Opinion

Future for mall area must include uses beyond retail

Editorials

A new Economic Development Task Force has been formed, including the Lycoming County Commissioners, Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce representatives and Lycoming County Planning Commission members. They say the focus of their first meeting will be reuse of vacancies in and around ...

Authoritarianism may come from Center

Opinion

“Across Europe and North America, centrists are the least supportive of democracy, the least committed to its institutions and the most supportive of authoritarianism.” So wrote political researcher David Adler in The New York Times after analyzing responses to two multi-country surveys ...

We’ve lost sight of plot in immigration debate

Opinion

As the immigration debate hit another low last week, I received the news that my favorite immigrant died: My father-in-law, Paul Gavora. I don’t want to politicize Paul’s story too much, or really at all. For me, the man wasn’t a talking point; he was a hero. Still, one of the things ...

Lawmakers should drop bureaucratic protection of the VA

Editorials

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Fox beats up on God

Opinion

As the television season wraps up, it seems that Satan is having a bad year on Fox. The still-Rupert Murdoch-owned network canceled not only its devil drama “Lucifer” but also “The Exorcist,” which “blessed” us with anti-religious plots about sexually active gay and straight priests ...

Trump should put Libya model on North Korea’s table

Opinion

WASHINGTON — After months of pretending to be normal and reasonable on the diplomatic stage, North Korea’s mask has slipped, and Pyongyang is back to threatening a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” that will “make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even ...

Extend tax cuts to Pennsylvania’s small businesses

Opinion

As the 2018 election nears, congressional Republicans are making progress on tax cuts "Phase 2.0." House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other Republican leaders plan to make the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's temporary tax cuts, which are set to expire in 2025, permanent for individuals. While they're ...

Stormy times, stormy men

Opinion

Alexander Hamilton was supposed to be President of the United States after George Washington. He was a Washington protégé. His detractors said that he ghost-wrote many of Washington’s most memorable speeches. The Father of American Capitalism, as Hamilton has been called, was a New ...

Obama’s attempts at imperial reign take deserved hit

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit this week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about ...

The NFL isn’t through

Opinion

It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other protests during ...

Trump a president showing pro-life chops

Opinion

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s critics were apoplectic last week when the president referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals.” Of course, no one should be dehumanized. Yet many of the same people expressing outrage that Trump would dehumanize vicious gang members have no problem ...

St. Anthony’s Center: The spirit behind it must be carried on

Editorials

The St. Anthony’s Center is scheduled to hold a meal at noon today, followed by local nuns paying respect to Sister Henry Lambert, who opened the food kitchen for the less fortunate 38 years ago and died in May. The closure that follows the meal comes with sadness after a variety of ...

Obama administration’s spying on Trump was departure from norms

Opinion

“F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims,” read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18. “The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides were making improper contacts with Russia in ...

So they were spying on Trump campaign

Opinion

Months ago, the Old Media proclaimed that President Donald Trump was more than a bit nutty in insisting his campaign was the subject of surveillance by the Obama administration. Now it’s emerging that this wasn’t the slightest bit nutty. The New York Times reported — in a tone much ...

Graduation: The perpetually vital path to the future

Editorials

As May ends, graduation season dawns. Whether it’s high school, college or post-graduate degree that are the object of the affection, it is supposed to be a time of hope for the future for those on the receiving end. With a little mystery, anxiety and trepidation mixed in. No matter the ...

The GOP’s fear factor

Opinion

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he could not have foreseen today’s Republican Party. A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly ...

MS-13 labeling as ‘Animals’ is kind

Opinion

President Donald Trump doubled down on calling members of a notorious street gang “animals.” Good for him for not backing down and for shining a light on an outrageous phenomenon, especially in Southern California: Latino gangs that target blacks, whether or not they belong to gangs, for ...

Overdue progress coming this summer to key road arteries

Editorials

Everyone wants streets, bridges and highways that are free of potholes and bumps and generally smooth surfaces to navigate. But none of us wants the inconvenience that often accompanies the work to execute the improvements. There will be plenty of improvements and inconvenience this summer ...

Why President Trump won’t be impeached

Opinion

President Trump is in no danger of being impeached and removed from office. I say this with confidence despite having no knowledge of what Special Counsel Mueller and his team may find. That’s because impeachment is a political process rather than a legal process. As a result, things that ...