Opinion

Match budget cut criticism with real work on the problem

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s proposed “skinny budget” is drawing some harsh criticism based on some of the cuts he is proposing. The Chesapeake Bay cleanup, free legal services aid and community block grant programs that benefit many of the region’s municipalities all are on the list of ...

In 2016, the Clinton Democrats rejected Clinton

Opinion

Last week, I suggested that the 206 Pivot Counties that voted twice for Barack Obama and then voted for Donald Trump are a good place to study the changing political landscape. Data developed by Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics, shows that these counties consistently voted ...

Our national scourge of misinformation

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Impulse control is unfashionable as well as unpresidential, but perhaps you should resist the urge to trip people who stride briskly down the sidewalk fixated on their phone screens, absorbed in texting and feeling entitled to expect others to make way. New technologies are ...

House approval first of many steps in state budget talks

Editorials

The good news is that the state House of Representatives has passed its version of the state budget in early April, nearly three months ahead of the June 30 budget deadline. The bad news is that the $31.5 billion plan is $800 million less than Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget. Rep. Garth ...

The Northwestern University rape outbreak that wasn’t

Opinion

Campus feminists whipped up a Category-5 frenzy over sexual assault allegations at a Northwestern University fraternity in February. But last week, the school’s Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin was forced to muster up her best impression of “Saturday Night ...

The Pence-Graham Rule

Opinion

Millennials and others of a certain age have not lived in a time when fidelity was universally valued and mostly supported by culture — though sometimes hypocritically — and its opposite was roundly condemned. There was even a time when a divorced person could not expect to become ...

A difficult baseball quiz

Opinion

Sportswriter: “You hit only two home runs all last year and already you’ve hit seven this year [1969]. What’s the difference?” Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: “Five.” WASHINGTON — See? Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, ...

Samantha Bee: Great world leader?

Opinion

One might think that Fortune would want to keep a sober reputation as a magazine for business executives. But it made a fool of itself. It came out with a list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” and on that list was once-a-week late-night TBS “comedy” scold Samantha Bee. It’s ...

Father of 401(k) has cautionary retirement tale

Editorials

The 401(k) plan, probably the most-used retirement method in the private sector today, was born in Bedford County. Millions of Americans, without the security of a defined benefit pension that most public-sector workers get when they retire, put their faith in a 401(k) plan when setting ...

A country divided by absolutism

Opinion

I keep hearing that we are a divided Nation, and it becomes more difficult to deny this fact as the number of the "unfriended" on Facebook mounts with each passing day. In my lifetime, I've seen plenty of divisiveness. But it always seemed that cooler heads ultimately prevailed. Lately, ...

The ultimate health care road may lead to single-payer system

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences. Neither condition needs to be ...

Fox News covers ‘Inconvenient’ rape

Opinion

On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly pushed into a boys bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland and raped by two other students during school hours. Police arrested two freshmen who recently arrived from Central America, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano. ...

The Democratic vendetta

Opinion

We are witnesses to an abuse of power by government that represents a test of our democracy. Anyone who fails to rally to the cause of the Americans victimized in this case should be discredited. Though I have not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump when I think he deserves it, he ...

151 years young, region’s YMCAs continue advancing

Editorials

The YMCA recently held its 151st annual dinner to celebrate the services and work at its five branches in the region. There was plenty to celebrate. Locally, the YMCA in the past two years has settled into new headquarters in Williamsport that offer a wider array of services and programs ...

Route 15 Thruway project can have dramatic impact

Editorials

Next month will mark the start of the Susquehanna Valley Thruway with construction of the Route 15 interchange south of Winfield in Monroe Township in Snyder County, and Union Township, Union County. It will be a modest, understated start, but the end product will be anything but that. The ...

Discovering the lost art of letter writing

Opinion

What goes around comes around is one of life’s undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. (the “D.C.” increasingly standing for dysfunctional city). Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it’s Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now ...

Discovering the lost art of letter writing

Opinion

Like so many good stories, this is an old one. But if this April somehow does turn out to be “the cruelest month’’ politically, this old story could even be timely. Here’s the story: The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, realizing that his failing health meant that his days were ...

The Gorsuch confirmation and the ghost of Reid

Opinion

What goes around comes around is one of life’s undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. (the “D.C.” increasingly standing for dysfunctional city). Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it’s Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now ...