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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 ...

As we move into new decade, a look at life 100 years ago

It can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points. In 1920, the U.S. had become an economic power, which is ...

Prepare for a nasty 2020 presidential campaign

Here’s a fun New Year’s prediction for you: The 2020 presidential campaign will be even uglier than the 2016 contest. In part, that’s due to President Trump’s incumbency. In 2016, Trump almost surely did not think he’d win. Throughout his campaign, he would drop hints about an ...

Lovable ol’ Bernie?

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “OK, boomer” dig. At 78, he’s actually too old for the cohort, but that’s not why he won’t get dinged. He’s the most popular Democrat among the under-35 crowd, and judging by recent polling, he’s the second-most ...

Would you prefer a secular social agenda?

The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God. The latest dustup occurred after the departing editor of Christianity Today magazine, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial in which he said President ...