Opinion

Big Brother on America’s fishing boats

Opinion

Salt water. Seagulls. Striped bass. My fondest childhood memories come from fishing with my dad on the creaky piers and slick jetties of the Jersey shore. The Atlantic Ocean is in my blood. So when fishing families in New England reached out to me for help spreading word about their economic ...

The Media’s Year of Trump Hating

Opinion

As we approach the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, it is painfully obvious that our “news” providers are a highly agitated brigade of the “Resistance.” A new Media Research Center study finds that from Jan. 20, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, the evening news shows on ...

The NAFTA renegotiations must advance innovation and creativity

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Diplomats from the United States, Canada, and Mexico recently met to re-negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Many Americans feel NAFTA has disadvantaged U.S. workers. Others have complained about U.S. companies relocating factories to Mexico to take advantage of ...

‘Always proud he was my president’

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Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

County pays golf course debt, first step in critical year

Editorials

With each passing day, 2018 feels more and more like a make-or-break year for the White Deer Golf Complex. The Lycoming County Commissioners last week voted to pay off all debts related to the golf complex – a $439,000 settlement. They are considering using natural gas impact fees to pay ...

The Op-Ed The New York Times will not publish

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After a peaceful, snowy Shabbat, I opened my iPhone to catch up on the news as presented by The New York Times. I read two op-eds, the first by Max Fisher entitled “The Jerusalem Issue Explained,” and the second by David Halbfinger entitled “Daily Life in Jerusalem? Difficult and Intense ...

Empowering Pennsylvanians through work

Opinion

How do you end generational poverty? In Pennsylvania, this question isn’t just central to the well-being of tens of thousands of families, it’s also key to restoring Rust Belt communities, reinvigorating our state economy, and restoring fiscal stability to state government. Unfortunately, ...

Thanks, China (maybe)

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“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the ...

Buy off Trump with wall

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There is a very easy way for Democrats to get major concessions from President Donald Trump on immigration: Give him his wall. This is the key to a deal codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era de facto amnesty for a segment of so-called Dreamers. All it ...

Opioid declaration: Right-minded, but execution important

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf has declared the state opioid addiction epidemic a public health emergency, a declaration similar to the designation given a natural disaster. There’s nothing wrong with the 90-day disaster declaration, which automatically widens access to the state’s prescription drug ...

Oprah’s distracting Golden Globes lecture

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the Golden Globes, may have provided the rocket fuel for Oprah Winfrey for President in 2020. Her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award struck the perfect pose for the Hollywood establishment. It has seen itself as the ...

Why we’ve let actors become moral guides

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There’s a great scene in the wonderful 1982 movie “My Favorite Year,” which is set in 1954. Peter O’Toole plays a semi-washed-up actor named Alan Swann, famous for swashbuckling roles. For reasons too complicated to explain here, Swann tries to shimmy down the side of a building ...

Proposed tax hike in Montoursville needs scrutiny

Editorials

For most local taxpayers, the school property levy is the largest single bill they pay in a given year. So any school tax increase is not welcome. Increases above the Act 1 index are demoralizing. Montoursville Area School District’s real estate tax millage is at 14.85 mills, so any ...

Oprah: The latest ‘Messiah’?

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The ancient Greeks referred to the dramatic moment in some of their plays as “deus ex machina,” the god from the machine. The term, introduced by the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, has, according to definition, “evolved to mean a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly ...

Where’s Hollywood apology for donating to Clintons?

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In President Donald Trump era, Hollywood has become more political and less entertaining, while Washington, D.C., has become more entertaining and less political. The theme of this year’s Golden Globes awards show was “Time’s Up,” the movement to salute the women who have come forward ...

Immigration reform rests on partnering DACA and security

Editorials

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House eight days ago to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Election 2018: Who’s up, who’s down?

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Looking ahead to Election 2018, the numbers are close enough for either party to end up in control of the House, the Senate or both. The final outcome will be determined by a combination of the races in play, the fundamentals in each race, and the strength of the political winds in ...

Congress plots to cut hole in 4th Amendment

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Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up by publication of a book called “Fire and Fury,” a highly critical insider’s view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and distributed, are the ...

Myths about to give way to reality on tax reform plan

Editorials

In just a couple weeks, the tax cuts and tax reform pushed by President Donald Trump and his administration and passed by Congress will start to show up in paychecks. It will be interesting to track the reception to the real results, particularly in light of the changes being promoted by ...