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Opinion

REAL ID is a real opportunity to do good

Opinion

Oct. 1, 2020, is fast approaching. This is the date when you will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification to board commercial domestic aircraft, access a military installation and/or get into federal buildings that ...

Democrats opened Pandora’s box with regard to Ukraine

Editorials

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Brazen acts of corruption

Opinion

Media outlets recently reported the existence of a whistleblower complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community against President Donald Trump. The IC encompasses all civilian and military employees and contractors who work for the federal government gathering domestic ...

Transcript’s release a dangerous move for national security

Editorials

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Congress can stop surprise med bills

Opinion

As Pennsylvania’s newest member of Congress, Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District, has a great opportunity to serve our district by becoming a champion for legislation to stop surprise medical bills. A sensible solution to this growing problem will help local families save money and support ...

Paying the college football stars?

Opinion

Millions of us have watched our alma maters or favorite schools win or lose at college football, with pride and bragging rights rising and falling with results. No matter the outcome, there was a common sound blessing the institutions participating in major college football — cha ...

Carbon emissions from United States down, but rising elsewhere

Editorials

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness to ...

Knowing it all at 16

Opinion

How much credibility should we give to a 16-year-old when considering her qualifications to lecture adults about science and an end-of-the-world scenario? Greta Thunberg has been dubbed by the media as a “climate change activist” and a teen “eco-warrior.” She was at the United Nations ...

Wait? Who’s trying to beat climate change?

Opinion

The energy industry is waging war against climate change — and winning. The Environmental Partnership, a group of oil and gas firms dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, recently released its first annual progress report. The results are impressive — and showcase what happens ...

Teens with guns need to wake up to deadly reality

Editorials

What is going on? Yet more incidents of gun violence, yet more young people — older teenagers — facing police charges, yet more stress on people trying to live peaceably, yet more negativity about this beautiful city. It was reassuring to see police take swift action this week with the ...

But what about public safety?

Editorials

While it was reassuring to see police agencies come together to take swift action, and it was reassuring to see a judge deny bail for an alleged shooter and set high bail amounts for others who allegedly armed themselves with illegal guns for protection, another part of what went down Monday ...

And now, time for a little retirement music

Opinion

When the country marked the 50th anniversary of Woodstock earlier this year, I asked my dad, Daniel Farr, about his memories of the festival. He was only 15 when he made up some story about camping with his friends in order to go. I asked him what bands he liked the most at the show. “I ...

Will Congress have to learn to write laws again?

Opinion

Congress needs to learn to do a better job of writing laws. That’s my conclusion after reviewing the legal debate over whether the Supreme Court should renounce the Chevron doctrine it unanimously promulgated (with three justices not participating) back in 1984. What is the Chevron ...

Political football in City Hall

Editorials

When it comes to spending taxpayer money, elected officials are correct to scrutinize every dollar. Collectively, they are responsible. Decisions on high-ticket spending are not designed to fall completely on the shoulders of one person. We have a system of checks and balances in place in our ...

Strengthen our communities

Opinion

Money is counted. But people count. I learned that lesson as the son of a small-town banker whose customers never forgot how my mother helped make their financial dreams come true. And I take it to heart as the president of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, representing ...

No, don’t listen to Greta Thunberg

Opinion

Greta Thunberg needs to get a grip. The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming “to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” Someone may have stolen ...

Hart brought airport advances; challenges await its new leader

Editorials

For 33 years, Tom Hart has been the face of the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. That face will be changing when he retires at the end of the year. As executive director, Hart has brought a steadiness to the leadership of the airport, overseeing its operations during times of ...

How would Trudeau have reacted?

Editorials

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau cultivates ...

Don’t smile for the camera

Opinion

A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world — watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000 ...

Before a disaster: Be prepared, have plan

Opinion

We can’t choose when a disaster is going to strike. But knowing what to do when an emergency happens — and having a plan ready — can make all the difference. September is National Preparedness Month. PPL Electric Utilities recommends using these tips to develop a plan for your ...