Opinion

Trump, Congress must find way to cut federal spending

Editorials

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Griffin gets her comeuppance

Opinion

How could Kathy Griffin think she didn’t cross a line with her Islamic State group-beheads-the-president imitation? In a sense, her ignorance is understandable. Since Donald Trump was elected, there have been no lines to cross. Anything ... everything ... has been acceptable. The ...

Hysteria over Paris pullout

Opinion

For sheer hilarity and hyperbole it’s hard to beat a recent headline on a Washington Post editorial opposing President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the nonbinding and unenforceable Paris climate agreement. “Trump turns his back on the world,” it screamed. A close second ...

Change in city government: It’s time to discuss it

Editorials

We applaud Williamsport City Council's vote Thursday night that will allow city residents to decide whether they want to pursue a change in the form of government that determines how the city operates in the future. Let's start with what this is not. It is not City Council unilaterally ...

Reforming welfare can restore opportunity and renew hope

Opinion

Opportunity. For many, this word inspires hope for the future. Unfortunately, for others—including some of the nearly 10,000 families living below the poverty line in Luzerne County—it’s a word that can seem too good to be true. This is an unacceptable tragedy. As a longtime ...

Why oppose legalizing marijuana

Opinion

The debate over whether or not to legalize marijuana as medicine has been a very controversial one. The House Health and Judiciary committees have completed a combined series of hearings to further investigate this issue. In 1979, Keith Stroup, founder of NORML (National Organization for ...

Finally, the state is about to approve real pension reform

Editorials

After four years of trying the state Senate’s Republicans may finally have the public employee pension reform they have been seeking. The Senate passed pension reform Monday calling for smaller retirement benefits to newly hired state employees in favor of a 401(k)-style plan that most of ...

How long will NBA fans tolerate Trump-bashing by head coaches?

Opinion

The success of NBA San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich cannot be denied. In his professional career, the Popovich-led Spurs have won five championships. Popovich is also a military vet. Fluent in Russian and armed with an Air Force Academy degree in Soviet studies, his first post was as an ...

Spying on you, me, the president

Opinion

“The makers of our Constitution ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928 After the Watergate era had ended and Jimmy Carter was in the White ...

Reaction to Paris pullout shows sad, unnecessary divide

Editorials

The first job of the president of the United States is to protect the interest of the citizens of this country. That's what President Trump did last week, plain and simple. The country was – by executive order of former President Obama – involved in the Paris Treaty climate change ...

What price separation from Europe?

Opinion

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had enough of President Trump. Speaking last Sunday in a Munich beer hall, Merkel suggested that Europe may no longer be able to rely on the United States as a faithful ally and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own hands.” I had ...

To die for Estonia?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — So what if, in his speech to NATO, Donald Trump didn’t explicitly reaffirm the provision that an attack on one is an attack on all? What’s the big deal? Didn’t he affirm a general commitment to NATO during his visit? Hadn’t he earlier sent his vice president and ...

Two South Side legends left an indelible mark

Editorials

In hundreds of small communities in this country, there are a few people who stand out as the backbone, either by leadership, talent or personality - or a combination of all three. R. David Frey and William Byham, who have represented much of the heart and soul of South Williamsport for ...

What if collusion probe finds nothing?

Opinion

President Trump is back from his first foreign trip, and CBS “welcomed” him back by suggesting again that he can’t possibly win a long fight with the media. On May 28, CBS reporter Errol Barnett quizzed “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, saying: “Trump is back to tweeting his ...

The nonexistent case for the Paris accord

Opinion

For a bull in the china shop, President Donald Trump gingerly stepped around the Paris climate accord. That dance ended last week, with Trump deciding whether to stay out. “Out” should be the obvious answer. No U.S. interest is served by remaining part of the accord, which even its ...

Now comes the hard part for the state budget

Editorials

The state House passed a budget for 2017-18 in early April. It was for $31.5 billion, $800 million less than Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal of $32.3 billion. Now it's June and the hard part remains – coming up with a compromise that suits all parties enough to produce a budget by the end of ...

Two ways of looking at America

Opinion

There are two ways of looking at America. One approach offers hope for a bright future, focuses on common ground shared by most Americans and is grounded in pragmatism and reality. The other offers a depressing outlook, encourages polarization and is grounded in ideology and fantasy. The ...

Conservative mom breaks pot taboo

Opinion

Let’s talk about marijuana. Specifically, let’s talk about how and why I came to be one of the countless parents across America (and around the world) who have let their chronically ill children try it. A groundbreaking new study published last week in the New England Journal of ...

Local lawmaker’s gas tax reversal may have impact

Editorials

At a recent town hall meeting, state Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, informed those in attendance he has changed his thinking and now supports a natural gas severance tax. Everett, who has been a very reasoned voice regarding the natural gas industry, said he has changed his thinking ...