Opinion

Free local communities to set their own minimum wage

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Recently, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill preventing local governments from raising the minimum wage above the statewide level of $7.25 per hour. The bill was a response to four counties passing local laws boosting the minimum to $10.10 per hour or higher. Ballotpedia.org reports ...

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As fate would have it, Hillary Clinton spoke at last month’s Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, where she emphasized the importance of peace, of women and of women in peace. “When women participate in peacekeeping peacemaking we are all safer and more ...

Time and patience are the watchwords for highway work

Editorials

Significant progress on streets and highways takes time and patience. It took more than three decades to modernize Route 15 between Harrisburg and the New York State line, with a major part of the work north of Williamsport and through Tioga County. This year PennDOT’s local district will ...

Executing guilty, innocent in Arkansas

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Nearly three dozen men sit on death row in Arkansas, where capital punishment has been suspended since 2005. Unless clemency is granted, seven of them, an eighth man was granted a temporary reprieve, will be given lethal injections all within a 10-day period, between April 17 and 27. Why so ...

What the Freedom Caucus stands for

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WASHINGTON — With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing ...

Doesn’t look as if he’s from around here

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When John McCain, after graduating from Annapolis and spending 22 years in the Navy, made his first run for Congress from Arizona, he was challenged by a Republican primary opponent for not having lived long in the state. McCain, who, as a POW for 5 1/2 years, had been tortured by the North ...

Who’s unsafe on campus?

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Springtime may be in bloom, but snowflakes never go out of season at America’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Quivering students at the University of Notre Dame launched a protest recently against the school’s decision to invite Vice President Mike Pence as commencement ...

Trump passes first commander-in-chief test with Syria action

Editorials

Every presidential election the nation's voters are, first and foremost, electing a commander-in-chief who will protect our country and its citizens and protect the principles of freedom and humanity worldwide. Candidates talk about a lot of other issues that they would have some impact on if ...

Majority rules better than super majority

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“Majority rules.” How often as kids did we hear that? Most young people can remember their first lesson in democracy. A bunch of kids get into an argument over something on the playground or in the classroom, and the teacher decided to take a vote. 11 kids vote one way, and 10 another. ...

Trump’s normality problem limits potential for gains

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White House official Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council, in a reversal of what had been an eyebrow-raising decision to put the president’s top political adviser on the NSC. It is a step toward normality in a White House that has struggled with it, especially in the Oval ...

‘Complicit’ First Daughters and double standards

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The late-night comics turned their liberal rage on Ivanka Trump after she granted an interview on April 5 to “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. It was an interesting choice for a television interview considering King would clearly be hostile. She partied with Oprah and the Obamas in ...

Experience America at the time of the Great War

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“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” — ...

City streets get long overdue priority treatment

Editorials

Gas utility UGI is beginning its milling of several streets in Williamsport where new gas lines were installed and patching was done before winter last fall. And permanent paving will follow in the next couple weeks. Those words are music to the ears of city residents who have been dealing ...

Trump derangement syndrome

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President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said she wanted to require companies to provide paid maternity leave. The President later reaffirmed that pledge, promising six weeks of paid leave for new mothers. His “fair trade” position ...

The Middle East’s siren call

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In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

$5 fee appears to be best way to repair bridges

Editorials

Lycoming County has 54 structurally deficient bridges that are not owned by the county, but rather local municipalities that do not have the means or funds to repair them. To get the job done, the Lycoming County Commissioners are considering a $5 vehicle registration fee. The fee would be ...

Susan Rice is still lying

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Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported on April 3 that President Trump’s lawyers discovered it was former President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice who allegedly “requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the ...

Karma, precedent and the nuclear option

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WASHINGTON — For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically ...