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Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Just right, for many

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Our Opinion: Had to be there

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Our Opinion: Free Americans

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy the material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself ...

Our Opinion: Criminal penalties should be considered for sports violence

The occasional bench-clearing brawl is as much a part of professional baseball as the seventh-inning stretch or the double switch, but the fisticuffs went much, much further than usual in a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants on Aug. 22, 1965. Giants pitcher Juan ...

Our Opinion: Political effect

Democrat strategists have devised a careful game plan regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Understanding there is little or no possibility of the U.S. Senate removing him from office even if House members vote to impeach, House Speaker ...

Our Opinion: Political effect

Democrat strategists have devised a careful game plan regarding the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Understanding there is little or no possibility of the U.S. Senate removing him from office even if House members vote to impeach, House Speaker ...

Our Opinion: Massacre in Mexico cries for assistance

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Our Opinion: More to be done

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore last week. Dealing with the elephant in the room ought to be at the top of their agenda. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who ...

Our Opinion: Clearly, still a problem

Just when you think it just may be possible that racism isn't a problem anymore, the bigots remind us it is. A recent Associated Press story covered two events involving the late Emmett Till. Till was 14 when, in August 1955, he was visiting relatives in Mississippi. The black boy had been ...

Our Opinion: Reprisal must be swift

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week - nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists - cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Our Opinion: Exercising our right to vote

There were long lines at the polls on Tuesday. And, quite possibly, a swear word or two uttered under one’s breath. But, let’s look at the bright side; for as many lines or even rumors or Facebook posts (sometimes one and the same) as we heard on Wednesday, there were... lines. For a ...

Our Opinion: Forward thinkers

We need representatives that aren't afraid to put themselves out there. Representatives that aren't afraid to be the unpopular voice in the room. Not afraid to look past the complaining in front of their face... in order to do what's best for ... all of us. Spock said it best: "The needs of ...

Our Opinion: Better have a good game plan

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Our Opinion: Good ol’ American skepticism

Russian trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook ...

Our Opinion: Losing the war on drugs

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

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 ...