Opinion

Don’t let Trump hatred thwart school choice

Opinion

The Detroit school board recently voted 6-to-1 to consider removing Dr. Ben Carson’s name from one of its high schools. Carson, a former Detroit student and former head of pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, pioneered several groundbreaking neurosurgical procedures. He now serves ...

Ivanka Trump email transgression hardly at the Clinton level

Opinion

Let’s get the obvious out of the way – Ivanka Trump, the president daughter and a White House adviser, sent emails regarding government business from a personal email account in 2017. It was wrong. It was inexcusable, especially in light of President Trump’s criticism of his campaign ...

Solution to shameful caravan chaos is overdue legislation

Editorials

People in the caravan at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, threw rocks at border agents and attempted to breach a fence on Sunday. They were turned away with tear gas as tensions escalated. So, it turns out reports of an invading caravan of people seeking to overtake the nation's border ...

Wayne Stayskal: Cartoonist extraordinaire

Opinion

Google “Great American Political Cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block (aka “Herblock”) of The Washington Post, (Paul) Conrad of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and several other cartoonists whose work, if not their ...

First Step: Pro-cop, pro-borders, pro-criminal justice reform

Opinion

The package of criminal justice reform proposals endorsed by President Donald Trump is not “soft” on crime. It’s tough on injustice. And it’s about time. Known as the “First Step Act,” the legislation confronts the Titanic failure of the federal government’s trillion-dollar war ...

City parks donor sets example for others to follow

Editorials

The city of Williamsport has an anonymous donor willing to establish a legacy fund with a $263,000 gift that would benefit the city's parks. There are specific items on the list of benefits, such as re-establishing the pool house at East End as a recreational center with arts and ...

The details reveal difficulty of city’s 2019 budget puzzle

Editorials

The pertinent numbers on the Campana administration's proposed city budget for 2019 are in and they none of them are pretty. The budget calls for another tax increase, this time 0.65 mills on real estate. The budget calls for four fewer policemen. And even with those less than savory ...

Crenshaw vs. liberal press freedom panic

Opinion

Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw of Texas first came to national attention when his looks — especially the patch over his eye that he lost serving in Afghanistan — were mocked on “Saturday Night Live.” The NBC show amended its rudeness by putting him on the show the next week and ...

Lessons learned from election irregularities debate

Opinion

Now that all of the controversial elections, recounts and re-recounts are over, let us review some of our lessons learned. Florida is the Jaguar of vote-counting, and I’m not referring to the animal or the Jacksonville NFL franchise. I mean the car. For decades, part of the “charm” of ...

Enjoy the holidays – avoid politics

Opinion

For those who live and breathe politics, it’s hard to let go after the intensity of an election. Months and months of addictively following every hint of breaking news or analysis gave way to often raw emotions as the votes were finally counted. I speak from personal experience. After every ...

For what should we be thankful?

Opinion

What if the government’s true goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and by bureaucrats and central bankers behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which political party ...

‘Click it or Ticket’ could literally be a life and death matter

Editorials

Just about everyone who has ever gotten a traffic ticket has felt – at least for a little while – that surely, there was something better that the police could be doing with their time than picking on little ol' you. Well, sometimes – just like when your parents did it and many of you ...

The Florida fiasco ends

Opinion

After two recounts — one by machine, the other by hand — after a concession speech by Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, which was withdrawn and then re-delivered; after hordes of lawyers descended on the state to argue that “every vote should be counted,” including ...

A post-conviction master class post-conviction master class

Opinion

Undoing wrongful convictions takes a killer instinct. Chicago-based exoneration specialist Kathleen Zellner’s got it. Her record speaks for itself. Over the past two decades, she has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America. What’s her secret? The Herculean ...

When warranted, police, prosecutors deserve stiff penalties

Editorials

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Thanksgiving and the outlaw

Opinion

Many people feel sorry for prisoners during the holidays because they’re separated from their families in relatively joyless spaces, comforted only by cold regret and crappy food. As someone who spent six Thanksgivings in prison, I know it’s not some Pollyannaish cliche to tell you that ...

Democrats tried to steal Florida election

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WASHINGTON — Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by 12,562 votes in the Florida Senate race. A margin of victory that large has never been overturned in a recount. According to FairVote, the average vote shift in statewide general election recounts is a meager 282 ...

The Lycoming County property reassessment: No fun, but necessary

Editorials

Lycoming County's proposed 2019 budget includes a lot of expensive projects, the worth of which can be debated. But the $1 million set aside to begin a reassessment of properties in the county is warranted. The total cost of the reassessment is estimated at about $3 million, and the revised ...

The issue of citizenship by birth

Opinion

United States vs. Wong Kim Ark, decided in 1898, Mr. Justice Gray delivering the opinion of the Court, made abundantly clear that citizenship by birth is the norm. Wong Kim Ark alleged that he was a citizen of the United States born in San Francisco in 1873. His parents were of Chinese ...

Amid complaints, a reason to give thanks

Opinion

“It’s the worst of times.” The words are Charles Dickens’, from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, polarized politically, ...