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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: Does it mean hospitals? Hotels? Clinton’s ambiguous logo baffles voters

By Eric Heyl
Hillary Clinton’s desired destination is the White House, but don’t blame some people for assuming she’d prefer to visit the emergency room. That’s one of ...

Heyl: Some people put themselves into very taxing situations

By Eric Heyl
These people definitely find themselves in taxing positions. If you haven’t already filed your 1040s with the federal government, you have until midnight to do so. It’s Tax Day, one of the few occasions for which Hallmark does not make ...

Heyl: Candidates for county controller show lack of pride in serving public

By Eric Heyl
Bare-knuckle brawls in the political arena always are entertaining. But will the public ultimately be served when the candidates fighting for an elected office are masters of manipulation and slaves to self-interest? That’s the great unanswered question in the Allegheny County ...

Heyl: ‘Semi-retired’ pizza maker still working 6-day weeks after 50 years

By Tribune-Review
Fifty years is a long time to flip pizzas. Joe Giaramita marks that milestone Friday. He and his family will celebrate by rolling back pie ...

Heyl: Downtown newsstand turns the page, time and time again, to survive

By Eric Heyl
Fewer magazines, more made-to-order food. That’s proven to be the recipe for success at Smithfield News. In the evolving Downtown landscape, the newsstand has been ...

Heyl: Lessons loom large for teachers accused of inappropriate behavior

By Eric Heyl
Sometimes it’s the teachers who need to learn lessons. Especially those whose careers, and possibly freedom, are in jeopardy for allegedly engaging in grossly inappropriate behavior. An alarming number of Western Pennsylvania instructors recently have been accused of providing textbook examples ...

Heyl: Few cyclists utilize pedalers’ paradise of Penn Avenue bike lanes

By Eric Heyl
It was time to return to Desolation Drive. Or as it’s more formally known, the Penn Avenue bike lanes. In September, I spent an hour monitoring ...

Heyl: Memorial, notes of sympathy for lost eaglets goes beyond overkill

By Eric Heyl
Eagles have abominable reading skills. They are majestic birds of prey whose elegance in flight can have an almost hypnotic effect on observers. But they are incapable of understanding written words. Yet, some people left expressions of sympathy for two bald ...

Steel Valley elementary teachers, union violate ‘humanity’ contract

By Eric Heyl
UNITED FEDERATION  OF HUMANITY LOCAL 15120 OFFICIAL GRIEVANCE FORM Grievance filed against: Steel Valley Education Association Grievance alleged: The union representing Park Elementary School teachers filed a cruel, insensitive, unnecessary and ultimately impotent grievance against Steel ...

Wolf hopes he’ll strike gold in legislative mines

By Eric Heyl
Good will is worth its weight in gold in Pennsylvania. How valuable is it? Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to spend $51.4 million in an apparent attempt to buy the affinity, if not necessarily the acquiescence, of the Republican-controlled ...

Famous people unlikely to help — or remember — Bill Robinson

By Eric Heyl
This could be the signature moment of Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson’s political career, and therein lies the problem. Something is wrong in American politics when a veteran elected official can be booted from the ballot for allegedly submitting overly ...

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