Opinion

Trump could very well face a primary challenge

Opinion

It’s getting to the point where it’ll be easier to list the Democrats who are not running for president in 2020. But the roster on the Republican side remains a minority of one. That may change. As Jonathan Last of The Bulwark notes, primary challenges of sitting presidents are more ...

Two more pieces proposed to fight opioid epidemic

Editorials

It turns out the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania may be even worse than the gloomy facts already reported. According to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study, thousands of fatal overdoses caused by synthetic opioids have gone unreported nationwide during the past ...

Coal enters a new era in 2019

Opinion

For those who follow energy policy in the United States, these are intriguing times. A number of significant changes are underway, with natural gas occupying a newfound prominence in electricity generation. Some older coal plants are being retired, too. And more utilities are exploring wind ...

The world needs a lighthouse

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This past summer, my wife and I were blessed to visit Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in that metropolitan city. It was our goal to see the sights referring to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We were blessed to go to his birth house where we heard stories of how he did not ...

Second summit comes with still unanswered North Korea questions

Editorials

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Beto is ridiculous – but it might work

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It’s hard for presidential candidates not to lapse eventually into self-parody. Beto O’Rourke is breaking the mold by actively seeking it out. The unsuccessful and now unemployed 2018 Texas senatorial candidate has embarked upon a rambling tour of the West that he is cataloging with ...

Will elites ever respect voters’ decisions on Brexit, Trump?

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It was no coincidence that Donald Trump scheduled a trip to Britain to promote one of his golf courses in Scotland, on June 23, 2016. That was the day of the Brexit referendum in which 52 percent of the electorate —17.4 million voters, more than any party has ever won in a general ...

Wolf’s budget plan: Correct emphasis, details will be vital

Editorials

To use a well-worn phrase, the devil will be in the details regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address emphasis on a statewide initiative to build a stronger work force for the future. But his emphasis is correct. It is the business of state government, business organizations and all ...

The media’s BuzzFeed, Covington disasters

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The last few weeks have been absolutely terrible for the reputation of the badly named “mainstream media.” The myth that they tried to build for themselves after the 2016 election — that the American people were too prone to misinformation from malignant (and often foreign) actors in ...

The Covington Rorschach Test

Opinion

Sometimes, a three-point celebration is just a three-point celebration. Sometimes, a pep rally is just a pep rally. Sometimes, a smile is just a smile. And sometimes, a hat is just a hat. Only among the most deranged partisans could a universal sports ritual, a common high school activity, ...

The Covington story: What happens when evil gets invented

Editorials

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded ...

Going gaga over the ladies

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The major media have gone gaga over the number of women newly elected to Congress and those announcing their run for the White House in 2020, with more female candidates likely to follow suit. But media’s bias — one of many — is revealed in their focus on mostly liberal women with ...

In the age of fact-free politics

Opinion

In this era when there has been more information available to more people than at any time in the past, it is also true that there has been more misinformation from more different sources than ever. We are not talking about differences of opinion or inadequate verification, but about ...

Gas severance tax must solve problem to be worth fallout

Editorials

For the fifth straight year, Gov. Tom Wolf is seeking a severance tax on the production of natural gas in Pennsylvania. As he was announcing it Thursday, state Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Republican who represents our region, was telling a Sun-Gazette editorial board that he could accept a ...

Americans reject regulatory state

Opinion

Democratic dreams of a Green New Deal tap into some very real concerns shared by most Americans. Fifty-five percent of voters nationwide agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that we have just over a decade to act before catastrophic impacts of climate change become ...

Presidential legal woes self-inflicted

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The investigative arm of BuzzFeed sparked a media frenzy with a report claiming that two federal law enforcement sources had informed its reporters that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and confidant, had told special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump counseled him to lie ...

Venezuela’s best hope is changing leaders without civil war

Editorials

Venezuela is the 10th-biggest oil producer in the world. It may have larger petroleum reserves than any other country. Yet socialism has devastated the nation’s economy to the point that there are shortages of food. About three million Venezuelans have fled their homeland during the past ...

Weeding out presidential candidates

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How do we determine which governor or senator, celebrity or capitalist has what it takes to become a serious presidential candidate? Not that long ago, legendary New York Times columnist Russell Baker wrote that there was somewhere (almost certainly in the press section) a mysterious ...

Pelosi lied about State of the Union address

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WASHINGTON — Despite it’s rescheduling, people should not forget that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security to ...

Return on your investment

Opinion

“School board votes to renew contract.” “Levee plan grows complicated.” “Community says good bye to local ice cream icon.” “Grants awarded to local schools.” “New special court to help veterans.” “Community rallies behind local coach.” These are among recent ...