Opinion

Downplaying Jimmy Kimmel’s bullying

Opinion

The major media gaudily celebrated the weepy humanity of Jimmy Kimmel when he was a sympathetic figure — when his infant son Billy needed surgery and he pleaded for “health care for all,” and then again a year ago, after the senseless massacre in Las Vegas, where he grew up. But there’s ...

Brotherhood threesome has extended their gifts to benefit community

Editorials

At a time when our country is deeply divided and seemingly coming apart at the seams, last week’s Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance awards dinner reminded us of what we can – and should – be. The honorees were Rev. Spencer Sweeting, pastor of City Alliance Church, local attorney Fred ...

On health Care, voters want more choice and less politics

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Polls consistently show health care is a top issue on voters’ minds heading into the midterm elections. It’s a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences. At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. Just 34 percent of ...

Treating Court as a political branch

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Harsh winds are blowing on Capitol Hill. The hoped-for and feared clash between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and his principal accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, has come and gone, with all of its calculated and spontaneous outbursts, as well as gut-wrenching emotion. Dr. Ford subjected herself ...

Hopefully, result of Kavanaugh ascent will scrub ugliness

Editorials

With the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court has taken a conservative turn that tethers rulings to a strict adherence to the Constitution that we have not seen in a few generations. At the end of a torturous confirmation process, that's the bare, historic result that ...

A vital victory on trade

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In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries. President Trump has been right in his criticism of NAFTA and other trade deals that have left the ...

Prosecutor picked apart case against Kavanaugh

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WASHINGTON — The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant and pivotal choice. No doubt, allowing Mitchell to ask questions instead of Republican ...

Get your flu shot, if not for yourself, at least for loved ones

Editorials

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Atticus Finch was on the wrong side

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It’s time for “To Kill a Mockingbird” to give up its treasured place in American culture. The 1960 novel by Harper Lee was published to instant acclaim, has sold more than 30 million copies and is ubiquitous in high-school curricula. The 1962 movie version, starring Gregory Peck, is a ...

The road best traveled for the city’s pension funds

Editorials

The number for 2019 is $4.5 million. That’s how much spending in the next city budget is set aside for the pension funds of Williamsport police, firemen and officers and employees. The amount approved by City Council is $500,000 more than it was this year. The good news is that the ...

Telemedicine bill will improve healthcare access, help lower costs

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Anytime a family member gets sick, it’s only natural that we want to find the best options to figure out what’s wrong and help them get the care they need.   As technology advances, families have more options for care — not just in the office of a physician or provider. Thanks to ...

Making the case for a city manager

Opinion

On Tuesday, November 4th, the voters of Williamsport will have a chance to change the structure of the city government. This opportunity does not happen often, so I hope everyone will consider the options carefully, become informed, and vote on what you think is best. I am a longtime ...

Other nations must join U.S. to put more pressure on Iran

Editorials

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

The Kavanaugh Combat and Campus Cranks

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For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these now-deleted tweets from Washington, D.C., Catholic college professors about the Brett Kavanaugh battle and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick is considered scandalous and newsworthy. 1. “Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is ...

Kavanaugh’s anger made sense

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Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history. After his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered a compelling, sympathetic performance earlier in the day, Kavanaugh entered the Senate Judiciary ...

Political hijinks block plan to cut state House size

Editorials

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation. That means it’s larger than the ones that serve California, Texas, Florida and New York state. That should be all you need to know about a multi-year effort to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania. The ...

Regarding Flake, I am guilty as charged

Opinion

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and ...

The problem with Trump ‘doctrine of patriotism’

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President Trump began his address to the United Nations last week with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That’s too bad, because no ...

Literary taste Vs. Stormy Daniels

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It’s fascinating when the national media’s literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for “The Best New Books to Read Fall 2018,” and two ticks down from former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir was “Full Disclosure” by ...