Opinion

Under new leader, Hope not resting on its excellence

Editorials

Rob Labatch, new president of Hope Enterprises, has been doing a lot of homework the past few months. He took over in December for longtime Hope President Jim Campbell, who set a standard of excellence at Hope that bears emulating. Labatch is looking to somehow enhance Hope’s programs ...

Revolt of the attorneys general

Opinion

WASHINGTON — Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs. It’s the revolt of the state ...

How did America get stuck With such a regulatory state?

Opinion

Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have proven the ability to disrupt millions of lives with the stroke of a pen. Last week, I wrote of how the EPA arbitrarily changed the rules simply because it didn’t like the results of Election 2016. The week before I noted that by placing its faith ...

Are city surveillance cameras working? Evaluation overdue

Editorials

The city of Williamsport has had surveillance cameras in five parks for the past four years. There have been fewer than five arrests directly attributed to the cameras, which are designed to stop crime in the parks and provide evidence that leads to charges when crimes occur. “We’re not ...

New OMB chief tackles Rubik’s cube of federal budget

Opinion

WASHINGTON — The dyspeptic Henry Adams was not nice but not wrong when he described what now is named the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House, as an “architectural infant asylum.” The granite pile, which once housed the State, War and Navy departments, was, ...

Grading the president

Other Commentaries

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, the human ruler, as in measuring stick, is at it again, this time grading his performance as president. Appearing on Fox News recently, the president gave himself an A-plus for effort, an A for accomplishment, and a C for communication. He does seem to be ...

How much should Americans pay to defend Europe allies?

Editorials

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been asking ...

Networks yawn as DNC lurches further Left

Opinion

While the media do everything but spontaneously combust at the sight of President Trump, they ignore the other party in turmoil. Over the course of eight years, President Obama plunged the Democrats deep into a crater. But his media buddies paid no attention because nothing Democrats do or ...

A lesson for Planned Parenthood’s Pinup Girls

Opinion

Glam American actresses Emma Stone and Dakota Johnson adorned their pricy Oscars ceremony gowns and handbags with golden Planned Parenthood pins in the shape of the group’s logo. I believe there should be truth in virtue signaling. But bloodied miniature forceps would have clashed with ...

Double down on government reinvention

Opinion

Imagine if Stephen King had written Green Eggs and Ham. What if Dr. Seuss had penned The Shining? Gov. Wolf’s third budget address was an equally disorienting shift in tone and substance — almost as if the most liberal governor in the country were polishing his conservative ...

McMaster precisely what the nation needs at this time

Editorials

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Trump’s outline of priorities hardly extreme to masses

Editorials

The reaction of local lawmakers to President Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress Tuesday night was pretty predictable. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region and an early advocate of Trump, expressed confidence that the president is leading ...

Toward better relations with the press

Opinion

Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks. I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media. At a pro-Nixon, pro-Vietnam war rally I ...

‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad ...

Numbers suggest state police fee plan should be adjusted

Editorials

We support Gov. Wolf’s proposed $25 per capita fee for municipalities who use state police for local police protection. But there’s a lot of evidence that suggests the fee actually should be higher. State Police Commissioner Col. Tyree Blocker told a Senate budget hearing last week that ...

Shirts vs. Skins 2017

Opinion

Back before kids sports — with their pricey equipment, expensive coaches and summer camps — had become a major American industry, American boys, when playing pickup basketball on a neighborhood court, would simply separate themselves into competing teams, the Skins (without their T-shirts) ...

Adjectively speaking

Opinion

WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note. The actress who mocked Spicer in her “Saturday Night Live” caricature of his angry, anti-media persona seems to have breathed new life into the man — as only a woman could do? To ...

A speech to denounce Meryl Streep

Opinion

Actress Meryl Streep isn’t just denouncing the dire state of America at Hollywood awards shows. She’s now taking her speech to far-left events, recently accepting the Ally Award from the LGBTQ political-correctness police at the Human Rights Campaign. Since so many Americans will ...

Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’

Opinion

WASHINGTON — At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced ...

The war to end opioid crisis is a long-term struggle

Editorials

Sheriffs from six counties in central Pennsylvania got together recently for a panel discussion hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives. A naturally tight-knit group, the sheriffs are even more in step with each other when it comes to their biggest daily concern. That would be the ...