Opinion

Recognize real potential of Cuba to export terror

Editorials

It has been said and written that horror stories about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift were exaggerated. Of the about 125,000 Cubans who left their island and came here then, only a small percentage were criminals set free from jails and patients released from mental hospitals by then-Cuban dictator ...

Performance of gas industry outlasting negative party lines

Editorials

It’s unsafe. It’s an unsustainable fad. It’s operated by people who don’t care about the environment using questionable technology. They will ravage our landscape and then leave at the first better opportunity. Those were the negative party lines regarding the natural gas industry ...

Should Democrats avoid female candidates?

Opinion

Many Democratic voters are worried that a female candidate cannot win the presidency in 2020. “I don’t think they’re strong enough to carry it for themselves,” an Iowa voter told The Washington Post. Amber Phillips reports that “female politicians are held by voters to a much higher ...

Washington’s dirty little secret: No one is running the show

Opinion

One of the hardest lessons for young, idealistic and educated people to learn when they come to Washington — and some never learn it — is that nobody is running things. Sure, they know how to hold a press conference or write a law or conduct a study. But no person or group of people has the ...

A story ‘too good to check’

Opinion

Shortly after the cooling of the Earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, quite possibly, ...

There are no Trump mysteries

Opinion

The surprise about the big New York Times story on Donald Trump’s tax returns is that there are no real surprises. Trump’s taxes have been an obsession of the left since he, in violation of a long-standing norm, reneged on his promise to release his returns during the 2016 campaign. ...

Consequential races deserve large turnout at the polls Tuesday

Editorials

When it comes to primary elections, sometimes the ballot appears to hold few reasons for residents to turn out and vote. That, quite dramatically, is not the case this year. For starters, not only is it the primary election in which party nominations are made, but also a special election to ...

Minimum wage or minimum business?

Opinion

It took one month after re-election for Governor Wolf to show his teeth to the Pennsylvania business community. As we all know, the government knows best how to operate private business. So, when Wolf demands small businesses immediately increase the wages of those with minimum to zero skill by ...

The quirky Pennsylvania Constitution

Opinion

According to Article 9, Section 4 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, dealing with county government, three county commissioners shall be elected in each county. In the election of these officers, each qualified elector shall vote for no more than two persons, and the three persons receiving the ...

In trade war, U.S. must not surrender to China’s tactics

Editorials

So, you’re sitting at your kitchen table one evening when a brainstorm hits: You’ve come up with a new way to manufacture a much-used product. Your technology is cheaper than anything currently in use. You’ll patent it, open a factory and be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Unless the ...

Heroism at the ready

Editorials

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre recently invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage enough was shown by ...

Higher education in America

Opinion

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder’s new book, “Restoring the Promise,” published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America’s ...

Overspending takes state tax collections triggered by economy

Editorials

For years state government in Pennsylvania has struggled on both ends of its budget process with tax collections lagging behind projections. Either the collections are lower than expected in an existing budget, leaving a deficit, or they are so iffy for the future that they create revenue ...

Firefighters: Human hearts beat behind shields of courage

Editorials

We think of firefighters as being pretty heroic people. Our image of them is of strength and courage, of compassion and caring. They are the ones who run into burning buildings to rescue us, or extricate us from cars after motor vehicle accidents; they are role models for our children. But ...

Most accept American diversity

Opinion

As the country grows more ethnically and racially diverse, Americans’ attitudes towards diversity seem pretty sanguine. Most Americans, regardless of ethnic or racial background, think diversity is a good thing and makes the nation stronger. More than three-fourths of all Americans say ...

Back to the past with Joe Biden

Opinion

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

For Joe Biden, on China it’s still the 1990s

Opinion

Once upon a time, May 1 — May Day — was a day for working-class parades in factory towns. This year, it was a day for Joe Biden, to set off on his third presidential campaign in 32 years, to make news on the stump, not in a working-class venue but in the university town of Iowa City, now ...

‘Bernie’ Schelb leaves a legacy of civic dedication

Editorials

Every small municipality in America needs a J. Bernard “Bernie” Schelb. That’s the best way to sum up the legacy of the man synonymous with South Williamsport who died recently. Mr. Schelb actually was quite involved with helping others in a variety of ways and was an active member of ...

A momentous day for salamander, clean water, pupils

Opinion

On April 23, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 9 — now Act 3 of 2019 — recognizing the Eastern hellbender as Pennsylvania’s first official state amphibian. It was a momentous day for the salamander, Pennsylvania students and clean water. This bipartisan bill is about more than ...

Keeping fake illegal alien families together

Opinion

Who remembers the hysterical sound and fury of open borders leftists last summer over President Donald Trump’s detention and enforcement policies at our besieged southern border? Remember the #FamiliesBelongTogether, #WhereAreTheChildren, #AbolishICE and #MeltICE hashtags? Remember the ...