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Eric Heyl is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. His work appears throughout the week. Eric Heyl can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7857

Heyl: Lawmakers put credulity in jeopardy

By Eric Heyl
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Harrisburg Jeopardy!” You know the format: First come the unappealing answers, followed by questions taxpayers should feel pained at having to ask. If you’re surprised by that backward approach, you obviously have ...

Heyl: Politicians, perks stuff of 2014 ‘turkeys’

By Eric Heyl
Time to roast turkeys. With the birds about to go in the ovens, let’s indulge in the annual tradition of good-naturedly examining things for which the folks who dominate headlines — and some others — should express thanks: • Outgoing ...

Heyl: Kane in sticky situation

By Eric Heyl
Distraction adheres to Kathleen Kane like military-grade epoxy. As Pennsylvania’s attorney general, she and her staff should singularly be focused on bringing criminals to justice. But the bizarre activities occurring in Kane’s scandal-plagued office indicate that the attention being paid ...

Heyl: Wolf must face hairy situation

By Eric Heyl
The situation’s strong anti-shaving component is impossible to ignore. Pennsylvania’s first facially hirsute leader in eight decades has an opportunity to help Pittsburgh land a unique historical attraction focused on facial hair. Will Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, who has sported a ...

Heyl: Why not Thanksgiving in January?

By Eric Heyl
It’s time for Thanksgiving to raise the white flag to Black Friday. Society has evolved greatly from the days when primitive cultures would delay the beginning of their primal holiday shopping ritual — one named after a Friday — until ...

URA’s altruistic ways are way off

By Eric Heyl
You’re too generous for your own good. Don’t take that the wrong way. Your selflessness is admirable. But you shouldn’t be reaching down deep into your pockets to aid the needy when you’re in dire financial straits. You did that Thursday ...

Heyl: Biggest foe for Cal U is off the field

By Eric Heyl
The pregame show promises to be interesting. The California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans will conclude their regular season on Saturday. Since the football team garnered recent national attention for its players’ off-the-field exploits, the preview program on university radio station ...

Heyl: Going back and forth on Jeepgate

By Eric Heyl
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Point-Counterpoint.” Our players today are Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and county Controller Chelsa Wagner. The topic: county-owned vehicles. On the basis of her Rock-Paper-Scissors victory over the executive, Wagner will go ...

Heyl: Returns are in for Corbett, and they’re not from the great beyond

By Eric Heyl
Gov. Tom Corbett lost his re-election bid Tuesday, but there seems to be some confusion as to who defeated him. Tom Wolf beat him, not Joe Paterno. There should be no doubt about that. Not only was the former Penn State ...

Heyl: Blawnox nightspots owner Moondog Esser shines on food bank as volunteer fundraiser

By Tribune-Review
Moondog’s free time always is at a minimum. For two decades, Ron “Moondog” Esser has juggled various duties as owner of two legendary Blawnox nightspots ...

Heyl: Sideshows enlivened Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial campaign

By Eric Heyl
Cannibalism references. Exotic dancer opportunities. Spurious supporters. To say that Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial campaign had over-the-top moments would be an understatement. With the duel between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf seemingly preordained from its outset, the race easily ...

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