Opinion

State became a symbol of nation’s message Tuesday

Editorials

Pennsylvania has been the predictable graveyard of countless Republican presidential candidates over the years. Like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, Pennsylvania has been sitting there with its juicy electoral votes, only to have the payoff swiped away by the seemingly ...

The challenge for Republicans

Opinion

My feelings this morning are so radically mixed that my brain resembles a Cuisinart. I cannot help but be glad that Hillary Clinton was defeated. I am shaking my head in amazement about the Senate, and accordingly about the Supreme Court. The election results feel like a gorgeous, gleaming new ...

Trump’s chance to change the narrative

Opinion

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s impressive victory in Tuesday’s election offers him a rare opportunity to change the narrative. Secular progressive policies at home and abroad are not working. The establishment has had its chance — multiple chances, in fact — to fix things, but it has ...

Trump shocks the nation; now he must unite it

Editorials

Donald Trump, an unlikely, imperfect Republican candidate, is president of the United States. Across our nation this morning, the blue-collar billionaire’s election is prompting a combination of jubilation, fear and unaccepting disdain. We are – as the popular vote indicates – a very ...

Trump shocks the nation; now he must unite it

Editorials

Donald Trump, an unlikely, imperfect Republican candidate, is president of the United States. Across our nation this morning, the blue-collar billionaire’s election is prompting a combination of jubilation, fear and unaccepting disdain. We are – as the popular vote indicates – a very ...

The year of the Fact-Checker?

Opinion

CNN’s Brian Stelter sent around an Election Day email declaring “This is the year of the fact-checker.” He joked, “Trump made fact-checking great again.” “It’s really remarkable to see how big news operations have come around to challenging false and deceitful claims directly. ...

Gas royalty fight deserves another visit in January

Editorials

The idea is simple: Landowners lease property to gas companies, giving them drilling rights, with the expectation of a minimum 12.5-percent royalty payment. The results have not been simple. Many landowners in our region believe they are being shortchanged and have made their claims known to ...

Open season on James Comey

Opinion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was transmitted prior to FBI Director James Comey’s latest letter to Congress Sunday.)   James Comey surely had no idea what he was in for. The FBI director knew that his decision to notify Congress of the reopening of the Clinton email ...

Ever Trump – and why

Opinion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was transmitted prior to Tuesday’s election.)   As a former “Never Trump-er,” I have been interested in others who converted, however reluctantly, if not into Trump supporters, then pragmatic accepters of Trump. Call us ever-Trump-ers. ...

Reentry contract – up for renewal – providing results

Editorials

The contract with the firm operating the Lycoming County Reentry Services Center is up for renewal, leaving the Lycoming County Commissioners with a tough decision. If the commissioners choose not to renew the contract and close the center, they could save Lycoming County money that could be ...

What to watch for on election night

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Tuesday evening, after Election Day’s tranquility, new clamors will erupt as analysts with agendas tickle portents and lessons from the torrent of election returns. Herewith some developments to watch. • In the 17 elections since World War II, the winner has averaged 385.4 ...

Final day, awful choice

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Rule of thumb for a presidential campaign where the two candidates have the highest unfavorable ratings in the history of polling: If you’re the center of attention, you’re losing. As Election Day dawns, Hillary Clinton cannot shake the spotlight. She is still ahead in the ...

Comey correct to resume Clinton probe; Criticism hypocritical

Editorials

FBI Director James Comey was wrong to let Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton off the hook in July, when he announced investigators had concluded she broke the law many times in using private email servers while secretary of state — and in doing so, exposing national secrets to ...

Clinton fits definition of unqualified to serve as president

Editorials

Hillary Clinton as president would be bad for America and bad for Pennsylvania. If that sounds harsh, consider, first, her agenda: • If Clinton has her way with energy policies, her uneven plan would increase electric bills for Pennsylvanians. • Our state is part of the center of the shale ...

Iran gets message and demands more money for hostages

Editorials

President Barack Obama is notorious for using executive orders and other unilateral actions to override existing U.S. policy. Now that penchant for imperial rule is coming back to haunt Americans. Several months ago, Iran released four Americans who had been held in captivity — but only after ...

A fifth Clinton presidency? Hill, no!

Opinion

I keep hearing that Hillary Clinton would be “Obama’s third term.’’ The math is wrong. Barack Obama served the Clinton crime family’s third and fourth term. Electing Hillary would doom America to a fifth Clinton White House. From 1993-2001, under the “Two for the Price of One’’ ...

The October demise?

Opinion

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. Under dictionary.com’s definition of “corrupt” one finds the following: 1. Guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: 2. Debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: 3. Infected; tainted. When ...

Fitting final chapter to sleaze sweepstakes

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WASHINGTON — As the presidential campaigns sink to the challenge of demonstrating that there is no such thing as rock bottom, remember this: When the Clintons decamped from Washington in January 2001, they took some White House furnishings that were public property. They also finished ...

CNN gets caught in cheating scandal

Opinion

Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal, where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed “town hall” questions to Hillary Clinton. It’s the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, where Charles Van Doren was given the questions on the NBC game show ...

The speech Trump should make

Opinion

If Donald Trump wants to win this election and thwart the attempt by the corrupt Clintons to acquire the White House again, he must close the deal with persuadable voters in a nationally televised address. Here is how it might go. My fellow Americans, running for president of this country I ...