Opinion

Paul Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith

Opinion

Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this ...

Williamsport and Towanda may have a new ‘opportunity’

Editorials

They are fittingly called Opportunity Zones. And hopefully, the legislation enabling them will create opportunities where there presently are none in Williamsport and Towanda. The new Opportunity Zone program was created with Congressional approval in December of the tax reform/jobs ...

Why the GOP Gubernatorial Primary seems so crazy

Opinion

For many, national politics today seems bizarre. Indeed, viewed historically we are living through an abnormal moment, a chronically controversial president, deeply polarized political parties, bitterly divisive issues and an angry, frustrated electorate. But for truly aberrational politics, ...

Wolf will drive state off Connecticut cliff

Opinion

Four years ago, political newcomer Tom Wolf crisscrossed Pennsylvania in his trademark blue jeep, campaigning for governor on promises of “jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works.” Now, he’s back on the road, claiming the state is heading in the right direction and ...

Social media users give up privacy rights at their peril

Editorials

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Collusion, anyone?

Opinion

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Donald Trump’s dealings in ...

Matteo’s term saw key advancements for local chamber

Editorials

Seventeen years is a long time to manage the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the area’s most vital economic development organization. It’s a long enough term for success and defeat, development of friends and adversaries, and thousands of daily decisions that guide the ...

Is ‘Old-fashioned’ returning?

Opinion

“It’s a modern changing world Everything is moving fast. But when it comes to love I like What they did in the past.” — The Everly Brothers, 1962 Call me old-fashioned — and I’ve been called worse — but do I sense the possible end to the sexual revolution, which exploded ...

Trump and attorney-client privilege

Opinion

A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump was an outwardly happy man because of the utterance of one solitary word from the lips of special counsel Robert Mueller to one of Trump’s lawyers. The word that thrilled the president and his legal team was “subject.” It seems that Mueller and ...

Why North Korea was watching closely what Trump did in Syria

Opinion

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a broader purpose: Showing other regimes ...

Trump’s message to Syria is a muddled one

Opinion

President Trump was right to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad with airstrikes. Some have said that the bombing campaign didn’t go far enough, and I’m sympathetic to that argument. Empty buildings in the middle of the night are useful targets if you want to demonstrate symbolic ...

Array of projects geared to safer, better local roads

Editorials

Pennsylvania has a well-earned reputation for a highway system that is not in the best of shape. Whether it’s the sharp climate contrasts that lead to a difficult freeze-thaw cycle or the extraordinary amount of winding highways or just priority errors over the years, the roads never seem ...

Politics polarize; Community unites

Opinion

News outlets are routinely filled with commentary and analysis suggesting that 21st-century America is a deeply polarized nation. Countless stories are presented as a battle between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, private sector and public. Political activists fan the ...

The student data-mining scandal

Opinion

While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American ...

Staff reduction plan for Lyoming County is worth monitoring

Editorials

With the Lycoming County budget becoming more constricted every year, the commissioners set a goal to reduce staff by 20 positions during 2018. The stated goal is to get more control over the day-to-day operations budget. The plan was to reduce staff through attrition, or by eliminating ...