Opinion

SympoSymposium brings sobering talk on future fire services

Editorials

A symposium last week on fire services as they relate to local government drew a lot of sobering talk. There was talk about how important it is for fire departments and the government bodies with whom they work to get along and seek solutions together. There were indications that the ...

Remember Bill Clinton’s Asiagate scandal?

Opinion

The talking heads at CNN and MSNBC are positively giddy. Aha! A Russia connection. Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians! It’s best when they can find a liberal guest to say what they’re thinking, and they have plenty from which to choose. Here’s a sentence of hyperbole from ...

The state is not God

Opinion

Anyone looking for another reason not to leave life-and-death issues to the state need look no further than the conflict between the British government and the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Governments, including the British courts and the European court of human rights have refused ...

The health care mess: Reforming it is everyone’s job

Editorials

Americans want lower health care premiums. They want insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. They want easy access to the doctor of their choosing. And they want adequate Medicaid coverage for those entitled to it. That’s what a health care bill is supposed to look like. It ...

California and Trump

Opinion

Donald Trump has new words for an old song: “California, here I don’t come.’’ The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn’t made it to Hollywood. Something tells me he’d rather sit down with Vladimir Putin than with California’s extremely popular governor, ...

Charlie Gard’s fate not state decision

Opinion

Charlie Gard’s parents are doing the wrong thing — and I’d probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven’t heard, is the 11-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United States. Charlie seemed like any other healthy baby when he was ...

The state budget impasse need not be so complicated

Editorials

The state budget is lurching through another July impasse, while social services, schools and innumerable other interests wait for results that will greatly impact their budgets for the next 12 months and beyond. It’s really quite simple. There’s a $2 billion gap between the $32 ...

In declaring independence, the politicians lagged behind badly

Opinion

The Declaration of Independence deserves its place as one of the most important documents in the history of the world. But, despite its significance, the Declaration did not lead the nation to independence or inspire people to take up arms and begin a revolution. Instead, the Continental ...

The crisis in America’s crime labs

Opinion

Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty. There is a crisis in America’s government-run crime labs — and it’s not just the result of a few rogue operators. The ...

Recent weeks show opioid epidemic is a daunting foe

Editorials

The picture is ugly and depressing. There is a synthetic opioid product being distributed in our area that carries a potency 100 times the level of morphine. The results are predictable: A wave of overdoses, some of them fatal. Lycoming County is on track for double the number of ...

FX show spreads debunked CIA drug smear

Opinion

As much as liberals say they despise “fake news,” some of the most powerful and notorious sources of fake news in America are the leftists in Hollywood. Their “based on a real story” manglings and stranglings of history are legendary, from Oliver Stone on down. The latest example is ...

No, China isn’t going to lead

Opinion

The world has had its delusions about China over the years, but none quite as fantastical as the notion of Beijing assuming the mantle of global leadership. Ever since Donald Trump’s election, it has been a journalistic trope to speculate that China is about to take the lead on ...

Rewarding extremist who murdered people simply isn’t correct

Editorials

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

A place where civility once ruled

Opinion

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, a ...

Trump’s ‘divisive’ tweets — left-wing hypocrisy

Opinion

Critics hammered President Donald Trump for his “sexist” tweet in which he made fun of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. Trump tweeted: “I heard poorly rated MorningJoe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho ...

Charter commission: Vital conduit to city government change

Editorials

The form for the future government in the city of Williamsport was not determined by City Council’s action in the past month. City Council merely took the action that will put a referendum question on the ballot asking residents whether they want a charter commission to study forms of ...

Home Rule or politics as usual?

Opinion

Under the Articles of Confederation, not only were the states woven together by fabric so weak that the new nation could not function, but in addition the executive of the Continental Congress was not much more than a figurehead. The Founders of this country thought they would try the Greek ...

Another Mark Levin best-seller spiked

Opinion

Polls out for Independence Day hit a sobering note: Our patriotic feelings are on a steady decline. Gallup found the number of people describing themselves as “extremely proud” Americans has dropped from 70 percent in 2003 to just 52 percent in 2016. Just 34 percent of Americans ages 18 to ...

CNN hurt its credibility

Opinion

CNN is not wrong that the president of the United States ought to stop behaving like a clown. But they overshot recently. As someone who has about the lowest possible tolerance for Trumpian vulgarity, I thought the imbroglio over the CNN logo gif was overwrought. This was an invitation to ...