Opinion

How the NFL lost to Trump

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Donald Trump isn’t exactly on a winning streak, but he is beating the NFL in a rout. The league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, signaled the beginning of a messy, divisive retreat with a memo stating, “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National ...

Lawmakers discard practical budget answer for more taxes solution

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Pennsylvania lawmakers stuck for a budget solution rolled out their go-to argument this week, reviving the call for severance tax on gas drilling. The industry appears to be making a rebound in Pennsylvania, the nation’s No. 2 gas state thanks to Marcellus Shale deposits. And proponents of ...

War is not a spectator sport

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On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: “I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...

If taking guns isn’t goal, don’t say otherwise

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Almost immediately after the Las Vegas shooting came the calls for “common sense” gun control. The quest almost always begins with a reassurance that “no one wants to take away your guns.” Not everyone read the memo. Nelson Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., the ...

West Fourth Street in Newberry: Bumpy but better eventually

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Driving on West Fourth Street in Williamsport’s West End is, to say the least, an adventure these days. The street is a maze of potholes, temporary patching, uneven pavement and a detour. It’s all part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s overdue $9 million ...

South Side fire merger seems destined, sadly, to be two-sided

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The state attorney general’s office is filing paperwork in Lycoming County Court seeking to dissolve South Williamsport’s Independent Fire Co. It was not the initial plan when South Williamsport leaders decided to merge the borough’s three fire companies in March of 2016, creating a new ...

Tillerson should go

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If Secretary of State Rex Tillerson resigned, how would anyone know? He has become the nation’s least influential top diplomat in recent memory. His relationship with the president of the United States is strained at best, he has no philosophy or signature initiative, he has barely staffed ...

Detroit home to accomplishing politicians

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DETROIT — With biblical succinctness, and foreshadowing a resurrection, Mike Duggan said, “Let there be light!” and 65,000 LED streetlights replaced the 40 percent of the city’s streetlights that were broken when he took office in 2014. They are among the many reasons that on Nov. 7 he, ...

Whatever is done to remove Kim is a good thing

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President Donald Trump’s administration “clarified” recently that it is not seeking to remove North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. What a shame. In reaction to a round of North Korean saber rattling, Trump had tweeted that if that nation’s leaders continue to misbehave, “they won’t be ...

Pelosi’s recent problem was of her own making

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For a fleeting second or two, it might have seemed possible to feel sorry for House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Or not. Pelosi’s problem recently was of her own making. During an appearance in her home district, San Francisco, Pelosi and a couple of other ...

Politicians, guns: Follow votes, not the money

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An old rule of thumb holds that when someone says it’s not about the money, it’s really about the money. But there are exceptions to almost every rule. The National Rifle Association is a case in point. In the wake of the horror in Las Vegas this week, countless politicians, journalists ...

Politicians, guns: Follow votes, not the money

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An old rule of thumb holds that when someone says it’s not about the money, it’s really about the money. But there are exceptions to almost every rule. The National Rifle Association is a case in point. In the wake of the horror in Las Vegas this week, countless politicians, journalists ...

That helpless, hopeless feeling

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Horrific, sickening and tragic are just a few of the words I’ve heard used to describe the news from Las Vegas. But none of them really capture the reality that such acts are utterly beyond comprehension. As I write this, official sources are still looking for a motive, but no rational ...

Siren is a short-term tool worth pursuing for Grafius Run area

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A warning siren won’t solve the flooding problems in the Grafius Run area of Williamsport. But, in the here and now, it’s an idea completely worth pursuing. Members of the City Council Public Safety Committee want to see whether it is feasible for a siren to be used again, as it was in ...

A rerun of the ‘Da Vinci’ Kook

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Dan Brown, the author of “The DaVinci Code,” is back with another blockbuster anti-religion novel, and CBS “Sunday Morning” rolled out the red carpet on Oct. 1 to honor him and his massive commercial success. The segment began with what he called his “fortress of gratitude” — his ...

The weird odyssey of Trump’s travel bans

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The weird odyssey of President Donald Trump’s travel bans continues. The original ban, signed as an executive order Jan. 27, barred absolutely all immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The countries had actually been chosen by the State Department of former ...

Failure to warn customers of identity theft risk inexcusable

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Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has ...

Extremists determined to lose next elections

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Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

Extremists determined to lose next elections

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Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

County prison issues need more debate, a long-term answer

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Lycoming County prison population, incarceration costs and crime statistics aren’t an interesting mix of issues to consider in light of Commissioner Rick Mirabito’s recent comments that the county should consider creating a new prison. The county has spent about $169,000 on housing female ...