Opinion

Trump’s UN call to arms deserves united reception

Editorials

President Donald Trump came to the United Nations last week and, in his first speech to that body, left a message that the United States' posture with that body and as the free world's leader has changed. His speech was frank and blunt. President Trump called out North Korea as a threat to ...

The Vietnam War revisited

Opinion

“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” — Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their documentary “The ...

The dangerous triumph of tribalism in America

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his prescient science-fiction novel “The Diamond Age,” Neal Stephenson describes a post-national world in which people organize themselves into affinity groups called “phyles.” Some choose to be Victorians, emulating the beliefs and aesthetic of 19th-century ...

Police raid shows depth of region’s illegal drug supply

Editorials

A police raid last week illustrated just how deep the heroin-related drug problem is in our area. The raid resulted in the seizure of $116,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone and landed four men in prison. It was the culmination of good work by Lycoming County's ...

3 men who saved baseball from itself

Opinion

From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward. Average attendance at games fell by more than a fifth, and — of more urgent ...

America’s engine slowed by complacency

Opinion

WASHINGTON — It was an epoch-defining decision to place in Westminster Abbey, among statues of monarchs, priests and poets, a large one of James Watt, inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine. The statue’s inscription says Watt ranks among the world’s benefactors because he ...

For United Way, a revised focus and daunting challenge

Editorials

The Lycoming County United Way is embarking on a new fundraising campaign under new leadership with a different point of emphasis as it canvases every corner of the county for charitable donations. The organization wants to raise enough money to impact people in the county 55,000 times in the ...

Will the real moderate party please stand up?

Opinion

On the same day that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his “Medicare for All” health care plan, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a last-ditch effort to sorta-kinda repeal and replace Obamacare. Despite having zero chance of being passed any ...

STEP takes correct ‘step’ with annual endowment funds

Editorials

We really like some of the “steps” that STEP is taking lately in the name of opportunity and self-help. STEP is working toward creating a Housing Options Pathway Endowment Fund to add funding to its housing options programming. Last year, STEP created a general fund called the STEP ...

There is no proper mix of business, government and community

Opinion

I grew up in suburbia, and have spent various parts of my life in small towns, a Southern city and in rural Indiana. Moving may be a hassle, but new experiences in new locations provide wonderful opportunities to learn and explore. That’s certainly true as I adjust to life in New York City, a ...

‘Uncle Tom’ is destructive too

Opinion

The pejorative “Uncle Tom” causes more damage than does the word “n” word. The “N-word,” when used by a white person as an epithet against a black person, is an insult, designed to convey to the recipient that he or she is a second-class citizen. It is designed to make one feel ...

Two programs blaze trail in fight against DUI, underage drinking

Editorials

Just about everyone concedes that underage drinking and driving while intoxicated are major sources of tragedy, not just in our region but in the nation. Knowing a problem exists and doing something about it are two different things, however. In Lycoming County, there are not one but two ...

Tension between president, Congress: Politics as usual

Opinion

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the president seems out of alignment, on policy and political goals, with his party in Congress. This strikes many as an anomalous, even alarming, situation. But if you look back at history, it’s more like the norm — even if Donald Trump isn’t. The ...

Appreciating John McCain

Opinion

For many years, conservatives were ideological zealots. Like Spanish inquisitors, they were on guard for the slightest indications of heresy. Talk radio gurus in particular were punctilious keepers of the flame. If a Republican figure was thought to be “squishy’’ on any matter — guns, ...

The Iran nuclear deal: Toughen it or leave it behind

Editorials

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that — the International Atomic Energy Agency — often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more ...

House GOP frustrations may doom majority

Opinion

The Founding Fathers didn’t expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn’t. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House ...

Show biz meltdown: Bombs away!

Opinion

The numbers don’t lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It’s no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics. Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving ...

Direct talks are best path to proper hotel tax operation

Editorials

A lawsuit filed against the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, its CEO and two Lycoming County commissioners alleging improper use of hotel tax funding has been withdrawn. That’s good news and reasonable action. But judging by the comments of local attorney Bob Elion, who filed ...

House budget solution spares taxpayers

Opinion

Tired of hearing about the state budget impasse? There could finally be light at the end of the tunnel and, for taxpayers, it’s not an oncoming train. Last week, the state House passed a $2.3 billion revenue plan that could end the budget impasse that’s lingered since June 30. The House ...