Opinion

Roger Ailes ruined Monica Lewinsky?

Opinion

It was big news when Roger Ailes died. Everyone in his industry acknowledged that a serious, even transcendent force in American media and politics had passed away. Without Fox News over these last 20 years, the shape of American politics would be far different. The heretofore ...

The forgotten slaughters of the innocents

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For now, everyone knows the sonorous name and cherubic face of 8-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos. She’s the littlest known victim of last week’s jihad attack in Manchester, England. Her doe-eyed image spread as rapidly across social media as the #PrayForManchester hashtags and Twitter ...

Calmed by conditions, supervisors OK medical marijuana plant

Editorials

At first blush, the prospect of a medical marijuana facility permit in an area reeling from an opioid epidemic seems like a bad match. But on April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania became the 24th state with a comprehensive medical marijuana program. With that designation comes legitimacy that ...

Five steps needed to create a brighter future for our nation

Opinion

Losing faith in our dysfunctional system of politics and government is the essential first step for anyone who wants America to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. Only by recognizing this reality and losing faith can we be freed to explore other ways of working together ...

Great moments in Fake News ‘Journalism’

Opinion

What about President Donald Trump’s complaint about “fake news”? Let’s look at some examples of “Great Moments in ‘Journalism’” over the last few years. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., in an appearance on ABC’s Sunday morning political show hosted by George Stephanopoulos, ...

Congress must ask new questions on nation’s protection

Editorials

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Self-pity can be politically fatal

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In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked — along with George Washington — among the three best U.S. presidents. Yet President Lincoln was vilified in life, referred to in print as “the ...

The genius of Roger Ailes

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Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address ...

On this Memorial Day, the sacrifices mean more than ever

Editorials

From its battle for independence to the worldwide conflicts of today, the United States of America has had military personnel willing to risk – and lose – lives for the countless causes of freedom. On this Memorial Day, their sacrifices should be more clearly in focus than ever, as we ...

Embrace the robots

Opinion

We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about robots rendering swaths of Americans unemployable and has created a vogue for outlandishly stupid policy proposals. A popular idea in Silicon Valley is for a so-called universal ...

A portentous election in the Peach State

Opinion

ATLANTA -- By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million -- perhaps more than $130 per ballot -- will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America's governments. This is an expensive funeral ...

Trump lays historic groundwork; media blocks the impact

Editorials

In the past nine days, President Trump took an historic flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel and laid solid groundwork for alliances among people who have been divided for centuries. He showed strength, leadership, vision and determination while attempting a bold alliance of moderate Muslims ...

Not on our soil

Opinion

The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, D.C., police. Their offense? Intervening after ...

North Korea tactics may finally work against Kim Jong Un

Editorials

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

Tim Allen’s hit gets canceled

Opinion

In January, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told a Television Critics Association session in Hollywood that she wanted to retool ABC programming to include more shows for Trump-voting segments of the population: Men, rural America and working-class families. “If we’re talking ...

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

Opinion

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal ...

Loyalsock’s ‘Free Police’

Opinion

Over the past year or so there have been numerous editorials and articles in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette related to Loyalsock Township getting “FREE” State Police coverage. There are only 12 municipalities in Lycoming County that have local police, and the other 40 municipalities ...

Commissioners show proper watchdogging regarding two issues

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners are supposed to be the stewards of the tax dollars that pay for county operations and funding for other projects. With that in mind, we have no problem with two ongoing issues. A disputed construction project involving a leachate tank, costing roughly $5.7 ...

Roger Ailes, one of a kind

Opinion

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Big hack attack and the NHS

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GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major ...