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Scientists: Dishonest or afraid?

The absolute worst case of professional incompetence and dishonesty is in the area of climate science. Tony Heller has exposed some of the egregious dishonesty of mainstream environmentalists in a video he’s titled “My Gift To Climate Alarmists.” Environmentalists and their political ...

Four tips for coping during the flu season

You know the signs. The thunderous cough. The pounding headache. The full-body fatigue. It’s the flu. Last fall and winter, influenza sickened roughly 40 million Americans and killed 60,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year’s flu season is nearly ...

Is ignorance Trump’s defense?

“Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” — Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) As public hearings on impeachment begin, we will see the case for and the case against impeaching President Donald Trump. The facts are largely undisputed, but each side has its version ...

USMCA critical to livelihood of Pennsylvania economy

In the more than 25 years since the United States, Mexico and Canada struck the first North American trade deal, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), manufacturing output in the United States has more than doubled, exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled, and our economy has ...

What’s new? An evaluation of American history

An evaluation of American history will point to three concepts that are repeated to the point of becoming a well-worn mantra. They are as follows: Fear (of a Vietnam-like situation), Budget, and Authoritarianism. These three items may be manifested in a variety of different ways throughout our ...

Environmental protection ‘rollback’ narrative is full of holes

The Environmental Protection Agency recently revised some rules governing oil-and-gas rig methane emissions. Environmentalists in Congress immediately cried foul, with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., describing the proposal as a “horrifying blow” and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., calling the ...

Reducing uncertainty in trade with Mexico and Canada

American businesses face enormous challenges right now. The ebb and flow of the trade war with China is roiling supply chains. A simmering tariff war with the European Union could soon boil over. This swirl of uncertainty is threatening to hold back U.S. economic growth and has lowered global ...

Democrats shouldn’t blame Latin

If the impeachment effort isn’t taking the nation by storm, the Democrats have an answer — blame it on Latin. The use of a Latin term, quid pro quo, is now thought to be a damper on the impeachment cause because it sounds complex and technical. Latin is one of the great legacies of ...

Young people ignorant of history

A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70 percent of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “favorable.” Let examine this tragic vision in light of the Fraser ...

Whatever happened to teaching history?

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags behind all other subject matters. The latest NAEP survey finds that proficiency levels for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are in the 20, 18 and 12th ...

What Michelle Obama leaves out about ‘white flight’

Michelle Obama recently complained about “white flight” in her old Chicago neighborhood. By “white flight “ she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black. “Upstanding families like ours, who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better — as ...

Mike Pompeo was definitely NOT a Marine Corps officer

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has impressive credentials: He graduated third in his class from Los Amigos High School in California’s Orange County before winning an appointment from his congressman — “B-1 Bob” Dornan, a conservative remembered for his unstinting support for the ...

Scientists can beat Alzheimer’s

More than 120,000 Americans will lose their battle to Alzheimer’s disease this year. This debilitating condition is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Nationwide, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds. Nearly 6 million Americans currently ...

Gun grabbers misleading us

Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law’s primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and ...

Regionalization: A need too great to ignore

Pennsylvania’s arrangement of a municipality in every nook and cranny means it has 2,625 local governments, second most in the country, trailing only Illinois at 2,828. I have lived in five of those municipalities: Williamsport, South Williamsport, DuBoistown, Loyalsock Township and ...

Send Gisella back: One immigrant family’s story

Virtually every reader who has ancestors with a first name of foreign origin like Mario, Shannon, Ezra, Hermann, Alexandra, Wang and Juan, has a similar story to tell. The first generation of their families in the United States came from a foreign country with a good heart, an attraction for ...

The importance of ‘no-men’

Shortly after Jim Bakker’s release from prison in July 1994, I invited the disgraced TV evangelist to my home. There was an important question I wanted to ask him. Some background: Bakker and his “Praise the Lord” (PTL) associates sold $1,000 “lifetime memberships” to people who ...

The ‘lynching’ hypocrisy

President Donald Trump ignited yet another controversy when, on Twitter, he compared the Democrats’ pursuit of his impeachment to a “lynching.” His tweet that launched a thousand denunciations read: “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even ...

Boris Johnson headed to big Brexit victory?

It has been 1,225 days since an all-time-high turnout of British voters chose, by a 52 to 48 percent margin, to Leave rather than Remain in the European Union. Now with a general election set for Dec. 12, it looks like Britain is finally about to escape the EU’s “ever closer union.” The ...

Cancel the primaries

The Democratic primary campaign started in January, but it already feels as if it began in the late Jurassic period, and the first votes are still three months away. Primaries are a lot like Christmas: The shopping season begins way before, and things rarely live up to expectations. (I mean ...