Opinion

Tiadaghton Regional Police plan deserves government support

Editorials

We’re watching with great interest what’s been going on with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department in the Jersey Shore area. The department began with a merger of two police departments — Jersey Shore borough and Porter Township. The tiny regional department soon began to ...

A front porch campaign

Opinion

Here’s an idea: Joe Biden should run a front porch campaign. Front porch campaigns were once a common feature of American presidential politics, though the term wasn’t always applied to the practice. The most famous front porch campaigns were in the 1880s and 1890s, culminating in William ...

A beautiful memorial

Editorials

She was such a little girl to die so young, and she accomplished a great deal in her short life. Besides fighting for the cause of childhood cancer, 7-year-old Callie Cavanaugh inspired many to take action. A memorial garden was dedicated in her honor this past weekend. Her mother, ...

Can we get redistricting right?

Opinion

We know judges, don’t we? They eat logic for breakfast, fairness for lunch and snack all day on wisdom. When political dust attempts to deface their robes, they calmly take out the lint remover. In these overpoliticized times, they are the last shepherds of doing what’s right, not what ...

Enact Phillip’s Law to save lives

Opinion

In a Pennsylvania where our children have the mental health resources they need, Phillip Spruill Jr. would be entering sixth grade this school year. In that Pennsylvania, Phillip’s laughter would mingle in the hallways of Benjamin B. Comegys School with that of his classmates, as a new ...

A need for free world to go on record

Editorials

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

A parable of ‘privilege-hoarding’

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for ...

Unequal justice

Opinion

One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to “achieve a ...

Sale of golf course property

Editorials

Three hundred homes. In a scenic area. With easy access to Route 15. Ten minutes from Williamsport. That sounds like the makings of a pretty attractive housing subdivision. And in a nutshell, that’s what the Lycoming County Commissioners are mulling. They are unanimously in favor of ...

The threat of red Britain

Opinion

Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms. But no one can know how this high-stakes gamble will turn out. Johnson just lost his slender parliamentary majority, and the prospect of a ...

Criminologists mislead us

Opinion

John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University have penned a powerful article titled “What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why,” in City Journal, Summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that ...

State attorneys general may want to review settlement

Editorials

Attorneys general in 49 states — including ours — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their parents’ ...

Prescription for danger: Risky meds

Opinion

When you pick up your prescription at the pharmacy, it isn’t labeled “made in China,” but odds are that’s where many of your medications come from. President Donald Trump is calling on U.S. industries to manufacture here at home instead of outsourcing to China. Drug companies should ...

Stop mental health data mining of our kids

Opinion

No, no, no. Hell, no! That’s my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join a program monitoring Americans’ “neurobehavioral signs” to (purportedly) prevent gun violence. President Donald Trump’s old friend, former NBC head Bob Wright, has been pushing ...

We remember this fateful day

Editorials

Today, we remember. We remember the 2,977 honorable people who died on American soil some 18 years ago today. We remember the police and firefighters and how they rushed in, putting the welfare of thousands ahead of their own. Many of them joined those who died as the twin towers fell, ...

Allocations show the safety net served by the local United Way

Editorials

The Lycoming County United Way recently announced allocation of $1,107,000 to various programs for the fiscal year that began July 1. The most essential thing to know is that this is money raised from you and by you that goes to people who need it the most. And that may include you. It ...

Will Democrats tax your retirement savings?

Opinion

The late bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton is said to have been asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, to which he supposedly replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” In his autobiography, Sutton denied the quote, but it serves as a warning to those who fear Democrats will ...

White liberals have moved to the left of black voters

Opinion

“No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they,” Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell last week. Bedingfield was pushing back on a single bad poll for Biden ...

Battered by Dorian, Bahama’s people in dire need of U.S. aid

Editorials

What happened to people in the Bahamas is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our neighbors to the east to the ...

Waiting for Dorian

Opinion

CAMDEN, S.C. — For the Eastern Seaboard, Dorian has become the Godot of hurricanes. Barely moving after hovering over the Bahamas for what seemed an eternity, the former Category 5 storm has occupied weather watchers and coastal observers for several days now. It has potentially forever ...