Opinion

High taxes produce moving experience

Opinion

One reason Democrats seem so fixated on importing illegal immigrants and allowing their children to stay and become citizens may be the exodus from high-tax and traditionally Democratic states. Anecdotal evidence is usually not helpful in determining trends, but when stories begin to ...

Trump’s tariffs: Statism on the march

Opinion

The Trump administration is now moving to put some teeth on its promise to punish “unfair” trade from China and other countries. Recently it imposed punitive tariffs on Chinese and South Korean manufacturers of washing machines and solar panels. The move is ill advised on its own, but you ...

Gallup media poll yields predictable, sobering results

Editorials

When it comes to polling, Gallup is probably the most trusted name in existence. So the latest Gallup/Knight foundation survey on trust, media and democracy deserves to be respected for its professionalism and objectivity. The findings were instructive and hardly surprising to us. • ...

The diminution of faith and trust in modern American democracy

Opinion

The bonding values of faith and trust, based historically in the evolution of family, community, ethics, and law in Western culture, appear to be declining. Signs of such a decline have been noted in the politics of several nations in Western Europe. And Donald J. Trump has become the 45th ...

A really special Pennsylvania election

Opinion

On March 13, a special election will be held in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, with Republican Rick Saccone opposing Democrat Connor Lamb. Libertarian candidate Drew Miller is also on the ballot. It is an especially convoluted special election since the winner will need to also ...

For For some expressing sexual misconduct outrage, it’s an act

Editorials

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Eschewing euphemisms frames immigration issue

Opinion

He who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That’s an old political consultant’s rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats’ failed government shutdown over immigration policy. Issue framing is especially important on ...

The Great Expletive Hypocrisy

Opinion

Breaking news: President Donald Trump uses profanity. When Trump’s apparent use of the word “s—-hole” makes headlines, one cannot help but recall the analysis of the media provided by President Obama’s deputy national security adviser and foreign policy speechwriter. In discussing ...

County drug court has a two-decade record of success

Editorials

In a region where illegal drug use is a problem too big to ignore, a court program that focuses on drug treatment has to make a major, positive impact. By any measure, Lycoming County’s drug court program is making that kind of impact. Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts ...

Dreamers versus fetuses

Opinion

The Democrats blinked in the first round of the government-shutdown fight over immigration, but they promise to regroup and fight again for immigrants living in America illegally who came as minors. The Democrats call them “Dreamers,” and so, the “Facts First” media employ that loaded ...

Home Schooling is not a crime

Opinion

It’s elementary. Education control freaks will use any excuse to crack down on competition. With two million K-12 students now educated at home (including our 9th grade son), the temptation to exploit the most marginal cases of alleged child abuse by home-schoolers has proven irresistible ...

State of Union: Positive, but sadly, unwelcome to some

Editorials

President Trump’s State of the Union message Tuesday was uplifting for all the right reasons and disheartening for all the wrong reasons. We suppose that’s to be expected, given how politically divided the nation is, even as the economy – to the benefit of all Americans – shows its ...

Blame us for government shutdown

Opinion

If we don’t like what is happening in Washington — and few do — the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is “we the people” who send these people here. We send people of different and often opposing viewpoints to Washington and expect them to get along. Many quickly ...

Trump’s wall should be a bargaining chip

Opinion

The Democrats’ crusade to force a government shutdown in order to win permanent protections for “Dreamers” went down in flames. The price extracted by Democrats was meager compared to what they wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) merely agreed to allow a floor debate ...

Loyalsock Creek worthy of River of Year moniker

Editorials

Loyalsock Creek flows through Worlds End State Park and along the Loyalsock Trail. The 59-mile trail provides vistas overlooking the stream below. The stream flows through a very remote, rural area of Pennsylvania. So when the creek was nominated for the title of 2018 River of the Year, ...

The subtle art of a government shutdown

Opinion

President Trump didn’t respond to the so-called shutdown of the federal government in the way that the political class thought he should. He didn’t get personally involved in detailed negotiations to end the impasse and didn’t convey a sense of crisis to the American people. When all was ...

A conspiracy of silence assaults privacy

Opinion

During the past three weeks, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law vast new powers for the NSA and the FBI to spy on innocent Americans and selectively to pass on to law enforcement the fruits of that spying. Those fruits can now lawfully include all fiber-optic data ...

State education leader promotes a better learning path

Editorials

Pedro A. Rivera, state secretary of education, visited Lycoming College recently and got a lot of face time with student teachers and other parts of the school's student body. He came away impressed, which hardly surprises us, given Lycoming's status as one of the nation's premier liberal ...

Pitch-dark democracy: Perfect for Trump

Opinion

Old and new Washington met under the Capitol dome as the hours counted down to midnight Friday, when the government lights might go out. It was only Wednesday, but what a long week already. President Trump’s vulgar profanity, insulting Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in a White ...