Opinion

Amid budget woes, consider myth of education funding

Editorials

As the state Legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration struggle to fashion a budget for 2017-18 that makes sense, there is a strong possibility that the funding allotment for public education will eventually become a major talking point. And there is an equal possibility that ...

Two wins for Trump

Opinion

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied entry into the ...

Two wins for Trump

Opinion

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied entry into the ...

The country’s debt compromises its level of independence

Editorials

Last week, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance for ...

‘Scandal-Free’ Obama, Scandal-Plagued Trump

Opinion

When President Donald Trump makes an accusation of “fake news,” we could add a number of definitions of the term. Liberal journalists hear “You write stories you know are fake.” But there are news stories that journalists earnestly put forward as real news that are based on a lot of ...

A Democratic blind spot on culture

Opinion

How much do Democrats really want to defeat Donald Trump? It’s worth asking in the wake of the latest Democratic failure to notch an electoral victory for the resistance, this time in the Georgia special election. There’s no doubt that Democrats want to watch TV programs that excoriate ...

Ballot question veto underscores need for initiative

Editorials

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana's veto of the City Council ballot question in the November election that could start wheels turning toward a change in the form of government underscores precisely why the change needs to be considered. Council's recent action – and it’s subsequent override ...

The steps to fixing our healthcare

Opinion

As the folks in Washington DC wrestle with the notion of how to fulfill campaign promises to repeal and replace Obamacare, they never seem to examine how to really fix healthcare once and for all. All politicians ever do is fiddle with the current system and accuse each other of having ...

‘Gun violence epidemic’ is ‘Fake News’

Opinion

Only a couple of hours after Congressman Steve Scalise and three other people, including a Capitol police officer, had been shot by a would-be mass killer, perennially anti-gun Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told a press briefing in Alexandria that “ we lose 93 million Americans” every day ...

The ‘affordable’ in Obamacare is a bold-faced lie

Editorials

A measure of the dishonesty with which the so-called Affordable Care Act was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s administration can be seen in legislation Congress is considering now to replace the ACA — Obamacare, as it has come to be known. Throughout the country, insurance ...

Unhealthy acts

Opinion

Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? Insurers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums and related costs are going up, not down, as supporters of the misnamed law claimed ...

Why do they even play the game?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In mathematics, when you’re convinced of some eternal truth but can’t quite prove it, you offer it as a hypothesis (with a portentous capital H) and invite the world, future generations if need be, to prove you right or wrong. Often, a cash prize is attached. In that ...

Hotel tax suit: It was only a matter of time

Editorials

After years of questioning by opponents of the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau tourism operations, it was just a matter of time until some sort of law suit was filed. The law suit filed a week ago claims financial information on the bureau's operations deliberately excludes all entities ...

Character beyond measure

Opinion

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater ...

Plunging toward our fast-unfolding future

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P ...

TLC, its leader represent 30-year success story

Editorials

Three decades ago, with eight beds in modest quarters on Rose Street in Williamsport, the Transitional Living Center began its mission to address the needs of female offenders by helping them transition back into the community in a home-living environment. Three decades later, driven by the ...

The ‘Real Boy’ of Fake PBS

Opinion

Liberals made a big deal out of the report that Fox News has dropped its old slogan “Fair and Balanced.” The liberal media always made a mockery out of it, rejecting it as “false balance.” It’s “false balance” because the conservative view is false. From their arrogant viewpoint, ...

Puberty suppression and FGM

Opinion

Michigan is set to become the 26th American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa ...

Auditor general’s swipes at Penn State have some merit

Editorials

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale took some strong swipes at Penn State University recently. He pointed out tuition has jumped 500 percent over the past three decades and the tuition for in-state students of $20,000 a year is among the highest for public universities in the ...

It’s not about Trump, but his voters

Opinion

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It’s true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters ...