Opinion

Liberals against freedom of conscience

Opinion

Why is it considered “liberal” to compel others to say or fund things they don’t believe? That’s a question raised by three Supreme Court decisions this year. And it’s a puzzling development for those old enough to remember when liberals championed free speech — even advocacy of ...

Hathaway is hurting race relations

Opinion

Dear Ms. Anne Hathaway, Two black sisters at an Oakland, California, subway station were attacked by a knife-wielding white man. He killed one sister, Nia Wilson, and injured the other. The Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested him. His family reportedly told authorities that he suffered ...

Lagging internet options hurt region, need quick solution

Editorials

It’s not a secret that a significant portion of our lives – especially the working part of it – is heavily impacted by usage of broadband Internet. So when residents of our region don’t have adequate Internet service, they are probably working at a competitive disadvantage ...

CNN pits Lebron James against Trump

Opinion

Pro basketball legend LeBron James was interviewed on “CNN Tonight” on July 30. Host Don Lemon warmly congratulated him for opening a school for 240 at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. If only it could’ve ended there, focused just on that. But you knew it ...

Squabbles underscore significance of city government referendum

Editorials

The latest squabble between Williamsport City Council and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana involves insurance broker shopping. Council says the mayor is trying to stop the shopping for an insurance broker who is supposed to work with council and the administration to find the best insurance agencies ...

Trump and Sulzberger on media bias

Opinion

Every president since George Washington has suffered from a critical press. John F. Kennedy canceled all White House subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune because of coverage he regarded as unfavorable. President Obama, who was almost universally adored by mainstream media, ...

The battle over socialism is joined

Opinion

It’s begun. We are having a debate over socialism. Not over whether it’s fair to call Democrats socialists. Not over whether socialism has been good for Venezuela or some other faraway, unfortunate country. But no-kidding socialist policies right here in the United States. ...

GOP candidates … on their own

Opinion

It’s a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s American classic about a young child’s awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches ...

Trump sabotaged by his own lawyer

Opinion

In recent weeks, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, now the chief lawyer and principal spokesman for President Donald Trump’s legal team, has offered arguments more harmful to Trump than helpful. In a series of combative, disjointed and logically challenged television rants, Giuliani ...

‘Gag orders’ and city business are never a good mix

Editorials

Penn Strategies is a consulting firm charged with doing the city of Williamsport’s bidding on grants and other funding totaling in the millions of dollars and pertaining to a variety of important initiatives. The firm is, in effect, the city’s key financial agent in attempts to secure ...

NATO isn’t for defending Montenegro

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently asked President Trump, “Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?” It is a fair question — one that many Americans were asking following Trump’s performance at the NATO summit — and it deserved a better answer ...

The case for freeing Valentino Dixon

Opinion

I’m in Colorado on a three-way phone call with Valentino Dixon, inmate No. 91B1615 at New York’s Wende Correctional Facility, and his 27-year-old daughter, Tina Dixon, a first-grade teacher in Ohio. Faith, family and drawing — golf courses, jazz musicians, landscapes — have kept him ...

North Korea meets one promise of accord, but more is needed

Editorials

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Iran shows its true intentions; They aren’t good

Editorials

Meeting with our nation’s enemies in an effort to find some common ground is a good idea, despite criticism of President Donald Trump for meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. At least Putin was willing to talk. That is more than can be said about Iranian President Hassan ...

The Emmy Awards tilt to the Left

Opinion

On July 26, the News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations were announced, and PBS topped the list with 45 nominations. CBS led the broadcast networks with 31 nods, followed by CNN and HBO with 22 each, and ABC with 20. MSNBC got 5. Vice News got nine. Al-Jazeera International USA got ...

Will Russia back Dems in 2018 midterms?

Opinion

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election,” President Trump tweeted recently. “Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t ...

Distribution progress gas industry’s key to future in state

Editorials

The natural gas drilling boom of eight or nine years ago, when 111 rigs were drilling into the earth of this region for Marcellus Shale deposits, is not about to return to our region. That’s an economic reality. But the industry is producing natural gas at a fairly robust rate these days ...