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Opinion

When state condemns a disabled child to death

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Imagine your own beloved child was lying in a hospital with a mysterious brain disease. Should you, as the parent, be allowed to decide whether to continue treatment for your son or daughter? Or should the state have the power to overrule you and cut off life support over your ...

Put a hold on the Nobel Peace Prize

Opinion

Who would have guessed that a Trump crowd 15 months into his presidency would be chanting, “Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!” As in Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor and philanthropist who created the eponymous prizes, including one for peace. The prize was on the minds of Trump fans thanks to ...

The ‘Uncle Tom’ Card is dead

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Here is a short list of prominent conservatives and independent thinkers who’ve been accused by their critics of being an “Uncle Tom” or some other vitriolic variation on the overplayed left-wing theme of being a traitor to their race or gender (“Aunt Tomasina,” “Uncle Juan,” ...

Put the confusion behind and vote in Tuesday’s primary election

Editorials

There’s more than the usual amount of confusion surrounding this year’s primary election Tuesday in Pennsylvania. With four other states – North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia – having primaries last Tuesday, people were calling the Lycoming County voter services office to ...

An Electoral Millennium – it’s not a matter of if, but when

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The age of Trump will be remembered for many things. One of them will be the seemingly endless stream of political norms broken or endangered. Indeed, we are setting all kinds of anomalies this year, starting with the large number of members of Congress not seeking reelection as well as the ...

Does the Supreme Court protect terrorists?

Opinion

In Jesner v. Arab Bank, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 2631, Justice Kennedy, writing for the Court on most of the issues, ruled the Alien Tort Statute would not aid victims of terrorism in a case against a bank which allowed for laundered money for terrorist organizations. Petitioners in this case, or the ...

Haspel deserved better treatment from Senate panel

Editorials

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at the ...

Harassment at Center for American Progress

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The Center for American Progress, founded in 2003 by former Bill Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, promotes itself as pushing “bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.” On April 23, the left-leaning website BuzzFeed reported there’s a sexual ...

Criticism of Wolf, West show coalition instinct

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Last year, John Tooby, a founder of evolutionary psychology, was asked by the website Edge.org what scientific concept should be more widely known. He argued for something called the “coalition instinct.” In our natural environment, humans form coalitions. Coalitions are slightly ...

Sister Henry Lambert defined what Christian charity looks like

Editorials

Sister Henry Lambert, who died recently, was a member of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Christian Charity. But the way she lived her life made her title so much more than a set of label words. She defined Christian charity in our community. In the 1970s, while distributing food for Meals ...

What Dems can learn from Emmanuel Macron

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WASHINGTON — Emmanuel Macron and President Trump don’t agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is a free-trader; Trump just imposed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum. Macron wants the United States to remain in Syria; Trump wants to get out. Macron ...

Judges for the #resistance

Opinion

There is a lawlessness rampant in the land, but it isn’t emanating from the Trump administration. The source is federal judges who are making a mockery of their profession by twisting the law to block the Trump administration’s immigration priorities. If the judges get their way, there ...

Toomey’s even-keel stances match up well with the region

Editorials

Healthy skepticism where it belongs and a clear-eyed view of the barriers to solving some of the nation’s most pressing issues. That was the impression left by Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Zionsville Republican, in a broad-ranging interview last week with the Sun-Gazette editorial ...

The Can’t-Do Republicans

Opinion

Back in ‘92, the late Paul Weyrich and I held a press conference during the Republican National Convention to make two announcements. First, we were endorsing George Bush 41’s re-election. Second, we’d just made the most meaningless endorsement in history. He had so thoroughly bungled ...

When will machine-like thinking prompt moral panic?

Opinion

In Frank Herbert’s “Dune” series (my favorite-science fiction books), he made a bold writerly decision. In a genre famous for robots and computers (particularly in the 1960s), Herbert imagined a futuristic universe with neither. In his telling, some 10,000 years prior to the story of the ...

Coffee business’s vision shows new downtown model

Editorials

Alabaster Coffee Roaster and Tea Co. on Pine Street in Williamsport was honored recently with the Business of the Year Award during the Champions of the Pennsylvania Wilds award ceremonies. It was not Alabaster’s first noteworthy award. And we doubt it will be the last. The downtown ...

The Primary season has arrived

Opinion

After months of speculation and shifting expectations, the midterm elections will start to really take shape in the coming two months. A dozen states are hosting primaries in May and a dozen and a half more in June. In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, we currently know both ...

A farewell to the WASPs

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The memorial service for Barbara Bush recently marked the passing of an era. The outpouring of praise for a woman who was an unselfconscious member of a political elite, an insider and establishmentarian, spoke to a pang of regret over a lost ethos of leadership. George and Barbara Bush ...

On-time Thruway work a dual piece of positive news

Editorials

Spring may have been slow in coming to the region, but the protracted raw, dreary weather did not have much of an impact on construction of the much anticipated Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project. The thruway is a new, 13-mile, four-lane, limited-access highway that will ultimately ...