Other Commentaries

Robert Mueller’s upside-down justice

It’s a familiar quote from Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” but with special contemporary relevance in light of a recent statement by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “‘If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble... ‘the law is a ass — a idiot.”‘ But it isn’t so ...

Mueller should not have held a news conference

In his news conference, special counsel Robert Mueller explained why he would not testify before Congress. “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he said. “It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words ...

Is Biden Hillary Clinton — or George W. Bush?

The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he’s neither. He’s Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, recently asked “Is Biden the new Hillary?” “Trump plans to wage the same sort ...

House unlikely to ever get Trump’s tax returns

House Democrats are jubilant because they won two court victories in their ongoing battle to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns and decades of his personal and business banking records. But their glee won’t last long. These federal district court rulings are likely to be overturned ...

A ‘feast’ of educational experiences

As a college president, I am deeply concerned when I read that the level of public trust in higher education has declined. An October 2018 Gallup poll, for example, found that public confidence in higher education had fallen from 57 percent in 2015 to 48 percent in 2018; with the largest ...

Time to throw a safety line to public-sector employees

On the day he died, Jake Schwab went to work like he did on any other morning, looking forward to tackling the projects ahead of him. The 48-year-old Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority mechanic and avid motorcycle enthusiast was assigned to work on a bus from a different agency. Although he ...

Committed to ideological diversity

When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find “disagreeable.” If that’s your ...

A living eulogy for Ollie Oops

CAMDEN, S.C. — Eulogies, it has always seemed to me, are best delivered while the subject is living and can enjoy hearing the best version of him- or herself. Thus, today’s column is dedicated to Ollie the Blind Poodle, also affectionately known as Ollie Oops. A toy poodle born blind, ...

A man of all people in a world divided

He was as popular as Rocky Balboa was in Philadelphia. He was a man of the people, all people. In a world and a country divided by race, religion and political differences, Father John Manno didn’t care about our dissimilarities; he cared about us. He didn’t judge one by the way they looked ...

D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the ...

Trump’s poor approval ratings

“Without the ILLEGAL Witch Hunt, my poll numbers, especially because of our historically ‘great’ economy, would be at 65 percent,” President Trump tweeted last week. In all likelihood, the president believes what he wrote. It’s a strongly held sentiment among many of Trump’s ...

Justice Department right to indict Assange

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called WikiLeaks a “nonstate hostile intelligence service.” Apparently Julian Assange agrees. In its new 18-count indictment of Assange for multiple violations of the Espionage Act, the Justice Department notes that Assange told former Army ...

No credit where credit is due

The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” It is even more amazing what has been accomplished with the American economy, but Democratic presidential candidates, ...

Charges against Assange could have a chilling effect

PARIS — The U.S. Department of Justice filed 18 felony charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on May 23, and 17 of the charges are for alleged espionage. Assange describes himself as a publisher. The U.S. government apparently begs to differ. The Justice Department goes to great ...

Honoring first responders

There’s a reason we call them first responders. They’re the first people to head into danger and to help their neighbors whenever they are needed. These brave individuals are our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals, and they’re always ready to answer our calls for help. To ...

Left’s battle against ‘inequality’

In his book “Discrimination and Disparities,” economist Thomas Sowell notes that a disproportionate percentage of first-born siblings become National Merit scholars compared to siblings born later, presumably because the first-born starts life with no sibling competition for parental ...

Revoke marriage fraud immunity card

If you are not a member of the Democrats’ protected class of bitter loudmouths who hate America, you can be investigated and prosecuted for marriage fraud. The headlines have been filled with recent crackdowns. In Texas recently, 96 people were indicted on federal charges of conspiring to ...

Mar-A-Lagowood in Montoursville

In an early description of Donald Trump, he was likened to a Borscht Belt comedian taking his irrepressible show on the road. I figured it was time to hear the man in person. I, among many thousands of others, arrived at the Montoursville airport to watch the President land and regale the crowd ...

Joe Biden’s heresy

WASHINGTON — The left is starting to take aim at Democratic front-runner Joe Biden. At a recent conference, liberal activists repeatedly booed when told that Biden wanted to find “middle ground” on climate policy. When an audience member shouted “No middle ground!” Rep. Alexandria ...

Disruption, fear and opportunity ahead

There was a time when health care technology meant expensive new machines that only hospitals could afford. The costs were so enormous that only insurance companies could pay for their use and insurance bureaucrats only grudgingly allowed people to get needed tests and treatment. Today, ...