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Opinion

Drawing a line on sexual harassment

Opinion

After a wave of stunning announcements and admissions about the serious alleged sexual misbehavior of Harvey Weinstein and others, observers might wonder whether any of the accusations pouring forward are exaggerated, or even false. Most denials have been strangely and unpersuasively worded, as ...

Can only Trump survive Trump?

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The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected President Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing in Massachusetts. Donald ...

Christmas inspires the keys to a more peaceful world

Editorials

Giving. Faith. Family. Friends. Compassion. The Christmas day we celebrate today includes all or at least some of the elements, depending on your belief system. If it includes none of those things, those of us who believe in the power of prayer are including you. Because today is about ...

Not safe anywhere

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We thought living in the country we were safe from the thieving drug addicts of the city of Williamsport. Recently our son who lives next door to us was robbed during broad daylight when he was working. His whole house was unbelievably torn apart by some low life, stealing his Christmas money ...

A government ‘refund’

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So, a Republican majority Congress has “reformed” the tax code for the first time in 31 years, allowing us to keep a little more of the money we earn. Woohoo! Back in the day when my withholding exceeded my tax liability, I occasionally received a nice little refund check from the U.S. ...

If he’s lost these viewers…

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The most important poll number to come out last week had nothing to do with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It had to do with Fox News and Donald Trump. We’ll get to the numbers in a minute. First: some disclosure. I’m a Fox contributor and a Trump skeptic (aka a former ...

The casino question: A little more study would be helpful

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The ink was barely dry on legislation allowing 10 mini-casinos in the state when Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana began pushing to make the city one of the locations. Campana reasoned that the casino would bring additional revenue to help balance Williamsport’s budgets in the future, ...

Keep community health centers open

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It is true that we are in a very divisive political environment. Debate on health care is one issue that everyone relates to in some way which can bring out impassioned reactions. This reaction is likely because health care is also one issue that has a real impact on everyone’s life ...

The power of the FBI

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Martha Stewart went to jail, and Michael Flynn is dangling on the hook thanks to 18 United States Code Section 1001(a), which permits a person to be criminally charged for concealing or covering up a material fact or making any materially false representation or making or using a false writing ...

The next terrorist bomber probably won’t make the same mistakes

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Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people ...

Jones delivers normal, grown up speech

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Contrary to what my beloved junior high coach taught us, defeat does not build character. However, defeat can often reveal character. So, too, can victory reveal character, as it seemed to do late on a December Tuesday night in a raucous ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. There we ...

State bill calls for long-overdue limits on budget increases

Editorials

For years in this space we have called on governments of all sizes to limit budgeted spending increases to no more than the rate of inflation. It’s not such an off-the-wall idea, as evidenced by the fact that 30 states have adopted some form of spending limits. And it’s meant to ...

Showtime vs. Christianity

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The Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced, and once again, the Hollywood judges really know how to find the worst junk to honor. Two nominations went to stay-classy Showtime’s program called “SMILF,” which stands for “Single Mother I’d Like to F—-.” The show’s ...

Terror-inspired horror: Here we go again

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For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have ...

Tax reform talking points: Reality will tell the real tale

Editorials

Depending on the viewpoint you accept, the tax reform promoted by the Trump administration and being passed by Congress is either a slick tax break for only the richest among us or an historic, overdue payback to almost all Americans. Those were the wildly disparate party lines championed by ...

Distractions obscure Trump wins

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Side issues — some of them created by the president himself — have obscured the accomplishments of the Donald Trump administration during his first year in office. The economy is the most obvious one. From anemic growth in the previous administration, it is now growing at around 3 ...

Still dawdling over deadly diversity visas

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Capitol Hill’s national security priorities are screwier than a Six Flags roller coaster. Instead of immediately shutting down one of America’s stupidest visa programs, which helped bring us yet another murder-minded jihadist this week, bipartisan Beltway politicians are pushing to ...

Two panels have tall task regarding the city’s future

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Two elected commissions have begun perhaps the most important work done in the public realm in Williamsport in half a century. The city Charter Commission elected on Nov. 7 held its initial meeting two weeks ago. The commission has nine months to make a recommendation on the best form of ...

GOP Civil War would benefit Dems

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With Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama, Democrats now have at least a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 elections. It’s a difficult path to be sure, but it could happen. The first step will be for Democrats to successfully defend all of their Senate incumbents ...