Columns

Time to drain the swamp in Hollywood

The spectacular (and scummy) fall of uber-producer Harvey Weinstein is front-page news across the U.S. Given that new accounts of his disgusting behavior come out daily, it must be hard for journalists to keep the story up-to-date. In a statement that Weinstein issued earlier, his ...

How selection of county juries works

LOCK HAVEN — At jury selection time, it seems that the Clinton County Voter Registration Office buzzes with phone calls. Confusion exists about how voter registration lists are involved in the selection of juries. So we sat down with county’s Don Powers, administrator for the county ...

War on cops goes to court

The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Recently, the justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests, and the charges later get dropped. It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers ...

The hazards of school sporting events

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie, a Lycoming College graduate, tossed out a case against the Palmerton Area School District. In November 2011, Sheldon Mann was playing football for the school district. He experienced a “hard hit” ...

A modest idea to end child abuse in U.S.

The statistics on child abuse in the United States are shocking and appalling. According to the child advocacy website ChildHelp.org, a report of child abuse is made in the U.S. every 10 seconds. Each year, child protection agencies around the country receive referrals involving 6.6 million ...

Common sense

Cresson In 1971, I entered the United States Army. My destiny was sealed by an anonymous clerk in an anonymous office in an anonymous place: I was to be an Infantryman. Over the next six months, I underwent training in the art of efficiently killing human beings. I learned that one could ...

In wake of our nation’s worst mass shooting: Why? How?

Evil of the worst kind. Unspeakable. Horrific. These are just a few of the words that immediately come to mind over the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Dozens dead. Hundreds injured. Families torn apart. A nation is mourning. And hopefully, we’re all looking into the mirror ...

Free speech, constitutional rights for who?

By WILSON RICCARDO Free speech is a hot topic these days, as freedom of expression and the infringement upon said right is frequently in the headlines of newspapers and news shows across the country. Indeed, in the last year or so I have seen several phenomena billed as representations of ...

The Vietnam War revisited

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their documentary "The Vietnam War" for PBS. Given the division that war caused in America, it is a pretty fair chronicling of the way things were half a century ago. The film brought back a lot of mostly bad ...

Thank you, first-responders

MARITHA BOYER Lock Haven Dear first-responders; r 911 emergency dispatcher. r Haneyville Volunteer Fire Co. r Jersey Shore Ambulance. r Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital. r Geisinger LifeFlight crew. r Geisinger Medical Center. I was bitten by a rattlesnake the first week of ...

Writers write because they read

One of the many inscriptions displayed inside the Library of Congress is the time-honored phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Do you know who first coined that sturdy line? It was Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the same author who gave us these undying words: “It was a dark and stormy ...

When airport security is insecure

Poor Roger Vanderklok. All he wanted to do was fly from Philadelphia to Miami in order to run a half-marathon. It was not even a full marathon, but he did not know what a run was in store for him. In his carry-on luggage, he possessed a heart monitor and watch stored inside a piece of ...

Fighting for free speech

By Ed Feulner As a new academic year is underway on many campuses, it’s a good time to ask: What’s the purpose of school? Is it education, or indoctrination? More and more, sadly, it’s the latter. We like to think of our universities in picturesque terms — bastions of open learning ...

The middle class:  Uninsured and hurting

Brace yourself for the next health insurance crisis: the uninsured middle class. The Affordable Care Act added millions of mostly poor people to the insurance rolls. But the law is driving premiums so high that middle-class people can no longer afford insurance. Several million are ...

Community colleges overlooked

By GENE BUDIG And ALAN HEAPS For all the focus on our nation’s schools, community colleges get short shrift. In the debates about the role education plays in our nation’s economy and democracy, we too often overlook our two year colleges. Originally created more than a century ago, ...

What’s left of Irma may stop by, so here’s some tips on preparation

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is reminding residents that preparation and awareness are essential parts of storm safety, as Hurricane Irma approaches. Pre-Storm tips r Write down, print or save toll-free outage hotlines for your electric utility and/or your natural gas utility, ...

Good things come to those who work

t’s Labor Day 2017, some 124 years after the first such legal holiday was declared in 1894 to be the first Monday of every September to “celebrate the working class.” We would add “ ... and hard work.” Some would argue that this holiday has become more about having fun before the ...

Saving energy is good for the environment … and your wallet

Imagine 282,000 homes - ranches, split-levels, Colonials, even mansions. Houses as far as the eye can see. Now imagine all those homes going completely off the grid for a year — as in, not using any electricity. Not running the dishwasher once. Not baking a single cake or loaf of bread. Not ...

Political elites causing deeper currents in American politics

Back when I was a pollster, I would explain that following the daily polls was like watching a heavy rainfall on the surface of a river. There's a lot of action and noise and splashing around, but nothing that gives you a real sense of where the river is going. For that, you must look ...

Check charities before giving

(Editor’s Note: The advice below is even more significant as many people and organizations are soliciting donations for the flood victims in south Texas who are now homeless from Hurricane Harvey. There is great need to help the thousands of people displaced by the storm ... indeed, ...