Opinion

Hollywood balks at Brett Kavanaugh

Opinion

No one is more upset about Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination than the liberal media ... unless it’s the entertainment elites in Hollywood and Manhattan. These liberals couldn’t see the flagrant hypocrisy surrounding their sentences as they unloaded their fear and loathing on ...

Trump’s words, actions strengthened NATO

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WASHINGTON — As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany’s defense. “President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of ...

Slavery: What they didn’t teach in my high school

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A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as “the white man’s religion that justified slavery.” He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. “From whom?” I asked. Arab slavers ...

Pruitt dismissal was warranted, but don’t dismiss the agenda

Editorials

Bad politicians do not translate automatically to bad policy. Scott Pruitt was not an acceptable administrator of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies — but that does not mean Trump should change them. It appears he has no intention of altering course. Pruitt resigned as ...

The week that wasn’t for anti-Trumpers

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Last week was not a good one for anti-Trumpers, who include virtually all Democrats and most establishment Republicans. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein picked last Friday, just three days before President Trump was scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to announce ...

Yes, the Supreme Court is undemocratic

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In an era of partisan polarization, it is rare to get agreement on anything, but about this there should be a consensus: The Supreme Court is an undemocratic institution whose power should be carefully circumscribed. The right has long been of this view, and the left is suddenly and ...

It’s time for state to consolidate its school administrators

Editorials

Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, state funding of pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public education rose $360 million, according to state Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region. Indeed, the state’s allocation for public education seems to always be rising and ...

New legislation benefits power grid and electricity customers

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At mid-morning on June 14, 812 residents in the Bloomsburg area were busy with their day when their computers shut off and their air conditioners stopped working. But just two-and-a-half minutes later, 527 customers had their power back, thanks to PPL Electric Utilities’ smart grid ...

State budget misses key opportunities

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For most of Gov. Wolf’s administration, the state budget process has been contentious at best and downright hostile at worst. His first three years featured months-long impasses, vetoes, and school funding being held hostage. Two unbalanced budgets drew a lawsuit that’s still making its ...

The Brett Kavanaugh nomination

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If Alexander Hamilton had been nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court today, Democrats would likely oppose him. About the court, Hamilton said: “1/8A3/8 limited Constitution ... can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it ...

Don’t cry for Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel is, her supporters like to gloat, the leader of the free world. Just don’t ask her to spend as if she is. Donald Trump has made the German chancellor one of his favorite rhetorical targets, especially over Germany’s anemic defense expenditures. This has led to worries ...

Strzok’s tone at hearing exposed the bias he was denying

Editorials

FBI agent Peter Strzok was emphatic to the point of flashes of anger during his testimony last week to a congressional committee looking into political bias at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. In 2016, Strzok made his dislike of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump perfectly ...

The Media Vs. Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court retirements under President Donald Trump cause an extra measure of heartburn for Democrats. They nominated Hillary Clinton and her seven-mile train of scandalous baggage for president, and that’s jake. They elected Bill Clinton as president, who perjured himself and sullied ...

The Kavanaugh Confirmation Kabuki

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Theater, much like Japan’s Kabuki — that’s all the Supreme Court confirmation process is. Donald Trump’s presentations of his two nominees, Judge Neil Gorsuch last year and Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, were uncharacteristically graceful — a worthy theatrical innovation, in the ...

Pre-emptive strikes to Kavanaugh nomination stain Casey, Senate

Editorials

This is how by-the-book and predictable Senate approvals of Supreme Court nominees have generally been. Antonin Scalia, clearly a staunchly conservative nominee, was approved 99-0. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, clearly a staunchly liberal nominee, was approved unanimously. Were they qualified to ...

Is Europe awakening to the threat?

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Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim regions, some ...

Vulnerable Dems should hope for GOP Kavanaugh unity

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WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine any Republican senator opposing President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a judge with impeccable credentials, strong intellect and sterling character. If Republicans stay united, Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the next ...

City, neighboring municipalities should get tough on fireworks

Editorials

On Sunday night, 11 nights after July 4th, loud, booming fireworks were being set off locally. They likely were purchased legally, thanks to the October 2017 repeal of a state law that opened up the sale and purchase of fireworks that previously could only be bought in state’s adjacent to ...

Is populism a blessing or a curse?

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As we celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday, America is caught up in a populist moment. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on how you define populism. For some, populism is nothing more than a belief that, in America, the people are supposed to be in charge. It’s reminding ...