Opinion

Farm subsidies: Rotten cycle

Nowhere is the cycle of government intervention that begets intervention more apparent than in incessant sowing of farm subsidies from Washington. "More" never seems to ...

Saturday essay: The garden shift

The garden is in full transition this last weekend of August. And visions of fresh holiday salads already are dancing in someone's head. Tomatoes came in ...

The EPA and ethanol: Something smells

If ethanol is the wonder fuel that proponents insist it is, then why is the Environmental Protection Agency shrugging off submitting reports, required by law, ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To the new Route 51. The northbound lanes of West Carson Street — from the West End Circle to Stanhope Street — have ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Lance: The public's cleanup costs. Westmoreland County's Industrial Development Corp. will use $1 million in bond money from the county to clean up the 13-acre ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To "progress." In this case, the demolition last week of the Heights Elementary School in Harrison. We love old buildings with architectural integrity and ...


Less Pokemon, more political awareness

Last month I sat in a bleacher seat for eight hours. It wasn't for a sports team; it wasn't to win a prize. I was ...

Ball cap fascism

There's an old adage that states: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag." I'd like to add a postscript: ...

What do we have to lose?

Millions will undoubtedly vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. Millions more will vote for her because she's a Democrat. But for those ...

Stop embracing Trump, GOP

There is an urgency facing this nation with Donald Trump being the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. I'm dismayed that certain Republican leaders have ...

No cheating here

In view of Donald Trump stating that the only way Hillary Clinton could win Pennsylvania was through cheating, I would like to make a suggestion. ...

Revise food truck ordinance

Regarding Greensburg's new food truck ordinance: While I am in favor of protecting brick-and-mortar businesses, I am curious as to why the city did not ...




A better choice for president

Vote for Donald Trump? No! Hillary Clinton? No! They are not trustworthy. They push bad ideas. Fortunately, we have another choice: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson ...

Checking the national dashboard

You know those polls in which they ask people if the country is heading in the right direction? One problem with that question is that ...

A clash of police policies

Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there also was a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of ...

'Tough' road ahead for Trump

Following the best speech of his campaign, Donald Trump last week visited Louisiana to sympathize with people suffering from a catastrophic flood that has left ...

To ID or not to ID?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is ...

Cheap populism helps no one

WASHINGTON With defeat now the likely outcome for the Republican presidential nominee, the blame shifting has begun early and in earnest. To some partisans such ...

A eulogy for John McLaughlin

The following is an edited eulogy delivered Aug. 20 in the Basilica at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.: Issue ...

Clinton Foundation won't accept foreign money — until it does

This year's headline from The New York Times: "If Hillary Clinton Wins, Foundation Will Stop Accepting Foreign Donations." Next year's headline: "Clinton Foundation Accepts $250 ...

Time to put work back into welfare

It's been 20 years now since the welfare reform measures, a rare bipartisan triumph, were signed into law. Critics predicted gloom and doom but it ...

Hillary's thug Salazar

Ken Salazar, President Obama's disgraced ex-Interior secretary and former U.S. senator from Colorado, was named Hillary Clinton's White House transition chair last week. The pick ...

'New nationalism' is nothing more than generic white identity politics

To listen to both his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a "new nationalism" popping up around the world. I'm not ...

'Extreme vetting'

Donald Trump's newly proposed ideological test for immigrants — one that he characterized as "extreme vetting" — has renewed debate over immigration reform in the ...

Hillary's dubious economic plan

Hillary Clinton, whose family income is in the top tenth of the top 1 percent, something like $10 million in 2015 to go along with ...

Is free trade causing job losses?

"Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible trade deal after another — from NAFTA to China to ...

Hillary's transparency phobia

Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because she's winning in the polls, we shouldn't whitewash her flaws. And here's ...