Opinion

A plan to save Social Security

Opinion

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

It’s High Noon on ‘Repeal and Replace’

Opinion

The reason Republicans can’t “come together” on a repeal-and-replacement plan for Obamacare is that the American people haven’t come together on what they want. True, polls show Obamacare remains unpopular. But the various Republican replacement proposals have polled even worse. ...

Group’s push to expand the city’s ‘Heart’ is laudable

Editorials

A group labeling itself as the Heart of Williamsport has been sponsoring events over the past year geared to gathering a plan of “action items” that could guide the city in a positive direction in the future. The group has recorded 80 in-depth interviews and gathered thoughts from 1,000 ...

Storm presented opportunity to check home emergency plan

Editorials

Several nights ago the skies opened up – as they have so often this summer. A downpour that was pretty constant for several hours contributed to 3.5 inches of rain in Williamsport over three days and similar amounts throughout the region. Sump pumps were busy and streets were ...

The lessons from Sessions situation

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is. Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to ...

The AP Stylebook is getting crazy

Opinion

Back in those ancient days when teletypes gave us the sound effects for news, the Associated Press was esteemed as the gold standard of objective news coverage. Inside a liberal media bubble, that pretense continues. But for decades now, AP has tacked hard to port along with the rest of the ...

Health care fails as the elected shame themselves

Editorials

There is probably nothing more personal to people than their health care and how it impacts their family. Without affordable, accessible, competent health care for themselves and their families, most people live their lives on a tightrope each day, forsaking traditional practices because of ...

Remembering Apollo 1

Opinion

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong famously took “one small step for a man” and “one giant leap for mankind.” He and Buzz Aldrin stepped into the history books that day as the living embodiment of an amazing technological achievement. We’ll hear a lot more about that trip in the coming ...

Randi Weingarten’s smear

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Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is paid not to tell the truth about school choice, and she deserves a raise. In a speech last week, she purported to uncover the racist roots of the school-choice movement in “massive resistance” to school desegregation ...

Senate feeds beast with state budget plan

Editorials

The state’s late-as-usual budget for 2017-18 lurched toward a settlement late last week with Senate approval of heavy borrowing and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases. The action didn’t make many people happy and leaders of the state House promised heavy scrutiny of the ...

Porking out with your money, documented

Opinion

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of ...

Trump and his Department of Justice: An unnecessary clash

Opinion

During the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has made no secret of his unhappiness at the management of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Actually, Trump seems most agitated at the growing parts of the DOJ that are not under Sessions’ management. He is ...

Mosul liberation is a turning point in war against extremists

Editorials

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city recently spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

McCain the Patriot

Opinion

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

Health care fight shows Washington at its worst

Opinion

The story of health care policy this week, this month and for the last decade (at least) has been a tale of partisan folly. But fear not, this isn’t another earnest pundit’s lament for the vital center to emerge, phoenix-like, to form a governing coalition of moderates in both parties. ...

Getting community out of ‘the dark’ an overdue goal

Editorials

Attentive readers will notice we have moved our Community in the Dark symbol to the editorial page, effective today. Despite periodic reminders to readers, we get asked often why the logo is in the newspaper and what it means. To refresh, the symbol and the number associated with it – day ...

StateState judges: Political selection or election selection?

Opinion

A number of former Pennsylvania state governors continue to beat the drum for what they erroneously call “merit selection” of state judges. The basis for that is the report authored by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. It is claimed that scandals and money are the reasons to eliminate ...

Should Pennsylvanians pay extra for the walking dead?

Opinion

Thanks to last year’s state budget, you’re paying more to watch House of Cards. This year, The Walking Dead—and a host of other cable TV shows—could cost you more, too. Just one year ago, lawmakers passed an unpaid-for state spending plan, which Gov. Wolf let become law. To fill ...

Russia probe is so uneven that it puts credibility in question

Editorials

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. So many liberal ...

Who owns border death truck tragedy? Mexico!

Opinion

Florida truck driver James Matthew Bradley isn’t the mastermind of the human smuggling ring that led to the grisly deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in his rig, which authorities found at a San Antonio Walmart over the weekend. He’s just a cog in the machine. Bradley may now face the ...