Opinion

Get the shovels in the ground

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Sensing that his Scottish enemies had blundered at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Oliver Cromwell said, “The Lord hath delivered them into our hands.” Philip K. Howard, were he the exulting type, could rejoice that some of his adversaries have taken a stand on indefensible ...

Former governors make case for merit selection of state judges

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Scandals and runaway campaign spending reinforce need for judicial reform through merit selection. Just over one year ago, we came together as former governors from across the political spectrum to call for the adoption of merit selection of statewide judges and justices to the appellate ...

Desperate budget situation leads to gambling expansion

Editorials

The state government revenue stream is swimming in red ink, with collections running far below expectations. And it seems operational expenses keep rising. Those increases combine with a looming public pension financial crisis to put Pennsylvania in a desperate budget situation. That ...

Saddest of all, little new to say about terrorist attacks

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The saddest part about the recent terrorist attacks in the U.K. — aside from the actual horror for the victims and their families, of course — was that there was so little new to say about it. But that didn’t stop anyone. Everyone backed into their usual rhetorical corners, filling in ...

Engineering without a license

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WASHINGTON — Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to ...

At long last, Grafius Run flood control work moves forward

Editorials

When the heavy rains hit Williamsport, the debris from trees that populate the Grafius Run area becomes trapped in trash racks, flooding the streets that are in the run’s path. The problem is worsened by deteriorating pipes meant to channel water to the river. The result is seepage and ...

Pergola puts an overdue stamp on Way’s Garden restoration

Editorials

A Roman-style pergola was dedicated at Way’s Garden last week. The dedication marked the latest chapter in the renaissance of this jewel in the heart of Williamsport. Restoration of Way’s Garden has been going on for a couple years, thanks to the tireless work of several dedicated ...

If it walks like a terrorist

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In television it’s called a “loop,” the replaying of the same scene over and over and over again. The latest and most assuredly not the final terrorist attack in London last weekend was a “loop” that has become all-too familiar. The jihadists who claimed to be acting on orders from ...

YouTube banned me, but not hate Imams

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One of the many maddening takeaways from the London Bridge jihad attack is this: If you post videos on YouTube radicalizing Muslim viewers to kill innocent people, YouTube will leave you alone. But if you post a video on YouTube honoring innocent people murdered by barbaric jihadists, your ...

The bare-fisted battle over the Trump budget begins in Congress

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from both our states ...

CNN ‘scholar’ throwing excrement continues tasteless media circus

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In reaction to the May ratings report showing MSNBC as number one in weeknight prime-time viewership in the prized 25-to-54 age demographic, CNN sent out a spokeswoman to separate itself from the competition. CNN should be viewed as “the one nonpartisan cable news network,” presumably ...

Can Wonder Woman just be Wonder Woman?

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In the new “Wonder Woman” movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind — and she doesn’t even read the internet. The fevered commentary about the new hit film raises the question, “Can’t an Amazonian superhero wield her Lasso of Truth and bullet-deflecting bracelets ...

Fly your flag proudly today; It has never been more important

Editorials

We have seen the news video way too often, especially in today’s world, of our American flag being burned. Sometimes it is a defiant objector in a far off land who does not share the American ideals of freedom and liberty and would prefer the demise of our democracy and what it signifies. ...

Hillary blames America first

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In one of the great scenes in American cinema, Jake Blues (John Belushi) of the Blues Brothers, explains — at gunpoint — to his ex-fiancee (Carrie Fischer) why he left her at the altar. “I ran out of gas! I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come ...

Ending the monopoly on regulation

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Not too long ago, Democrats complained about Republican governors and state legislators using their authority to fight Obamacare. Now, those same Democrats are encouraging state and local officials to fight President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty on climate change. Such hypocrisy ...

$5 fee most equitable way to catch up on flawed county bridges

Editorials

Much of Lycoming County is a mosaic of streams, creeks and runs. From a highway standpoint, that means lots of bridges. Many of those bridges are more than a century old. Many of them are structurally onsound. Most of these bridges are in heavily rural corners of Lycoming County, the largest ...

The age of unilateral rule

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The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been an extension of the last six years of the Obama administration, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in ...

Two polar opposite examples

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For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 ...