Opinion

Health care solution: If it’s hasty, all boxes must be checked

Editorials

Haste makes waste, it has been said. In Washington, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. But as long as the replacement is available to everyone simultaneously, the new majority should go forth with the effort. As its ...

On Fire: MTV News

Opinion

It’s still January, but it’s already been a banner year for preening liberals on cable TV who are hell-bent on self-immolation in the name of proving everyone else’s moral inferiority. To use young people’s slang these days, you’re “lit,’’ media progressives. But not in a good ...

Russian hacking and glass houses

Opinion

Many top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a secret intelligence operation for the purpose of discrediting Hillary Clinton, thereby helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton has done more to discredit ...

New majority must bring new tone to Washington’s way

Editorials

Many elected officials in Washington who represent the conservative Republican portion of Congress are getting a rare opportunity in the next two years. They are in control of the House, Senate and White House. With that control comes great responsibility, and  the new power base is starting ...

The not so Golden Globes

Opinion

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high ...

Amid wave of hate, a hope list

Opinion

Judging by the decibel level and terms associated with Donald Trump by the Hollywood and media elite opposed to his election, you would think that the inauguration that is occurring Friday is a national catastrophe. The talking points go something like this: Hillary Clinton won the popular ...

Obama and Israel: Can the president be a bigot?

Opinion

President Obama has urged us to have a conversation about race, ever since he became President. So let’s do that. Is it possible that the president is a bigot? Let’s look at the facts. Whenever policemen and white people have been shot, murdered or ambushed, the president has remained ...

Government ethics are supposed to be a nonpartisan concern

Editorials

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

Obama’s unforced errors on foreign policy

Opinion

WASHINGTON — When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S Street, where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson’s embittering foreign policy failure ...

President-elect Trumpschenko

Opinion

WASHINGTON — First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence Obama prove beyond existing proof ...

Local lawmakers have correct state agenda, tough task

Editorials

The area’s state lawmakers raised their hands at swearing-in ceremonies in the Capitol last week. They will now need, figuratively speaking, those hands, their backs and anything else they can muster to help with the heavy lifting ahead for state government. For starters, there is a state ...

Cold War relic, present day threat

Opinion

WASHINGTON — You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have ...

For GOP, the Year of Living Nervously

Opinion

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried — Florida, Iowa, ...

School property tax elimination plan: Discuss cautiously

Editorials

School property tax collections in Pennsylvania this fiscal year likely will amount to $13 to $14 billion. That's a lot of textbooks, technology, pensions and salaries that need to be funded. There yet another movement afoot this legislative session to eliminate that school property tax and ...

The real obstacle to peace

Opinion

Shortly after Benjamin Netanyahu won his bid for re-election as prime minister of Israel in March 2015, I wrote a column describing President Barack Obama as being “on track to go down as more hostile toward Israel than any president in the past 68 years.’’ I warned that President Obama ...

Freedom of association is great … for liberals

Opinion

The secular-left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that “‘Religious Freedom’ legislation will be everywhere in 2017.” “Religious freedom” is in scare quotes, a warning that deplorables will use that thing called religion as their weapon of choice in the coming assault on ...

HHopefully, Everett’s top position will speed bay cleanup

Editorials

State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region in the Legislature, was elected last week as chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. The commission matters a lot in these parts, because it oversees cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, a very necessary environmental ...

Roof: Loner-loser syndrome

Opinion

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As convicted murderer Dylann Roof prepares to defend himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African-Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge. In a word, he’s a loser — as random and ...

The Trump Transition: from rhetoric to policy

Opinion

Eight years ago, as Barack Obama prepared to move into the White House, he continued to offer the rhetoric of hope and change. Though many Republicans mocked it, that message was exactly what the American people were looking to hear. Candidate Obama promised to change the way Washington ...

Judge Smith left far-reaching mark on county courts

Editorials

Lycoming County has been very fortunate for decades to have fair-minded, quality judges rendering decisions from its courtrooms. Clinton W. Smith, who died recently after a lengthy battle with cancer, certainly fit into that category. Judge Smith, who served significant time as president ...