Share This Page

Tuesday takes

Ominous finances: The City of Pittsburgh will be forced to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy if it stays on its unsustainable fiscal path, say the Allegheny Institute's Jake Haulk and Frank Gamrat. Only then can it effectively deal with its legacy costs and excessive spending, they note. "Perhaps a wise judge can fix what the city itself is incapable of doing or unwilling to do," Messrs. Haulk and Gamrat add. It's a sobering sentiment this Christmas week. But the time for boldness is now.

The Steelers live: The Pittsburgh Steelers, left for dead after their loss to the hapless Cleveland Browns, came back in stunning fashion Sunday against the Green Bay Packers to keep their playoff hopes alive. The final drive that sealed a 37-36 win evoked last year's Super Bowl-winning effort. The Steelers, now 7-7, still need lots of help to grab a wild card berth. So, once more, and with gusto: Here we go!

Winter returns: Old Man Winter's Monday return was preceded by the season's first major snowfall. First snows are always a challenge for drivers, some of whom still believe that they are invincible in their four-wheel-drive vehicles. While all-wheel drive certainly helps motorists better navigate through the white stuff, drivers often forget that they, too, have to stop . Be careful out there.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.