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A troubling climate at the National Park Service

On a family visit to two national parks last weekend, President Obama used the opportunity (does he ever miss one?) to pontificate on the "reality" ...

Saturday essay: Smiling Flats

We'll gather on Catalpa Place Flats today for that greatest of Mt. Lebanon summer traditions — the block party. This will be the 25th annual. There ...

School funding: Never 'enough'

In the run-up to another state budget showdown in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf and his educratic acolytes are demanding more money for public schools. State ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

On the "Watch List": Pittsburgh Public Schools. It dropped a proposal this week to establish a procedure for vetting candidates for top administrative posts. An ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To Hempfield's zoning hearing board. Members voted to allow a teenager to keep four pet chickens as emotional support animals in a residential district ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To the Leechburg Area School District. The district and its solicitor, Robert Cinpinski, came up with eight reasons to not release the investigative report ...


Higher taxes, brighter future

We educators are particularly concerned during the state budget process as Pennsylvania ranks dead last in funding equity. While the recent passage of a new ...

Bishop silent on climate change

June 18 marked the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'" that was meant to get at least the Roman Catholic world acting on ...

Resigned from Harmar

After almost nine years as Harmar Township supervisor, I can no longer serve my community. Following the May supervisors meeting, I became painfully aware ...

Leaning to the left

As a longtime subscriber to the Trib, it seems to me that your news reporting has moved toward a liberal bias. A lot of your ...

Unintelligent terror response

The Orlando terrorist attack is the result of a colossal failure of intelligence gathering and inaction. The shooter all but stood on a street corner ...

Weapons ban no answer

There is a debate as to whether legislators should make stricter gun laws and ban firearms from certain factions altogether. I believe this is not ...




Warning label lunacy

When you use a coffeepot, do you need a warning label to tell you: "Do not hold over people"? Must a bicycle bell be sold ...

Escaping to Canada? A primer for the fleeing

Even before our two-party system coughed up the most disliked presidential nominees in modern polling history, Canada had firmly established itself as America's favorite backup ...

A decade saved to spend wisely

I saw one of my novels at a yard sale last week and it appeared to have been used as a coaster. The interior was ...

What other gun rules could have stopped Orlando killer?

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub atrocity, President Barack Obama has admonished us to "do some soul searching" about how "easy" it is in ...

Trolling for war with Russia?

About 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar ...

UK should leave the EU

The United Kingdom should vote to leave the European Union on Thursday. The EU suffers from chronic slow growth thanks to a smothering bureaucracy and ...

Rewriting gun rights a fool's errand

When well-meaning people get together to thrash out a grave national issue, expect them to circle back to a couple of premises: First, let's grab ...

Florida: A jihad playground

The home of the "Happiest Place on Earth" has been breeding killer jihadists and Muslim zealots for years. Omar Mateen, the cold-blooded mass murderer who ...

Reaction to the Orlando massacre has the feel of 'eternal recurrence'

Friedrich Nietzsche, that great sage of despair, asked, "What if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness ...

Mindset is as perilous as a gun

The "pseudocommando," a type of mass murderer driven by fantasies of revenge and fame, appears to have struck again. Omar Mateen, armed with a pistol ...

Andrew Conte on Media: News aggregators need newspapers

Adam Shuck started out two years ago this month with an email to 30 friends, sending them links to Pittsburgh news stories and offering his ...

Donald Trump's media problem

In Donald Trump's view, anyone who criticizes him or merely fails to see things his way is "unfair" and out to get him. This is ...

My lunch with Hillary

I had lunch with Hillary Clinton. Really. I was on vacation on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, at a hotel that's a mixture of villas-for-rent ...

When our rights are used against us: Orlando

Here we are again, another Islamic terror attack on U.S. soil. This time, the killer pledged his allegiance to ISIS, whose leaders celebrated him as ...

In defense of self-defense

Most mass killings involving guns in the United States in recent years — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino and now Orlando — ...