Opinion

Self-pity can be politically fatal

Opinion

In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked — along with George Washington — among the three best U.S. presidents. Yet President Lincoln was vilified in life, referred to in print as “the ...

The genius of Roger Ailes

Opinion

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address ...

On this Memorial Day, the sacrifices mean more than ever

Editorials

From its battle for independence to the worldwide conflicts of today, the United States of America has had military personnel willing to risk – and lose – lives for the countless causes of freedom. On this Memorial Day, their sacrifices should be more clearly in focus than ever, as we ...

Embrace the robots

Opinion

We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of Americans unemployable and has created a vogue for outlandishly stupid policy proposals. A popular idea in Silicon Valley is for a so-called universal ...

A portentous election in the Peach State

Opinion

ATLANTA -- By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million -- perhaps more than $130 per ballot -- will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America's governments. This is an expensive funeral ...

Trump lays historic groundwork; media blocks the impact

Editorials

In the past nine days, President Trump took an historic flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel and laid solid groundwork for alliances among people who have been divided for centuries. He showed strength, leadership, vision and determination while attempting a bold alliance of moderate Muslims ...

Not on our soil

Opinion

The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, D.C., police. Their offense? Intervening after ...

North Korea tactics may finally work against Kim Jong Un

Editorials

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

Tim Allen’s hit gets canceled

Opinion

In January, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told a Television Critics Association session in Hollywood that she wanted to retool ABC programming to include more shows for Trump-voting segments of the population: Men, rural America and working-class families. “If we’re talking ...

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

Opinion

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal ...

Loyalsock’s ‘Free Police’

Opinion

Over the past year or so there have been numerous editorials and articles in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette related to Loyalsock Township getting “FREE” State Police coverage. There are only 12 municipalities in Lycoming County that have local police, and the other 40 municipalities ...

Commissioners show proper watchdogging regarding two issues

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners are supposed to be the stewards of the tax dollars that pay for county operations and funding for other projects. With that in mind, we have no problem with two ongoing issues. A disputed construction project involving a leachate tank, costing roughly $5.7 ...

Roger Ailes, one of a kind

Opinion

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Big hack attack and the NHS

Opinion

GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major ...

Reentry ceremony uplifting, but the battle never ends

Editorials

Lycoming County held its fifth Reentry Service Center program transition ceremony last week. The event commemorated the completion of the six-month long reentry program by 29 graduates. These are 29 success stories for people whose path to success has been excruciatingly difficult. And ...

Democracy dies in anonymous sourcing

Opinion

On May 14, CNN host Fareed Zakaria offered a fiery secular Sunday sermon declaring that President Trump is a “danger to American democracy” and guilty of “gross violations of the customs and practices of the modern American system,” and that only the news media can “keep alive the ...

Trump vs. Waters — who should be impeached?

Opinion

Almost from the moment President Donald Trump recited the oath of office, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., began a quest for Trump’s impeachment. But given Waters’ record of 26 years in Congress (plus a prior 14 years in the California State Assembly), she should worry far more about the ...

South Side school tax increase carries state echoes with it

Editorials

The South Williamsport Area School Board has given preliminary approval of a .65-mill real estate tax increase in its 2017-18 preliminary budget, which is above its Act 1 index of 0.5 mills. But those are just numbers. The mixture of misgivings and frustration that came with the sizable tax ...

New tool highlights Dem challenges in their fight for Senate control

Opinion

Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics has become one of the nation’s top political analysts. Sean and his colleague David Byler have just released a new tool for analyzing the 2018 U.S. Senate elections. Drawing upon recent history, they have identified a few key factors that will determine ...

Who has health care moral authority?

Opinion

Here is what happens if you try to tell health care stories that defy big government orthodoxy: When GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois tried to recount how his wife, a nurse and colon cancer survivor, struggled in the nationalized Canadian health care system, liberal protesters ...