Opinion

Conservatives appeasing too many crackpots

Opinion

William F. Buckley, the founder of National Review (where I work), once confessed in private, “I wish to hell I could attack them without pleasing people I can’t stand to please.” By “them” he meant the members of the conspiracy-mongering, anti-Communist, anti-United Nations, ...

DDon’t underplay illegal vote number in Pennsylvania

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has determined noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years. The department’s disclosure followed examination of 35 primary and general elections from 2000 through 2017. It ...

Another pedestrian tragedy underscores Route 220 danger

Editorials

For the fifth time in just over a year, a pedestrian was struck and killed last week while on a four-lane stretch of Route 220 in the Linden area. The circumstances of the accident are somewhat unclear. But the bottom line is that four pedestrian deaths on the same portion of highway in ...

Media skip inconvenient Russia truths

Opinion

CNN is airing a bizarre new advertisement with the motto “Facts First,” which insists that the network calls an apple an apple, even if critics of its “news” reporting argue it’s a banana. You see, CNN is interested in objective truth, not opinions. This would be like McDonald’s ...

My own Harvey Weinstein experience

Opinion

I knew of Harvey Weinstein, and I’d heard that he possessed the power to make or break careers, that he was bombastic and that he pushed people around. But that pretty much was the extent of it. After all, this is Hollywood, where only a small percent of would-be actors and actresses in the ...

Politicians not as vital as they think

Opinion

Shortly after World War II, Congress passed a law requiring the federal government to assume responsibility for managing the economy. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy claimed that government stewardship was responsible for the post-War economic boom. In those heady days, there was even talk ...

The enablers of perv photog Terry Richardson

Opinion

If you wonder why Hollywood stayed so quiet so long about casting couch abuse behind closed doors, just look at how the entertainment industry enabled perverted sexual exploitation of women in front of the camera. Fashion magazine moguls at Conde Nast have now reportedly blacklisted ...

Commissioners correct to look at staff cuts given budget status

Editorials

With Lycoming County once again looking at deficit spending to balance its 2018 budget, Commissioner Rick Mirabito said last week the county is working to lower its number of positions in order to save on salary and benefits costs. Mirabito said his goal is to reduce the county’s manpower ...

Gambling expansion does not solve state budget structure problems

Editorials

Pennsylvania casinos will gross more revenue this year than any state except Nevada. So it comes as no surprise that the state lawmakers and Gov. Wolf, with a new budget stalled by a $2.2 billion deficit, last week approved a bill to expand casino-style campleing to truck stops, online ...

A taxing situation

Opinion

Federal income tax was first introduced under the Revenue Act of 1861 to help defray war costs. Congress repealed the tax in 1871 when the need for government revenue declined, only to restore it in 1894 as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act. The public policy debate surrounding the ...

The Facebook farce

Opinion

The Kremlin knows a bargain when it sees it. We are supposed to believe that it bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity. Frankly, if American democracy can be purchased this cheap — a tiny fraction of the $7.2 ...

Trump took correct action in suspending insurance payments

Editorials

As we pointed out years ago, billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies funneled to insurance companies by former President Barack Obama were a coverup. They were not authorized by Congress, as the Constitution requires. For that reason, President Donald Trump was absolutely correct in saying ...

Hollywood never apologizes for ultraviolence

Opinion

Hollywood’s hypocrisy about Harvey Weinstein is only outdone by its hypocrisy about gun control. We still don’t know why Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal in an evil attack on an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. But ...

The cognitive dissonance presidency

Opinion

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Donald Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health care deal, and if you don’t like it, he has another one. Within hours, Trump veered wildly on the bipartisan compromise on Obamacare that the Tennessee Republican and the Washington ...

County budget: deficit spending must end soon

Editorials

The earliest projections for the 2018 Lycoming County budget show a $7.4 million deficit - and no tax increase. The projected deficit has been less each of the past three years. Moreover, the actual deficit during each of those years has actually been less than expected. But the practice of ...

The hazards of school sporting events

Opinion

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie, a Lycoming College graduate, tossed out a case against the Palmerton Area School District. In November 2011, Sheldon Mann was playing football for the school district. He experienced a “hard hit” during ...

Scouting in the 21st Century

Opinion

I have been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for over fifty years. When I joined in 1966, the BSA had a Motto (Be Prepared) and a Slogan (Do a Good Turn Daily). The BSA required members to recite the Scout Oath (Duty to God and County, Duty to Others, and Duty to Yourself) and the ...

ISIS: Its capital is gone but the terror threat is still in place

Editorials

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

MeToo: My daughter, granddaughter, too

Opinion

While trying not to indulge in schadenfreude over those hypocritical Hollywood elites who’ve claimed to stand for “women’s rights,” only to be accused of sexually harassing them, I noticed “(hashtag)MeToo” trending on Twitter. At (hashtag)MeToo, women who have been sexually ...