| Opinion/The Review

Opinion/The Review


Marina at McKees Point on the mend

Ice floes can knock down the docks and piers, but the Marina at McKees Point isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the McKeesport marina’s spring reopening isn’t pushed back too far …

The Kane ruling: Get on with it

All eyes once again are on Risa Vetri Ferman. She’s the Montgomery County district attorney who must decide if Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane should be prosecuted for perjury and …

The Thursday wrap

Hillary Clinton’s lawyer admits that the former secretary of State’s personal computer server was wiped clean of any emails not turned over to the State Department. But if that server …

Confidentiality & carnage: Something has to give

Time and time again we hear of heinous acts committed by the mentally disturbed that could have been prevented had pertinent information been shared with authorities by mental health professionals …

Work’s the thing

Why are employment numbers for Americans ages 16 to 29 at record lows while numerous industries struggle to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs? Blame policies that deny young people …

Orphan sinkhole

As orphans go, this could be a pretty dangerous one ... and quite costly to boot. We refer to the 10-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up on the sidewalk under the …

Letters to the Editor

Government form vs. type

When Ronald Reagan said that “democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Here’s a better 2016 agenda

By Cal Thomas
“In your heart you know he’s right,” was Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign slogan in 1964. Critics of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who announced last week he is running for president, are effectively saying of him: “In your head you know ...

Gov. Wolf’s union ‘tab’

By Matthew J. Brouillette
Gov. Tom Wolf’s first executive order banned gifts for executive-branch employees to eliminate conflicts of interest between those in power and anyone “seeking to obtain business from or has financial relations with the commonwealth.” The governor has also criticized “backroom ...

Stand up for Indiana

By Pat Buchanan
In what has been called the “Catholic moment” in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to “live the faith” and “set an example” for others. Public lives were to reflect moral beliefs. Fast forward ...

The bad policy of divestment

By William G. Bowen
Campaigns urging colleges and universities to divest stock holdings are again on the rise, focused today more often than not on holdings in fossil fuel companies. Many of the arguments against divestment as a general tactic are by now well ...

Harry Reid’s legacy of obstruction

By Jennifer Rubin
With Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announcing that he won’t seek re-election in 2016, this may be a rare instance in which the retirement of an incumbent is a relief to his party. Now Democrats can run a fresh ...

Hit ‘delete’ on net neutrality

By Ed Feulner
There’s a reason the words “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are a punch line. Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, it exacerbates the situation. We’ve seen it happen in the financial sector. The Dodd-Frank legislation ...

Reform mass surveillance: Make the FISA court act like a real court

By Faiza Patel and Elizabeth Goitein
The expiration of key surveillance authorities this spring will force Congress to grapple with the sprawling spying activities exposed by Edward Snowden. Defenders of the ...

Why I signed Iran letter

By John Cornyn
With its relentless quest for nuclear weapons, the Iranian regime represents a serious and growing threat to our national security. Sadly, our nation’s ability to ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Colin McNickle is on vacation
Colin McNickle is on vacation …

More Colin McNickle

Salena Zito

Salena Zito
GOP succeeding at down-ballot level
Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time …

More Salena Zito

Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Governor shedding some light on schedule, contracts
HARRISBURG Last week, we told you here that Tom Wolf said he’d be a different kind of governor and he …

More Brad Bumsted

Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Memorial, notes of sympathy for lost eaglets goes beyond overkill
Eagles have abominable reading skills. They are majestic birds of prey whose elegance in flight can have an almost hypnotic …

More Eric Heyl

Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: What to do with a $2,000 plaque honoring Ravenstahl?
Pittsburgh City Council this week approved a policy for naming city facilities or property after individuals. This is good, because …

More Nafari Vanaski

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Hospice about caring, not curing
The word “hospice” scares people to the point that Dr. Bob Arnold doesn’t use it when talking to patients and …

More Luis Fábregas

Q and A

Being first doesn’t help, hurt Cruz
John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and the Zogby companies, is an internationally renowned pollster, author and political pundit. …

More Q and A

Page of Books

George Washington, from young Virginian to victorious American
Combining history and biography, Robert Middlekauff takes a distinctive approach in his new book “Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s …

More Page of Books

Joseph Sabino Mistick

Matters of taste
The Latin maxim “ De gustibus non est disputandum ” was front and center last week, on both the local …

More Joseph Sabino Mistick

Tom Purcell

Reasoning with Iran
“America and the West have a historic opportunity to negotiate a nuclear agreement that will promote peace in the Middle …

More Tom Purcell

Ralph R. Reiland

Would you like some race talk with that?
Given the overwhelming backlash, it’s pretty clear that the short-lived “Race Together” campaign launched by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to …

More Ralph R. Reiland

George F. Will

Rough math facing Ted Cruz
WASHINGTON Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is …

More George F. Will

Donald J. Boudreaux

What really regulates corporations
Among the strangest notions ever to be believed by large numbers of adults is the “progressive” notion that private corporations …

More Donald J. Boudreaux


Heavy Boston snow lightens Kerry’s wallet
John Kerry has no trouble flying to Kiev for a diplomatic mission, but he apparently can’t make it to Kmart …

More Whispers