Opinion

Dems move from ‘pro-choice’ to ‘no choice’

Opinion

Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and today in only ...

Flood recertification process needs to be completely public

Editorials

The local flood levee protects $2.7 billion worth of property and just about every citizen in much of our region. Estimates are that it is going to cost about $10 million to do the things to gain recertification of the levee, which is necessary to avoid drastic increases in flood insurance ...

Can police get a fair trial in America?

Opinion

Lock your doors. Hide your children. Police officers, be on alert: Al Sharpton’s cop-bashing circus is back in full swing. Harlem’s godfather of racial hoax crimes is in Oklahoma this week to stir up trouble as jury selection begins in the manslaughter trial of Tulsa police officer Betty ...

Where pessimism and optimistic meet

Opinion

It’s not fashionable to say these days, but I am very optimistic about America’s future. I believe that our nation’s best days are still to come and that our children and grandchildren will have much better lives than we have enjoyed. I am optimistic despite believing that our ...

YWCA chooses wisely naming Linn Glenwright successor

Editorials

The local YWCA had big shoes to fill with the upcoming retirement of Diane L. Glenwright, the agency’s longtime leader. They could not have made a better choice than Dawn M. Linn. She brings the ideal combination of financial, philanthropic and community knowledge. The knowledge comes from ...

Brotherhood Alliance honors four community stalwarts

Editorials

The Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance chose a true Fab Four with its annual awards recently. We here at the Sun-Gazette are especially proud that Philip A. Holmes, a reporter here for decades with a heart for the community as big as our building, was one of the four honorees. He shared ...

Lincoln, not Jackson

Opinion

Donald Trump is trying to do for Andrew Jackson what Lin-Manuel Miranda did for Alexander Hamilton. Trump, like Miranda, is out to restore the reputation of a great American figure once threatened with removal from U.S. currency. Trump doesn’t have the cultural pull of the writer and star of ...

Awards have lost their meaning

Opinion

Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many ...

The Comey firing: Clumsy timing aside, it had to happen

Editorials

It came as no surprise that after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, all sorts of theories about nefarious intent began making the rounds. Perhaps the most ridiculous is that Trump hoped to derail an FBI investigation into allegations people close to him — ...

Crude comedians of ‘the Resistance’

Opinion

TV comedy cannot be too harsh when directed at President Donald Trump. There are no limits, and CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has proven it. Under the rubric of corporate loyalty after the president cut an interview short with CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson and mocked ...

Is empathy distraction in health-care debate?

Opinion

Just over 14 years ago, my daughter almost died minutes before entering the world. My wife had to have an emergency C-section. The whole thing was harrowing. Someday I’ll tell the whole story. But because of that experience, and simply because I am a father, I could empathize with late-night ...

Don’t be fooled; Voting has never been more vital

Editorials

Democracy does not get more direct and precious than this Tuesday. To begin with, there's an election. And you should always vote, given the sacrifices that are at the root of our right to cast a ballot. But Tuesday's Primary Election represents the most local of elections. The offices up ...

VA housecleaning: The sooner, the better

Editorials

It is a measure of how bad things are at the Department of Veterans Affairs that President Donald Trump is ordering creation of a special office to protect whistleblowers and find out why VA Secretary David Shulkin cannot just fire employees who are incompetent and/or dishonest. Trump signed ...

The media is suddenly angry over happy talk to dictators

Opinion

Situational ethics define the liberal media. There is no pursuit of truth. There is only a double standard. When former President Barack Obama bowed to dictators in Cuba and Iran, it was “historic” diplomacy. When President Donald Trump talks up meeting with autocrats, that’s another ...

The People vs. the Media

Opinion

President Trump and I have something in common. We were both invited to the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner and we declined. The president wasn’t interested in hearing himself mocked by an industry that holds him to a different standard than his predecessor and I wasn’t ...

Calling all mothers

Opinion

As a Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, I can state with certainty that no cases have affected me more than those involving the sexual abuse of children. Throughout my 17 years on the appellate bench, I have been astounded by the sheer number of these cases that come before ...

Eliminating school property tax comes with risky formula

Editorials

For most people who own real estate in the region, the school property tax is the largest single bill they pay every year. So it is no surprise that elimination of that tax often comes up in state Legislature discussions, and there are several property tax-related bills in the House and ...

Parents: Prepare your kids for left-wing campus bias

Opinion

Do college students — and their parents — truly understand how thoroughly left-wing professors dominate the humanities side of academia? Many people know that most professors are liberal, but the degree to which the left wing rules is jaw-dropping. A study published last September in Econ ...

A thinking mom’s message for Kimmel

Opinion

I feel your pain. But please use your brain. Recently, late-night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue about his newborn son. His baby was born with a congenital heart defect that required emergency open-heart surgery. Millions of American parents, myself included, ...

Efforts to make colleges turn profit carry high social cost

Opinion

Efforts to make colleges turn a profit sometimes comes with a high social cost. While there are justifications for curtailing wasteful spending in higher education, efforts to slash the budget by eliminating core educational programs are bound to invite public criticism. In a controversial ...