Opinion

Trump may be most honest president in memory

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our ...

County radio system upgrade necessary – at $7.4 million cost

Editorials

The numbers are in on what the inevitable upgrade of Lycoming County’s public safety communication system will cost. They are scary. Consultants who have been studying the system for more than nine months told the Lycoming County commissioners last week that the overhaul will cost about ...

Fortunately, our society is not as polarized as our politics

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In the wake of the politically toxic dialogue recently, it’s refreshing to note that 63 percent of voters recognize that American society is not as polarized as American politics. Most understand that who we are as individuals and communities is much more than our political affiliations or ...

The What Ifs with the courts

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What if the whole purpose of an independent judiciary is to be anti-democratic? What if its job is to disregard politics? What if its duty is to preserve the liberties of the minority — even a minority of one — from the tyranny of the majority? What if that tyranny can come from unjust laws ...

The Habitat formula: Blessings earned by team of caring people

Editorials

The Habitat for Humanity Home Ownership program is more than three decades old and came of age when President Jimmy Carter, to his everlasting credit, made it his pet volunteer cause after leaving office. The program shows no signs of losing its momentum. And locally, it has never been ...

Trump, riding high, has a lot to say

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WASHINGTON — Can we talk? Donald Trump would like to chat. And, boy, is he ever. Riding high after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation, the president has been on a rollicking press tour of late. He’s inviting reporters up to his private cabin on Air ...

Things will only get uglier

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Confirming Brett Kavanaugh was the best outcome at the end of a hellish decision tree that left the country with no ideal option. Reasonable people may differ on that. But what seems more obvious: It’s all going to get worse. Because everyone is taking the wrong lessons from the Kavanaugh ...

Finally, Mueller probe may be reaching the beginning of the end

Editorials

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Still plumbing depths of Democratic ruthlessness

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WASHINGTON — President Trump apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the “terrible pain and suffering” they endured during his confirmation process, declaring that “what happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process.” ...

The most vital movie you’ve never heard of

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It’s here. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now — a true-life saga of good vs. ...

Broadband access incentives would even playing field for region

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, who represents much of our region, has introduced legislation that we admit may not move much of the public’s meter. But it is very necessary. Marino recently introduced legislation to aid in deploying rural broadband to unserved and underserved areas. The Rural ...

Dems’ tactics follow lengthy pattern, may bite them in midterms

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“I can’t think of a more embarrassing scandal for the United States Senate since the McCarthy hearings,” said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn as then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the afternoon of Sept. 27, “and the question was asked, ...

Sen. Yaw provides leadership on end-of-life legislation

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As a physician who has for many years cared for individuals dealing with advanced serious disease, I have seen how difficult this can be for patients and their loved ones. There are many decisions to be made about treatment options, care plans and goals of care. Very often, in our complex ...

In National Newspaper Week, remember that journalism still matters

Editorials

This is National Newspaper Week, observed annually for 78 years in our country. The theme for 2018 is, “Journalism matters — now more than ever.” Journalism does matter. Fact-finders, reporters, questioners ... they matter precisely because too many in positions of power wish they did ...

Susan Collins’ finest hour

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In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction. Collins is no conservative. She has voted ...

‘White Male Privilege,’ RIP

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What’s the last remaining group in America that can be slandered, smeared, maligned and accused of racism, sexism and homophobia with no proof required? White men. On election night 2016, CNN’s Van Jones attributed Donald Trump’s victory to “whitelash.” That is, racist whites ...

State’s gambling revenues need a designated home

Editorials

In the 2 1/2 months since the Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the state of New Jersey took in $1.1 million from its 8.5 percent tax on gambling. That came from $153 million spent on bets and $16.5 million lost by gamblers. Pennsylvania is set to become ...

Timeless — and wise — advice

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On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the campaign had ...

The Left’s foolhardy attack on the Senate

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Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame. You see, if only the Founders hadn’t forged the Great Compromise between large states and small states at the Constitutional Convention in ...

City insurance bids ultimately getting options, public review

Editorials

It turns out there can be competition after all for the city’s of Williamsport’s insurance coverage. City Council’s finance committee last week was handed four requests to submit proposals to the city for its insurance coverage. They came from Henry Dunn Inc., the city’s existing ...