Opinion

How long will NBA fans tolerate Trump-bashing by head coaches?

Opinion

The success of NBA San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich cannot be denied. In his professional career, the Popovich-led Spurs have won five championships. Popovich is also a military vet. Fluent in Russian and armed with an Air Force Academy degree in Soviet studies, his first post was as an ...

Spying on you, me, the president

Opinion

“The makers of our Constitution ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928 After the Watergate era had ended and Jimmy Carter was in the White ...

Reaction to Paris pullout shows sad, unnecessary divide

Editorials

The first job of the president of the United States is to protect the interest of the citizens of this country. That's what President Trump did last week, plain and simple. The country was – by executive order of former President Obama – involved in the Paris Treaty climate change ...

What price separation from Europe?

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had enough of President Trump. Speaking last Sunday in a Munich beer hall, Merkel suggested that Europe may no longer be able to rely on the United States as a faithful ally and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own hands.” I had ...

To die for Estonia?

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WASHINGTON — So what if, in his speech to NATO, Donald Trump didn’t explicitly reaffirm the provision that an attack on one is an attack on all? What’s the big deal? Didn’t he affirm a general commitment to NATO during his visit? Hadn’t he earlier sent his vice president and ...

Two South Side legends left an indelible mark

Editorials

In hundreds of small communities in this country, there are a few people who stand out as the backbone, either by leadership, talent or personality - or a combination of all three. R. David Frey and William Byham, who have represented much of the heart and soul of South Williamsport for ...

What if collusion probe finds nothing?

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President Trump is back from his first foreign trip, and CBS “welcomed” him back by suggesting again that he can’t possibly win a long fight with the media. On May 28, CBS reporter Errol Barnett quizzed “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, saying: “Trump is back to tweeting his ...

The nonexistent case for the Paris accord

Opinion

For a bull in the china shop, President Donald Trump gingerly stepped around the Paris climate accord. That dance ended last week, with Trump deciding whether to stay out. “Out” should be the obvious answer. No U.S. interest is served by remaining part of the accord, which even its ...

Now comes the hard part for the state budget

Editorials

The state House passed a budget for 2017-18 in early April. It was for $31.5 billion, $800 million less than Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal of $32.3 billion. Now it's June and the hard part remains – coming up with a compromise that suits all parties enough to produce a budget by the end of ...

Two ways of looking at America

Opinion

There are two ways of looking at America. One approach offers hope for a bright future, focuses on common ground shared by most Americans and is grounded in pragmatism and reality. The other offers a depressing outlook, encourages polarization and is grounded in ideology and fantasy. The ...

Conservative mom breaks pot taboo

Opinion

Let’s talk about marijuana. Specifically, let’s talk about how and why I came to be one of the countless parents across America (and around the world) who have let their chronically ill children try it. A groundbreaking new study published last week in the New England Journal of ...

Local lawmaker’s gas tax reversal may have impact

Editorials

At a recent town hall meeting, state Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, informed those in attendance he has changed his thinking and now supports a natural gas severance tax. Everett, who has been a very reasoned voice regarding the natural gas industry, said he has changed his thinking ...

In a cellphone age, the path for today’s grads hasn’t changed

Editorials

“There is no formula. Look at each day and live it for you.” “Living life to the fullest demands bravery.” “This is your life. Seize the opportunity in front of you.” Those were the words of wisdom of students to students at last week’s Montoursville High School graduation. ...

Trump got trolled

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If President Donald Trump has acted as his own worst enemy in the Russia controversy, as everyone says, he’s been baited into it. Rush Limbaugh a couple of weeks ago said he was laughing over Trump’s “epic troll” of the Democrats by firing FBI Director James Comey (and meeting with ...

Government health care doesn’t assure better care

Opinion

While Washington freaked out over the Congressional Budget Office’s verdict on the American Health Care Act (aka “Trumpcare”) and how cutting back health insurance would cost countless lives, the more interesting accounting came out of California. The dream of implementing single-payer ...

Reentry Center vote can’t have even a hint of impropriety

Editorials

The more important a public decision is, the more obvious it needs to be that the decision is completely free of even the slightest appearance of a conflict of interest or impropriety. The Lycoming County Commissioners have a critical decision to make in the coming months regarding who will ...

In defense of discretion

Opinion

When I was a kid, people in positions of authority had lots of discretion. It was part and parcel of their job. Police officers brought kids to their parents for punishment, rather than the precinct for charges. Teachers confiscated pocket knives and broke up fist fights, with the only ...

Zippo lights the way on pension reform

Opinion

The state Senate recently took the first steps toward passing a significant overhaul of Pennsylvania’s troubled public pension systems. Far from entering unchartered waters, Senate Bill 1’s critical change, a 401(k)-style pension component, has been tested and approved in the private ...