Opinion

Economy is strong, and facts override spin to illustrate it

Editorials

These are politically-charged times and interpreting the strength of the U.S. economy is no exception. Political foes of the current administration like to insist that the strength of the nation’s economy is either a fluke, a fraud or was created in the eight years previous to 2017. So ...

Trump’s probably not going anywhere

Opinion

The walls supposedly are always closing in on Donald Trump. The end is always beginning. He’s going to quit. He’s going to be impeached and removed. He’s going to decide not to run again. Somehow or other, he’s going to relieve everyone of the responsibility of ever ...

Border wall is now a MacGuffin; that’s problem

Opinion

A MacGuffin is a term of art in screenwriting. It’s the thing the hero wants but the bad guys are trying to get, and therefore it drives the action of the story. In John Huston’s “The Maltese Falcon,” the Maltese Falcon is the MacGuffin. In “Raiders of the Lost Ark” it’s the ...

A new level of regional thinking needed on levee

Editorials

Not only is certification of the levee protecting Wiliamsport and surrounding communities necessary, it is complex. Stormwater management upgrades and pollution reduction mandates must be met in concert with the recertification process. Besides being necessary and complex, the process is ...

A new course for students in Pennsylvania

Opinion

Major educational initiatives launched this year underscore Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to a more holistic approach for evaluating student and school success, one that relies less on test scores and focuses more on developing the skills students need to be college, career and community ...

Can the GOP dump Trump?

Opinion

Old conventional wisdom: it can’t happen-Donald Trump cannot be denied the Republican renomination in 2020. New conventional wisdom: Maybe it can. Even a month ago, it seemed implausible Donald Trump might be challenged for the 2020, GOP nomination. Troubles he certainly had. But ...

Hopefully, stability at hand for city’s police chief spot

Editorials

We sincerely hope the Williamsport police chief merry-go-round has stopped. In October, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana tapped Capt. Jody Miller as chief to replace retiring Chief Dave Young. Miller then decided before Christmas to pursue employment at the Williamsport Area School District. He ...

Gillette’s sexist sermonizing to men and women

Opinion

So who is the mastermind at Gillette who came up with the idea that the best way to sell men’s razors is to insult the customers with condescending liberal propaganda about “toxic masculinity”? Is pandering to the perpetually angry feminists in the media the way to grab positive ...

Where was scrutiny on Obamacare, Iraq deal?

Opinion

The media’s “President Donald Trump is a congenital liar” narrative reeks of rampant hypocrisy to those who repeatedly complained while the same media gave President Barack Obama pass after pass for eight years. Obama wanted to become a “transformational” president. He ...

Park Avenue plan – challenging task needs more support

Editorials

Consultants shepherding the Park Avenue Plan in Williamsport held a recent open house seeking input on the planned revitalization of that area. They got plenty of what they wanted regarding an area that encompasses Park Avenue between Hepburn and Walnut streets and dips south toward Little ...

Now playing in Puerto Rico

Opinion

He who excuses himself, accuses himself.” — Puerto Rican proverb More than 109 lobbyists and 39 Democrat Members of Congress attended a “winter retreat” last weekend in Puerto Rico, ostensibly to help raise funds for damage caused by hurricane Maria in 2017, reports Fox News. The ...

United Way funding campaign needs everyone – right now

Editorials

The Lycoming County United Way has calculated a need to raise $1.6 million in its current fundraising campaign to support 55,000 people through the programs it sponsors. Last year, the campaign raised $1.2 million, so $400,000 more than that is being sought. As of mid-January, fundraising ...

The myth of media as Trump’s ‘accomplice’

Opinion

The most absurd and improbable New York Times headline was published in the Sunday Review recently over a magnum opus by columnist Frank Bruni: “Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?” You read that correctly. The real collusion in the 2016 election was between Donald ...

Procter & Gamble’s toxic sanctimony

Opinion

One of the world’s most successful brands committed ideological hara-kiri this week. Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of ...

Church’s Code Blue overnight sleep place a community blessing

Editorials

The nights are getting colder, sometimes frigid, and it will be that way most nights for the next six weeks or so. Most of us will be watching our thermostats, juggling the priorities of a family budget and staying reasonably warm. But there will be a segment of the population, under the ...

To 2020, watch America, not politicians

Opinion

Election 2020 is still 22 months away, but the political world can’t wait. A decent number of Democrats have already announced their decision to enter the race, a couple of dozen others are coming and pundits are busily assessing the chances of each new candidate to win the ...

Can the FBI investigate the president?

Opinion

The New York Times reported senior FBI officials were so concerned about whatever President Trump’s true motivation for firing FBI Director James Comey was that they immediately initiated a counterintelligence investigation of the president himself. The Times reported officials believed ...

Border security, immigration reform more vital than parties

Editorials

As much as she may wish she could, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cannot muzzle the president. For now, however, she is doing a pretty good job of muzzling a country from progress it desperately needs. Her stunt in suggesting President Donald Trump postpone his scheduled ...

Cough up, America

Opinion

When you receive your paycheck and look at the withholding for federal, state and sometimes city taxes, along with Social Security and Medicare, you probably don’t think you’re underpaying governments and want them to take more. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio believes that if you have ...