Opinion

Can speculation be defined as news?

Opinion

At the dawn of 2017, let us offer a philosophical question for the news media. If the scourge of the new year is “fake news,” should we not concede that it’s not news to speculate about what will happen after a news event? The problem is, without speculation about the future — whether ...

Another year brings hit at pump – and results too subtle

Editorials

Part of the New Year noise in Pennsylvania included an 8-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax hike, which went into effect Sunday. While it is not mandatory, the gasoline station where you fell 'er up almost certainly passed that wholesale gasoline tax onto you, so the price at the pump probably went ...

King Henry VIII pays us royal visit

Opinion

It’s a good thing to be king, holding court high in a gold tower. And the 45th American president, Donald Trump, reminds me of one English Tudor king, known for his reddish hair, huge body heft, six wives of various nationalities and, um, forceful personality. Trump is like King Henry ...

Obama’s final, most shameful, legacy moment

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“When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” — Barack Obama, AIPAC conference, March 4, 2012 WASHINGTON — The audience — overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible — applauded wildly. Four years later — his last election behind him, with a ...

For Wolf, lawmakers, state budget answers are on ledger sheet

Editorials

In his third year, Gov. Tom Wolf is, for the first time, giving lawmakers a proposed state budget that does not include a major sales or income tax increase. That’s the good news. Wolf is taking this changing strategy as a $1.7 billion budget deficit looms, tax collections are lagging and ...

Obama to Israel: Drop dead

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A headline that would become famous appeared in the New York Daily News in October 1975 after then-President Gerald Ford denied federal assistance to spare the city from bankruptcy. It read: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” President Obama has told Israel much the same. By instructing his U.N. ...

Standing ‘Idly By’

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Secretary of State John Kerry used the word “conscience’’ over and over again as he attempted to explain and justify the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel. He added that the U.S. could not “stand idly by’’ ...

Lycoming County grant needs compete with state budget woes

Editorials

Lycoming County officials have made some pretty ambitious grant requests to the state to fulfill some major agenda items in the future. They have asked for $5 million toward the Williamsport flood levee certification project, which carries a projected cost of $10 million. They are seeking ...

Thank You, Professor Sowell

Opinion

I first read Thomas Sowell in college — no thanks to my college. At the majority of America’s institutions of “higher learning,’’ reading Thomas Sowell was a subversive act in the early 1990s when I was a student. It remains so today. Why? Because the prolific libertarian ...

Thomas Sowell, an American Hero

Opinion

Thomas Sowell’s weekly opinion column has consistently been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise depressing political dialogue. He has just retired and his voice will be missed. A black man born in the segregated South during the Depression, Sowell’s hard work, discipline and ...

Obama’s latest decrees show split from Constitution

Editorials

President Barack Obama appears to believe he is the government. Never mind the Constitution vests law-making power solely in Congress. Obama seems to think his decrees are permanent. What one president does, another cannot reverse. With less than a month left in his presidency, Obama has ...

Electoral college results should signal end to temper tantrum

Editorials

Throughout the United States, presidential electors cast their ballots recently. Fewer than a handful of them broke faith with their states’ electorates by not voting as the Nov. 8 results in their states indicated they should. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton ...

The newspapers bully Sen. Jeff Sessions

Opinion

As Congress returns, Democrats will be gunning for several of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. The left has already launched negative narratives on several, especially Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Trump’s pick for attorney general. Not only are the left-wing news media ...

Random thoughts, looking back

Opinion

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both “the greatest generation’’ that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, makes ...

Did I say that? I apologize

Opinion

For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors — all unforced — to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill Cohen, a Republican ...

In 2017, we must find, in our hearts, that better way

Editorials

As this new year dawns, we can all be excused if our first wish is for the entire human race to take a deep breath, meditate peacefully for a moment, and then return to a more civil reality. It feels like there is conflict everywhere we look. Alleppo, Syria, a mosaic of concrete rubble where ...

Two words that matter above all else

Opinion

CAMDEN, S.C. — When my wickedly witty father wanted to insult someone, he’d say, “I have two words for you — and they’re not “Merry Christmas.” At least this is what he thought he might say because I don’t think he ever insulted anyone. Even in private, he spoke only ...

2016: Unpredictable, – unless you were paying attention

Editorials

Our nation and world were less predictable than ever in 2016 – unless you were really paying attention. That's reflected in the year's two top stories – the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, which followed the summer decision by Britons that led to their ...

One man’s impact

Opinion

On Dec. 19, radio host Charlie Sykes completed his last broadcast for WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His last hours on the air were adorned with encomia from some of the leading figures his show had helped to incubate: Reince Preibus, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan, among many ...

More terror, more denial

Opinion

Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, or the USS ...