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Opinion

The Chinese threat isn’t just trade

Opinion

We are currently engaged in a high-profile negotiation that may or may not succeed in getting the Chinese to buy more of our stuff. This is a fine goal as far as it goes, although that isn’t very far. It doesn’t matter if China is a mercantilist, revisionist power that buys $14 billion of ...

Today, remember those who make our world possible

Editorials

As you read this on another Memorial Day morning, the security of the United States and freedom-loving nations throughout the world is being challenged by nuclear threats in North Korea and elsewhere, violence and conflict throughout much of the Middle East, global terrorism and rogue dictators ...

The coarsening of political language

Opinion

CANBERRA, Australia — Here in Australia, “Question Time” has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes ...

The Russia temptation

Other Commentaries

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She said Democrats can’t spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump’s existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than Russian ...

Bill would improve state redistricting process drastically

Editorials

Anyone who has observed the political slime that has been Pennsylvania’s redistricting map changes of recent months should be heartened that even some members of the sitting Legislature are embarrassed enough to change the process. The Senate’s State Government Committee this past week ...

Five takeaways from Primary Election that will still matter Nov. 6

Opinion

They call it a primary election for a reason – maybe a couple of reasons. One is its priority. It comes first, preceding the “general” election by about six months. More importantly, primaries separate the wannabes from the winners. Almost anyone can run in a primary but running in a ...

The Blessed Virgin Stormy Daniels?

Opinion

Some people were scandalized when secular celebrities from Rihanna to Madonna dressed up in glitzy bishop hats and bejeweled crowns of crosses for the hot-ticket Metropolitan Museum of Art gala in Manhattan. The fundraiser was organized around the theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the ...

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem triumph

Opinion

In the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a message of their own, “Year One of the Redemption of Jerusalem.” The Roman emperor Hadrian had planted the seeds for the rebellion with his ...

In the end, district maintains buildings, furloughs teachers

Editorials

Teacher furloughs. Building closures. Program cuts. Faced with a $1.4 million deficit for 2018-19 a few weeks ago, the Jersey Shore Area School Board had those three choices – none of them pleasant – on their dartboard for potential savings. The board voted 6-3 at the end of April against ...

The endless bitterness tour

Opinion

MELBOURNE, Australia — When you hear “world tour” you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia’s second ...

Right must reckon with its generation gap

Opinion

The conventional image of baby boomer political rebellion features a young left-wing activist organizing, protesting or otherwise agitating, ideally with Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” playing in the background: “There’s something happening here / What it is ain’t ...

New college gateway, Old City progress finally happening

Editorials

A lot of talk and not much action. That’s been the story for years regarding the need to improve the city’s eastern boundary corridor. But there is every indication that story is about to be reworked – radically – in the next 18 months. Lycoming College has announced plans to kick ...

California demands that Christians ‘evolve’

Opinion

California has a hallowed but questionable reputation as being the birthplace of the radical Free Speech Movement on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Today, they’re not just shutting down conservative speakers on the campus. The state’s Democrats may pass a law to shut ...

Donald Trump, man of his word

Opinion

The instant analysis on cable TV of President Donald Trump’s decision to dump the Iran deal had a weary resignation to it: He said he would do this. Indeed, he had. Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail to pull out of the deal and had made it a target from the time that ...

Gas industry is healthier, but be careful with tax

Editorials

It’s not the boom of seven or eight years ago. But the natural gas industry is on the upswing in Pennsylvania. The drill rig count across the state has risen by 33 percent between December 2015 and December 2017. At last count, 40 rigs were in operation in Pennsylvania. As good as ...

State of the midterms

Opinion

Last December, the midterm outlook looked bleak for Republicans. With the Democrats enjoying a 13-point lead on the Generic Ballot, pundits talked of a “big blue wave.” The question was not whether the Democrats would win the two dozen seats needed to gain control of the House, but whether ...

Marginalizing Melania Trump

Opinion

Need more evidence that there are two Americas? Here: Left-wing hatred of Melania Trump is inversely proportional to flyover admiration for the first lady. In just the last month, late-night clown Jimmy Kimmel mocked Trump’s Slovenian accent, CNN contributor April Ryan attacked her as ...

City correctly losing patience with a few neglected properties

Editorials

The city of Williamsport has had a lot of success in recent years with a systematic codes inspection program. The program is orderly and pragmatic and allows multiple chances for property owners to comply with repairs and cleanup requests. For a property owner to reach the stage where there ...