Opinion

Kavanaugh situation is a case study in political ugliness

Editorials

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

Dems talk of Trump breaking norms; Obama is

Opinion

WASHINGTON — When barrack Obama took office as president in 2009, George W. Bush wished him well and left the political stage, determined to never publicly criticize his successor. It is a vow he kept for the entire eight years of Obama’s presidency. Even when Obama attacked him ...

Kaepernick paid to push false narrative

Opinion

The NFL’s Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who started the phenomenon of NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, has signed a deal. But not to play football. No NFL team has offered him a contract since he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers. His new deal is ...

Natural gas industry consumer, business numbers impressive

Editorials

The natural gas industry is an easy whipping boy for a wide variety of opponents who have varying beliefs that put them in conflict with the industry. And to the extent that the opposition holds the natural gas industry’s feet to the fire regarding environmental issues related to the ...

The blue-collar recovery

Opinion

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to create blue-collar jobs at the fastest clip ...

The blue-collar recovery

Opinion

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to create blue-collar jobs at the fastest clip ...

Township deals with emergency services realities of today

Editorials

We suspect the action taken by Old Lycoming Township recently will become the new normal in future emergency services for smaller boroughs and townships. The towship’s supervisors agreed to collaborate with the township’s fire department on drafting job requirements and hiring an ...

Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

Opinion

Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode — the Brett Kavanaugh show — is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

The Post-9/11 Cycle of Cynicism

Opinion

Remember. Forget. Repeat. For 17 years, America has engaged in a collective ritual every Sept. 11: Hang flags, light candles, bow heads and make vows to “Never forget.” Then, every Sept. 12, it’s back to business as usual: See something, do nothing. Did you remember that five of the ...

Not every problem needs federal solution

Opinion

Fifty-five percent of voters believe Facebook has too much power. Forty-seven percent believe the same about Twitter. For those in the political world, such numbers represent a call for government action. But voters disagree. Just 21 percent want the federal government to regulate social ...

Donald Trump and the Rule of Law

Opinion

Recently, The New York Times published a scathing critique of Donald Trump — the man and the president. The Times said the critique was written by a senior Trump administration official who insisted on remaining unnamed. This bitter and harsh editorial, which portrays the president as ...

City, others act on fireworks; state should revisit them

Editorials

Williamsport City Council has amended its fireworks ordinance to reflect more restrictive hours, responding to the proliferation of dangerous, loud independent displays in recent years. The new restrictions call for fireworks detonation only during the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from the ...

Ken Starr still getting hardballs

Opinion

Twenty years after recommending to Congress that then-President Clinton be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, Kenneth Starr has written a book about it. Surely, with the passage of time and many other books exploring the Lewinsky affair and the other Clinton scandals, Starr ...

A new standard for stupid

Opinion

It’s not easy to set a new standard for stupid in 2018, but a few left-wingers on Twitter managed it during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. They claimed to have seen one of Judge Kavanaugh’s former law clerks, Zina Bash, making a white-power symbol while sitting behind him at ...

Farm subsidies expose clear conflicts for many Congress people

Editorials

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Not taking oneself too seriously

Opinion

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

City Council correct to seek independent insurance proposals

Editorials

Bring in the brokers. We stand behind City Council’s decision to seek proposals for city insurance and not wait until next year for city Mayor Gabriel J. Campana to do so himself. Council is correct to push past the seemingly cozy relationship between Mayor Campana and Steven W. Cappelli, ...