Opinion

Obamacare, the uninsurable and charity

Opinion

When it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare, defenders of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic law constantly ask, “What about those with pre-existing illnesses?” After all, the most popular feature of Obamacare is that it prohibits insurance companies from denying ...

We’re against emotionalism – unless we’re not

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Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch’s calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have mocked Democrats for presuming to evaluate Gorsuch based on the outcomes of his cases. Did he “side with the ...

Bring Assata back ASAP

Opinion

If FBI agents have time to track down Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys, why can’t they bring back AWOL convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur? It is time for one of the agency’s most wanted women in the world to pay her dues. And President Trump is just the man to force this militant ...

Neil Gorsuch steals the week

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States. Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a ...

Now nation knows of James V. Brown Library’s excellence

Editorials

Most people in our community know of the excellence of the James V. Brown Library, its ever-growing inventory of services and multiple ways the organization reaches every corner of Lycoming County’s population. Now the nation knows. The library has been named one of 30 finalists for the ...

Now nation knows of James V. Brown Library’s excellence

Editorials

Most people in our community know of the excellence of the James V. Brown Library, its ever-growing inventory of services and multiple ways the organization reaches every corner of Lycoming County’s population. Now the nation knows. The library has been named one of 30 finalists for the ...

First-class emergency responders deserve daily recognition

Editorials

Lycoming County officials sponsored an appreciation dinner last week for emergency responders. Fittingly, John Yingling, director of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, announced his hope for a peaceful dinner that would go uninterrupted for the honored guests and the pagers they ...

To see future of auto industry, look away from Washington

Opinion

One fact consistently forgotten by political activists is that politicians don’t lead the nation, they lag behind. The culture and technology lead us forward. A great example is the automobile industry. While regulations have a big impact in the short term, reality is ultimately driven ...

Two city fires carry lesson on smoke detectors

Editorials

Two women and a child fled a house fire on Isabella Street in Williamsport last week. After firemen attacked the fire, they and codes personnel found no evidence of a smoke detector and the house was condemned. Earlier in the week, a working smoke alarm was instrumental in alerting ...

The serious matter of political humor

Opinion

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Time to stop taxpayer-funded propaganda

Opinion

The defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is long past overdue. No president, including Ronald Reagan, has seriously pushed an immediate winding down of this corrupt and outdated waste of taxpayer funds. Who would have ever imagined that Donald Trump would be the first to ...

It still will look a lot like Obamacare

Opinion

WASHINGTON — “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.” The problem is not that, as is ...

FDA appropriately getting new leadership

Editorials

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug ...

State pensions: An embarrassing mess that must be fixed

Editorials

The unfunded liability for the state pension system is $56.78 billion, according to a detailed story on the system in the Sun-Gazette. That’s the difference between the defined benefits owed retired and due-to-retire state public employees and what the pension accounts are ...

Regional approach to job creation best

Opinion

All across Pennsylvania, businesses, nonprofits and governments are taking a regional approach to job creation and economic development. In doing so, they can use their collective influence and strengths to build stronger communities. And it's working. We see tremendous progress being ...

The real world of Obamacare repeal

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health ...

Effort to fight terrorist propaganda must improve

Editorials

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

The Hollywood rebels under President Trump

Opinion

Just as the liberal “news” media have doubled down on fierce liberal activism since President Trump’s inauguration, Hollywood is pushing the leftist agenda. Variety celebrates the crusade — that is what this is — in an article headlined “TV Gets Woke: How Scripted Series Are ...

More conservative than thou

Opinion

In our ideologically scrambled age, it’s getting very hard to tell who’s who. Political conservatives have been opposed to “socialized’’ medicine pretty much forever. Republicans who agreed with this philosophically paid a heavy political price as Democrats rolled out the ...

Yelling racist in a crowded nation

Opinion

WASHINGTON — “Culture and demographics are our destiny.” Stop. But Iowa Rep. Steve King didn’t stop there. He continued to feed his foot deep into his gullet: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Well, now. Let’s pause to parse. First, one never ...