Opinion

Say No to Nanny Bloomberg

Opinion

No matter how politically fractured the nation may seem, I believe that liberty-loving citizens of all ideologies can unite and agree: Billionaire Nanny Michael Bloomberg — the soda-taxing, gun-grabbing, snack-attacking control freak — should keep his nose out of our lives and out of the ...

Ending birthright citizenship

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In 2004, nearly 80 percent of Irish voters decided to end birthright citizenship. In its coverage the BBC said, “The government said change was needed because foreign women were travelling to Ireland to give birth in order to get an EU passport for their babies.” In 1986, The Australian ...

Williamsport stays the course; Leaders will remain the key

Editorials

Williamsport voters are apparently content with the strong mayor-council form of government that has managed the city since 1972. They soundly voted “no” on two alternative referendums in Tuesday’s election. The vote can be interpreted three ways. One interpretation is that they are ...

Midterms: A split decision

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Elections have consequences. But sometimes those consequences are neither clear nor obvious. Tuesday was such an election. As widely anticipated, state Democrats played a pivotal role in national results helping win control of the federal House of Representatives. Statewide, Democrats ...

The triumph of bigotry

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The mark of Cain is stamped upon our foreheads. Across the centuries, our brother Abel was lain in blood which we drew, and shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love. Forgive us, Lord, for the curse we falsely attributed to their name as Jews. Forgive us for crucifying Thee a second time in ...

The short-term memory of the outrage machine

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WASHINGTON — When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as “smart politics.” The year was 2011, and the president ...

Handling the caravan: Some protections are needed – for everyone

Editorials

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for a few more weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

Will the moment seize Dems?

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We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their ...

With one exception, region’s election went somewhat predictably

Editorials

While the nation’s midterm elections featured a generous share of upheaval, close races and unpredictability, most of the Pennsylvania races of interest to our region fit pre-election expectations. With one exception. Stephanie Borowicz turned the 76th Legislative District in the state ...

The ‘Racist Ad’ and news judgment

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During the last weekend before the midterms, the media decided an ad by President Trump was “racist” and therefore refused to air it. CNN, NBC, Facebook and even Fox News took that position. The “star” of this commercial is Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who has repeatedly ...

We survived Nixon; We’ll survive Trump

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WASHINGTON — This week marked the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our nation ...

Unvetted, illegal caravans are health threat

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We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. It has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America’s public health and safety. Just look at these hyperventilating ...

Hating the Jews

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“Some of my best friends are Jews.” That familiar, yet offensive, phrase has been used by some people as a defense against an accusation of anti-Semitism. It’s time, however, to rebrand it as a positive affirmation of love and concern for the Jewish people. In light of the latest mass ...

Study underscores natural gas is an energy powerhouse

Editorials

The latest study by an independent, market-based think tank regarding the natural gas industry is instructive. The study showed natural gas is eight times more efficient than wind and 16 times more efficient than solar energy. It showed that over a 30-year period, $1 million invested in wind ...

You can’t choose your relatives

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George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

‘Hateful Rhetoric’ — Obama should look in mirror

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Former President Barack Obama received praise for his response to the recent murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Obama tweeted: “We grieve for the Americans murdered in Pittsburgh. All of us have to fight the rise of anti-Semitism and hateful rhetoric against those who look, love, ...

Recent acts work of disturbed people, but discourse must improve

Editorials

Someone tried to send a bomb to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it was intercepted by the Secret Service two weeks ago. As the week wore on, the Secret Service also was looking into what may have been an explosive sent to former President Barack Obama. Police in New York were ...

Trump’s nuclear-treaty withdrawal sends a message to North Korea

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WASHINGTON — In announcing his decision to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, President Trump cited Russia’s repeated violations and the fact that the treaty does not bind China, which is engaged in the world’s most ambitious ballistic missile ...