Opinion

2016: Unpredictable, – unless you were paying attention

Editorials

Our nation and world were less predictable than ever in 2016 – unless you were really paying attention. That's reflected in the year's two top stories – the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, which followed the summer decision by Britons that led to their ...

One man’s impact

Opinion

On Dec. 19, radio host Charlie Sykes completed his last broadcast for WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His last hours on the air were adorned with encomia from some of the leading figures his show had helped to incubate: Reince Preibus, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan, among many ...

More terror, more denial

Opinion

Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, or the USS ...

2016 touchstones frame challenges regionally in 2017

Editorials

For our region, 2016 was a rough and tumble year, full of setbacks and challenges. Consider: • The continuing struggle – with a unified community effort – to harness a raging opioid epidemic. • A somewhat freakish October flood that caused $33.2 million in damages but left some ...

Aleppo and American decline

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The fall of Aleppo just weeks before Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy of retreat and withdrawal. The pitiable pictures from the devastated city showed the true cost of Obama’s abdication. For which he seems to have few regrets, however. In ...

The Islamic terrorists wage the real war on Christmas

Opinion

2016 hasn’t been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical war on Christmas in our malls or public schools. Maybe we’ve tuned out the secular hostility in our culture. We’ve gone from banning Linus reading from the Gospel of Luke to banning Christmas to banning Santa Claus to banning ...

John Glenn defined what having the right stuff means

Editorials

It was a half century ago that John Glenn boarded an aircraft that amounted to a souped-up garbage can and orbited the Earth, launching the United States forward in a mission to land on the moon. There was a 20-percent chance he would not come back from the mission. There was a silent period ...

When a house is accused of a crime

Opinion

“The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world. ... The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual.” — George Orwell, “1984” PHILADELPHIA — For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, for whom the worst thing was losing their home, “Room ...

The familiarity of Christmas

Opinion

Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. Not if it’s a familiarity with Christmas. While America and much of the world are focusing attention on the coming of the new president, little attention is paid to a gift not even the world’s richest person could pay for and which is even ...

The county budget: Uncomfortable talks, correct end product

Editorials

It’s been said that democracy is a lot like sausage-making. The end product is good, but it’s not pretty watching it made. The protracted Lycoming County budget talks, which ended last week, were a whole lot of sausage-making. But in the end, we believe that the commissioners, divided ...

Dear Mr. Trump

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Dear Mr. Trump, you won. Welcome to hell. And to think, I thought you’d become president when hell froze over. Now that the election is finally behind us, may I ask a tiny question: Why did you want this job? Was it on your bucket list? After so many square miles of golf ...

A remarkable woman who changed the world by serving others

Opinion

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, encouraged his followers to “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can... As long as ever you can.” When we serve others, amazing things happen. Consider, for example, the story of a Seattle woman born in 1929 just as ...

Michelle Obama’s Christmas Lump of Coal

Opinion

Just what we all need to ring in the Christmas season: Un-merry millionaire Michelle Obama belly-aching about the burdens and sacrifices of public life with billionaire Oprah Winfrey. “There’s nowhere in the world I can go and sit and have a cup of coffee,’’ Obama lamented. It’s a ...

The election acceptance double standard

Opinion

Two months ago, the liberal media erupted in horror after the third presidential debate. Fox’s Chris Wallace challenged Donald Trump on whether he would accept the result of the election, and Trump said he would wait and see. NBC described a “flood of condemnation” and cited President ...

Miners, affordable electricity advocates finally have a friend

Editorials

Coal miners and tens of millions of Americans who rely on affordable electricity have few friends in Washington. One ally on which they should have been able to count, the U.S. Department of Energy, has been missing in inaction for nearly eight years. That should change early next year, ...

Food Bank takes step forward with Healthy Food Hub

Editorials

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank took a bold step forward last week with the opening of the Williamsport Healthy Food Hub on Wahoo Drive in the city’s West End. The hub is unique to the area not just because of the quality products that it is getting distributed to families in needs. It ...

Hope and humility

Opinion

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive and funny line came to mind after I heard what first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last week in a TV interview. Because of Donald ...

Peace through technology

Opinion

“To change anything in the Navy is like punching a feather bed. You punch it with your right and you punch it with your left until you are finally exhausted, and then you find the damn bed just as it was before you started punching.” — Franklin Roosevelt, 1940 SAN DIEGO — What ...

The true worth of this day is what we make it

Editorials

The true worth of this day, Christmas, goes beyond the reinforced faith that the entire season injects in Christians. This season serves as a conduit to do-gooding for people who may not feel that spirit throughout the rest of the year. This season is not bound by a particular religion; the ...