Opinion

Ann Coulter the liberal

Opinion

Because the California National Guard couldn’t be mobilized in time, Ann Coulter had to withdraw from giving a speech at Berkeley. If you take it seriously, that’s the import of UC Berkeley’s decision to do everything it could to keep the conservative provocateur from speaking on ...

Senate holds key to better health care insurance

Editorials

Think of the House vote last week for The American Health Care Act as Step One of the nation’s health care reform. Even as lawmakers representing our region helped push the repeal and replacement of Obamacare through the House by a 217-213 vote, questions about the bill’s details and ...

Reagan’s lesson for Trump: Across-the-board tax cuts

Opinion

It’s something most conservatives would not have imagined a year ago: The opening act of Donald Trump’s agenda in the White House contains a real whiff of President Ronald Reagan. To be sure, there’s plenty the Reaganites won’t like — talk of trillion-dollar federal building ...

Trump and Talking right

Opinion

President Trump did something recently I have long advocated. He met with a small group of conservative journalists, pundits and radio talk show hosts. I was among them. After ticking off a list of what he said were his accomplishments leading up to the arbitrary 100-day marker of his ...

Downtown traffic pattern changes: Debate welcomed

Editorials

Given the debate about traffic patterns in downtown Williamsport, the best answers may come via a traffic-impact study that is upcoming to determine the effects of changing traffic patterns downtown. But this much already is certain. The commercial business district of Williamsport is divided ...

Consolidation of DDAP is wrong move

Opinion

Today, 10 Pennsylvanians will lose their lives to a drug overdose. This week, upwards of 1,000 people will die of an overdose in the United States. By comparison, the Vietnam War, a period that spanned 10 to 12 years, claimed more than 56,000 American lives. We are now approaching that level ...

Scammers seem to be everywhere; Utility offers help, advice

Opinion

It seems like you can’t look at the news or social media nowadays without reading about email and phone fraud. Scammers will pretend to be just about anybody – utility employees, bank employees, even IRS agents – to try to get hold of your money or your personal information. It’s ...

Thwarting threats to the nation requires relentless attention

Editorials

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville, Ohio, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual ...

Berkeley didn’t birth free speech, attempts to bury it

Opinion

Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta’s regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century ...

City engineer has been threading the needle for 35 years

Editorials

A city engineer, given the nature of the job, is going to get all the complaints and none of the glory. For that reason, stoic John Grado was probably perfectly suited for 35 years of involvement in the city of Williamsport’s infrastructure. He has been a city engineer, a streets and ...

A road map for dealing with campus radicals

Opinion

Jonathan Haidt is a member of one of America’s smallest fraternities — those who attempt to see beyond their own prejudices. In the left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education, he notes that “intimidation is the new normal’’ on college campuses. The examples are well-known: The ...

The police vs. the PC police

Opinion

As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to ...

Awareness, action key to ending local child abuse cycle

Editorials

Through late April, Children and Youth Services of Lycoming County received 180 child abuse reports. That is not a misprint. Of the reports, 18 have been verified as legitimate. The agency and Susquehanna Valley Court Appointed Special Advocates held ceremonies recently to raise awareness ...

Will France elect a Gallic Barack Obama?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So, on May 7 they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama, a freshman senator, became a ...

Trump’s 100 Days of Media Hostility

Opinion

The time has come for the media to pull out the artificial measuring stick of 100 days to evaluate President Trump. If they’re kind, he’ll get an I for “incomplete.” But it’s more likely they’ll use other I words like “inability,” “incompetence” or “incoherence.” ...

Montoursville board makes correct call on old portion of school

Editorials

One of the hardest things local school boards have to do is separate sentiment from practicality. That difficult decision often comes down to school buildings. The Montoursville Area School Board has been wrestling with just such a difficult decision for several years regarding the 1931 ...

Muddy Maxine Waters: What a riot

Other Commentaries

Are you freaking kidding me? Thirteen-term Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Beltway barnacle permanently affixed to USS Government, is now the fresh-faced “rock star’’ of the Democratic Party. “Auntie Maxine’’ is stoking the resistance, inspiring millenials, combating hate, ...

Lessons in democracy

Opinion

Like most Americans, I groaned when the mail included a summons to jury duty. Having been there before, I envisioned three days of wasted time in a bland room with lousy internet service. Instead, I served on a jury and came away with a renewed confidence in America’s tradition of ...

War against heroin epidemic shifts to legislative front

Editorials

The region and state’s heroin epidemic is being fought on many fronts. More and more, that includes a battery of state legislation geared toward arresting the impact of prescription opioids. That’s with good reason, as prescription opioids are the root cause for 80 percent of all heroin ...