Opinion

Time to end special-interest loophole in Pennsylvania

Opinion

Public resources and political activity are like oil and water—they don’t mix. That’s what we’re told, but the truth might surprise you. Because of a legal carveout for special interests, Pennsylvania has been mixing public resources and politics for years. But that carveout ...

What changes would bring more Sunshine to Pennsylvania?

Opinion

Pennsylvania has two main public access laws: the Sunshine Act, which requires agencies to hold public meetings; and the Right to Know Law (RTKL), which guarantees public access to many government records. Each law works well in some circumstances, but both need improvements for more ...

Astounding amount of giving truly Raises the Region

Editorials

The numbers alone speak to the generosity of this region. The annual “Raise the Region” event sponsored by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania raised more than $1.4 million last week. The money came from 8,190 donation gifts over a 30-hour period. And the ...

Down the conspiracy rabbit hole

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WASHINGTON — When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies something, it’s denied.” Has there ever been a more dry, more wry, more ...

ABC’s huge gay propaganda flop

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They say network television is a profit-oriented business, but that’s obviously not the case when it clashes with Hollywood’s sexual politics. Last week, ABC tried to lecture America with a four-part miniseries on the radical gay left called “When We Rise,” and it tanked in ratings ...

Muncy Valley work meets vital need for UPMC Susquehanna

Editorials

For the past several years, there have been several high-profile construction projects that have modernized the Williamsport Regional Medical Center campus of UPMC Susquehanna. Lost amid those transformative advances has been the work at the Muncy Valley Hospital arm of UPMC ...

Not your daddy’s Marines

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WASHINGTON — An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will “go wild on them” for eternity. Yes, but what about the sisters? Do the Devil Dogs protect them, too? What about ...

Wiki-flood

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Most Americans, I suspect, have the attitude that if the government is spying on someone there is probably a good reason. In the latest document dump by WikiLeaks, Julian Assange’s outfit may cause some to rethink that premise. Assange, who is viewed by some as a patriot and by others as a ...

President Trump finds common ground with Official Washington

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President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress was remarkable partly because it was so unremarkable. What I mean is that it was very much like speeches to Congress given by countless presidents before him. There was the now-familiar buildup of chatter on cable ...

Eugenics was a progressive cause

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WASHINGTON — The progressive mob that disrupted Charles Murray’s appearance last week at Middlebury College was protesting a 1994 book read by few if any of the protesters. Some of them denounced “eugenics,” thereby demonstrating an interesting ignorance: Eugenics — controlled ...

May Primary Election features a full ballot of dedicated citizens

Editorials

The deadline for submitting petitions to run for local elected offices has come and gone and the ballot for this May’s Primary Election is pretty full in all corners of Lycoming County, the largest county geographically in Pennsylvania. That’s very good news. It’s an indication that ...

Pelosi’s health care bill standards hypocritically change

Editorials

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ripped a Republican proposal to replace Obamacare not long after the bill’s contents were released last week. Americans don’t know enough about the bill, Pelosi insisted. Why, “without a (Congressional Budget Office) ...

A day without American tech workers

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Last month, there was a national “Day Without a Latino.’’ This week, the demonstration du jour shutting down schools and shops is a “Day Without Women.’’ Here’s my question for all the virtue-signaling protesters who pay lip service to better jobs and wages: Where’s your ...

The anonymous-sources hypocrisy

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White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders exposed a notable bit of hypocrisy on ABC’s “This Week.” As the liberal media boiled over President Trump accusing former President Obama of wiretapping him, ABC host Martha Raddatz spat at Sanders about a conservative blog’s ...

Obamacare authors made health care overhaul politically risky

Editorials

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

The Trump effect

Opinion

Here are two scenarios. One: You are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the monthly report your ...

The story of O.J. and us

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The cover image on iTunes for the Academy Award-winning documentary series “O.J. Simpson: Made in America’’ is a dripping glove in the design of the stars and stripes. It perfectly captures the message of the series — the “trial of the century’’ was really a reflection of ...

For Park Avenue strategy, look at East End pathway

Editorials

The area of Park Avenue from Hepburn to Campbell streets is being targeted by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana for long-overdue development. It’s a worthy goal and has some City Council pointmen on board in Councilman Randall J. Allison, chairman of council’s economic revitalization committee, ...

The Battle of Middlebury

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At Middlebury College last week, Charles Murray needed a safe space — literally. In a significant escalation of the campus speech wars, protesters hooted down the conservative scholar in a lecture hall and then roughed up a Middlebury faculty member escorting him to a car. The Middlebury ...