Opinion

YouTube banned me, but not hate Imams

Opinion

One of the many maddening takeaways from the London Bridge jihad attack is this: If you post videos on YouTube radicalizing Muslim viewers to kill innocent people, YouTube will leave you alone. But if you post a video on YouTube honoring innocent people murdered by barbaric jihadists, your ...

The bare-fisted battle over the Trump budget begins in Congress

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from both our states ...

CNN ‘scholar’ throwing excrement continues tasteless media circus

Opinion

In reaction to the May ratings report showing MSNBC as number one in weeknight prime-time viewership in the prized 25-to-54 age demographic, CNN sent out a spokeswoman to separate itself from the competition. CNN should be viewed as “the one nonpartisan cable news network,” presumably ...

Can Wonder Woman just be Wonder Woman?

Opinion

In the new “Wonder Woman” movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind — and she doesn’t even read the internet. The fevered commentary about the new hit film raises the question, “Can’t an Amazonian superhero wield her Lasso of Truth and bullet-deflecting bracelets ...

Fly your flag proudly today; It has never been more important

Editorials

We have seen the news video way too often, especially in today’s world, of our American flag being burned. Sometimes it is a defiant objector in a far off land who does not share the American ideals of freedom and liberty and would prefer the demise of our democracy and what it signifies. ...

Hillary blames America first

Opinion

In one of the great scenes in American cinema, Jake Blues (John Belushi) of the Blues Brothers, explains — at gunpoint — to his ex-fiancee (Carrie Fischer) why he left her at the altar. “I ran out of gas! I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come ...

Ending the monopoly on regulation

Opinion

Not too long ago, Democrats complained about Republican governors and state legislators using their authority to fight Obamacare. Now, those same Democrats are encouraging state and local officials to fight President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris treaty on climate change. Such hypocrisy ...

$5 fee most equitable way to catch up on flawed county bridges

Editorials

Much of Lycoming County is a mosaic of streams, creeks and runs. From a highway standpoint, that means lots of bridges. Many of those bridges are more than a century old. Many of them are structurally onsound. Most of these bridges are in heavily rural corners of Lycoming County, the largest ...

The age of unilateral rule

Opinion

The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. The beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency has been an extension of the last six years of the Obama administration, when Capitol Hill was largely a sideshow to the main event in ...

Two polar opposite examples

Opinion

For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 ...

Trump, Congress must find way to cut federal spending

Editorials

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

Griffin gets her comeuppance

Opinion

How could Kathy Griffin think she didn’t cross a line with her Islamic State group-beheads-the-president imitation? In a sense, her ignorance is understandable. Since Donald Trump was elected, there have been no lines to cross. Anything ... everything ... has been acceptable. The ...

Hysteria over Paris pullout

Opinion

For sheer hilarity and hyperbole it’s hard to beat a recent headline on a Washington Post editorial opposing President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the nonbinding and unenforceable Paris climate agreement. “Trump turns his back on the world,” it screamed. A close second ...

Change in city government: It’s time to discuss it

Editorials

We applaud Williamsport City Council's vote Thursday night that will allow city residents to decide whether they want to pursue a change in the form of government that determines how the city operates in the future. Let's start with what this is not. It is not City Council unilaterally ...

Reforming welfare can restore opportunity and renew hope

Opinion

Opportunity. For many, this word inspires hope for the future. Unfortunately, for others—including some of the nearly 10,000 families living below the poverty line in Luzerne County—it’s a word that can seem too good to be true. This is an unacceptable tragedy. As a longtime ...

Why oppose legalizing marijuana

Opinion

The debate over whether or not to legalize marijuana as medicine has been a very controversial one. The House Health and Judiciary committees have completed a combined series of hearings to further investigate this issue. In 1979, Keith Stroup, founder of NORML (National Organization for ...

Finally, the state is about to approve real pension reform

Editorials

After four years of trying the state Senate’s Republicans may finally have the public employee pension reform they have been seeking. The Senate passed pension reform Monday calling for smaller retirement benefits to newly hired state employees in favor of a 401(k)-style plan that most of ...

How long will NBA fans tolerate Trump-bashing by head coaches?

Opinion

The success of NBA San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich cannot be denied. In his professional career, the Popovich-led Spurs have won five championships. Popovich is also a military vet. Fluent in Russian and armed with an Air Force Academy degree in Soviet studies, his first post was as an ...

Spying on you, me, the president

Opinion

“The makers of our Constitution ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928 After the Watergate era had ended and Jimmy Carter was in the White ...

Reaction to Paris pullout shows sad, unnecessary divide

Editorials

The first job of the president of the United States is to protect the interest of the citizens of this country. That's what President Trump did last week, plain and simple. The country was – by executive order of former President Obama – involved in the Paris Treaty climate change ...