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Labor Day 2014: Why we work

(Editor’s note: On this Labor Day 2014, a reprint of a classic Trib editorial.) Work can be dreary, draining, frustrating — sometimes it is a hateful thing. On those days …

U.N. watch: The missiles question

(Editor’s note: Today, the Trib bows a new regular Monday editorial feature, U.N. Watch.) As the United Nations turns its attention to rebuilding residences and infrastructure in Gaza (early estimates …

Obama’s trumpet: The spittle strategy

I f the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? — Corinthians. • ISIS decapitates American journalist James Foley. • ISIS marches 250 Syrian national …

Sunday pops

Another Pennsylvania “public servant” has been charged with serving himself. The Dauphin County district attorney says John R. Campbell, the now-former treasurer of Harrisburg, allegedly stole more than $8,000 from …

The Box

Dear Allegheny County Council: Governance is serious business. Debating mottoes is not. Yours, Old Man River. …

Death on the range: A fatal lapse

Common sense took a holiday Monday last at an outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. A man is dead and a little girl will have to live with the …

Letters to the Editor

Obama & Christians Re. Joni Campbell’s recent letters about President Obama: Still playing the “race …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

It’s Labor Day, not Union Day

By Mark Mix
Most Americans realize that Labor Day is about celebrating workers and their contribution to our free society. But that won’t stop union bosses from stealing the spotlight to push their own agenda. Despite this, there is still much to celebrate …

Exclusive to the Trib: Export-Import Bank ‘benefits’ are grossly misrepresented

By Diane Katz
Is it possible to eliminate a government subsidy or will the forces of corporate welfare inevitably prevail? That’s the essence of the current debate over …

If ‘evil’ doesn’t apply to ISIS, what does?

By Jonah Goldberg
I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term “evildoers” to describe al-Qaida and other terrorists. It always sounded to me like he was saying “evil Dewar’s,” as in the blended Scotch. The more common objection to “evildoers” …


By Tribune-Review
“The sobering fact is that President Obama’s disengagement from (Iraq and Syria) is a matter of political principle and he is unlikely to alter his course. But the evidence of American withdrawal is now palpable, and as clear as the …

Why Obama won’t abandon Israel

By Tribune-Review
The ongoing Gaza crisis seems to have broken a lot of crockery in the U.S.-Israel relationship. Malicious attacks on Secretary of State John Kerry, tough …

Former Pittsburgher finds ‘insidious masculine dominance’ in Morocco

By Kevin Brezler
FEZ, Morocco With all the news about ISIS and the James Foley beheading lately, it has been an interesting experience to reflect on those developments from here. Morocco is the most liberal and democratic of Arab nations and Islamic political …


By Tribune-Review
Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons? Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words? The world’s a big place. Bring it home …

The EPA’s green monster

By John Stossel
Thanks, Environmental Protection Agency! You’ve required sewage treatment plants, catalytic converters on cars and other things that made the world cleaner than the world in which I grew up. Good work. Today, America’s waterways are so much cleaner that I …

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
A Wolf in pols’ clothing
Let it be stipulated that Tom Wolf is a really nice guy. He’s affable, quick to smile and, seeing his …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Real American excellence
Excellence in America isn’t hard to find. Five-year-old Lorenzo Morton fiddles with the billiard balls along the edges of the …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Corbett administration fumbled Tomalis response
HARRISBURG The saga of Ronald Tomalis, the former state Education secretary and a top adviser to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Here’s a crash course in driving Pittsburgh
Our collective car keys need to be confiscated. Apparently when you get behind the wheel in Pittsburgh, you’re either in …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: UPMC smoking ban right maneuver
The smokers stood on the sidewalk along UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, clearly ignoring the “smoke-free zone” signs. I walked by …

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Q and A

Economic growth  no partisan phenomenon
Robert J. Samuelson is a columnist for The Washington Post whose most recent book is “The Great Inflation and its …

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Page of Books

Reporting abroad, he saw the world & journalism change
Both the world and journalism are much different than they were when H.D.S. Greenway began his reporting career more than …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

The lessons of Labor Day
For anyone new to Pittsburgh, whether drawn here by jobs in technology, health care or education, Labor Day provides a …

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Tom Purcell

The taste of government control
They’re going to have to get used to it. I speak of the school students who are complaining about the …

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Ralph R. Reiland

The outcome of U.S. errors & weakness
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen became the newspaper’s acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, the day that suicidal …

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George F. Will

Paul Ryan’s way forward
WASHINGTON To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

‘Sustainable’ & superficial
The pervasive proclamations issued by government officials, college professors, U.N. bureaucrats and Hollywood entertainers in favor of “sustainability” sound nice. …

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Obama’s ‘round’ numbers on web
Those concerned about President Obama ’sapparent obsession with golf can now monitor the time he spends on the links. The …

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