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Opinion

MLB, please say move to cut local francises isn’t so

Editorials

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred is getting criticism from all sides over plans to eliminate 42 minor league franchises, including the Williamsport Crosscutters, after 2020. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has sent Manfred a letter warning of the harm that could result from the ...

‘Say it isn’t so, Rob, say it isn’t so’

Opinion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was sent to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and also offered as a column for readers of the Sun-Gazette.) Dear Commissioner Manfred, I don’t expect you to answer this, but I dearly hope you will. I’d love to talk to you about this plan ...

44 years later, still no cost of production formula for dairy farmers

Opinion

As I was going through some of my old writings recently, I came across an Eastern Milk Producers magazine from August 1975. In August 1975, I wrote an article entitled, “How Much More Can Dairy Farmers Endure?” and pointed out the disparity that dairy farmers were paid for their milk as ...

Are intelligence agencies any better?

Editorials

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

US blocks examination of crimes against humanity

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It’s easy to treat Kim Jong Un as a figure of ridicule. I’ve done it myself. His foreign ministry issues statements like this: “If any language and expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation are used once again on purpose at a crucial moment as now, that must really be diagnosed ...

Trump defenders continue to push conspiracy theories

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Contrary to heated rhetoric from Democrats, most Republicans understand that Russia was responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s server in 2016 and other efforts to sow mischief in the electoral process. They’ll even admit it when pressed. The problem is they ...

The very best government is small government

Editorials

Many local governments and other taxing authorities across Pennsylvania who work on a calendar year-basis are in the final stages of adopting their 2020 budgets. We know many go through a long and sometimes excruciating process of evaluating costs, revenues, personnel, services … you name ...

Saudi sympathies ring hollow after Pensacola shooting

Opinion

If it walks like a duck ... you know the rest. Following a shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi national identified as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, the FBI issued a statement saying it presumes the incident was a terrorist attack. What might have given them that ...

Democrats frame Trump

Opinion

House Democrats are stampeding to impeach President Donald Trump without evidence of any crime. On Tuesday, they announced two articles of impeachment based on a new, rigged definition of an impeachable offense. They claim Congress can impeach a president who “ignored and injured the ...

We are saddened by passing of former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman

Editorials

We are saddened at the news announced Sunday night that former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman — the father of current state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman — has passed away at the age of 87. The elder Corman, who represented Clinton County as part of his senatorial district, was renown ...

Music brings joy, evokes emotions on many stages

Editorials

Do you hear what we hear? Music has made the headlines locally in recent weeks, and well it should. This region has long been blessed with strong music programs that foster the talents of our young. Take a look at the Williamsport Area School District, where the school will celebrate its ...

Ill will to men (and women)

Opinion

Apologies to Elton John, but in Washington and throughout so much of the country, can you feel the hate tonight? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporter James Rosen if she hates President Trump. She responded with an “if looks could kill” fire in her eyes and denounced Rosen for ...

An election too important to be left to voters

Opinion

The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters. It’s obvious that President Donald Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper use of his power that should rightly be the ...

Continued reports fail to inspire trust in Catholic Church

Editorials

Sometimes it seems every pledge of reform by the Roman Catholic Church is matched by one —or more — reports of outrageous behavior. A permissive policy toward predator priests who molested children appears to have characterized church policy for decades, not just in the United States but ...

A disgraceful campaign

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Damaging photos of Pete Buttigieg have surfaced — ringing a bell for the Salvation Army. The images of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and nearby Mishawaka over who ...

Twitter politics’ roots in tabloid-war politics

Opinion

Sometimes the latest new thing is something antique. That’s especially true in American politics, which has had seriously contested presidential elections every four years (with one exception) since 1800 and competitions between the same two durable parties since 1856. We’re even on our ...

Afghanistan fight not just about their country, but ours

Editorials

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

It’s a mistake to rush impeachment process

Opinion

“The test of a first-rate intelligence,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” I make no claim to being a first-rate intelligence. I’m not even sure I can claim to function on ...

Board vacancies in need of fresh voices, leadership

Editorials

There are some important takeaways from an issue that arose during the course of this year, leading up to November’s general election. They have to do with public service in the form of local government volunteer boards. Earlier in the year, a woman applied for a position on the county ...

Taking regionalization a step further

Opinion

So I have this nearly lifelong friend whose experience includes significant time as an elected public official and lots of other years on a number of public and government organizations. Let’s call him Joe. Joe is used to running things or at least being a big part of the decision making. ...