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Cracking down on H-1B visa abuse

President Trump’s administration is delivering for American workers. During his time as president, the number of H-1B guestworker visa denials are at a decade high. For years, employers have used the H-1B program to displace qualified Americans and import cheaper foreign labor. Tightening ...

The Great Recession: ‘Reparations’ gone bad

Some of the Democratic candidates for president support studying reparations to blacks to compensate for slavery. But in many ways, America has made reparations to blacks. What are race-based preferences if not a form of compensation for historical wrongs? Many cities have “set-aside” ...

Was the Soleimani killing a policy success?

There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...

Neither neocon nor isolationist

Donald Trump isn’t George W. Bush. That should be obvious to everyone by now, but his critics and even some of his supporters immediately acted as if it were 2003 on the cusp of the Iraq War when Trump took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Suddenly, the neocons had cachet again ...

It’s war: Are we in it to win it?

Prior to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the escalation of tensions in the region. Yes, that would be ...

Trump responds to Iran’s act of war

In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven’t seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime’s recent attacks on America and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. The similarity is that both times, ...

An accurate census count is vital

In 2020, Pennsylvania residents will be asked to take part in two crucial political processes: the presidential election and the U.S. census. You’re probably familiar with the upcoming election, given the round-the-clock media coverage and social media commentary, but the census, while often ...

Lycoming College as an economic driver and community anchor

Lycoming College and the other 90 independent non-profit colleges and universities in this state are an incredible asset for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The positive impact of Lycoming and the other independent institutions of higher education takes many forms. The fact that they are ...

A republic or authoritarianism?

I start these thoughts with the premise that the American Revolution has really never ended. It continues from the Declaration of Independence until this very day. Our revolution is the Constitution. Over the past 240 years, our country has undergone numerous changes. But, it is the ...

Colin Kaepernick’s stupid lie about America

In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick’s deserves a place of honor. The NFL washout and Nike persona who makes sure the company doesn’t produce any overly patriotic sneakers tweeted, “There is nothing new about American ...

A down payment for cleaner waters

Work to clean and protect local waters received a welcome boost recently, when Congress finalized a fiscal year 2020 budget that includes $85 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program. This is possible, thanks to Pennsylvania’s elected leaders in the U.S. House and Senate. Our health, ...

The new racism

A voter may dislike a black, homosexual or female candidate, but it’s not likely that he would openly admit it. However, diversity-crazed leftist/progressive Democrats have openly condemned the physical characteristics of some of their 2020 presidential candidates. Joe Biden and Bernie ...

Add Iran’s leadership to ash heap of history

Addressing the British Parliament in 1982, President Ronald Reagan outlined a plan for placing the Soviet Union and Marxism-Leninism on the “ash heap of history.” It is an objective President Trump might pursue against the mullahs in Iran, who are subsidizing terrorism in the Middle East ...

Try to remember …

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was convinced that ...

Undercutting ‘ascendant America’ theory

From the first years of the one-fifth of this century already completed, we’ve been told that a new, ascendant America — more nonwhite, more culturally liberal, more feminist — was going to dominate our politics for years to come. Those predictions have partially come true. Barack Obama ...

Gertrude Himmelfarb, RIP

When I emailed Mary Ellen Bork that our mutual friend, Gertrude Himmelfarb, aka Bea Kristol, had passed away at 97, she replied, after expressions of sadness, “Now she and Irving can resume their conversation.” Irving was Irving Kristol, Bea’s husband of 67 years. It was one of the ...

Getting the goods on Schiff

The truth behind House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff’s role in engineering President Donald Trump’s impeachment may soon come out because a nonprofit group promoting government transparency — Judicial Watch — is suing to get the whistleblower’s emails. No matter how the Senate ...

The unsettling grip of the automated gods

So the perfectly enjoyable dinner with friends was over and it was time to get the bill. The waitress informed us they were in front of us. And there were the machines, ready to be poked and prodded with enter this and enter that and computerized math full of tip percentages. Followed by ...

Addressing out-of-pocket costs key to health improvement, savings

More than 190 million Americans suffer from chronic diseases. For them, healthcare reform isn’t a political football — it’s a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, both parties keep pushing reforms that won’t improve patients’ lives. One side is focused on making insurance ...

Colleges dupe parents and taxpayers

Colleges have been around for centuries. College students have also been around for centuries. Yet, college administrators assume that today’s students have needs that were unknown to their predecessors. Those needs include diversity and equity personnel, with massive budgets to ...