Opinion

Up to voters to expand Homestead exclusion

Opinion

Increasing and burdensome property taxes are one of the top concerns that constituents are continually voicing to me. No family, senior or hardworking Pennsylvania resident should live with the fear of losing their home because they cannot afford to pay their property taxes. On Tuesday, ...

The fusion of reporting and ‘oppo’

Opinion

On Oct. 24, the Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. The firm then retained former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who ...

Trump is the GOP mainstream

Opinion

The showdown between President Donald Trump and Sen. Jeff Flake turned out to be no contest. It wasn’t Trump who was out of the GOP mainstream, but Flake. The Arizona senator supported Gang of Eight-style immigration reform, when immigration restriction is becoming a litmus-test issue in ...

A year of decision nears for White Deer Golf Complex

Editorials

The assessment of the White Deer Golf Complex at a recent Lycoming County Commissioners meeting was positive. The occasion was consideration of a $19,690 bill for removing old sprinkler heads and installing new ones at the complex. The funds to pay that bill come from a 2012 bond issued ...

An American president and the world

Opinion

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...

Conservatives appeasing too many crackpots

Opinion

William F. Buckley, the founder of National Review (where I work), once confessed in private, “I wish to hell I could attack them without pleasing people I can’t stand to please.” By “them” he meant the members of the conspiracy-mongering, anti-Communist, anti-United Nations, ...

DDon’t underplay illegal vote number in Pennsylvania

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has determined noncitizen immigrants may have cast 544 ballots illegally out of more than 93 million ballots in elections spanning 18 years. The department’s disclosure followed examination of 35 primary and general elections from 2000 through 2017. It ...

Another pedestrian tragedy underscores Route 220 danger

Editorials

For the fifth time in just over a year, a pedestrian was struck and killed last week while on a four-lane stretch of Route 220 in the Linden area. The circumstances of the accident are somewhat unclear. But the bottom line is that four pedestrian deaths on the same portion of highway in ...

Media skip inconvenient Russia truths

Opinion

CNN is airing a bizarre new advertisement with the motto “Facts First,” which insists that the network calls an apple an apple, even if critics of its “news” reporting argue it’s a banana. You see, CNN is interested in objective truth, not opinions. This would be like McDonald’s ...

My own Harvey Weinstein experience

Opinion

I knew of Harvey Weinstein, and I’d heard that he possessed the power to make or break careers, that he was bombastic and that he pushed people around. But that pretty much was the extent of it. After all, this is Hollywood, where only a small percent of would-be actors and actresses in the ...

Politicians not as vital as they think

Opinion

Shortly after World War II, Congress passed a law requiring the federal government to assume responsibility for managing the economy. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy claimed that government stewardship was responsible for the post-War economic boom. In those heady days, there was even talk ...

The enablers of perv photog Terry Richardson

Opinion

If you wonder why Hollywood stayed so quiet so long about casting couch abuse behind closed doors, just look at how the entertainment industry enabled perverted sexual exploitation of women in front of the camera. Fashion magazine moguls at Conde Nast have now reportedly blacklisted ...

Commissioners correct to look at staff cuts given budget status

Editorials

With Lycoming County once again looking at deficit spending to balance its 2018 budget, Commissioner Rick Mirabito said last week the county is working to lower its number of positions in order to save on salary and benefits costs. Mirabito said his goal is to reduce the county’s manpower ...

Gambling expansion does not solve state budget structure problems

Editorials

Pennsylvania casinos will gross more revenue this year than any state except Nevada. So it comes as no surprise that the state lawmakers and Gov. Wolf, with a new budget stalled by a $2.2 billion deficit, last week approved a bill to expand casino-style campleing to truck stops, online ...

A taxing situation

Opinion

Federal income tax was first introduced under the Revenue Act of 1861 to help defray war costs. Congress repealed the tax in 1871 when the need for government revenue declined, only to restore it in 1894 as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act. The public policy debate surrounding the ...

The Facebook farce

Opinion

The Kremlin knows a bargain when it sees it. We are supposed to believe that it bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity. Frankly, if American democracy can be purchased this cheap — a tiny fraction of the $7.2 ...

Trump took correct action in suspending insurance payments

Editorials

As we pointed out years ago, billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies funneled to insurance companies by former President Barack Obama were a coverup. They were not authorized by Congress, as the Constitution requires. For that reason, President Donald Trump was absolutely correct in saying ...

Hollywood never apologizes for ultraviolence

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Hollywood’s hypocrisy about Harvey Weinstein is only outdone by its hypocrisy about gun control. We still don’t know why Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal in an evil attack on an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. But ...