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Opinion/The Review


Serving justice in two corners of Pennsylvania

Justice now is in the process of being served in two corners of Pennsylvania: • Late Thursday, U.S. marshals finally took down Eric Frein in the northeastern part of the …

Saturday essay: A gravy’s journey

A new take on an old favorite embarks on a nearly four-week journey to delectability this first day of November. For many decades, preparation of The Thanksgiving Gravy (reverence for …

Wiretapping? Not so fast

Mike Gratteri is free on $1,000 bond awaiting a hearing on felony charges of wiretapping for making a video in front of his home in Ford City. Details about the …

Election Day 2014: Vote!

Tuesday is Election Day. While there’s no presidential race this year, there is a gubernatorial race, a local state House and a state Senate race, and a congressional race. For …

The Wounded Warrior scandal: Fire Philip Burdette

The Pentagon should have fired Philip A. Burdette long ago for misconduct as director of its Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy. That he remains a special health-affairs …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: The Island Studios grant. The state says Allegheny County submitted an application for a $2.5 million grant for the McKees Rocks movie studio owned by Michael …

Letters to the Editor

Intelligent discussion overdue

In his column “The price of papal popularity”, Pat Buchanan offers his personal opinion that …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

November’s coming wars

By Tribune-Review
As it stands today, Republicans will add seats in the House and recapture the Senate on Tuesday. However, the near-certainty is that those elections will be swiftly eclipsed by issues of war, peace, immigration and race, all of which will …

Extremes of power but not of numbers

By Michael Smerconish
Pew Research Center just released data from its yearlong look at polarization, a follow-up to the June release of its largest survey ever on American politics. The result is a fun and informative read about where Americans get their news …

Kansas campaign real or ruse?

By Byron York
The image some conservatives have of Greg Orman, the wealthy businessman running as an independent against veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, is that Orman is, in the words of a recent Weekly Standard story, a “vacuous cipher.” Based …

Reversing the Islamic threat

By Diana West
I was near Washington, D.C., interviewing the visiting Geert Wilders, leader of the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom, when the news flashed that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Canadian convert to Islam who terrorized Ottawa on Oct. 22, had previously had his passport …

Five myths about Halloween

By Jack Santino
Halloween is a holiday shrouded in darkness, linked to the supernatural and inspiring fear. So it’s not surprising that there are many misconceptions about its traditions, origins and meaning. Here are some of the most common. • Beware of razor …

Tom Wolf’s $1 billion myth

By David Spigelmyer
Tom Wolf’s pledge to add a severance tax on energy producers is irresponsible and does not take into account the downside for most Pennsylvanians and the communities where they live. His potential job-crushing energy tax on shale development would harm …

Africa: A tragic continent

By Walter Williams
Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of …

Terrorism & the true believer

By Pat Buchanan
“A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a …

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Notes on the state of things
It’s the latest outrageous example of the regulatory state run amok: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted last week to …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
D.C. elites miss signs pointing to GOP Senate
BROOKHAVEN, W.Va If you don’t look in the weeds, sometimes you miss the signs. Late this summer, along the edges …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Porn scandal questions
HARRISBURG As with many things in life, there are complexities in the state’s growing pornography scandal that can affect how …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Hey, girl, lookin’ so fine: Why you mad?
Surprisingly, she wasn’t swept off her feet. Shoshana Roberts, a New York City actress with Pittsburgh roots, wasn’t impressed with …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s face it: Scalpel cuts deep for many
It’s the day before Halloween, so there’s really no better time than now to talk about masks, actress Renee Zellweger …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Husband’s dementia tests Greensburg woman’s endurance
Margaret Wiley’s husband is not the man she met 40-some years ago. Her husband, Ron McNaughton, can’t remember his home …

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Q and A

The economy & the elections
Stuart Varney is an anchor for the Fox Business Network and the host of “Varney & Company,” which airs daily …

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Page of Books

Bellying up to the bar (or not) with presidents
Americans exasperated by their leaders’ shortcomings might say politics drives them to drink. Offering a more enjoyable take on how …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

Swift justice
Meteorologists tell us that lightning can strike on a sunny day. And when it happens, folks talk about little else. …

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Tom Purcell

Beat Ebola like polio
My mother was 13 years old, the oldest child in her family, the day the health department nailed the quarantine …

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Ralph R. Reiland

Hackers, pot brownies & Putin
Not once in my life have I ever said to anyone, “You wanna smoke a bowl?” Still, I get information …

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George F. Will

A Ga. capitalist struggles
McDONOUGH, Ga. In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Marking two passings
This month brought the deaths of two people to whom I owe large debts. One was my first economics teacher, …

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Next time, Mr. Secretary,  use wife’s ‘pickle plane’
If he wanted to get home quickly and conveniently, John Kerry should have just summoned Heiress Force One. The secretary …

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