Opinion

Trump racks up foreign policy success

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Rape is devastating; So is lying about it

Opinion

I have a message for virtue-signaling men who’ve rushed to embrace #MeToo operatives hurling uncorroborated sexual assault allegations into the chaotic court of public opinion. Stuff it. Your blanket “Believe Women” bloviations are moral and intellectual abominations that insult ...

Brett Kavanaugh fights back

Opinion

WASHINGTON -- As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse -- and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a world where their lives and reputations cannot ...

Neighborhood around eastern Park Avenue finally getting attention

Editorials

We were heartened to see the city hold a meeting this past week to hear from residents of the Park Avenue neighborhood. The area of focus among city officials is bound by Little League Boulevard to the south and Brandon Avenue to the north, Market Street to the east and Campbell Street to the ...

Proposed amendment to state constitution creates mischief

Opinion

Voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania. Few would argue with the underlying purpose of the amendment, which is to assure rights of the victims of crime. Most of the provision deals with the ...

The air has seeped out of the Russia-Collusion balloon

Opinion

“I did not, and of course I looked for it, looked for it hard.” That was Bob Woodward, promoting his book on the Trump White House, “Fear,” replying to talk radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt’s question “Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research, in your interviews, ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves to remain

Editorials

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Kavanaugh deserves confirmation amid delays and divisions

Editorials

What we witnessed Thursday at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation – and the actions that led up to it – was a national embarrassment that is frightening to anyone revering the way America has always resolved its issues. A ...

An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

Opinion

President Donald Trump is showing that it’s possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past several months, Trump has opened even more of a wedge between the largely benign material conditions in the country and his own political ...

The Times’ Haley smear Vs. G.H.W.B. smear

Opinion

The New York Times’ headline read: “Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.” The headline clearly implied that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Haley was a profligate elitist Republican unconcerned about spending taxpayer money. As a result, the ...

State jobless rate, at 18-year low, says a lot about economy

Editorials

The latest jobs report from the state Department of Labor and Industry places Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate at 4.1 percent for August, the latest month for which numbers are available. How good is that unemployment percentage? It is the lowest jobless rate since 2000 – in other ...

The downside of being right

Opinion

It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on anything more ...

State public pension fees deserve deeper look by officials

Editorials

Any Pennsylvanian not living under a rock the past several years knows that the state’s public pension system is under water. Under water in this case means billions of dollars less than what is needed to fund the system today and in the coming decades. One of the reasons the state is ...

The media and Kavanaugh’s Kangaroo Court

Opinion

The erupting accusation of “attempted rape” against Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he was 17 show just how shameless the Democrats and the “Facts First” media have become. They are promoting an accusation when the accuser can’t remember when or where it happened. That is enough to stop a ...

Opioid crisis fight gets some federal punch with bill

Editorials

Our region is being overrun by a multi-faceted opioid abuse problem. The good news is that awareness of the problem has been elevated in recent years and the war against it is being fought by a coalition that includes the political, medical, and human services sectors. The better news is ...

Trump’s Beast in the Night

Opinion

If you have been following the serious destruction brought about by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the political turmoil caused by the allegations of teenage sexual misconduct made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, along with his firm and unbending denials, ...

Lycoming College’s new entrance, city progress take shape

Editorials

Seeing is believing. Ground is being turned at the southern extreme boundary to Lycoming College, where a new entrance to the school will emerge a year from now. The Krapf Gateway Center will house the school’s Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences and will establish a new face that ...