Opinion

Are we to blame for the Alex Jones problem?

Opinion

The behemoths of the internet have shunned Alex Jones, the worm-tongued, often shirtless conspiracy theorist and paranoia monger who hosts a show called “Infowars.” The debate over this cartel-like decision is much larger than Jones now, and it’s taking place mostly on the right. While ...

Protect U.S. in space, yes; Create a new bureaucracy, no

Editorials

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

Still unclear which party will lose House

Opinion

We’re heading into the home stretch in America’s unusually lengthy (six months and nine days) primary election season. Some three-quarters of Americans have had a chance to vote for Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, and state and local offices. Their choices tell us ...

Don’t ban Alex Jones

Opinion

It’s just gotten a little easier for the government to control the weather. Social media sites moved en masse to ban Alex Jones, the self-parodic conspiracy theorist. Jones is a poisonous toad who leveraged his compellingly ridiculous persona and bizarre rants into considerable notoriety ...

As schools reopen, safety concerns have deserved priority

Editorials

“If kids don’t feel safe, they can’t learn.” That succinct summation by Mark Stamm, South Williamsport Area School District superintendent, is clearly shared by all of Lycoming County’s superintendents. Until recent decades, it was not an observation that would have quickly ...

The war on traditional gender identity

Opinion

The Political Correctness Police, starting with the perpetually victimized GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and a group called 50/50 by 2020, are trying to impose quotas on everything Hollywood does. Leftist fascism is not on the march. It is galloping. They are ...

Why the GOP needs to be worried

Opinion

“What, me worry”! This iconic motto, famously attributed to Mad Magazine’s equally iconic Alfred E. Neuman, might well serve national Republican strategists approaching the end of summer and the impending 2018 midterms. The party has much to worry about. Loss of a single chamber ...

Manchin keeping open mind on Kavanaugh; So should other Dems

Editorials

Perhaps with a bit of egg on their faces because of what U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin did recently, his fellow Democrats in the Senate have altered their tactics regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They will stop shunning Kavanaugh, as they have done quite literally, top Senate ...

Dems’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s

Opinion

WASHINGTON — This week a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., promising to go after their families and “feed them lead.” When police raided his ...

River Walk joins the state’s elite, gets running mate

Editorials

The Susquehanna River Walk was first envisioned in 2000. It was included in the 2002 Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Strategic Vision and became a reality in 2008. Even as it was being constructed, the River Walk was attracting curiosity seekers who would use it for an impromptu stroll, ...

Oklahoma’s wretched record on wrongful convictions

Opinion

“Frontier justice” costs too many citizens of all races, creeds, and backgrounds their freedom and their lives. In the old days of the Wild West, vigilantes worked outside the judicial system to punish rivals regardless of their guilt or innocence. Today, outlaws operate inside the ...

Elizabeth Warren’s lie

Opinion

Elizabeth Warren is branching out. The Massachusetts senator, who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors, is now smearing the criminal justice system, too. In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that “the ...

The push against ‘fake news’ should be everyone’s fight

Editorials

The Boston Globe has called for a national editorial pushback from newspapers today regarding President Trump’s characterization of the media as traffickers of “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” Let’s start with what you are reading in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. It is ...

We’re all living in Trump’s kayfabe world

Opinion

President Trump’s demonization of the media as the “enemy of the people” is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, “kayfabe” means presenting staged events as if they’re real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not ...

LLB Series: A stage that all of America can be proud of

Editorials

It’s safe to say the multifaceted Little League World Series that unfolds starting tonight is a spectacle unlike any other in America. And yet it embodies so much of the spirit that is emblematic of our country. It starts with a community opening its arms to the world, as in the kickoff ...

Prison reform: An unlikely GOP issue

Opinion

Prison reform has been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last week, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, property, five governors were in ...

Should Trump voluntarily talk to Mueller?

Opinion

When federal prosecutors are nearing the end of criminal investigations, they often invite the subjects of those investigations to speak with them. The soon-to-be defendants are tempted to give their version of events to prosecutors, and prosecutors are looking to take the legal pulse of the ...