Opinion

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

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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 ...

Land of Miracles

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Sometimes miracles happen. In this land of miracles, what else can you expect? The day started out like any other. Here we are in Israel, visiting Kaila, now a law student at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, outside of Tel Aviv. One of our favorite places to visit in Israel ...

What happens when government hurts rather than helps businesses

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

Leadership Washington could learn from

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Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in Hollywood you ...

R.I.P., DNC?

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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support. Here in the long-ago Democratic stronghold of Alabama, the party is all but dead, say some of its disheartened members. Consider: Not a single statewide ...

President Trump hits a home run

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One after another, the pundits hailed President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress as his finest speech, though the usual naysayers were quick to snarkily add that it was his only good speech. Yuk-yuk. Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume, a serious analyst with, by his count, ...

A wry squint into our grim future

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WASHINGTON — Although America’s political system seems unable to stimulate robust, sustained economic growth, it at least is stimulating consumption of a small but important segment of literature. Dystopian novels are selling briskly — Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (1932), ...

Local school fund struggles underline need for reforms

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget calls for modest increases in special education and basic education funding to Lycoming County’s eight school districts. But the superintendents of the districts say it isn’t enough. The first reaction is to say that, given state budget woes, the ...

National sigh of relief

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The morning after President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress, the Dow Jones industrial average shot up 300 points, lifting the stock market above 21,000. But the excitement of the money managers couldn’t touch the ecstasy of conservative observers. John Hinderaker of the Power ...

President Trump reinvents himself

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For Republicans who have been concerned that President Trump has not been specific about his policies and about where he wants to take the country, last week’s address to Congress and the nation was a welcome relief. For liberals, however, it was a problem precisely because he offered ...

Under new leader, Hope not resting on its excellence

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Rob Labatch, new president of Hope Enterprises, has been doing a lot of homework the past few months. He took over in December for longtime Hope President Jim Campbell, who set a standard of excellence at Hope that bears emulating. Labatch is looking to somehow enhance Hope’s programs ...

Revolt of the attorneys general

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WASHINGTON — Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs. It’s the revolt of the state ...

How did America get stuck With such a regulatory state?

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Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have proven the ability to disrupt millions of lives with the stroke of a pen. Last week, I wrote of how the EPA arbitrarily changed the rules simply because it didn’t like the results of Election 2016. The week before I noted that by placing its faith ...

Are city surveillance cameras working? Evaluation overdue

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The city of Williamsport has had surveillance cameras in five parks for the past four years. There have been fewer than five arrests directly attributed to the cameras, which are designed to stop crime in the parks and provide evidence that leads to charges when crimes occur. “We’re not ...