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Opinion/The Review


Host a Super Bowl?: False prophets/profits

The financial plight of Glendale, Ariz., should temper enthusiasm for sports teams and their facilities as economic salvation — and especially for the idea of Pittsburgh hosting a Super Bowl. …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

An observation: Years of dickering and dithering over culling Mt. Lebanon’s exploding deer population has led to a plan to corral and shoot deer by a conflicted contractor (a consultant …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: • Zion Bullitt Avenue LP. The company’s New York owners, who for decades have played a game of rope-a-dope with local and state officials on the …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To dumb laws. In this case, the state law that makes the $2-per-square Super Bowl pool in your office or favorite watering hole illegal. Dumb laws that everyone ignores …

State of surveillanc: The DEA database

A massive national database growing from real-time Drug Enforcement Administration monitoring of vehicle movements raises disturbing questions: What’s done with the data? For what purposes? And is it legal? Documents …

The Thursday wrap

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, must believe in fewer entry-level jobs, denying unskilled workers the opportunity to learn how to work and making ever thinner the already thin margins …

Letters to the Editor

E-cigs save lives

In sharp contrast to the Trib’s fear-mongering headlines and Adam Smeltz’s news story “Western Pa. …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Defense against demagogues

By Walter Williams 1:37 p.m.
When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.’” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. ...

Will modern marriage win?

By Douglas Nejaime 1:37 p.m.
By agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases this term, the U.S. Supreme Court probably will settle the issue by the end of June. The battles are not simply about the rights of gay couples. They are about the meaning ...

30 days’ notice is not enough!

By Michael Sobol
President Obama recently proposed a law requiring that companies inform customers within 30 days when personal information, such as Social Security numbers, is exposed. Forty-seven states have data breach notification laws, which vary widely. Pennsylvania requires that companies notify ...

The Persians are coming!

By Pat Buchanan
“The Iranians are on the march,” warned John McCain Sunday. “Iran is building a new Persian Empire,” echoed Col. Ralph Peters. So alarmed is Speaker Boehner, he invited Bibi Netanyahu to come and challenge U.S. policy toward Iran from the same ...

Pittsburgh schools that work

By Esther L. Bush & Jonathan Cetel
Although it remains plagued by a racial divide that leads to disparate outcomes for its young people, Pittsburgh is a resilient city filled with little gems that undermine the myth that race and poverty are overwhelming barriers to success. ...

State of the Union gives false hope to entry-level employees

By Michael Saltsman
President Obama made two lofty promises to the country’s entry-level workforce in his Jan. 20 State of the Union. For their own sake, the employees should hope he’s not able to keep them. The commander in chief has asked Congress ...

Adding more fuel to racial fire

By Michelle Malkin
COLORADO SPRINGS From the liberal media’s coverage of my beautiful adopted hometown, you’d think we live in a KKK-infested hotbed where every person of color fears for his or her life. Take a look at these ominous headlines: • “Bombing ...

Islam has been hijacked by Wahhabism

By Azeem Ibrahim
“Islam is a religion of love. My brother was killed by terrorists, by false Muslims.” These were the words of Malek Merabet, the brother ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Notes on the state of things
H ours after Sheldon Silver, the Democrat speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly engaging in …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Gift ban would benefit Wolf & GOP
HARRISBURG Every governor comes into office with political capital. How they spend it can determine their ultimate success. That means …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery 11:48 a.m.
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the …

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Q and A

The Russia question
Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of government and foreign …

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Page of Books

The unheralded mind behind decades of Pentagon strategy
Spotlighting a Pentagon figure known as “the most influential man you’ve never heard of” and sometimes called “Yoda” by his …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

The Senate’s bag lady: Joni Ernst
According to freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, she wore plastic bread bags over her shoes when she was a child …

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Tom Purcell

Millennials, buy into homeownership
Young Americans continue to put off homeownership, and that isn’t good for anyone. According to USA Today, homeownership for Americans …

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Ralph R. Reiland

A closer look at Obama’s applause lines
Here is the official text of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, beginning with the speechwriters’ initial applause …

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George F. Will

Selig’s winning legacy
WASHINGTON The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Who worries about income inequality?
I’ve never worried about income inequality. It’s not that I’ve not worried much about it; I’ve not worried about it …

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What can you bring to Wolf’s inauguration? Not much
If you’re going to Harrisburg for Tom Wolf’s inauguration as governor Tuesday, kindly leave your umbrella and incendiary devices at …

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