Opinion

Debates show Obama’s presidency has shrunk

Opinion

Whatever happened to Barack Obama? For a while there, no modern figure was supposed to be as consequential. It’s difficult to describe the hype in the early days of the Obama era. Time, Newsweek and countless deep thinkers cast him as a 21st century Lincoln or FDR. Some literally saw a ...

For the good of everyone, stand up, be counted

Editorials

Stand up and be counted — for the good of the place where you live. We are speaking of the upcoming national Census scheduled for 2020. To be frank, Lycoming County has been an inadequate participant in the Census, to its detriment. Its non-response rate is 24.1 percent. Based on the ...

A necessary ingredient of political success

Opinion

Nationalism has a bad name. For many Americans, mention of the word summons up visions of Hitler and Nazism. Some condemn nationalism as thoughtless bragging that your nation is better than others, which should be discouraged just as second graders are told not to brag, lest they hurt ...

A tale of Zorro and Little St. Jeff’s

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The more we learn, the more Jeffrey Epstein resembles an evil comic book character for the developmentally arrested intellectual — the charming-but-lurid mastermind with a plot to take over the world by impregnating scores of women on a remote desert estate. Last Wednesday, ...

Election systems control should be kept by states

Editorials

U.S. senators were told recently that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

Budget shows state public education priority being met

Editorials

Schoolbells will be ringing again in just a few weeks. With the state budget of $33.9 billion now peacefully passed, the money to pay for those public schools, their operations, their administrators, their teachers and other staff is set. And it’s a lot, more than most states. A total ...

Extravagant candidate promises

Opinion

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has lots of big ideas to redesign the United States. She dreams of Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, forgiving student loans, waging war on corporate America and more. On the debate stage in Detroit, Warren pushed back when others raised doubts about her ambitious ...

What presidential debates teach us

Opinion

Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by ...

The truth about Kamalacare

Opinion

Arming herself for Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate, contender Kamala Harris unveiled her latest health care position paper. Harris has flip-flopped over whether she supports eliminating all private insurance in favor of a single-payer government-run health system. Her new plan ...

Forget moderates vs. radicals

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The two-night Democratic debate this past week was portrayed as a policy brawl between the party’s moderate and left wings. But what we really saw in Detroit were debates between the party’s left and the far left. On Tuesday night, the so-called moderates offered dire ...

When Journalism 101 is cast aside

Opinion

The goal was a journalism career. The destination was Sports Illustrated. The destination evolved into 44 years at the Sun-Gazette, more of a career than 99 percent of the population gets. That’s because the goal — journalism — was achieved. The path was tricky, with challenges, ...

Will the excitement over the moon landing dissipate?

Opinion

With all the hoopla in the press and the popular media about the first manned moon landing 50 years ago, the question is whether the trip to the moon was worth it and should we continue with manned exploration? Even before the first man landed on the moon, questions were being raised as to ...

Kudos to Congress for STEM bill for military vets

Editorials

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. Among those pushing for the measure, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. ...

Smelling rats in Baltimore

Opinion

Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that House Government Oversight Committee ...

Wrong to attack Cummings

Opinion

WASHINGTON — President Trump was wrong to personally attack Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D.-Md., a man widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike. But Trump was absolutely right when he called Baltimore “dangerous,” “filthy” and “rodent infested” — that is, if you can ...

Re-entry website is one more addition to rehab toolbox

Editorials

When people break the law and are convicted of crimes, they are punished. That’s as it should be. The best possible outcome following that is that the offender serves their time and becomes rehabilitated during their penal phase to the point where they are worthy of a second chance. That, ...

Congressional impeachment show needs to be suspended — or canceled

Opinion

The impeachment show needs to be suspended and sent back for major rewrites — or, better yet, canceled entirely. I use the word “show” deliberately, because that is what it has become. In the most recent episode of House Democrats versus President Trump, pro-impeachment members were ...

Borough, township correctly look to streamline police

Editorials

We traditionally favor streamlining, consolidating and sharing services among municipalities as a means of saving money and improving efficiency by publicly funded entities. The latest steps being taken regarding police in the Jersey Shore area and Old Lycoming Township are no ...

Can Democrats ever get to the fourth stage?

Opinion

It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side — in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 — will be able to recover and compete. Because political parties are composed of human beings, when a ...