Opinion

Stormy stories overshadow $84 million Clinton scandal

Opinion

From Stormy Daniels to allegations of Russian collusion, the left-leaning mainstream media is determined to derail the Trump presidency. A recent, typically biased CNN headline reads: "Trump's boss act doesn't always work." For every legitimate news story, there are dozens of others ...

Seattle may pay for biting the hand that feeds it

Editorials

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast on Monday approved a plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Rosenstein has botched Mueller probe

Opinion

Rod Rosenstein is doing a star turn as principled defender of the law, but he’s performed abysmally as deputy attorney general, and President Donald Trump would be fully justified in firing him. The leaked questions that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask Trump in a prospective ...

Cecile Richards and the Culture of Death

Opinion

There’s a swagger in Cecile Richards’ step as she conducts a book tour around the media surrounding her departure from the summit of Planned Parenthood after 12 years. Call it a victory lap. Everywhere she goes, adoring liberal interviewers ask her if she’ll run for office next. ...

Favorable county prison numbers need to continue

Editorials

All of the numbers reported at last week’s Lycoming County Prison Board meeting were positive. And most of them have to do with the success of the county’s re-entry program. The inmate population for April was 337, compared to 398 in April of 2017. The total of 61 fewer male and female ...

North Korea: Trump should refuse the bait

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The prospect of winning the Nobel Peace Prize is understandably tantalizing for President Trump. After all the contempt he has faced from the political establishment, watching liberal heads explode at the suggestion by South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he deserves the award ...

Cultural-appropriation: Desperate to be offended

Opinion

I am very critical of China’s government. It’s corrupt, authoritarian and in some respects totalitarian. I have deep reservations about Chinese culture as well. The Chinese government bans sex-selective abortions — i.e., killing females in utero — but Chinese people still do it in ...

Trump plusses: Time, low expectations

Opinion

Despite the daily pounding he receives from the media, President Donald Trump enjoys two advantages — low expectations and lots of time. When the opposition party and their media cohorts call Trump an idiot, a fool, a liar, racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, ...

The Democrats’ dangerous case of Trump Derangement Syndrome

Opinion

Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It can operate in politics, too. For example, Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith recently wrote, “It is part of Trump’s evil genius that he elevates himself by inducing ...

Project Bald Eagle disbands; Its value about to be revealed

Editorials

In December, Project Bald Eagle, the local coalition combatting the opioid epidemic, announced plans to regionalize the effort. Last week, Project Bald Eagle announced plans to disband the effort. It turns out, partners to the projected regionalization decided they wanted to keep their ...

Was the Blankenship momentum real?

Opinion

In the final days before the West Virginia primary, breathless media coverage suggested that businessman Don Blankenship was gaining ground rapidly and had a real shot at winning the Republican Senate nomination. ABC News quoted a “national Republican operative” who said it’s “down to ...

The questions for President Trump

Opinion

In a startling revelation recently, The New York Times published what it claims are 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller sent to lawyers for President Donald Trump. The questions are apparently a road map of inquiry that Mueller and his prosecutors and FBI agents plan to put to the ...

Trifecta of approvals Pushes three needed initiatives forward

Editorials

It’s one thing to have ideas and vision and local consensus on priorities for the region. Unfortunately, when the ideas involve bricks, mortar and infrastructure, confetti is not an acceptable payment. It takes money and sources to provide the money. A battery of sources for that money came ...

The vulgar goes mainstream

Opinion

To be vulgar once earned societal disapproval, ostracism from polite company and — in my grandmother’s era — put a young person in danger of having his mouth washed out with soap. Today, vulgarities are now mainstream. People speaking in a way that “would make a sailor blush” are ...

When state condemns a disabled child to death

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Imagine your own beloved child was lying in a hospital with a mysterious brain disease. Should you, as the parent, be allowed to decide whether to continue treatment for your son or daughter? Or should the state have the power to overrule you and cut off life support over your ...

Put a hold on the Nobel Peace Prize

Opinion

Who would have guessed that a Trump crowd 15 months into his presidency would be chanting, “Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!” As in Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor and philanthropist who created the eponymous prizes, including one for peace. The prize was on the minds of Trump fans thanks to ...

The ‘Uncle Tom’ Card is dead

Opinion

Here is a short list of prominent conservatives and independent thinkers who’ve been accused by their critics of being an “Uncle Tom” or some other vitriolic variation on the overplayed left-wing theme of being a traitor to their race or gender (“Aunt Tomasina,” “Uncle Juan,” ...

Put the confusion behind and vote in Tuesday’s primary election

Editorials

There’s more than the usual amount of confusion surrounding this year’s primary election Tuesday in Pennsylvania. With four other states – North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia – having primaries last Tuesday, people were calling the Lycoming County voter services office to ...