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Opinion

Weighing Marsy’s Law pros and cons

Opinion

With today’s general election, a number of constituents have asked me about the proposed Marsy’s Law Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment question which will be on the ballot. In response to these questions, I put together a summary of the how the proposal came to be on the ballot, the ...

International solidarity key to checking ISIS

Editorials

It is doubtful that ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...

Get out and vote; arm yourselves with information

Editorials

It’s been said that what goes around, comes around. Some people call it karma. Karma means “action, effect, fate,” according to Sanskrit. What we do may be of great consequence. So our decisions are not to be taken lightly when we go to the polls on Tuesday. At stake are a great ...

Democrats’ impeachment quest a non-transparent sham

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The past several weeks in Washington have shown us the worst of the swamp. I took the oath of office in June, after winning a special election in Pennsylvania. During my five months in office, I have seen Washington Democrats do nothing but focus on baseless partisan investigations that have ...

Impeachment as normal politics

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The Founders of this nation understood that there would be times when presidents, judges and others in executive branch would need to be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. The Enlightenment intellectuals who authored our system of government thought that the horrible specter of ...

Please, be careful tonight — watch out for the kids!

Editorials

No doubt many adults are annoyed by reminders that we need to be on our toes to protect children in our communities. After all, we are adults, are we not? We don’t need to be told to watch out for the kids, do we? Apparently, we do, especially around Halloween. Children are twice as likely ...

Let’s hope NCAA devises reasonable rules for athletes

Editorials

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Hopes turns into apartments plans at former YMCA

Editorials

The idea of renovating the former YMCA building for some other use was a hopeful one, but years of vacancy and an aging interior seemed to argue more for a future as a parking lot. Now there is much more than hope. There is a $4 million investment from JRAS Realty of Jessup. There are ...

Quiet eloquence

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The 1994 funeral of former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill was truly memorable. To the same North Cambridge, Massachusetts, church, St. John the Evangelist came two former U.S. Presidents, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, scores of senators and members of congress. But more ...

Prioritize universal broadband

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The current buzz in Washington and with Democratic presidential candidates is “Medicare for all,” supported by senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Other candidates, such as Joe Biden, prefer sort of a “Medicare for all lite” called the public option which increases federal ...

Major discovery in our backyard a big win for U.S.

Editorials

Eureka — a statement made upon a triumphant and sudden discovery — was associated with the gold rush of the mid-1800s. An early gold mining settlement in Nevada County, California, in 1850 took the name and quickly became a town of considerable importance, attracting prospectors not just ...

Left on the cutting room floor

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The New York Times and CNN co-sponsored the recent Democratic presidential debate. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Prior to the Mueller report, the influential paper published story after story about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump ...

GOP pressure on Trump was long overdue

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Upon hearing the news that President Trump bowed to pressure from congressional Republicans and reversed his decision to hold next year’s G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami, my immediate response was, “Ah, what might have been.” No, I’m not wistful about the missed ...

Big acquisition worth 96 jobs is welcomed news

Editorials

For an area the size of Milton, an industrial business expansion of 96 jobs is no small deal. And for the expansion to involve steel manufacturing in a previously vacant building is particularly heartening. Such is the case in the latest news regarding Custom Container Solutions, which is ...

Consumers, retailers benefit from agency’s metered parking perks

Editorials

The Williamsport Parking Authority has made a variety of customer-friendly decisions that are good for downtown consumers and a step forward for center city businesses. The authority has announced expansion of free parking for First Fridays and the holidays. To facilitate an accelerated and ...

Of social media, fool me once, shame on you …

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Russian trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from ...

The supreme battle before us

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WASHINGTON — As the 2020 election comes into sharper focus, one issue that seems to animate both sides — the Supreme Court — is once again taking center stage. In 2016, Republicans swept Donald Trump into office largely on the promise of nominating conservative-originalist justices. ...

The President and the Constitution (again)

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In nearly three years in office, President Donald Trump has spent federal dollars not authorized by Congress, separated families and incarcerated children at the Texas/Mexico border in defiance of a federal court order, pulled 1,000 American troops out of Syria ignoring a commitment to allies ...

County government needs to try harder to balance boards

Editorials

Balance. It’s an important part of life. Visit your doctor’s office and you may be asked to stand on one leg, to demonstrate your ability to balance. You may be asked if your diet is balanced, if you are getting all of the nutrients needed to sustain your physical health. You ...