Opinion

Clinton vs. Trump, Round I: Heard it all before

It had all the hype of a Super Bowl matchup. But it played out like an episode of "Bowling for Dollars" with more gutter balls ...

Flunking civics: Know your rights

Civics class, and principles of democracy class (or "problems" of democracy, depending on who you ask) are supposed to give young people a solid basis ...

Arnold Palmer: A legacy

In an era when multimillionaire athletes talk about their "legacies," Arnold Palmer was a notable exception. He never relished being called "The King." His accomplishments ...

Tuesday takes

Building on science: One of the jewels of the North Shore is planning to grow larger and more valuable for those drawn to it: The ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday Takes

It's about time: The New Kensington- Arnold School District may finally move its embattled Ten Commandments monument from in front of Valley High School. This should've ...

IRS in the cross hairs: Targeting small businesses

Among public complaints piling up against the IRS of late is the criticism that enforcement teams from the government's tax collector specifically target small businesses ...


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Political hypocrisy

The words "astounding," "rank hypocrisy" and "naked political ambition" come to mind in consideration of the 11th-hour endorsement of Donald Trump by Texas Sen. Ted ...

Kinzua destroyed native culture

Regarding the Sept. 18 Remember When column: Despite the great good the Kinzua Dam has provided the region since it became operational in 1966, little ...

Expanding liquor sales

Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Wolf took steps this year to modernize the commonwealth's liquor system, but work remains to be done. State Rep. Mike Reese ...

A not-so-rosy picture

Recently in Philadelphia, President Obama held a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton. Coincidentally — or not so coincidentally — on the same day the Census Bureau ...

A better economic choice

The major media and politicians are telling you the economy is doing great. They are basing that on the Dow Jones Industrial Average that increased ...




Making America more secure

What are we to make of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the primary suspect in the latest terrorist assault on the U.S., one that involved multiple bombs ...

Mob mentality in Charlotte

Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, "This is what democracy ...

Choosing between optimism & pessimism

This presidential season Americans have been treated to the usual outrageous campaign promises and extraordinary candidate alibis about past transgressions. But those pale in comparison ...

More terror & denials

Following the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Donald Trump referred to the captured bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, as an "evil thug." He ...

U.N.'s refugee sanctimony

Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging extravaganza. As America reels from the latest terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees and immigrants in New ...

Trump, Clinton symptoms of a disease

Presidential elections bring out the worst in the American people, who every four years manage to forget everything they know about human nature. In their ...

Road to ruin

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is America's first superhighway. It also has become one of the most expensive roads in the country to travel. If you're ...

The evolving art of storytelling

Forget newspapers. And the television. The radio. The Internet. All of it. The revelation of the modern news age: Stories matter more than where ...

Candidates' Supreme picks

Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like, "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are ...

'Free' college comes with $350 billion price tag

Hillary Clinton's free college plan is long on promises but short on specifics — like who'll pay for it. Maybe the Clinton Foundation could foot ...

Sports & politics don't mix

I've never been a sports fanatic. In fact, I'm the kind of guy a lot of sports obsessives can't stand. I tend not to pay ...

An 'uncertainty' versus a 'catastrophe'

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst presidential ...

Understanding the U.S. poverty rate

The Census Bureau has released its annual poverty report, which shows that in 2015 the poverty rate of families with children was 16.3 percent. That's ...

Trump & the press

Alerting the press that he would deal with the birther issue at the opening of his new hotel, Donald Trump, after treating them to an ...

So what's Hillary hiding now?

New York Times columnist William Safire in 1996 diagnosed Hillary Clinton's real problem. He called her a "congenital liar." Congenital is defined as "having by ...