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L.A.'s example: A mass-transit wreck

Los Angeles' $9 billion investment in light rail and subways is a cautionary tale of a government "solution" that fails miserably to address a problem ...

Saturday essay: Hither spring

There's nothing quite like a first-of-February spell of the mild to get the juices of spring flowing. And that sporadic and spitting light rain? Ah, ...

Voter ID debate: A numbers game

The perennial complaint of voter-identification opponents is that millions of Americans would be disenfranchised because they have no IDs or access to them. But ...

Laurels & Lances

Lance: To Pittsburgh's serial defacer. Police said Max Emiliano Gonzales, 22, a Carnegie Mellon University student, confessed to painting more than 50 graffiti "tags" across ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To Bill Rossey. The health insurance for the retired Tarentum manager is being paid for by the borough. Fair enough, given he retired before ...

Who pays? Take out the 'garbage'

The going rate for "garbage" these days is more than $1.1 million. That's what the union-backed group America Works USA has spent since the end ...


Clinton culpable in email controversy

We are seeing political skulduggery at its finest. Hillary Clinton appears to have mishandled classified government documents. This occurred while she was secretary of State, an ...

Halting heroin's damage

Heroin abuse is taking the lives of those we love. Heroin overdoses are at an all-time high. Not only that, the consequences of heroin do ...

Nurse staffing levels critical

Research indicates that patients are safer and experience better outcomes when hospitals are adequately staffed. According to the American Nurses Association, optimal staffing is essential ...

Correct call on methane

Regarding "Pa. Gov. Wolf targets methane emissions from oil and gas", it is encouraging that Wolf is regulating methane from both new and existing sources ...

UPMC's textbook maneuver

Regarding the item on UPMC's proposed Pleasant Hills hospital ("Pittsburgh Tuesday Takes" ): UPMC does not have a hospital south of Pittsburgh. So, of all ...

No need to dread lead

Regarding Eric Heyl's column "Lack of trust in authority's assertions makes drinking water murky" : If you look at the facts, there is neither lead ...




Stossel: Endless political arrogance

After the Iowa caucus results, it looks like Hillary Clinton vs. Marco Rubio in November! They lead the betting at ElectionBettingOdds.com. This scares me. Neither ...

The history, hype & hope of debates

What's going on with presidential primary debates? And I don't mean the latest issue many will think of first: The flap between Fox News and ...

Hillary's march forward

It was a rough week for Hillary Clinton after months of scrutiny surrounding her ability to actually make it into the White House this time ...

Random thoughts on the state of things

Some random thoughts on the passing scene: • Will November's presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper? • People ...

Is a new era upon us?

The most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, ...

Deer 'decimation' in serious doubt

Bob Frye's recent article reveals a disturbing mindset among some Pennsylvania wildlife officials — a mindset that reveals political agendas that go beyond responsible management ...

Keeping young athletes safe

As a former athlete at the University of Wisconsin, I know the positive impact sports can have on a young person's development. During my ...

A tale of 2 tapes

The crack media buzzed last week with the discovery of a front-page, news-breaking videotape. GOP presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, CNN reported, was ...

Targeted reforms could greatly improve Social Security

Americans are embracing the idea that we should expand Social Security. A movement started by a few "progressive" activists has spread to opinion makers and ...

Film tax credit 'benefits' are misleading

Gov. Tom Wolf is determined to bring Hollywood to Pennsylvania. The Keystone State has not had a budget for seven months, but the governor ...

It's OK, everyone is a snob

Snobbery, like snoring, is universal. You might believe it doesn't apply to you, but your intimates would tell a different story. Don't get huffy: Everybody's ...

What Alzheimer's cannot take away

I once read that memory is what forms one's identity. It contains one's life narrative. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease means a person loses the ...

What is 'white privilege'?

White privilege is the social advantage that comes from being seen as the norm in the United States, automatically conferred regardless of wealth, gender or ...

Verbatim

"(Bernie) Sanders does poorly among the old. They remember socialism. He does well among the young, who've just discovered it and have little knowledge of ...

Politicians fuelish on ethanol

Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they'll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ...