Opinion

Donald Trump is no Earl Long

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Shortly after the cooling of the earth, I was privileged to be given a firsthand look at a Louisiana statewide campaign. It was then that I learned about former Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, who was portrayed by Paul Newman in the movie “Blaze,” which allegedly told the story of the married ...

The FBI tramples our political order

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termine whether the president of the United States is a threat to national security. No one had ever before thought that this was an appropriate role for the FBI, a subordinate agency in the executive branch, but Donald Trump isn’t the only one in Washington trampling norms. The New York ...

Casey staying out of still-developing Dem 2020 race

Editorials

The number of Democratic candidates seeking the party's presidential nomination for 2020 will likely hover around two dozen. The group will not include Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Casey. Casey has been exploring the possibility of running for president in what promises to be a highly ...

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal benefits patients

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After more than a year of negotiations, the United States struck a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The deal was well worth the wait. The pact, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), is a public health victory for all three countries. Lawmakers would be wise to finalize ...

Redistricting reform should mean establishing separate commissions

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In politics, reform is a magic word. During campaign season, as voters know too well, it is tossed as freely as rice once was at weddings. The concept of reform, wrapped in high principles and noble intentions, invariably draws wide public support. But getting broad agreement on a ...

Deserving Mussina finally gets the call to the ‘Hall”

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In the world of Major League Baseball, Cooperstown is the dream team. It is there, at the northern tip of the Susquehanna River in a rural outpost in New York State, that the Hall of Fame resides. As of Tuesday, Montoursville's Mike Mussina will now have a Hall of Fame bust living there ...

Dems for wall before they were against it

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WASHINGTON — Barring some miraculous breakthrough, on Saturday the current government shutdown will become the longest in American history. But it has already hit another historic milestone: It is, by far and away, the stupidest government shutdown in American history. In 2019, the ...

No, don’t declare an emergency

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President Donald Trump is playing with the idea of declaring a national emergency to build a border fence despite congressional opposition. This would make Trump the second president in a row willing to cut Congress out of the legislative process if it doesn’t agree to his priorities on ...

Trump goes factual, Dems illogical

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The televised presidential address from the Oval Office, a staple of communication between the chief executive and the people in the second half of 20th century, has recently been in desuetude. Former President Barack Obama delivered only three such addresses in his eight years in office. ...

Voting machine plan: Despite obstacles, it will be worth effort

Editorials

There is nothing to fault in Gov. Wolf’s mandate to have new voting machines in place statewide by the 2020 presidential election. We don’t need Pennsylvania to copy Florida’s multiple embarrassments in the past several key elections. Getting all counties on a new, level playing field ...

Bigoted King out of step with American ideals

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As a percentage of its population, Iowa sent more troops to fight in the Civil War than any other state. Iowans fought on the side of the Union against the Confederate South. Abraham Lincoln, the president of the United States and the commander in chief of Union forces, was the first ...

Cheney haters flop at the Golden Globes

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Anyone catching the television ads for the Dick Cheney-trashing movie “Vice” found a heavy promotion of the surprising six Golden Globe nominations it received from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The affirmation also became the “news hook” for press interviews with the ...

Dems’ rejection of Trump’s compromise makes shutdown theirs

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Democrat leaders in Congress, spurred on by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made it clear they do not care how long the partial shutdown of government continues, as long as they get their way: no money for a physical barrier along the nation’s southern border. Never mind ...

There is a whole lot more to governing than just government

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Republicans and Democrats are carrying on in Washington as if the fate of the world depends upon how they resolve the partial shutdown of the federal government. But let’s be honest, this is not the Cuban Missile Crisis. A more realistic assessment of the situation suggests that the elected ...

Can president alone build border wall?

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When Donald Trump was looking for a catchy phrase during his 2016 presidential campaign to address the issue of immigrants entering the United States unlawfully — a line that would resonate with his supporters — he came up with the phrase “build the wall.” The reference, of course, ...

Nine women walk toward transition to a better life

Editorials

Nine women took a really important walk last week. They were all from the Transitional Living Center and were taking a graduation walk celebrating their completion of a program titled “Rewards,” a mentoring program in a group setting geared to helping the women break negative cycles and ...

The Trump speech and the response

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Despite advance billing that President Trump’s border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them. The president named families who have ...