fully cracked. The Democratic “shero’’ is, and always has been, a sham. But after Pelosi’s incoherent babblefest on “Meet the Press’’ defending accused groper John Conyers and clown-cad Al Franken, the progressive left can no ...

Pelosi’s principles complicated by inconvenience

It’s amazing how complicated simple principles can become when they’re inconvenient to your team. Nine days ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi created a mess for herself by insisting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Rep. John Conyers deserves “due process” in the face of a ...

Tolerance for Elizabeth Warren’s Fake News

The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of “fake news.” But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat. ...

Debt and taxes and perdition

Should the government borrow against the future? Should it guarantee higher taxes for your children and grandchildren in return for lower taxes for you? If government’s moral legitimacy depends on the consent of the governed, as Thomas Jefferson argued in the Declaration of Independence, ...

Bill would help mitigate community, home flood risks

Almost every year heavy rains cause rivers and lakes to overflow, wreaking havoc on flood prone communities, like many of those in Lycoming County and throughout the country. Five years after Superstorm Sandy and weeks after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, we see the devastating effects ...

The heroes next door

It's been a rough year all around. We've really been through a lot these past 11 months. The media has yet to recover from their collective mental breakdown caused by the perceived presence of a usurper in the Oval Office. Just when we thought the craziest thing on college campuses was the ...

The abrupt shaming of Charlie Rose

The privileged and prestigious professional life of Charlie Rose came to a shocking end this week. In the latest lurid front-page testimony on powerful men, the Washington Post reported that eight women have accused Rose of brutish and exhibitionist behavior. They said new employees were ...

Taking sexual harassment seriously requires some serious distinctions

There’s a consensus aborning: There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation and violence of any kind. Enthusiasm for the new dawn varies widely. Some think it’s a great feminist or moral awakening. Others see an era of witch hunts, prudery and weaponized politics ...

‘Punching Down’ is not American

Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that “punches up’’ rather than “punches down.’’ To “punch up’’ means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. “Punching down’’ is ...

History shows hypocrisy with Clinton accusers

It was bizarre watching KABC TalkRadio in Los Angeles — my hypocritical ex-employer — hold a televised press conference. It turns out that one of the station’s news anchors, Leeann Tweeden, claims Sen. Al Franken groped her. In 2006, Tweeden said, before Franken became a senator, he and ...

Better late than never: Really?

The English poet of the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, is generally credited with coining the phrase that has been updated in modern English to read, “better late than never.” It means to do something or to arrive later than expected may not be good, but it is better than not at ...

Conyers is albatross Democrats deserve

There are sexual harassers, and then there is John Conyers, the Democrat from Detroit who made his congressional office an adjunct of his libido. The evidence suggests that Conyers believed that as a 27-term congressman, he was entitled to the Washington, D.C., equivalent of the Ottoman ...

Democrats have a clear path to Senate majority in 2018

Until recently, it looked like Republicans were almost certain to retain control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 mid-term elections. Many commentators noted that Nancy Pelosi’s team might have a shot at winning control of the House. But the Senate was different. Only a third of the ...

Roy Moore is pure Steve Bannon

Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell. For the former Trump operative, the Alabama Senate candidate’s tattered credibility is a feature, not a bug. If Moore had well-considered political and legal views, good judgment and a sterling reputation, he’d almost by definition be ...

The powerful waging war on the weak

The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful — whether the undocumented maid’s employer, the factory owner who signs the undocumented teenage worker’s paycheck or the producer who can cast an aspiring actress — ...

Helping America isn’t part of Putin’s plan

Toward the end of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always playing politics — bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, ...

Al Franken, groping ‘Giant of the Senate’

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment/assault scandal, allegedly feminist entertainers are being accused left ... and left. The latest is comedian/Sen. Al Franken. Photographic evidence undeniably proved that he placed his hands over a woman’s breasts while she was asleep on ...

Colin Kaepernick is no Muhammad Ali

GQ magazine named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2017 “Citizen of the Year.” In doing so, GQ overlooked NFL Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt, who raised some $37 million for hurricane relief. Many of Kaepernick’s supporters liken his protest to that of boxer Muhammad Ali, who ...