Opinion

Saudi decision not as simple as human life vs. economy

Editorials

President Trump declared this week he would not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He made it clear he values the benefits of good relations with the kingdom in that consideration, even as there is a possibility that Saudi Arabia’s crown ...

If Trump is a ‘racist,’ he needs to go back to Racism School

Opinion

Abraham Lincoln, when informed that General Ulysses S. Grant was a drunk, famously asked Grant’s accusers what whiskey he was drinking so Lincoln could send a barrel to every general in the army. Keep this in mind when President Donald Trump’s critics accuse him of “racism” against ...

Trump’s not populist enough

Opinion

The midterms suggest that President Donald Trump needs to double down on populism, just not the sort that’s been his signature to this point. Trump is both too populist and not populist enough. His populism is largely, although not entirely, a matter of style — combative, lacerating, ...

Amid award moment, jeopardized city police staffing gets spotlight

Editorials

Even as Williamsport policemen were being given awards for bravery at City Council’s meeting last week, they were taking the moment to push hard against Mayor Gabriel Campana’s proposed cuts in the police department as part of the 2019 budget proposal. The mayor said he’s not planning ...

Media skip Farrakhan and hype ‘Nazi’ prom

Opinion

It’s very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On Nov. 12, ABC, CBS and NBC all leaped on a tweet from a contributor of the left-wing talk show “The Young Turks.” It showed a months-old ...

Stan Lee’s work a reflection of his times

Opinion

Stan Lee, the reinventor of the comic book, died Monday at the ripe old age of 95. Comic books get a bad rap, although not nearly as bad as they used to. There was a time when comic books were the cause of an all-out moral panic. After the release of psychiatrist Fred Wertham’s book “The ...

We can all be more thankful; We can all be better

Editorials

Food on our tables. Homes that provide shelter. Family and friends to share our lives with. Religion and other foundations to keep us correctly centered. Those are the things that most of us commemorate on this Thanksgiving. They are the pillars of life and the inspiration that makes us ...

The shame of the Catholic Church

Opinion

One doesn’t have to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to recognize the great good the Catholic Church has done. America would be worse off were it not its pro-life stance and numerous acts of charity. But good works are sometimes diluted or even overwhelmed by evil works, and it is the ...

Were the Pilgrims celebrating Sukkot?

Opinion

There is plenty of evidence that the Pilgrims, devoutly familiar with the Bible, were imitating the Jewish celebration of Sukkot during the first celebration that became Thanksgiving. The Puritans fled England in 1620 on the Mayflower. As Bruce Feiler noted in his book, America’s Prophet: ...

A Turkey Day blessing

Opinion

A stranger appeared just as we were sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. And he sat in the chair we always leave empty to symbolize those who, due to death or distance, could not be with us this year. The stranger began to talk — and even sometimes sing. “Let us bow our heads. Dear ...

Election 2018: A political system out of sync with nation it serves

Opinion

In the wake of Election 2018, analysts have delved deeply into a seemingly limitless supply of data points to explain the details of what happened. What role did suburban women play? Or health care? Was there a Kavanaugh effect? This obsession with details may be causing us to miss the bigger ...

6 reasons CNN-Acosta suit is lame

Opinion

CNN’s war on the Trump White House is now entering the legal system. CNN filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia insisting that denying its chief White House shouter Jim Acosta a permanent press pass has caused “irreparable harm,” and that Acosta has a ...

Florida vote count circus puts bruise on voting process

Editorials

There are more than 3,000 counties in the nation that participated in the counting of votes during the recent midterm election. Only two counties – Broward and West Palm Beach in Florida – seemed to have a problem with the process. Somehow, ballots were found after the polls closed, ...

Will real Attorney General please stand up?

Opinion

The forced resignation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States set in motion a series of events that will soon resonate in all corners of the Department of Justice. President Trump has been steamed at Sessions ever since Sessions removed himself from supervision over the ...

Criminal justice reform makes sense; Now it’s prove-it time

Editorials

President Trump and his administration have been pushing hard for criminal justice reform in the past several months. The key tenets of the plan involve softening sentences on certain offenses and giving second chances to those who have run afoul of the law. The plan would especially ...

The remaining election of 2018

Opinion

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: “Victory has 1,000 ...

Midterms set table for crazy 2020 race

Opinion

Strap in, it’s all going to get crazier. More than a week after the final votes were cast (but not necessarily counted), it’s now looking like the Democrats had a blue wave after all. It didn’t seem like it at first. Election night was more of an emotional roller coaster than you’d ...

Lycoming County’s budget: Solid ideas, storm clouds loom

Editorials

No tax increase is planned with the 2019 Lycoming County budget. That’s the good news. And, as one county commissioner pointed out at a public hearing this past week, the county can’t be constantly raising taxes and expected businesses to locate here. But the ledger sheet gets a ...

In construction and beyond, Trump economy roars

Opinion

Think the U.S. economy is slowing down? Think again. According to the International Monetary Fund, economic growth is expected to hover around three percent this year, and surpass 2.5 percent in 2019. America's stock market, meanwhile, has outperformed the rest of the world. The ...