Opinion

Will the nation’s booming economy save Republicans in the midterms?

Opinion

Democrats need to win a net 23 seats in November to gain majority control in the House of Representatives. History suggests that they have a good chance of doing so because the party out of power almost always gains seats in the midterm. Even an average midterm gain would be enough to make ...

Delay, deceive and destroy

Opinion

Who believes another FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh will be the end of it? If the FBI finds nothing to support Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party, will it be enough for Democrats to vote to confirm him? Republicans say the ...

Plan shows future vision for Thruway, Route 220 projects

Editorials

The path to making a dangerous, eight-mile stretch of Route 220 between Williamsport and Jersey Shore safe has not been cheap or expedient. Much has been done over the past decade to improve that section of highway, but more work remains in the next few years. That work was part of $400 ...

President Trump continues to rack up foreign policy success

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Kavanaugh/Ford and credibility

Opinion

The combatants in the case of Ford v. Kavanaugh claim that what has been occurring nationally is not a “trial,” but it certainly has been treated as a trial by the media. The live coverage of the testimony in this drama reminds a casual observer of the OJ Simpson case. America was riveted ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

Editorials

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Trump racks up foreign policy success

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Rape is devastating; So is lying about it

Opinion

I have a message for virtue-signaling men who’ve rushed to embrace #MeToo operatives hurling uncorroborated sexual assault allegations into the chaotic court of public opinion. Stuff it. Your blanket “Believe Women” bloviations are moral and intellectual abominations that insult ...

Brett Kavanaugh fights back

Opinion

WASHINGTON -- As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse -- and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a world where their lives and reputations cannot ...

Neighborhood around eastern Park Avenue finally getting attention

Editorials

We were heartened to see the city hold a meeting this past week to hear from residents of the Park Avenue neighborhood. The area of focus among city officials is bound by Little League Boulevard to the south and Brandon Avenue to the north, Market Street to the east and Campbell Street to the ...

Proposed amendment to state constitution creates mischief

Opinion

Voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania. Few would argue with the underlying purpose of the amendment, which is to assure rights of the victims of crime. Most of the provision deals with the ...

The air has seeped out of the Russia-Collusion balloon

Opinion

“I did not, and of course I looked for it, looked for it hard.” That was Bob Woodward, promoting his book on the Trump White House, “Fear,” replying to talk radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt’s question “Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research, in your interviews, ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

Editorials

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Kavanaugh deserves confirmation amid delays and divisions

Editorials

What we witnessed Thursday at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation – and the actions that led up to it – was a national embarrassment that is frightening to anyone revering the way America has always resolved its issues. A ...

An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

Opinion

President Donald Trump is showing that it’s possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past several months, Trump has opened even more of a wedge between the largely benign material conditions in the country and his own political ...

The Times’ Haley smear Vs. G.H.W.B. smear

Opinion

The New York Times’ headline read: “Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.” The headline clearly implied that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Haley was a profligate elitist Republican unconcerned about spending taxpayer money. As a result, the ...

State jobless rate, at 18-year low, says a lot about economy

Editorials

The latest jobs report from the state Department of Labor and Industry places Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate at 4.1 percent for August, the latest month for which numbers are available. How good is that unemployment percentage? It is the lowest jobless rate since 2000 – in other ...

The downside of being right

Opinion

It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on anything more ...

State public pension fees deserve deeper look by officials

Editorials

Any Pennsylvanian not living under a rock the past several years knows that the state’s public pension system is under water. Under water in this case means billions of dollars less than what is needed to fund the system today and in the coming decades. One of the reasons the state is ...