Opinion

As caravan nears, it is time Congress solved immigration

Editorials

Last year, 1.13 million people legally immigrated to the United States. The total is the most of any country – by a lot. The total pretty much matches totals for the past several years. Clearly, there is no resistance to those who want to pursue the legal process of immigration. The problem ...

No, Trump is not diminished

Opinion

Midterm losses typically humble a sitting president of the United States, but Donald Trump is beyond humbling. He is the most unbowed president ever to lose a house of Congress. Anyone who thought Trump would be taken down a notch, even by a more stinging electoral rebuke, doesn’t know ...

What’s wrong with Florida elections?

Opinion

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely ...

Political divisions gloss over nation’s booming economy

Editorials

As is typical of any midterm election season, there was a lot of public campaign hand-wringing in the past couple months that left the impression our country is in the darkest of times. It is hardly the first time political pundits and opposition to the sitting power holders painted an overly ...

Kavanaugh debacle cost Dems Senate

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control ...

Inmate total, reentry needs present a tough balancing act

Editorials

There was a recent graduation ceremony for 30 people who have transitioned back into the community through Lycoming County’s reentry program. That’s 30 success stories of people who ran afoul of the law and rectified themselves through the county’s reentry program to become contributing ...

NBC’s Saturday Night sickness

Opinion

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is taking on a very sour look. Alec Baldwin didn’t appear with his tired Trump impression on the Saturday before the midterms, perhaps because he reportedly punched a man in the face in New York’s Greenwich Village in a parking spot dispute. “SNL” ...

Split election = polarized politics until 2020

Opinion

The Republican president, considered a lightweight and an ignoramus by many in Washington, suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in the Senate. His leverage on domestic ...

Hard to keep job cuts out of the city budget equation

Editorials

The proposed Williamsport city budget plan is due to City Council before Thanksgiving, but Mayor Gabriel J. Campana already has taken a vital first step. He was presented with a three-year city financial plan last week that includes cutbacks in the numbers of city employees and is supportive ...

The election’s over — now what?

Opinion

It was almost unsettling to wake up the morning after the election and realize it turned out pretty much as expected. There were, of course, some surprises, but nothing on the seismic shock scale of 2016. For months, it had been expected that Democrats would win a modest House majority, and ...

What will Dems do with new House?

Opinion

The Democratic Party has won control of the House of Representatives. Its members effectively will be able to block all legislation that the Senate passes and the president wants. They also will be able to unleash their subpoena power mercilessly on the executive branch. Will the members ...

Will trade pact with Canada help dairy farmers?

Opinion

Without any reservations, the last four years of low milk prices paid to dairy farmers have been in all probability, the worst years the dairy farmers have experienced in all my life. The low prices have caused Pennsylvania dairy farmers to be underpaid by at least 500 million dollars for ...

Our vets should be at the front – not the back – of the line

Editorials

Veterans Day was officially marked yesterday. Because it fell on a Sunday, it is being observed heavily today. If our wish were granted, Veterans Day would be everyday. There is an entire generation or two that cannot possibly understand the life story that accompanies a veteran. Through ...

Say No to Nanny Bloomberg

Opinion

No matter how politically fractured the nation may seem, I believe that liberty-loving citizens of all ideologies can unite and agree: Billionaire Nanny Michael Bloomberg — the soda-taxing, gun-grabbing, snack-attacking control freak — should keep his nose out of our lives and out of the ...

Ending birthright citizenship

Opinion

In 2004, nearly 80 percent of Irish voters decided to end birthright citizenship. In its coverage the BBC said, “The government said change was needed because foreign women were travelling to Ireland to give birth in order to get an EU passport for their babies.” In 1986, The Australian ...

Williamsport stays the course; Leaders will remain the key

Editorials

Williamsport voters are apparently content with the strong mayor-council form of government that has managed the city since 1972. They soundly voted “no” on two alternative referendums in Tuesday’s election. The vote can be interpreted three ways. One interpretation is that they are ...

Midterms: A split decision

Opinion

Elections have consequences. But sometimes those consequences are neither clear nor obvious. Tuesday was such an election. As widely anticipated, state Democrats played a pivotal role in national results helping win control of the federal House of Representatives. Statewide, Democrats ...

The triumph of bigotry

Opinion

The mark of Cain is stamped upon our foreheads. Across the centuries, our brother Abel was lain in blood which we drew, and shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love. Forgive us, Lord, for the curse we falsely attributed to their name as Jews. Forgive us for crucifying Thee a second time in ...