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Opinion

Community activist, Camp Cadet: The seeds of what we need

Editorials

We seem to be living in dangerously uncivil times these days. Typical political disagreement has been elevated from argumentative discourse to nasty, vulgar tweets to threats against institutions and elected officials to calls for uprisings and public harassment of the nation’s ...

Disorder at the FBI

Opinion

The FBI is supposed to be about law and order but right now it looks like the FBI is more about disorder. None of this should be shocking to anyone who has worked with the FBI over the years. The FBI is, has been and will in the future be a potential political tool. Did FBI Director James ...

NY attorney general points finger at the wrong public figure

Editorials

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

The Supreme Court’s ‘Bartleby’ decision

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“I would prefer not to.” That was the invariable reply of the title character of Herman Melville’s 1853 story “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” when asked by his employer to perform a task. It’s also a phrase you might use to describe the opinion of the Supreme Court in its latest ...

Politicians, take immigration more seriously

Opinion

Nearly everyone can agree: The scene at the southern border is a horror. Even those who somehow think that it isn’t a moral horror to see little kids pulled from their parents and put in cages — or, to use the preferred term among White House defenders, “chain-link partitioned holding ...

A couple theories paying dividends on one city block

Editorials

The ultimate test of a theory is how it works in real life circumstances. City Council approved use of $1,500 in legislative contingency funding in 2015 for a peace pole in the 600 block of Second Street. The hope was that the peace pole would be a catalyst for the neighborhood to see ...

The media insulate Obama from scandal

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Former President Barack Obama is swaggering around and claiming he didn’t really have any scandals as president. In February, he said we “didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.” This only means shamelessness can seem like a winning tactic. In May, he said, “I didn’t have ...

But her emails? You’re dang right, her emails

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When the Justice Department inspector general’s report revealed that former FBI director James B. Comey had used a personal email account to conduct official business, Hillary Clinton claimed vindication. “But my emails,” she tweeted. Yes, Madam Secretary, your emails. In fact, the ...

Mayor drops agency leasing proposal – with a parting shot

Editorials

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana on Wednesday dropped his attempt to get a lease buy-back agreement with the city and Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority. But he didn’t do so without a parting shot across the bow of City Council, which has informally rejected the ...

Pruitt, Carson trapped by the trappings of power

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It’s not an iron law that power corrupts. But it’s often a good way to bet. The interesting question is: Why does power corrupt so many people? The way I see it, power — money, fame, celebrity, authority or some mix of them all — lowers the cost of indulging human nature. This ...

Weapons of Mass Manipulation

Opinion

Confirmation bias damages reputations. It ruins credibility. It destroys lives. When researchers ignore contradictory data that undermines their assumptions, junk science prevails. When police conduct investigations with predetermined outcomes, wrongful convictions abound. And when ...

Natural gas impact fee numbers show unique effectiveness

Editorials

The argument for a natural gas severance tax in Pennsylvania usually starts with fingers pointed toward other big energy producing states and their drilling taxes. Well, the state Public Utility Commission last week announced that nearly $210 million is being distributed in impact fees this ...

This is Seth Meyers on drugs

Opinion

CNN host Van Jones, a former Obama White House aide, interviewed NBC late-night host Seth Meyers with the usual reverence that liberals offer to comedians of the Resistance. “You’re an icon. You’re a legend,” Jones gushed. “You’re doing a phenomenal service to the country.” But ...

Can the FBI be independent?

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When President Donald Trump appointed Atlanta lawyer Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as the director of the FBI, my initial reaction was not positive. Wray is a veteran of the Department of Justice and is part of that good-old-boy DOJ network that knows how to protect its own. ...

State funding hike meant to hold PCT tuition in place

Editorials

One of the beneficiaries of the unusually smooth state budget process was higher education. And that includes the Pennsylvania College of Technology, which received a $662,000 increase in state funding, a 3-percent hike over this year. "The message we are trying to send is we don't see any ...

Hollywood isn’t supportive of abortion?

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Feminists who embrace the “right” to abortion — the right to destroy an unborn life on a woman’s demand at any point in pregnancy — just will not accept they are powerful enough in Hollywood. Abortion scenes in TV and movies need to be more “educational” and end the “stigma” ...

Harvard’s anti-Asian-American microaggression

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The Harvard University admissions process appears to be an ongoing microaggression against Asian-Americans. A group called Students for Fair Admissions is suing the school for alleged racial discrimination and has filed documents in federal court making a persuasive case, based on data ...

Do you have $15.4 billion laying around? Your government does

Editorials

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Where is the Republican Gene McCarthy?

Opinion

After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident — they now had the numbers needed to pass Medicare, ...