Opinion

We won, you lost, deal with it

Opinion

Three years ago when Republicans were battling President Obama over the debt ceiling and a government shutdown, the president said, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.” That is what Republicans did ...

The Dems’ theater of pointless gestures

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Seventeen days before President Donald Trump, his spoken oath of office still lingering in the wintry air, lifts his left hand from Scripture (a leather-bound edition of “The Art of the Deal”), the Republican-controlled Congress will begin working. Fittingly, on Jan. 3 the ...

This year, a little city tax increase will be too much

Editorials

The expense requests for the 2017 Williamsport city budget are up $500,000 for 2017 in comparison to 2016. That represents a 2.2-percent increase, which is not outlandish. But it's too much in the context of the huge tax increase that accompanied this year's budget. Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, ...

Americans need a respite from furiousness

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party resembles the man who told his psychiatrist, “I have an identity problem, and so do I.” The party’s leader is at best indifferent to, and often is hostile to, much of the party’s recent catechism: limited government, the rule of law, a restrained ...

Advising the president-elect Trump

Opinion

It didn’t take long. Journalists, editorial writers and columnists who hate Donald Trump and consistently opposed his election are now advising him what not to do. Newspaper headlines claim Trump is pulling back on his campaign promises. Editorials encourage him not to do everything he ...

New administration may give the county infrastructure boost

Editorials

President-elect Donald Trump says one of his priorities early in his term will be to create jobs with a nationwide infrastructure initiative. Lycoming County transportation officials say bring it on. Mark Murawski, transportation supervisor for Lycoming County, said last week’s election ...

Trump is president-elect; What now?

Opinion

The good news is that we dodged a bullet in this election. The bad news is that we don’t know how many other bullets are coming, or from what direction. A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the institutions that have kept ...

Election presents reality check for Democrats

Opinion

In spite of the inconvenient fact that when all the votes cast have been tallied (probably in early December) Hillary Clinton could turn out to have won the national popular vote by close to 2 million votes, Donald Trump did in fact win an impressive victory Nov. 8 and will become the 45th ...

Country must overcome animosity and distrust in wake of election

Editorials

Throughout the nation, approximately half of the people who had hoped to be elected to public office on Tuesday have been disappointed. So have their supporters. The aftermath of any election calls for a period of reconciliation. By their very nature, political campaigns aggravate the enmity ...

Major media violates its mission with campaign coverage

Editorials

Those on the short end of presidential elections tend to do an autopsy afterward, a post-mortem of naval-gazing that is supposed to lead to improvements in future fortunes. The major media in this country desperately needs to include itself in some hard introspection. The fact is, much of the ...

Post-election, Clinton’s e-mails create dilemmas

Editorials

In quick succession, FBI Director James Comey dropped two bombshells regarding the e-mail server of Hillary Clinton. On Oct. 28, Comey revealed a second investigation into Clinton’s illegal use of private email servers while she was secretary of state. Then, on the Sunday before the election, ...

Extension of judges’ retirement age to 75 good for system

Editorials

Pennsylvanians overcame incredibly poor referendum wording and voted last week to extend the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. In Lycoming County, the vote for retirement extension was nearly 60 percent in the affirmative. We believe voters in the county and state made the ...

A disruptive, ruinous triumph for GOP

Opinion

WASHINGTON — At dawn Tuesday in West Quoddy Head, Maine, America’s easternmost point, it was certain that by midnight in Cape Wrangell, Alaska, America’s westernmost fringe, there would be a loser who deserved to lose and a winner who did not deserve to win. The surprise is that Barack ...

Enjoying Hollywood’s doomsaying

Opinion

The election has passed, and the American people gave the spoiled celebrities of Hollywood the heave-ho. Despite all of their earnest YouTube lectures and pro-Hillary Clinton concerts and campaign appearances, the next president is Donald Trump. Little did they realize that John Q. Public is ...

History challenges gloom-and-doom outlook

Opinion

The year was 1972. Fresh off a peace march in high school and in the midst of an evolving political consciousness, I cast my first presidential vote for a very liberal South Dakota Senator, George McGovern. Then the votes were counted. McGovern carried one state and Richard Nixon won a second ...

The top 10 signs of a true patriot

Opinion

Like many Americans, I was glad to see the campaign season come to an end. With candidates of all political stripes taking cheap shots at their opposition, it is easy to forget what a real patriot looks like. While I am no expert, I have given this issue some thought. 10. A true patriot ...

The mourning after

Opinion

WASHINGTON — When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn’t a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction. As I leaned down to pick up my newspaper, a Carole King song filtered through my ...

President Obama paved the way for Trump victory

Opinion

While many are starting to grasp the enormity of Donald Trump’s victory, few seem interested in coming to grips with the significance of Hillary Clinton’s defeat. It’s understandable, for several reasons. Pretty much everyone was shocked by his victory, but liberals clearly are still in ...

How the new GOP majority can succeed

Other Commentaries

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump won fair and square and, as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, is owed an open mind and a chance to lead. It is therefore incumbent upon conservatives (like me) who have been highly critical of Trump to think through how to make a success of the coming ...