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Unjust MLB pension rule deprives vet, 95

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I have no idea whether United States Representative Tom Marino (Republican -- 10th District) will ever be confirmed to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. But while he's still a member of Congress, he can help a decorated war hero named George Yankowski, as well as 500 or so ...

Food for thought

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I was kicking around an idea to open a new type of restaurant. I’m not entirely sure the concept will work so I thought I’d just put my thoughts down on paper to see how it looks. It’s quite a unique concept. I must say that I’m pretty proud of myself for my “out of the box” ...

GOP majority was hired to do a job; Patience wearing thin

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama and his followers may be forgiven if they are tempted to break into a rendition of “What Comes Next?” a number sung by King George III to the Americans in Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical “Hamilton.” “...even despite our estrangement, I’ve ...

Defining evil

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Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one “of pure evil.” One definition of “evil” sounds so inadequate in today’s culture: “morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil ...

Will the Supreme Court fall into political thicket?

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments tempting it to plunge into an impenetrable political thicket. It will consider a lower court’s ruling that, if allowed to stand, will require the judiciary to determine whether and when partisanship in drawing electoral districts — ...

Highway safety deserves emphasis in projects, habits

Editorials

A Federal Highway Administration official was at the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee meeting last week to talk highway safety. And why not? The state of Pennsylvania sees about 1,200 roadway fatalities annually, a number that has been relatively stable for the ...

We need some fallacy control really soon!

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Enough is enough. It’s epidemic. It’s dangerous. And the time has come to demand its end. In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, America needs fallacy control. Yes, we must declare war on fallaciousness. Now more than ever, the nation is suffering from an outbreak of ...

Can the government keep us safe?

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Here we go again. The United States has been rattled to the core by an unspeakable act of evil perpetrated by a hater of humanity. A quiet, wealthy loner rented a hotel suite in Las Vegas, armed it with shooting platforms and automatic weapons, knocked out two of the windows, and shot at ...

MLB Little League Classic gets encore; Don’t stop tweaking

Editorials

The MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport went so well during the Little League World Series in August that it seemed to be only a matter of time until a repeat performance was announced. So it was hardly a shock that Major League Baseball announced recently that the Philadelphia Phillies ...

The overestimation of corporate might

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The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the “Blade Runner” curse. If you’re familiar with the 1982 sci-fi cult classic starring Harrison Ford, constantly reissued in some new “director’s cut” or “special edition,” you’d be forgiven for thinking the “Blade Runner” ...

How we should pray

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WASHINGTON — One thing we learn from tragedy: That there is always more to come. We experience the death of a loved one, the suicide of a friend, the suffering of a child, and the harshness and pain of the world break in, unannounced and unwelcome. Few have been spared, and then only ...

Tax reform plan critical medicine for all Americans

Editorials

President Trump and the Republican majority in the House and Senate are pushing hard for tax reform by the end of the year that will make the tax form simpler and the amount coming out of every American's pocketbook less. You would think that would be an idea with traction. It's certainly ...

The bias avalanche in Las Vegas

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“The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.” That was the summary of the horrific end to the country music festival on the Las Vegas strip, with 59 people killed (as we file this) and more than 500 injured. The early network reports were all news, but everyone knew what would ...

Seattle’s city council turns to interpretations

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SEATTLE — In this city, which is a petri dish of progressivism, a prevailing theory is that when you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it, except when they do not. Another, and related, theory is that constitutional and statutory texts should be construed in the spirit of ...

Health care reform: Half of a loaf is clearly better than none

Editorials

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally recently, ...

Bikini-clad baristas give free speech lesson

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SEATTLE — Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest’s only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, giving new meaning to coffee as a stimulant, have provoked the City Council ...

The GOP identity crisis

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The Republican Party can’t pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore. This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative and a populist wing that is ineffectual and inflamed. Donald ...

Breaking logjam on East Third Street traffic flow is vital

Editorials

Lots of people, from elected officials to businessmen to transportation leaders, want East Third Street in Williamsport to become a two-way corridor between Market and Mulberry streets. So far, the group does not include engineers at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. And until ...

Anthem protests: Do the facts matter?

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Where was the angry left when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the national anthem protests “dumb and disrespectful”? Let’s focus on the “dumb” part. NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, did so over the supposed widespread instances of police ...

Math, history and tax reform

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In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not the first ...