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Opinion

Retiring county prison head leaves record of excellence

Editorials

It’s probably true that our prisons, particularly local ones, only get noticed when the topic is overcrowding, how much they cost, or some sort of crisis or negative event. None of that is unfair. There are burdensome taxpayer costs associated with prison overcrowding as well as the ...

Impeachment frenzy in fictional TV

Opinion

The intense fear and loathing that permeates news coverage of President Donald Trump is being multiplied on television dramas. Impeachment scenarios and 25th Amendment removal strategies are rolling around in the brains of scriptwriters. Barbara Hall, the creator of the pro-Hillary ...

The Republican high-water mark

Opinion

If Republicans aren’t losing their congressional majority this coming fall, they are doing a good job of acting like it. Dozens of Republicans are leaving the House, and last week Paul Ryan said he is resigning as House speaker at the end of this Congress, and will not even run for his ...

Early reports on county government staff cuts positive

Editorials

Lycoming County Commissioner Rick Mirabito recently asked for hard numbers to show county government is on track to cut 20 positions by the end of 2018. He was issued those numbers last week and they are very good for the first quarter of the year. Although the goal has not yet been ...

Veterans deserve better

Opinion

WASHINGTON — As senators consider the nomination of the next secretary of veterans affairs, they should first reflect on the story of an Army veteran named Jason White. White served our country in Afghanistan, where he was severely injured by an IED explosion. His spine was crushed, and he ...

America not as intolerant as some think

Opinion

I don’t normally watch the GLAAD Media Awards. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. GLAAD, by the way, originally stood for “Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation” before the organization declared that GLAAD was its name and not an acronym. But I did see a video of ...

Sadly, Casey joins Secretary of State Pompeo resistance

Editorials

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey sat in Sun-Gazette offices in late February and talked about the need for bipartisanship and civility in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Nice words. Then last week, Sen. Casey voted against Michael Pompeo’s confirmation as secretary of state, ...

Microtrends, not politics, lead nation

Opinion

If you want to understand where America is heading, a good place to start is with Mark Penn’s new book, “Microtrends Squared.” Penn came to fame in the 1990s as a pollster in the Clinton White House, later served as chief strategy officer for Microsoft, and is now chairman of the Harris ...

War and the Separation of Powers

Opinion

A popular way to begin the first day of class in constitutional law in many American law schools is to ask the students what sets the U.S. Constitution apart from all others. Usually, they answer that it’s the clauses that guarantee the freedom of speech, privacy and due process. Yes, ...

Right-to-Know Law takes hit at altar of rushed redistricting

Editorials

Supporters of the state Supreme Court redistricting ruling have made the point that the ruling was an independent judgment of the justices. And Gov. Tom Wolf’s office never misses an opportunity to spout self-proclaimed transparency values. Recently, a Right to Know request was made by ...

Comey’s pocket stuffers in the press

Opinion

The definition of “news” is very elastic these days. Another word we could use is “publicity.” When former FBI Director James Comey’s publisher, MacMillan, boasts that it will kill enough trees to print 850,000 copies — when a decent fraction of sales is in e-books and audiobooks ...

Law Day in the 21st Century

Opinion

Nearly 60 years ago, on April 7, 1961, Congress passed a Joint Resolution, requesting that the President of the United States issue a Proclamation each year designating May 1 as Law Day; “ a special day of celebration by the people of the United States … in appreciation of their liberties ...

Paul Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith

Opinion

Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this ...

Williamsport and Towanda may have a new ‘opportunity’

Editorials

They are fittingly called Opportunity Zones. And hopefully, the legislation enabling them will create opportunities where there presently are none in Williamsport and Towanda. The new Opportunity Zone program was created with Congressional approval in December of the tax reform/jobs ...

Why the GOP Gubernatorial Primary seems so crazy

Opinion

For many, national politics today seems bizarre. Indeed, viewed historically we are living through an abnormal moment, a chronically controversial president, deeply polarized political parties, bitterly divisive issues and an angry, frustrated electorate. But for truly aberrational politics, ...

Wolf will drive state off Connecticut cliff

Opinion

Four years ago, political newcomer Tom Wolf crisscrossed Pennsylvania in his trademark blue jeep, campaigning for governor on promises of “jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works.” Now, he’s back on the road, claiming the state is heading in the right direction and ...

Social media users give up privacy rights at their peril

Editorials

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...