Opinion

Biden’s awkward 2020 start, and his prospects for rebounding

Opinion

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Joe Biden, apparently on the verge of entering the 2020 Democratic presidential race, stubbed his toe by joking about the allegations of several women that he invaded their personal space. Biden, a warm and gregarious public schmoozer all his life, chose in ...

City financial accounting must improve, quickly

Editorials

You would think getting a monthly financial report for the city of williamsport would be a no-brainer for City Council’s finance committee. Not so fast. Councilwoman Liz Miele, head of council’s finance committee, said recently she has not received a finance statement since the end of ...

God and the Democrats

Opinion

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party’s presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976. At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Al Gore gave it a go, but misquoted Scripture. In his acceptance ...

Nielsen wasn’t right for ‘bad cop’ role

Opinion

Kirstjen Nielsen is off the island. The embattled, beleaguered and apparently overwhelmed secretary of the Department of Homeland Security was reportedly fired before she could quit. Summoned to the White House on Sunday, she arrived with a resignation letter in tow. “Despite our progress ...

The McCarthyite, anti-Christian campaign against Chick-fil-A

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The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is wanted on suspicion of aiding and abetting Christian organizations. The home of the “original chicken sandwich” was banned from its second airport in two weeks for the offense of contributing to Christian groups deemed anti-gay by its critics. The San ...

At least take a look at Trump health care fix

Editorials

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Chamber levee donation welcome

Editorials

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce recently approved giving $500,000 toward the local levee recertification, which carries an overall price tag of $16 million. Obviously, this donation alone won’t solve the funding shortfall. But it’s laudable action by the chamber that ...

Thank your township supervisor

Opinion

You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring. They’re your township supervisors and staff, and while you may not know them personally, these public servants show up each and every day with one goal in ...

Will black voters keep Dems from going too far left?

Opinion

Which of the two dozen or so Democratic presidential candidates is going to carry black voters next year? The answer to that question is likely to be identical to the answer to the question “Which candidate is going to be the Democratic nominee, and maybe the president?” For years, black ...

Joe Biden’s apology

Opinion

Democrats seem intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Their latest self-inflicted wound has been the shaming of former Vice President Joe Biden. Several women have now come forward to accuse Biden of touching them in ways that made them uncomfortable, even though no one yet ...

Why was award rescinded from Mike Pompeo?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — How bad has Trump derangement syndrome gotten in Washington? Consider this: This past Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to receive the 2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award, in recognition of the Trump administration’s work in releasing Americans held hostage ...

Use caution with Wolf’s gas tax proposal

Editorials

In his relentless push for a natural gas severance tax, Gov. Tom Wolf has gotten much better at the practical side of the initiative. His latest rendition, outlined at a public meeting hosted by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s regional director recently, calls for ...

Speed dating: Getting to know you after 44 years

Opinion

So, yours truly was offered this final highway to journalism heaven. A column. About anything. The goal is a Sunday conversation piece. Like all previous newspaper writing endeavors, it is a community pulpit that is deeply treasured and never taken for granted. It’s also not taken for ...

How it feels to be a political football

Opinion

I never much thought myself as a political football, but reading all the recent newspaper articles, op-eds and social media, it is now quite clear that indeed I am. As an observant Jew, any kind of Jew really, I find myself caught up in a political maelstrom. Democrats are showing their ...

Firearms limits may backfire on victims

Editorials

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

State-run pension system not the answer

Opinion

Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella and others want a state-run pension plan where employers would be required to participate and employees would be automatically enrolled unless they proactively opted out. Although using the harmless sounding name “voluntary individual retirement ...

Tougher state pension forfeiture law merited for abuse of public

Editorials

We doubt there are many things that anger citizen taxpayers more than having public officials and government employees convicted of crimes retaining their pensions, especially when those pensions are so much more generous than those of almost all private-sector employees. So we are heartened ...

It’s time to stop torturing wild animals for our entertainment

Opinion

In the past few years, Pennsylvania has made admirable strides toward improving the lives of animals. Among other things, we’ve cracked down on the puppy mill industry, strengthened animal-cruelty laws and now allow police and other public safety professionals to rescue pets locked in hot ...

A political equivalent of a hit job on Biden

Opinion

Why does it seems like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Most people who pay attention to such things have seen Biden's hands-on approach when it comes to women. Not until the last ...

The Kane story takes the final, inevitable turn

Editorials

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane officially lost her law license recently and was disbarred, a few months after she began a jail sentence for perjury, obstruction and other counts. It was the closing of a sad chapter for the state’s legal system and Kane, who was embraced ...