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Opinion/The Review


Grandparents v. Parents: A sound ruling

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Harry Smail, ruling against Delmont grandparents who sought partial custody of their three grandchildren, has focused much-needed attention on the dubious provision of a state …

Saturday essay: Seasonal collide

’Tis a colliding of the seasons upon us. The lighted blow-mold pumpkins are competing for hanging space where the flower baskets thrive on the front porch. In the triangle under …

Election 2015: Do your homework

In less than a month, voters will go to the polls and decide who will lead our governments at the county and local levels. Various contests for council members, supervisors, …

The Pa. budget: Wolf’s hard head

We used to think that Gov. Tom Wolf had a fairly large hole in his head — one born of naiveté, given how so many of his nonsensical policy prescriptions …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Best wishes: To the Pittsburgh Pirates. The venerable National League franchise couldn’t get it together Wednesday night in the one-and-done wild-card game against the Chicago Cubs, falling 4-0 in a …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To Greensburg Salem high schoolers. This year’s homecoming queen, senior Emma Slezak, is quite active in volunteer activities and has many accomplishments to her credit. Indeed, students nominated and …

Letters to the Editor

Boot callous pols

Once again, the media march dutifully into the trap set by President Obama — his …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

The allure of mass murder

By Pat Buchanan
“Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight.” That blog post on the email address of Oregon mass-murderer Christopher Harper-Mercer was made after Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed that Roanoke TV reporter and her ...

What the octopus knows

By Sy Montgomery
It can change color and shape. It can taste with its skin. It has a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake and ink like an old-fashioned pen, and it can pour a 100-pound body through an opening smaller ...

A closer look at immigration

By Georgie Anne Geyer
WASHINGTON Seldom, even in this wordy city, does one word dominate political life so. Here it is fall already, and that word hovers over everything, like a crow preparing for its winged attack on some poor, hapless songbird. It ...

Should Republicans entertain Colbert?

By Byron York
Stephen Colbert spent nine years mocking conservatives on a comedy program premised on mocking conservatives. It was a good fit; Colbert’s political views lean left, and even after leaving his right-wing loudmouth character behind, he’s been happy to dive into ...

Govt.’s favorite forms of welfare

By Lowman S. Henry
Adoption of an annual budget is a core function of government. Yet both the federal and state governments have failed to get the job done. At the national level, there has been no budget for years as Congress passes “continuing ...

Some gun common sense, please

By Francis Wilkinson
According to The Associated Press, the mother of the Oregon gunman who killed nine and injured nine “told investigators he was struggling with some mental health issues.” Yes, he was. Neighbors have described Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, as an anxious, alienated young ...

Suppressing free (climate) speech

By Walter Williams
I receive loads of mail in response to my nationally syndicated column. Some recent mail has been quite disturbing. Here’s a sample: “Given your support of freedom on a great many issues, I wish to bring to your attention ...

War party targets Putin & Assad

By Pat Buchanan
Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad. A longtime ally of Syria, Russia wants to preserve its toehold on the Mediterranean, ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
The pocket-picking, market-perverting charade of RACP
A new study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University exposes the sobering reality of Pennsylvania’s state-sanctioned corporate …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
All party political success is local
Last week brought the best news for Democrats that nobody heard about. A top operative, the man who managed one …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Kathleen Kane’s scorched-earth policy
HARRISBURG The off-again, on-again statements by Attorney General Kathleen Kane about releasing pornographic emails are getting old. She’s sitting on …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Zombie store feeds on Burgh’s undying ‘obsession’ with undead
Walking into the bank, they thought they were dead in the water. When good friends Stu Neft and Chuck Cramer …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: California’s ‘right to die’ passage opens door for sensitive discussion 12:01 a.m.
It’s now legal for terminally ill patients in California to end their own lives. The governor of that state on …

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Q and A

Believe the polls? Pass the salt
Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the author or …

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Page of Books

Revisiting Jack Kemp
Believing that politically polarized America could use another Jack Kemp, Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes spotlight him and his growth-oriented, …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

Pa. kids first victims of state budget stalemate
As the executive director of Allies for Children, Patrick Dowd is worried and he is sounding the alarm. The state …

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Tom Purcell

The decline of American greatness
“I’m fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain.” “Ah, yes, you speak of a recent …

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Ralph R. Reiland

I’m getting an increased number of emails lately from readers with questions about economics — enough to do a dozen …

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George F. Will

Impeach the IRS director
WASHINGTON “Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Crazy crony notions
An official with General Electric recently tried to get a Wisconsin state official to lie about the effect that the …

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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 …

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