Opinion

With Teladoc, doctor will see you now – really!

Opinion

If you’re tired of the dysfunction in Washington — the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a “stolen” presidential election, Russian “collusion,” the posturing and boorish behavior, how about ...

Black-on-Black racism at Cornell

Opinion

A Rasmussen poll taken in 2013 asked American adults, “Are most white Americans racist?” “Are most Hispanic Americans racist?” and “Are most black Americans racist?” Of the three groups, the winner was blacks. Thirty-seven percent said most blacks were racist; 18 percent felt ...

Stormwater transfer to authority makes most sense for city

Editorials

The city of Williamsport has an aging stormwater system. Future years will likely see numerous necessary and costly repairs. The unfunded mandates that the city does not have the manpower or finances to answer for also will not be going away. The same holds true for the orders to reduce ...

The founding ideal of America are still worth fighting for

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These are tough times to be optimistic about America. Terror attacks in New York City, mass shootings in Las Vegas and campus violence against targeted speakers fill the news. Rather than addressing the problems, partisan politicos act as if each tragedy is merely a platform for their own ...

Bama can win at football, but not at Senate race

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug Jones, who then was 9. He was born in May 1954, 13 ...

May the spirit of Veterans Day bring us back together

Editorials

From local classrooms to parade routes and National Football League stadiums nationwide, the nation’s veterans were highlighted respectfully for several days in the past week. With Veteran’s Day falling on a Saturday, the observance highlighted several days, not just one, this year. Given ...

A life for liberty and decency

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History has its macros and micros. There are the major events and players, and there are also the lesser-known particulars and players who were equally essential to the final outcome. So it is with the modern conservative movement. There are the giants recognized by the under-40 crowd, but ...

Niger tragedy shows terrorism movement is far from over

Editorials

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

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In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime business partner, ...

Why there is inaction on gun laws

Opinion

Among the many problems with the Great Gun Debate these days is that the pro-gun crowd wants to make it a culture-war battle and the anti-gun crowd wants to pretend that it isn’t. On public policy grounds, the pro-gun people have the better arguments. Firearm homicides have declined since ...

More city parks, recreation attention comes with a cost

Editorials

The city of Williamsport owns four parks - Memorial Park, Brandon Park, Shaw Place Park and Young’s Woods Park. The city spends $302,000 on recreation, less than 2 percent of its budget. The neighboring borough of Montoursville spends $334,169 annually on parks and recreation. The nearby ...

Proposed energy rules saddle state consumers with billions

Opinion

A few weeks ago, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), intervene in state electricity markets to establish new rules that would have electricity consumers subsidize uneconomical coal and nuclear power plants. The proposal is ...

Are you as racist as Uber?

Opinion

Anyone who feels that being black in the United States has little or no consequence is almost, beyond a shadow of a doubt, not black. Don't get me wrong, we've come a long way in my lifetime. But, seriously, how many white people would sincerely believe that their life would be no different if ...

To be a great president, a person first must take a liking to politics

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On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman — each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually ...

Could it be that both parties are doomed?

Opinion

For all the obvious reasons, the Republican Party gets most of the attention these days. For starters, it controls the White House, the Senate and the House, and the party in power always warrants more scrutiny, even when it’s operating smoothly. Of course, that’s not happening. The GOP ...

Hopefully, mayor’s no-tax-hike plan meets city’s needs

Editorials

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana says he is planning to submit to City Council a proposed 2018 city budget that includes no tax increase. William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director, describes the budget proposal to be “among the more positive in the nine years of the Campana ...

How media toasts hurt GOP establishment

Opinion

A Morning Consult poll released on Halloween offers a scary result for establishment Republicans. They tested the approval and disapproval ratings of current members of the U.S. Senate. Guess who was in the cellar. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ranked dead last. Guess who came in ...

Ex-Presidents’ empty praise of ‘American Generosity’

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All five living former Presidents recently came together at a benefit concert for victims of this year’s devastating hurricanes. A month earlier, they broadcast an appeal for Americans to donate for hurricane relief efforts. Former President Jimmy Carter praised the generosity of Americans: ...