Opinion

Flooding the sanctuary zones

Opinion

In the category of Mad magazine's "scenes we'd like to see," comes President Trump's threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to fund the ...

Weep for Notre Dame

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“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.” A cultural calamity played out on live TV when the Paris cathedral that ...

France’s soul burns during time of distrust

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PARIS — The soul of France went up in flames Monday, as Notre Dame de Paris cathedral was swallowed by a blaze just a few days before Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Notre Dame is much more than just a church — it’s the epicenter of the history and identity of France, and never more ...

Kids United project is more than worth community support

Editorials

We all want life — and all its daily trappings — to be as close to normal as possible. But for kids with cognitive or physical disabilities, normal is not an option. And that includes everything, including a place to play with other kids. A community alliance of individuals and groups ...

Firetree Place may be hoops solution for kids

Editorials

Alize Johnson, the former Bishop Neumann basketball star, has established himself as something even more important than National Basketball Association player. It turns out he’s a pretty solid citizen of this community who has not forgotten his roots. So, when one attempt to give back to ...

Yes, investigate the investigators

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Attorney General William Barr dared to use the “s-word.” He said in congressional testimony that the Trump campaign had been spied on by the U.S. government. Pressed by incredulous Senate Democrats, he clarified: “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately ...

The country is not ‘full’

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WASHINGTON — President Trump is 100 percent correct that there is a crisis on our southern border. And he is absolutely right when he says some migrants are abusing our asylum laws. But he is dead wrong when he declares, in what has become his favorite refrain, that “Our country is ...

Uncommon candidate was a great man

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He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they're confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with one ...

Numbers, eye test show library system to be a unique asset

Editorials

In an age when Twitter and Wikipedia have replaced traditional forms of information transportation, libraries throughout the nation are suffering a loss of identity and relevancy. Happily, the Lycoming County Library System is a glaring exception. It feels like the system of six libraries ...

Democrats should turn down Cohen’s pandering

Editorials

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

The fake news ‘surge’ in hate crimes

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According to the FBI, “hate crimes” are on the rise. The agency reported a 17 percent increase in such crimes in 2017 compared to 2016. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recently said: “There has been an increase in hate crimes. There has been an increase in ...

Time to abolish the Electoral College

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WASHINGTON — In recent days, at least three 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have called for getting rid of the Electoral College. In 2016, it handed the Oval Office to Donald Trump even though he lost the national popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million ballots. Sen. ...

Challenge in 3 words: ‘Twitter Ain’t America’

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An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” ...

What does history tell us about 2020?

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What does history tell us about the 2020 presidential election? Not as much as we’d like. We’re an old republic and our two political parties are the oldest and third oldest in the world. But we’ve only had a limited number of presidential elections. Three were uncontested (1789, 1792, ...

Redistricting panel has monstrous task

Editorials

Unfair, detrimental and unethical were the words attached to the system of redistricting in Pennsylvania at a recent local hearing facilitated by the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission. The commission has been tasked by Gov. Wolf with studying best practices for nonpartisan ...

Nuclear bailout a legislative failure to electric consumers

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Many of you probably received the same letter that my wife and I did from the gentleman who worked for a nuclear power plant in Vermont that was closed. He detailed the hardship that it created and wrote of concerns he has for his family as it appears he’s facing a similar situation at a ...

All school boards should address rise of vaping

Editorials

There’s a new threat to the health of our children. It’s vaping, in which electronic devices — e-cigarettes — heat a liquid and produce an aerosol that delivers nicotine and other substances. The Centers for Disease Control says the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens and ...

Government’s hands should not control health care choices

Editorials

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Who will see full Mueller report?

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When Attorney General William Barr released his four-page assessment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report, I was disappointed at many of my colleagues who immediately jumped on board the “no collusion” and “no obstruction” and “presidential exoneration” ...