Opinion

When airport security is insecure

Opinion

In Vanderklok v. United States, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declined to apply the civil rights laws in favor of an air traveler who was mistreated by TSA screeners. However, Vanderklok was not the end of the story. The Federal Tort Claims Act grants the United States sovereign ...

Has Donald Trump replaced Ronald Reagan?

Opinion

Donald J. Trump has reversed Republican positions held for decades, and Republicans act as if they have not noticed his evisceration of many of these traditional Republican stances. Their favorability numbers for the President remain at about 90% even though he has implemented policies for ...

The curious path to the Manafort trial; Only judge looks good

Editorials

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has ...

Name of the game: Votes for Democrats

Opinion

San Francisco is permitting “undocumented immigrants,” as political correctness demands we label them, to register to vote this November in local school board elections. Who doubts this is the first step by the left and Democrats toward full voting rights in state and eventually in ...

Don’t dismiss NATO’s faraway members

Opinion

Donald Trump thrives on an image of strength, so it’s never a good look when he inadvertently invokes the spirit of Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister whose name has become a watchword for appeasement. In September 1938, Chamberlain referred to the process of the Nazis ...

Name of the game: Votes for Democrats

Opinion

San Francisco is permitting “undocumented immigrants,” as political correctness demands we label them, to register to vote this November in local school board elections. Who doubts this is the first step by the left and Democrats toward full voting rights in state and eventually in ...

County prison ledger sheet: Programming key to stabilization

Editorials

The volatility of Lycoming County prison operations and necessity to prevent overcrowding was underlined in the system's recent report for June. After nearly two years of keeping the male inmate population low enough to avoid expensive transfers, the Lycoming County Prison had about four days ...

Obama’s words on identity politics better late than never

Opinion

“Democracy demands that we’re able to also get inside the reality of people who are different than us, so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they’ll change ours.” That was Barack Obama speaking in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of ...

Trump can shut down Russia critics with one move

Opinion

WASHINGTON — If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: Announce he is moving out most U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany and sending them to Poland. The Polish ...

Job skills program; Details needed to show practicality

Editorials

It all sounds like the correct priority at the correct time that fits well with the future. Gov. Tom Wolf is taking steps to implement a $30 million workforce development initiative to expand high-demand computer and industrial skills training, an effort funded under the recently passed state ...

Nobody knows 2020 presidential nominees, but. . .

Opinion

As was wisely observed inside the world of renowned philosopher Peter Pan, “All this has happened before, and it will all happen again.” Never is that more true than when American voters choose our presidential nominees. Recall 1976, when, after the criminality, corruption and ...

Time to junk higher ed racial quotas

Opinion

“It’s time for enlightened America to hit reset on affirmative action once and for all,” writes Columbia University linguistics professor John McWhorter in The American Interest. By affirmative action, of course, he means the racial quotas and preferences that most selective college ...

First responders: We cannot imagine a world without them

Editorials

It was tragic. Two people out to enjoy our beautiful Pine Creek entered the water but did not survive. Mother and son both died, but not before some valiant efforts to save the two vacationers from out of the area. First responders gave everything they had to try to resuscitate her and to ...

City correct to seek some control over noise levels

Editorials

It’s summer. We get that people want to have a good time. And we are fine with that, as long as it does not impinge on everyone else’s idea of a good time. City police and codes officers were at hearings last week petitioning the state Liquor Control Board for a waiver to the state liquor ...

The Senate protects our freedoms

Opinion

Based upon census bureau projections, 69 percent of all Americans are projected to live in the 16 largest states. Given the uncertainties of predicting how people will live in an era of self-driving cars and other cultural changes, the precise numbers may be a bit off. But, it is certainly true ...

Defending Trump with Putin

Opinion

As a trial judge in New Jersey during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, I spent much of my time trying to settle cases. This process involved bringing into my chambers the lawyers for the disputants and asking them in the absence of their adversaries to lay their cards on the ...

Commissioners on correct track with early budget focus

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners are starting their 2019 budget preparations early, which we like. We also like a couple of the priorities that were shared with the public, namely an increase in funding to the Lycoming County Library System, plans for more radios and towers to reduce safety ...

Showtime ‘Fakes News’ for the Left

Opinion

CBS’s pay-cable Showtime channel is the latest backer of con artist/”comedian” Sacha Baron Cohen’s performance art, as in the movies “Borat” and “Bruno.” It’s a new TV show called “Who Is America?” that is designed, as usual, to mock Americans — mostly conservatives ...

Unsettling lawsuit underscores degree of litigation sickness

Editorials

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass shooting ...