Opinion

Seattle’s city council turns to interpretations

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SEATTLE — In this city, which is a petri dish of progressivism, a prevailing theory is that when you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it, except when they do not. Another, and related, theory is that constitutional and statutory texts should be construed in the spirit of ...

Health care reform: Half of a loaf is clearly better than none

Editorials

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally recently, ...

Bikini-clad baristas give free speech lesson

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SEATTLE — Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest’s only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, giving new meaning to coffee as a stimulant, have provoked the City Council ...

The GOP identity crisis

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The Republican Party can’t pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore. This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative and a populist wing that is ineffectual and inflamed. Donald ...

Breaking logjam on East Third Street traffic flow is vital

Editorials

Lots of people, from elected officials to businessmen to transportation leaders, want East Third Street in Williamsport to become a two-way corridor between Market and Mulberry streets. So far, the group does not include engineers at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. And until ...

Anthem protests: Do the facts matter?

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Where was the angry left when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the national anthem protests “dumb and disrespectful”? Let’s focus on the “dumb” part. NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, did so over the supposed widespread instances of police ...

Math, history and tax reform

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In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not the first ...

11th-hour quarrel on sewer deal makes city look disjointed

Editorials

It’s only early October, but Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana already has set the ground rules regarding the upcoming city budget talks for 2018. Under those ground rules, the mayor said City Council should be blamed for any tax increase next year because it did not listen to his ...

Anthem protest: Enlightenment is path to peace

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Everyone has an opinion about the push back of the National Football League against President Trump's call recently for players to honor the American flag during the National Anthem or be dismissed. There will be no attempt here to change your view. But consider the following as you try to ...

Political advocacy: Never while in uniform

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Along with many of my friends, I have been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for many years. Along with many other Scout volunteers, I serve as a merit badge counselor. Scouts who aspire to the Eagle Rank must complete many merit badges, including Citizenship in the Nation and ...

Kennedy documents: The more truth, the less fuel for theories

Editorials

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Critics hate military shows in prime time

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The fall premieres have begun on prime-time TV, and just when you thought we couldn’t sink lower into the cesspool, there are new “milestones” for the liberal cultural commissars to honor. The Daily Beast reported with great pride that the Amazon show “Transparent” will have TV’s ...

Conclusions in Vegas tragedy may come with little closure

Editorials

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded hundreds more people? Knee-jerk ...

Unnecessary roughness

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If you like professional sports, a major reason — perhaps THE reason — you attend games, or watch them on TV, is that it helps you escape from whatever occupies your mind the rest of the week. You certainly don’t want the issues of the day encroaching on your enjoyment. The recent ...

NFL pigskins at public trough

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I’m calling foul on all the leftists rushing to protect the NFL’s protest crusaders from President Donald Trump’s criticism of their national anthem antics. Their shabby line of defense? The NFL is a “private enterprise’’ whose “rights’’ are being violated by those ...

St. Anthony’s needs, deserves rescuing of free medical clinic

Editorials

Flood damage over the summer did what nothing else has done to the St. Anthony's Center – shut down its free medical clinic. The flooding in the basement of the center's headquarters at 125 W. Willow Street was so bad that the clinic can not get insurance. Without insurance, it can't ...

Trump vs. the NFL

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The national media remain obsessed over President Trump’s tweets, especially when they can be interpreted as racially inflammatory. Liberal sports journalists spent the summer hoping and wondering when the original national anthem kneeler, Colin Kaepernick, was going to get another ...