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Opinion

‘Find the good and praise it’

Opinion

It is easy to give thanks when things are going well. It is harder to do so when life has dealt us difficult, demanding, and depressing situations. But just as a smooth sea never made a good sailor, the most genuine expressions of thankfulness are created in the crucible of adversity. The ...

K9 program gets financial boost; who will step up next?

Editorials

City officials recently introduced Tacoma, a male mixture of Belgian Malinois and German shepherd, as the first of what is hoped will be a new three-dog team for the city police department. City police have had K9 units steadily since 1979, but have been without police dog since 2015, when ...

Loyalty of a good pet nothing to be taken for granted

Editorials

About 85 million families in the United States own a pet, or about 67 percent of our nation’s households. That’s according to the 2019-20 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association. From families raising children to young singles in their first homes ...

What is the American idea?

Opinion

If I were addressing a young audience today, I would face an uphill battle to explain why conservatism so inspired me during my own impressionable years. Today, what has been dubbed “Conservatism, Inc” has become so cynical, so nasty, so truth-challenged, and so dumbed-down that it repels ...

People make our region special

Editorials

Life in these parts is pretty special, and a big part of that is our people. We are a region filled with people who come together when they see a need. They build, they support, they care about others, from friends and family to neighbors and perfect strangers. We’ve watched over the ...

Huts of Hope offer dignity in new way

Editorials

Gloves. Toothpaste. Deodorant. Soap. Basics to many, but to others, they lack money to buy these basic personal items. The YWCA of Northcentral Pa. recently decided to do something about that and erected the first of four planned “Huts of Hope” in front of its West Fourth Street ...

A vote for the USMCA is a vote for state farmers

Opinion

Pennsylvania Agriculture, like American Agriculture, is stressed and our traditional safety net, exports, is greatly threatened. In the past, challenges like low commodity prices have been partially offset by the one bright spot in our balance of trade where farm products consistently showed ...

God bless Hong Kong protesters acting on their own

Editorials

Slightly more than 30 years ago, millions of Americans watched helplessly as pro-democracy protests in China were crushed ruthlessly. Our horror at the Tiananmen Square massacre was mixed with admiration for the courage shown by more than a million Chinese in standing up to the ...

The dangers of an imperial presidency

Opinion

Throughout the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump has been pushing Attorney General William Barr to make a public statement on the president’s behalf. He wants Barr to state publicly that even if the president did what congressional Democrats claim — ...

Neighborhood parks strengthen communities

Editorials

Believe it or not, even though video games seem to have taken over the lives of our children, many still participate in outdoor play. This region is blessed to have many parks, and not just parks but parks and playgrounds with multiple activity offerings that are continually getting ...

Cutters don’t belong on the MLB’s minor league chopping list

Editorials

The Williamsport Crosscutters are on the list of 42 Minor League Baseball teams that could be eliminated by Major League Baseball as part of its downsizing and geographic shuffling of minor franchises. We find it somewhat ironic that the Crosscutters home at Bowman Field is the site of an ...

‘Made in Pennsylvania’ has become an international enterprise

Opinion

Alongside traffic and coffee, news radio is a staple of my morning commute. As I flip through the stations, I’ll sometimes hear a pundit lament that “Nothing is made in America anymore.” In reality, there are nearly 13 million manufacturing workers in the United States, including ...

The crime of committing journalism exposes dangerous trend

Opinion

The Harvard Crimson, the university’s student-run newspaper, is facing campus backlash after requesting comment from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials for an article on a campus protest against the agency. Eleven student groups, including the Harvard College Democrats, ...

Agencies that care enrich our lives, deserve support

Editorials

When people find themselves in need just about anywhere in the West Branch Valley, a network of social service agencies is in place to offer them a hand up. The approaching holiday season also will bring a variety of requests to make special days a bit brighter for the young and old as well ...

Fracking bans will cost Democrats the White House

Opinion

It often seems as if Democrats want to reelect Donald Trump. Why else would their top presidential candidates advocate a ban on fracking, the drilling technique that supports millions of jobs and accounts for half of all U.S. oil production? Such a disastrous proposal will alienate the ...

Desperate Democrats go from ‘quid pro quo’ to ‘bribery’

Opinion

If you are in need of more evidence as to why so many Americans are cynical about politics in general and Washington in particular (and isn’t current evidence sufficient?), you need look no further than the etymological shift taken by Democrats during the House impeachment hearings. As The ...

Police, fire, first responders bring courage to the job

Editorials

Only the courageous need apply. That could be part of the help wanted ad for anyone entering emergency services. They respond when others take cover. They run in when others struggle to escape. They face the aftermath with a steadfast nature that few among us could summon. They are a rare ...

Research shows better regulation of e-cigarettes vital

Editorials

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

Better regulation of e-cigarettes vital

Editorials

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

Scientists: Dishonest or afraid?

Opinion

The absolute worst case of professional incompetence and dishonesty is in the area of climate science. Tony Heller has exposed some of the egregious dishonesty of mainstream environmentalists in a video he’s titled “My Gift To Climate Alarmists.” Environmentalists and their political ...