Opinion

Iran gets message and demands more money for hostages

Editorials

President Barack Obama is notorious for using executive orders and other unilateral actions to override existing U.S. policy. Now that penchant for imperial rule is coming back to haunt Americans. Several months ago, Iran released four Americans who had been held in captivity — but only after ...

A fifth Clinton presidency? Hill, no!

Opinion

I keep hearing that Hillary Clinton would be “Obama’s third term.’’ The math is wrong. Barack Obama served the Clinton crime family’s third and fourth term. Electing Hillary would doom America to a fifth Clinton White House. From 1993-2001, under the “Two for the Price of One’’ ...

The October demise?

Opinion

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. Under dictionary.com’s definition of “corrupt” one finds the following: 1. Guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: 2. Debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: 3. Infected; tainted. When ...

Fitting final chapter to sleaze sweepstakes

Opinion

WASHINGTON — As the presidential campaigns sink to the challenge of demonstrating that there is no such thing as rock bottom, remember this: When the Clintons decamped from Washington in January 2001, they took some White House furnishings that were public property. They also finished ...

CNN gets caught in cheating scandal

Opinion

Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal, where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed “town hall” questions to Hillary Clinton. It’s the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, where Charles Van Doren was given the questions on the NBC game show ...

The speech Trump should make

Opinion

If Donald Trump wants to win this election and thwart the attempt by the corrupt Clintons to acquire the White House again, he must close the deal with persuadable voters in a nationally televised address. Here is how it might go. My fellow Americans, running for president of this country I ...

Last scandal loses?

Opinion

As I write this, the election is six days away. Real Clear Politics shows Hillary Clinton with an Electoral College advantage, leading 246 to 164. The former Secretary of State cannot rest easy, however. That’s partly because she needs 270 Electoral College votes to win and partly because ...

Patriot-News backs Toomey’s instinct for compromise

Opinion

Outside of the race for the White House, Pennsylvanians will cast no more important a ballot this Election Day than the one they cast for the state's next United States Senator. From the future composition of the United States Supreme Court to immigration reform and the fate of the Affordable ...

Philadelphia Inquirer: McGinty grasps human consequences

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f corporations were people, Pennsylvania's Republican freshman Sen. Pat Toomey would be the right senator for them. His approach to governance is to slash regulations and taxes to help companies, which he believes would provide good paying jobs. But that hasn't worked for average people ...

Vote Tuesday: The impact could last for generations

Editorials

We say this as every election day approaches, but it has never been more appropriate: There is no excuse for not voting in Tuesday's election. At stake is nothing less than the future direction of the country, based on the outcome of the presidential contest between Democratic nominee Hillary ...

The Left’s vision not a breakthrough view

Opinion

The political left keeps announcing, as if it is a new breakthrough discovery of theirs, that life is unfair. Have they never read Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” more than two and a half centuries ago? What about economic historian David S. Landes’ statement: ...

The last election lap

Opinion

We now know that the October surprise of the 2016 presidential campaign has turned out to be first lady Michelle Obama. When voters in the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll were given a list of individuals and organizations and asked to rate their feelings toward each (on a ...

City needs better process with this administrative change

Editorials

When John J. Grado retires as Williamsport’s engineer and director of community and economic development next year, he will leave behind big shoes to fill. In fact, it will take two pairs of shoes, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. The mayor plans to replace Grado with an engineer ...

As New Hampshire goes, so goes Senate?

Opinion

MANCHESTER, N.H. — in 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt defeated Kansas’ Gov. Alfred Landon in 46 of the 48 states, thereby creating the jest, “As Maine goes, so goes Vermont.” Eight decades later, New England has gone from the Republicans’ last redoubt in a bad year to their least ...

Liberals scold non-endorsing celebrities

Opinion

The liberals at Esquire magazine asked a question almost no one else is asking in the last weeks of this campaign: “Why Are Influential Celebrities Remaining Silent This Election?” As if anyone is thirsting for more political utterances from people who are best known for their acting or ...

Restoring faith in government starts with attitude change

Editorials

The guest speaker at last week's Pennsylvania Economy League meeting here, David Thornburgh, CEO of the Committee of Seventy in Philadelphia, addressed an appropriate topic – political polarization. In a presidential election season stamped with ugliness at every turn, Thornburgh's ...

Is Obama preparing parting shot at Israel?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Last week, the U.N.’s premier cultural agency, UNESCO, approved a resolution viciously condemning Israel (referred to as “the Occupying Power”) for various alleged trespasses and violations of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Except that the resolution never uses that term ...

Election 2016 is my favorite presidential election ever!

Opinion

Amidst all the grumbling of how horrible and unpleasant the 2016 presidential campaign has been, I must confess that it’s my favorite presidential campaign of all time. That may seem strange given the ugly tone of the campaign and the fact that both major parties have nominated candidates ...

Kane, others get punished, Clinton escapes – for now

Editorials

Kathleen Kane, a former stay-at-home mom who became the first woman to be Pennsylvania Attorney General, will be serving a 10- to 23-month sentence for a retaliation scheme while in office. That dizzying plot line proves two things that have been true forever: Power can corrupt and, when ...

GOP needs to revert to nominating Republicans

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WASHINGTON — When told that the New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller had grandly declared “I accept the universe,” the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle dryly remarked: “She’d better.” Much ink and indignation has been spilled concerning whether Donald (“I am much more ...