Opinion

Lobbyist a wise investment for costly levee work

Editorials

The tragic devastation brought by Hurricane Irma serves as a sobering reminder of just what havoc a flood can bring. It also points to the necessity of adequate flood protection and flood insurance. And that's as much a municipal responsibility as it is a homeowner responsibility. The flood ...

The agony of The Wall

Opinion

Build that wall! Eventually. Or at least patch up some existing fencing. If Chuck and Nancy will agree. Donald Trump’s signature pledge to build a border wall, aka The Wall, is diminishing almost by the hour. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, said Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, ...

Why does God permit natural disasters?

Opinion

Like many Americans during the past three weeks, I’ve been bombarded by news about the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. The stories are of misery, death and destruction. The misery, death and destruction are acutely difficult to accept because ...

Marino apparently will be anti-drug czar after all

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan House Republican who represents much of our region, will apparently be leading the nation’s anti-drug effort after all. The Trump administration announced recently it has tapped Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is actually a ...

Moving the goal post on racism

Opinion

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on a BBC news show. The host asked King about Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s prediction, an audacious one at the time, that a black man could be elected president in 40 years. King thought it would not take that long: “There are ...

There’s much more to governing than just letting the government run

Opinion

There is a mistaken notion deeply embedded in our national political dialogue that society is naturally divided into public and private sectors. The public sector is thought of as the vehicle for governing society and looking out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely ...

Regional police get vote of confidence from misunderstanding

Editorials

The prospect of losing local police coverage drew a lot of concern from Porter Township residents, who turned up at the latest supervisors’ meeting. It turns out Porter Township supervisors were not looking to withdraw the township from the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police ...

The option play for Trump

Opinion

What just happened? President Trump cut a deal with Democrats to pay for hurricane damage relief and raise the debt ceiling without getting anything in return, except the temporary avoidance of a government shutdown. How to describe this? Was it a sellout, or a pragmatic act? It’s football ...

Never Forget: Muslim hate crime hoaxes

Opinion

Another year. Another Sept. 11 anniversary. Another opportunity for grievance-mongering Muslim agitators to decry the imagined “epidemic’’ of “Islamophobia.’’ South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) convened with Mad Maxine Waters and other House Democrats in Washington, ...

Don’t forget losses to Virgin Islands from hurricanes

Editorials

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But let’s not forget about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse ...

CBS: Corrupt, biased Sunday

Opinion

For anyone who doubts the daily double standard of the news media, just look up CBS show episodes from Sunday, Sept. 10. Up first, “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley softly and sweetly served one puffball after another to Hillary Clinton for her book-tour kickoff. That evening, anchor ...

The Schumer option – a dead end

Opinion

President Donald Trump is looking for a congressional leader he likes. Mitch McConnell has been found wanting, so now the president is flirting with Chuck Schumer. Trump sided with Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on an agreement to extend the debt ceiling for three months. The Republican ...

Brace for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel

Editorials

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Happy New Year

Opinion

Labor Day has already come, and summer is all but over. Autumn — with shorter days, cooler nights and a new school year — is upon us. Now — in beautiful September and not in the dead of winter, overshadowed by Christmas — ought logically to be New Year’s Day, which means ...

Trump, supporters care about wins, not ideology

Opinion

I used to worry that Donald Trump was Lonesome Rhodes in a better suit. I’m starting to wonder if he’s Chance the Gardener in a worse one. Just in case you don’t get the references, Rhodes was the lead character, played by Andy Griffith, in Elia Kazan’s 1957 film “A Face in the ...

Overdue dissection could produce state budget solution

Editorials

We have lost track of how many times we have asked in this space that the state budget be examined line item by line item before its size and the taxes needed to support it are increased. Faced with a $2.2 billion budget gap for the belated 2017-18 budget, the Republican majority in the state ...

Cheers for your first abortion?

Opinion

The first requirement for a feminist is to be shameless about abortion. In the wake of the 2015 videos exposing the horrific Planned Parenthood racket around dead baby parts, a gaggle of feminists created a social media campaign called #ShoutYourAbortion with the aim of dispelling all ...

Turn off TV, Mr. President

Opinion

Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage. Less than 12 hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that the administration is ending DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...

YWCA leader leaves with an enduring legacy

Editorials

Diane Glenwright retired as CEO of the YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania last week after 16 years. But she really did not leave. The programs and services she guided from birth to sustainability on behalf of women in this region remain. The building she transformed from deterioration to a ...

On taxes, immigration, look to Hungary

Opinion

BUDAPEST — Congress has returned to Washington after another unearned vacation and faces at least two immediate challenges, in addition to the familiar ritual of raising the debt ceiling. President Trump has called the indecipherable U.S. tax code “self-destructive.” He has also decided ...