Opinion

The Syrian express: A threat grows

As it projected, the Obama administration is ahead of schedule in its Syrian-refugee resettlement efforts, welcoming its 10,000th émigré this week and ready to accept ...

The Thursday wrap

The Washington Times, citing an inspector general's report, says the IRS discovered that the Social Security numbers of more than 1 million Americans were stolen ...

The climate deal: More nose-thumbing

A media report has it that President Obama will, in effect, self-ratify the Paris climate accord in advance of Sunday's opening of the Group of ...

Solar cloud

Another week, another tale of a "green" ruse, direct from the Here We Go Again file. It seems the U.S. Navy let a $334 million contract ...

'Special interest aliens': The 'gotaways'

An estimated 916 illegal aliens from terrorist-linked countries have been caught trying to crash the Southwest U.S. border in 2014-15, according to federal immigration data. But ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Found money: It is propitious news when an audit turns up $7 million more than expected in Westmoreland County's "rainy day" fund. And that will ...


Party principles in focus

The black community should return to the political party based on principles to liberate and elevate them. The first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, ended slavery. ...

National suicide watch

From my seat on Bethel Park Council I routinely speak of the steady decline of our precious nation due to the disrespect shown for laws. ...

Trump's nonsense

I have had it with all of this nonsense of "Make America Great Again." It is great, has always been great and always will be ...

From atheists to Arnold

Some thoughts about current news: • I am vehemently opposed to the VND's view about the Ten Commandments monument at Valley High School (Laurels & ...

More info on 3rd-party candidates

Your article "Unhappy voters turn to 3rd-party options, but experts don't expect outcome to be affected" did a good job filling in the history of ...

Eliminate the ethanol standard

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to increase the ethanol standard from the current 10 percent. I believe it should be eliminated from gasoline completely. ...




Electoral map is key to 2016 election

Any American political strategist or reporter — I've been one for more than four decades — loves the map: That's the electoral map that decides ...

Energy efficiency regulations hurt consumers

You have houseguests and you may not even know it. Indeed, they can be found in virtually every room of your home. We're referring to ...

Syria is their war, not ours

The debacle that is U.S. Syria policy is today on naked display. NATO ally Turkey and U.S.-backed Arab rebels last weekend attacked our most effective ...

Minorities have no friend in Hillary

Hillary Clinton claims that some of Donald Trump's appeal is "xenophobic, racist, misogynistic." Last week she asked, "If he doesn't respect all Americans, how can ...

Hypocrisy on presidential golf

One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says "scandal for thee, but not for me." Consider the perennial (alleged) scandal ...

DiCaprio's dirty dollars

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio walked away from a fender bender in the Hamptons without a scratch. But the outspoken liberal should not escape unscathed from his ...

Will Pennsylvania Republicans once again cave to Gov. Tom Wolf's tax-and-spend demands?

As August melts into September the halls of the state Capitol building are relatively quiet. This is a marked contrast to a year ago when ...

Pa. pols should be sweating over vaping tax

In 1988, Sen. Bob Packwood asked Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation how much tax revenue the federal government would collect if it imposed a 100 ...

College campus lunacy

As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers and donors should be made aware of official college practices that should disgust us all. Hampshire College ...

The America I miss

Life is good if you have your health and not all bad even if you don't, which is sometimes forgotten in an election year, what ...

Upholding the standards of truth and fairness in journalism

Both sides are not the only side during this deeply vexing presidential election cycle. Journalism schools have educated students for generations that political objectivity ...

A better choice for president

Vote for Donald Trump? No! Hillary Clinton? No! They are not trustworthy. They push bad ideas. Fortunately, we have another choice: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson ...

Checking the national dashboard

You know those polls in which they ask people if the country is heading in the right direction? One problem with that question is that ...

A clash of police policies

Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there also was a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of ...

'Tough' road ahead for Trump

Following the best speech of his campaign, Donald Trump last week visited Louisiana to sympathize with people suffering from a catastrophic flood that has left ...