Opinion

‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

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WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad ...

Numbers suggest state police fee plan should be adjusted

Editorials

We support Gov. Wolf’s proposed $25 per capita fee for municipalities who use state police for local police protection. But there’s a lot of evidence that suggests the fee actually should be higher. State Police Commissioner Col. Tyree Blocker told a Senate budget hearing last week that ...

Shirts vs. Skins 2017

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Back before kids sports — with their pricey equipment, expensive coaches and summer camps — had become a major American industry, American boys, when playing pickup basketball on a neighborhood court, would simply separate themselves into competing teams, the Skins (without their T-shirts) ...

Adjectively speaking

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WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note. The actress who mocked Spicer in her “Saturday Night Live” caricature of his angry, anti-media persona seems to have breathed new life into the man — as only a woman could do? To ...

A speech to denounce Meryl Streep

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Actress Meryl Streep isn’t just denouncing the dire state of America at Hollywood awards shows. She’s now taking her speech to far-left events, recently accepting the Ally Award from the LGBTQ political-correctness police at the Human Rights Campaign. Since so many Americans will ...

Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’

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WASHINGTON — At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced ...

The war to end opioid crisis is a long-term struggle

Editorials

Sheriffs from six counties in central Pennsylvania got together recently for a panel discussion hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives. A naturally tight-knit group, the sheriffs are even more in step with each other when it comes to their biggest daily concern. That would be the ...

Purest form of public service up for grabs in 2017

Editorials

This election year does not carry the glitter of a presidential election year. But if you subscribe to the notion that political representation at the local level is the purest form of government involvement, this year may be more important than last year at the ballot box. In Lycoming ...

Congress, not president, should raise tariffs

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WASHINGTON — In theory, if only occasionally in fact, Congress plays a role when a president wants to initiate military hostilities. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah thinks Congress should also have a say when a president wants to initiate a trade war. Lee is a constitutional, meaning an ...

A new direction on education

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American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times ...

What’s up with rape in Sweden?

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President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you’ve heard, Trump referred to “(what happened) last night in Sweden.’’ On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and accused the ...

Abuse of regulatory process is a threat to America’s ideals

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America’s founding ideals are threatened by a regulatory regime that often operates outside the Constitutional system of checks and balances. Recently, for example, the EPA ignored proper procedures to issue an arbitrary ruling just before President Obama left office. The ruling had its ...

Establish a program dedicated to helping keep elections fair

Editorials

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted recently. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Meet Rick. Meet the football.

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WASHINGTON — By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where ...

Bumps in the Road: Trump vs. Obama

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The resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn has the anti-Trump media declaring the new administration a “mess,’’ in “turmoil’’ and thrown into “chaos.’’ Funny, these same Chicken Littles barely shrugged their shoulders during the turmoil-laden first 100 days ...

Budget realities make Wolf’s cop tax debate-worthy

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a $25 per person tax on municpalities without a police force to raise $63 million in funds for the state police, a plan bound to have its share of critics. It’s entirely understandable that those who lead municipalities that get their police protection for free ...

Thanks for nothing, President Obama

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Based on his detractors' opinions, President Barack Obama is personally responsible for everything bad that happened between 2009 and 2017. In addition, according to his critics, President Obama gets no credit whatsoever for anything good that may have occurred during those years---if, ...

The original interpretation, Gorsuch and Scalia’s seat

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President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, some say to fill the shoes of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Much of the debate over the nominee will be driven by the term “original intent.” Should a Justice of the United States Supreme Court try to ...

Mideast conflict more than just Israeli-Palestinian dispute

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I heard a TV news anchor say that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington he would discuss a path to resolving the “Middle East conflict” with the new American president. That reminded me: I recently received a review copy of “The Israel-Arab Reader: A ...

Some walls work

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“You must always leave the wall” — “The Fantasticks” While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who exactly will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country that is known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The ...