Other Commentaries

Should Democrats avoid female candidates?

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

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’

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

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. ...

Minimum wage or minimum business?

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

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 ...

Higher education in America

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 ...

Most accept American diversity

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

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

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 ...

A momentous day for salamander, clean water, pupils

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

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 ...

Trump can use the economy to change people’s minds

WASHINGTON — With the end of the Mueller probe and the news that the U.S. economy is performing far beyond expectations, President Donald Trump has reached an inflection point in his presidency. He has the chance to turn the political tides decisively in his favor, if he takes it. We ...

Why are candidates so radical?

In the 1920 presidential election, Warren Harding won in a landslide by promising a “Return to Normalcy.” Today’s Democrats would be wise to make that same pledge for 2020. They probably won’t, however, which is why President Trump might get re-elected. Harding’s concept of normalcy ...

Democrats’ plan to destroy jobs boom

If you’re looking for work, this is the best job market in 50 years. The economy is soaring. But Democrats running for president are pitching plans that will destroy millions of jobs, doubling the number of people out of work. Consider “Medicare for All.” It could wipe out a ...

An attack on Congress’ coequal power

WASHINGTON — President Trump, after saying Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify before Congress on the report he wrote on his investigation into Russian interference into U.S. elections, now says he shouldn’t. “No redos for the Dems,” he tweeted. Mueller himself is said to ...

Correcting the record about severance tax

Back in March, the Sun Gazette wrote about Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Williamsport to highlight how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania will fund the repair of critical infrastructure like the levy along Lycoming Creek. By providing the funding needed to tackle these problems — as well as ...

Welcome to The Cypress Inn, where America lives

We have this rule when we travel: Eat where the locals eat. On a recent trip that took us through the hook of the panhandle of Florida on a serene Friday morning, yours truly was the driver, the better half was sleeping and a candidate for breakfast arose in Cross City. On the side of the ...

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The heroic story of ...

Economic nationalism: Just socialism on the right

It has “invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing,” the philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek famously wrote. Hayek’s larger point was that while conservatism plays an important role in pumping the brakes on radical ideas that go too ...