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Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Common sense solutions

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the ...

Our Opinion: Too many real victims

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

Our Opinion: Political theater

Members of Congress who want to “overturn” President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are engaged in an absurd performance of political theater. Many lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have been critical of Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish separatists in ...

Our Opinion: Victory in transparency

An important matter of public interest has been settled, and that has to do with whether the names of candidates for appointment to unexpired terms of public office should be made public. When the issue surfaced about five years ago, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette believed that it was common ...

Our Opinion: Poking tigers with sticks

George Orwell called it “Newspeak.” We often laugh at the way government redefines the meaning of words, and “Fair Pay to Play,” the recently passed California law that is now being discussed in our state legislature, certainly turns the dictionary on its ear. Athletes choose ...

Our Opinion: Distractions, distractions

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

Our Opinion: ‘All on hand’

“The school district is (this)... “The school district is (that)...” We get it. It’s your kids we’re talking about. Our kids, too. You’re allowed to have an opinion — a strong one — about how your children are treated and cared for at school. You’re allowed to complain ...

Our Opinion: Later school start program worth watching

A new — albeit limited in scope — pilot program being launched by the New Jersey Department of Education is worthy of being watched by educators in Pennsylvania and other states, even if it doesn’t spur widespread change outside of Pennsylvania’s neighbor to the east. Anyone ...

Our Opinion: Fracking ban would be irresponsible

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

Our Opinion: Would not be prudent

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll ...

Our Opinion: A bad taste in the mouth

Apparently, if you are rich enough, you can slaughter endangered species until your bloodlust is sated. Among animals the federal government deems worthy of protection is the black rhinoceros. Only about 5,500 of them remain alive in the wild. Namibia is home to nearly half that number, ...

Our Opinion: Not this time, Taliban

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Our Opinion: Americans know how to unite

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Our Opinion: Fool me twice…

Well, they’re at it again, trying to pit Americans against each other and thus, disrupting the upcoming presidential election. The Russians? We don’t know, although it is certain that the Kremlin’s online campaign of inciting dissension among us never stopped. Someone decided ...

Our Opinion: Worth taking a look

Attorney generals in 49 states — including ours — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their parents’ ...

Our Opinion: Rolling our eyes at ‘deal’

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

Our Opinion: The stage is set

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Our Opinion: Eagerness provides hope

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. But it does exist — and that simply is unacceptable. We as a people need to do more to stamp it out. No form of bigotry, including the ...

Our Opinion: Won’t fix the problem

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting recently that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

Our Opinion: Start with free press

America’s news media continue to be the target of a verbal beating by President Donald Trump, who has continued to call the reporting of many news outlets — print and electronic — “fake news.” The president also has voiced many other unflattering phrases directed at the media and ...