Opinion

Procter & Gamble’s identity-politics pandering

Opinion

Once upon a time, brothers-in-law William Procter and James Gamble sold candles and soap. Their 19th-century family business grew into the largest consumer goods conglomerate in the world — launching the most recognizable brands on our grocery shelves, including Tide, Pampers, Crest, ...

The president is not the enemy

Opinion

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

Vulgarity: Starter pistol in race to bottom

Opinion

A friend of mine who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year — I skipped it — reported to me that the Young Republican men were “wearing their ties down past their [crotches].” I cleaned up the quote a bit for the benefit of a family newspaper. Though ...

Will Trump’s low approval ratings doom GOP in 2018?

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In normal political times, a president with a 40 percent Job Approval rating would be a tremendous drag on his party in the midterm elections. But these are not normal times. A look back at what happened on Election Day last November suggests that President Trump’s low ratings will not ...

Drug commDrug Commission strikes correct chord with opioid report

Editorials

President Trump’s drug commission last week called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic. Few people in this region would disagree with that assessment, especially given some of the clusters of opioid tragedies this summer. The ...

American Imams for Pogroms

Opinion

Our very secular national media have a favorite narrative when it comes to “hate speech” and religion. Since 9/11, our national sin is “Islamophobia.” Anti-Semitism continues to exist in isolated pockets, but it’s so ... yesterday. “Hate speech” against Muslims is now a top-shelf ...

Trump family values

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Jeff Sessions thought he was on the Trump team, but he was sadly mistaken. For President Donald Trump, the world breaks down into three categories — there’s family, who are part of the charmed Trump circle by blood or marriage; there are “winners,” who have earned Trump’s regard by ...

The revolution devours Venezuela

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Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can’t be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism. People are now literally starving — about three-quarters of the population lost weight last year — in what once was the fourth-richest country in the world on a ...

White House should put the lid back on asset forfeiture system

Editorials

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ...

The sadly missing case for Republican health care

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At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

The Democrats’ ‘better deal’ is, in reality, a raw deal

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Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a “Square Deal.” His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us “The New Deal.” Modern Democrats, who have lost election after election, are now offering the country “A Better Deal.” Speaking in Berryville, Virginia, a small town that ...

City residency rule: Seek middle ground that’s fair to all

Editorials

There was a time when all employees of the City of Williamsport were required to live within the city limits. That is no longer true. City Council rescinded the city residency ordinance earlier this year. As a result, of 218 city employees, 135 live outside the city. There are still ...

‘And, finally, it was Williamsport’

Opinion

In the 1940’s up and down the Allegheny River with Pittsburgh as its hub, were little river towns that featured small sandlot baseball fields. On any given summer day these little diamonds would have young boys participating in a baseball game. Most were pick-up games, very few ...

Confessions of a Climate Change skeptic

Opinion

We’ve all heard the urgent calls to action to remedy man-made climate change. I’m sorry, but I’m just not buying it. Before you start accusing me of being “anti-science”, be advised that I love science. Have you had your spouse obtain science textbooks via library loan just to ...

McCain: Look beyond politics and offer up a prayer for a true hero

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people ...

USA Today’s impeachment-push poll

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If there’s anyone left in America who still thinks the national newspapers aren’t partisan, they must have missed the front page of USA Today on July 24. The banner headline across the top read, “USA Split on Trump Impeachment.” It took a poll attempting to figure out very publicly ...

Don’t be shocked by Alaska threats

Opinion

It’s a bit of a cliche to quote “Casablanca” when it comes to Washington’s gift for manufactured outrage, but the classics are classics for a reason. When Captain Louis Renault orders Rick’s saloon shut down, Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) protests: “How can you close me up? On ...

Eight firefighters take their dedication to western wildfires

Editorials

Eight area firefighters were dispatched recently to the western sections of the United States to fight raging wildfire flames. Wildfires have been most prevalent recently in Idaho and parts of California, particularly the Yosemite National Park region. To be dispatched to fight these fires, ...