Opinion

City Council keeps same direction in ever-tougher role

Editorials

As the year began, Williamsport City Council reorganized and re-elected Jonathan Williamson as council president and Randall J. Allison as vice president. The action came without comment, but, intended or not, it said a lot. It left the message that council, as a group, is comfortable with ...

Academia may now be beyond satire

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering. In 1996, Alan ...

Challenge us, don’t coddle us

Opinion

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Marino tries again with three bills that make common sense

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, is trying again in the new Congress. He is reintroducing three common sense bills intended, in his words, to refocus Washington. The bills deal with issues of term limits, single-subject legislation and ...

Dylann Roof’s last act

Opinion

CHARLESTON, S.C. — If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city’s federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper’s patience was rewarded with the jury’s return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof. Roof, who insisted on ...

Fawning farewells? Not for Republicans

Opinion

For weeks, the liberal media have celebrated all that President Barack Obama means ... to them. CNN produced a two-hour documentary on the Obama legacy that never mentioned things like annual trillion-dollar deficits. Fareed Zakaria wrapped up the show saying, “He ran an administration that ...

Health care solution: If it’s hasty, all boxes must be checked

Editorials

Haste makes waste, it has been said. In Washington, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. But as long as the replacement is available to everyone simultaneously, the new majority should go forth with the effort. As its ...

On Fire: MTV News

Opinion

It’s still January, but it’s already been a banner year for preening liberals on cable TV who are hell-bent on self-immolation in the name of proving everyone else’s moral inferiority. To use young people’s slang these days, you’re “lit,’’ media progressives. But not in a good ...

Russian hacking and glass houses

Opinion

Many top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a secret intelligence operation for the purpose of discrediting Hillary Clinton, thereby helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton has done more to discredit ...

New majority must bring new tone to Washington’s way

Editorials

Many elected officials in Washington who represent the conservative Republican portion of Congress are getting a rare opportunity in the next two years. They are in control of the House, Senate and White House. With that control comes great responsibility, and  the new power base is starting ...

The not so Golden Globes

Opinion

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high ...

Amid wave of hate, a hope list

Opinion

Judging by the decibel level and terms associated with Donald Trump by the Hollywood and media elite opposed to his election, you would think that the inauguration that is occurring Friday is a national catastrophe. The talking points go something like this: Hillary Clinton won the popular ...

Obama and Israel: Can the president be a bigot?

Opinion

President Obama has urged us to have a conversation about race, ever since he became President. So let’s do that. Is it possible that the president is a bigot? Let’s look at the facts. Whenever policemen and white people have been shot, murdered or ambushed, the president has remained ...

Government ethics are supposed to be a nonpartisan concern

Editorials

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

Obama’s unforced errors on foreign policy

Opinion

WASHINGTON — When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S Street, where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson’s embittering foreign policy failure ...

President-elect Trumpschenko

Opinion

WASHINGTON — First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence Obama prove beyond existing proof ...

Local lawmakers have correct state agenda, tough task

Editorials

The area’s state lawmakers raised their hands at swearing-in ceremonies in the Capitol last week. They will now need, figuratively speaking, those hands, their backs and anything else they can muster to help with the heavy lifting ahead for state government. For starters, there is a state ...

Cold War relic, present day threat

Opinion

WASHINGTON — You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have ...

For GOP, the Year of Living Nervously

Opinion

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried — Florida, Iowa, ...

School property tax elimination plan: Discuss cautiously

Editorials

School property tax collections in Pennsylvania this fiscal year likely will amount to $13 to $14 billion. That's a lot of textbooks, technology, pensions and salaries that need to be funded. There yet another movement afoot this legislative session to eliminate that school property tax and ...