Opinion

An Electoral Millennium – it’s not a matter of if, but when

Opinion

The age of Trump will be remembered for many things. One of them will be the seemingly endless stream of political norms broken or endangered. Indeed, we are setting all kinds of anomalies this year, starting with the large number of members of Congress not seeking reelection as well as the ...

Does the Supreme Court protect terrorists?

Opinion

In Jesner v. Arab Bank, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 2631, Justice Kennedy, writing for the Court on most of the issues, ruled the Alien Tort Statute would not aid victims of terrorism in a case against a bank which allowed for laundered money for terrorist organizations. Petitioners in this case, or the ...

Haspel deserved better treatment from Senate panel

Editorials

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...

Harassment at Center for American Progress

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The Center for American Progress, founded in 2003 by former Bill Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, promotes itself as pushing “bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.” On April 23, the left-leaning website BuzzFeed reported there’s a sexual ...

Criticism of Wolf, West show coalition instinct

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Last year, John Tooby, a founder of evolutionary psychology, was asked by the website Edge.org what scientific concept should be more widely known. He argued for something called the “coalition instinct.” In our natural environment, humans form coalitions. Coalitions are slightly ...

Sister Henry Lambert defined what Christian charity looks like

Editorials

Sister Henry Lambert, who died recently, was a member of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Christian Charity. But the way she lived her life made her title so much more than a set of label words. She defined Christian charity in our community. In the 1970s, while distributing food for Meals ...

What Dems can learn from Emmanuel Macron

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WASHINGTON — Emmanuel Macron and President Trump don’t agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is a free-trader; Trump just imposed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum. Macron wants the United States to remain in Syria; Trump wants to get out. Macron ...

Judges for the #resistance

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There is a lawlessness rampant in the land, but it isn’t emanating from the Trump administration. The source is federal judges who are making a mockery of their profession by twisting the law to block the Trump administration’s immigration priorities. If the judges get their way, there ...

Toomey’s even-keel stances match up well with the region

Editorials

Healthy skepticism where it belongs and a clear-eyed view of the barriers to solving some of the nation’s most pressing issues. That was the impression left by Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Zionsville Republican, in a broad-ranging interview last week with the Sun-Gazette editorial ...

The Can’t-Do Republicans

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Back in ‘92, the late Paul Weyrich and I held a press conference during the Republican National Convention to make two announcements. First, we were endorsing George Bush 41’s re-election. Second, we’d just made the most meaningless endorsement in history. He had so thoroughly bungled ...

When will machine-like thinking prompt moral panic?

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In Frank Herbert’s “Dune” series (my favorite-science fiction books), he made a bold writerly decision. In a genre famous for robots and computers (particularly in the 1960s), Herbert imagined a futuristic universe with neither. In his telling, some 10,000 years prior to the story of the ...

Coffee business’s vision shows new downtown model

Editorials

Alabaster Coffee Roaster and Tea Co. on Pine Street in Williamsport was honored recently with the Business of the Year Award during the Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds award ceremonies. It was not Alabaster’s first noteworthy award. And we doubt it will be the last. The downtown ...

The Primary season has arrived

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After months of speculation and shifting expectations, the midterm elections will start to really take shape in the coming two months. A dozen states are hosting primaries in May and a dozen and a half more in June. In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, we currently know both ...

A farewell to the WASPs

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The memorial service for Barbara Bush recently marked the passing of an era. The outpouring of praise for a woman who was an unselfconscious member of a political elite, an insider and establishmentarian, spoke to a pang of regret over a lost ethos of leadership. George and Barbara Bush ...

On-time Thruway work a dual piece of positive news

Editorials

Spring may have been slow in coming to the region, but the protracted raw, dreary weather did not have much of an impact on construction of the much anticipated Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project. The thruway is a new, 13-mile, four-lane, limited-access highway that will ultimately ...

‘Crazy Bernie’ is at it again

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There he goes again. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is again flirting with the idea that the federal government should ...

Biden, Dems don’t leave home without race card

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Former Vice President Joe Biden recently told MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton that the GOP wants voter identification laws for one reason. Racist Republicans so despise blacks and are so determined to oppress them, that they seek to prevent all blacks from voting. Biden said: “It’s what ...

The message of the Cosby trial: No one is above the law

Editorials

The conviction of entertainer Bill Cosby on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman was a milestone, in a way. Some people consider Cosby the funniest man they ever heard deliver a monologue. For years, millions of Americans viewed him as a model for fatherhood. And many black Americans were ...

Beware networks skipping their own polls

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Watch national news outlets choose which opinion poll results they report and which ones they bury. It tells you everything you need to know about their political agenda. On the morning of Sunday, April 15, ABC anchor Paula Faris reported a new ABC News-Washington Post poll that showed ...