Opinion

Mussina’s call to Cooperstown

Editorials

Cooperstown, a hamlet in southeastern New York, sits where the Susquehanna River begins, amid farms and rolling hills. It also is the promised land of professional baseball players, home to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Mike Mussina grew up and still lives in Montoursville, part ...

Socialism war on capitalism

Opinion

They thought we were rich. They thought we were privileged. They thought we had it easy. Those were the assumptions growing up 50 years ago with the family name attached to a building and a clothing business, Troisi Tailors and Haberdashers. The reality was nothing like the assumptions. My ...

State budget worse than hoped, better than expected

Opinion

Have you ever remembered you have company coming over in an hour and your house is a mess? That’s usually how it works for me. Panicking, I fill up a jumbo-size garbage bag with trash, quickly vacuum and mop, then throw a bunch of junk in the closet where I know my guests won’t look. I ...

Look how far living boldly has taken us

Editorials

Fifty years ago today, the world watched alongside us, the United States of America, as man set foot on the moon and planted the stars and stripes. It was momentous; generations of previous decades may have laughed at the notion of flying through space, scoffed even, and the idea would have ...

Apollo 11 at 50

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You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA (“the space base,” we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits. Along with people from around the world, I watched the lunar landing on ...

Apollo 11’s achievement still dazzles

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WASHINGTON — Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their ...

Natural gas fees making ‘impact’ on multiple fronts

Editorials

The numbers alone can speak for themselves. Lycoming County received $10.5 million from the Natural Gas Impact Tax for 2018. North central Pennsylvania received $50.6 million. The state of Pennsylvania, in total, received $251.8 million. Since the impact fee was legislated in 2012, the state ...

A lose-lose issue for Democrats

Opinion

It’s not clear if President Donald Trump can win the legal battle to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but he’s already won in the court of public opinion. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 73 percent of voters nationwide believe it is appropriate for the U.S. Census ...

The Constitution, the census and citizenship

Opinion

Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives could be ...

Minimum wage hike needed, but budget time not the right time

Editorials

Provisions to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 an hour were not addressed with the new state budget, as Gov. Tom Wolf had hoped. We hope that does not mean the minimum wage will not be increased. It is well past time to increase the lowest minimum wage in the country. It ...

Cyber: More than an online classroom

Opinion

There have been quite a few recent articles disparaging cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, and as CEO of one of PA’s 15 established cyber charter schools, Agora Cyber, I wanted to share my thoughts and some information. For many parents, having the option to choose a more accessible ...

America is greater than ‘just OK’

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WASHINGTON — Maybe President Trump was right that we needed a “Salute to America,” because apparently some Americans have lost sight of the greatness of our country. Case in point: To mark Independence Day, The New York Times posted a video op-ed challenging what it called the ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

Opinion

Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to ...

Count on migrants worldwide to exploit US laws

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Word is spreading worldwide — even as far as sub-Saharan Africa — that the U.S. has an open southern border and an open checkbook. This summer, thousands of Africans from Cameroon, Congo and other violence-plagued countries are forming caravans, preparing to cross our southern border. ...

Justice officials need to learn why

Editorials

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Newberry’s World Series run

Editorials

The scenario is the same every summer. The regular Little League Baseball season ends, leagues pick all-star teams and they start competing. But only once has this annual passion play for 11- and 12-year-olds resulted in a Williamsport team making it all the way to Howard J. Lamade Stadium ...

Rare cowardice before justice

Opinion

WASHINGTON — It helps to know people in high places, especially if you’re a sex offender and your name is Jeffrey Epstein. Some might say that Epstein, the multimillionaire financier, reached the summits of wealth and self-indulgence by his own volition. He is undeniably intelligent, a ...

Leanings cannot be reduced to genetics

Opinion

Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I’ve come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldviews than many on the right or left are ...

Sex-creep club

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Well, well, well. “Follow the facts,” Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi now advises fellow liberals in the wake of billionaire and high-flying political financier Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking indictment this past week. Some of “our faves” could be implicated in the ...

No one is a ‘total loser’

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PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan’s third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: “I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The ...