Opinion

No man is above the law

Opinion

Do you remember Zoe Baird? In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated Baird, a prominent lawyer, to be the first female U.S. attorney general. Baird had told the Clinton transition team that she had, in violation of the law, employed a couple, both undocumented immigrants, to work for ...

Heed the protests

Opinion

It’s beginning to look a lot like August 2009 in reverse. In that summer of the Tea Party, conservative activists packed the town-hall meetings of Democratic congressmen and peppered them with hostile questions. It was an early sign of the abiding opposition that Obamacare would encounter, ...

Hopefully, some of nation’s economic upturn visits here

Editorials

For all the resistance President Donald Trump has attracted, the economic impression he has left on the country since being elected has been generally positive. There has been a bushel of decisions by major companies to either return plants and jobs to this country or expand operations within ...

Our overly sanctified judiciary

Opinion

As you might have heard, Donald Trump tweeted at a judge. The commentariat shuddered at the effrontery of it, and some worried that the foundations of the separation of powers had been shaken. Trump’s slam of Judge James Robart was undeniably crude and ill-considered, but it wasn’t a ...

Four weeks and counting down

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Good news: In two years, we’ll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long. My “good” prediction is based on the Law of the Pendulum. Enough Americans, including most independent voters, will be so ready to shed Donald Trump and his little shop of horrors ...

Counties should not be the fall guys for state budget woes

Editorials

The state’s budget woes, if they are not solved, will definitely have a trickle-down effect on the budgets of counties and perhaps municipalities, boroughs and school districts. Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare’s reaction to the budget prospectus of Gov. Tom Wolf was: “It looks ...

Bill properly separates public union dues from political preferences

Editorials

Public-sector union employees should not be paying a portion of their dues for political action committee contributions that may or may not match their political preferences. That sounds simple, but it’s not. The Republican-controlled Senate recently voted 28-22 to send a bill regarding ...

Who will protect Americans from protectors?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — At their post-Civil War apogee, 19th-century Republicans were the party of activist government, using protectionism to pick commercial winners and promising wondrous benefits from government’s deft interventions in economic life. Today, a Republican administration promises that ...

Suddenly, friendly reporters are offensive

Opinion

The Trump administration is less than a month old, and former Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the brand-new national security adviser, has resigned. This matches the picture the anti-Trump media want to paint right now: Chaos. Disarray. Amateur hour. They also expect the president to help them ...

State singing same old song with gas industry and taxes

Editorials

It’s the same old song. Our state government is trying to solve debt woes and a host budgetary headaches related to an operations budget that has risen 40 percent in a decade. So one of the first proposals on the table is a severance tax of 6.5 percent on a Marcellus Shale natural gas ...

Another kind of resistance

Opinion

There is no way to prove this, but see if you agree with me: The average American parent would be glad to see his public high school celebrate Martin Luther King Day with tributes to the Civil Rights movement, lectures on the history of slavery and Jim Crow and discussions of the challenges ...

Free trade’s effect on ‘earned success’

Other Commentaries

Amid all the hurly-burly of President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office, let’s try to put the changes he’s making and the feathers he’s ruffling in a longer, 20-year perspective. Start off with his trademark issue — one that clearly helped him win the 64 crucial electoral votes of ...

Criticism of Conway reveals double standard

Opinion

CNN has grave concerns about White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility and even refused to have her on its Sunday show recently, apparently to protect viewers from her Jedi mind trick powers. CNN subsequently invited Conway to appear on the network, infuriating a chorus of ...

The travel moratorium: A hopeless disaster

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given ...

Practical revisions needed for city residency rule

Editorials

The city of Williamsport was ready to hire a human resources director to handle the insurance and benefits package for 218 employees. There was only one problem. The director-to-be could not meet the residency requirement that is part of the city’s personnel requirements. So City Council ...

This is democracy in action

Opinion

A crowd of a few dozen enthusiastic protesters stood in front of the federal building in the small upstate Pennsylvania community of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They carried signs and slogans mostly protesting Donald Trump and some purporting to welcome refugees to the tear soaked shores of the ...

This time, make sure infrastructure work truly is shovel-ready

Editorials

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, ...

The Right can’t defend Trump’s behavior

Opinion

By now you may have noticed the difficulty many conservatives have defending everything President Trump does and says. I’m not just referring to the big policy moves, most of which conservatives can support fairly easily (so far). I mean the whole whiplash-inducing spectacle: The ...

The Great Manipulators at Time

Opinion

Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title “The Great Manipulator.” Bannon dared to identify the liberal media as “the opposition party.” Time took ...