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Opinion

An unimpeachable conclusion on state judges

Opinion

Impeachment is the nuclear option undergirding the separation of powers framework of American government. An antique vestige borrowed from British tradition, it was incorporated into the American constitution in 1787 – and migrated from there into most state constitutions. Fundamentally, ...

Other leaders side with U.S. on expulsion of Russian diplomats

Editorials

Apparently, leaders of quite a few democratic nations are boorish. At least, that is what Russian officials say. A few weeks ago, a former Russian double agent who had been working for the West while on Moscow’s payroll was poisoned. Serge Skripal and his adult daughter had been living in ...

The teenage demagogues

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All you needed to know about student activist David Hogg’s speech at the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C., recently was that he affixed a price tag on the microphone to symbolize how much National Rifle Association money Sen. Marco Rubio took for the lives of students in ...

Omnibus spending bill is no betrayal of Trump

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President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal on Friday, averting another government shutdown. Written largely in secret and passed without any time to read its 2,232 pages, the bill violated pretty much everything the GOP had promised about reforming the process of ...

Council correct to evaluate the city’s job descriptions

Editorials

Williamsport City Council is in the midst of approving an amendment to its ordinances that restructures and specifies the details of various job divisions in city government. The long and short of it is that the ordinance defines what the administrative positions are in city government. That ...

Budget contributes to national insecurity

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President Trump wants us to believe that the ridiculous 2,232-page spending bill passed by Congress, but unread by most members, is a matter of “national security,” because it has money to rebuild the military. He said he had to sign the bill for that reason, but promised never to sign ...

No ‘Facts First’ with Stormy Daniels

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The left’s brazen double standard on the Stormy Daniels story is apparent to everyone. Suddenly, claims of sexual activity with the president before he became president are relevant. In the years of President Bill Clinton, his critics were told to “grow up about sex” because “libido and ...

Our political parties aren’t about to fall apart

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Some days, the Republican Party seems on the verge of splitting up. Its congressional majorities couldn’t produce a health care bill and passed a spending bill its president regretted signing. Prominent never-Trumpers call for a new political party. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who carried seven ...

Where’s are the ‘Common Sense’ gun laws?

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Americans, many quite young, attended anti-gun violence rallies across the country. Many protesters demanded more federal “common-sense” gun control laws. But the push for common-sense gun laws lacks common sense, or at least perspective. The protests, sparked by the murders of 17 people ...

Wayward justices earned impeachment action against them

Editorials

Twelve Republican state legislators have signed a resolution seeking to impeach four Democratic justices on the state Supreme Court over rulings a congressional redistricting case. At first blush, that strikes many as over-the-top legislative bullying. And the action drew predictable outrage ...

Republican House seats potentially at risk

Opinion

Democrats must pick up 23 seats to win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives this November. They have plenty of openings since 68 seats currently held by Republicans are at varying levels of risk. A race-by-race analysis at ScottRasmussen.com shows that 28 of these Republican seats ...

Reflecting on Easter: Hope for dead – and living

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What is the connection between personal freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not “safety” or ...

Township farmers stand as testimony of region’s backbone

Editorials

The farm that Harold and Joan London maintain in Loyalsock Township has been in Joan’s family since 1838. The Londons took over management of it from Joan’s parents, George and Eleanor Seitzer, in 1986. We are guessing they would be very proud of the stewardship Harold and Joan have ...

Liberal conscience AWOL?

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In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, sponsored by the League ...

The snitches in your kids’ dental office

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How sharper than a serpent’s tooth to have a despotic pediatric dentist. Parents who decide, for whatever reason, that they don’t like their children’s oral care provider should be forewarned. Empowered by government “mandatory reporter” laws, dental offices are now using their ...

Thankfully, Supreme Court shows it knows First Amendment meaning

Editorials

We Americans, who demonstrate regularly that many of us do not understand the First Amendment, ought to be happy the U.S. Supreme Court does. For example, the high court has ruled more than once that freedom of speech works both ways. That is, it allows us to speak our minds — but it ...

Why conservative Christians stick with Trump

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WASHINGTON — As “60 Minutes” airs its interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, conservative Christians are being accused of hypocrisy. How can so-called “values voters” continue to stand with President Trump despite revelations that he allegedly had affairs with a porn star ...

Stormy Daniels: Bill Clinton redux

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She would have been a natural in a Bill Clinton scandal, and, in fact, all the same means would have been used against her. Donald Trump’s tactics in these cases are almost indistinguishable from the Clintons’. The effort to shut down the accusers, the unconvincing denials, the legal ...

Marino’s legislation would solve much of school tragedy puzzle

Editorials

Legislation introduced by Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region, would, if enacted, be a positive step toward better protecting local students from school shootings and terrorism. Marino’s bill would reauthorize the COPS in Schools program to provide ...

Gun violence: So much more to learn

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How do we reduce gun violence? A recent two-year in-depth RAND Corporation study of previous studies on the subject concluded we do not yet have conclusive evidence to answer that question adequately. As this study concludes:: "The state of American gun policy science is not good, overall." ...