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Opinion/The Review


The truth about the VA: Rank dereliction of duty

Pressed at a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ assistant inspector general for health-care inspections conceded what the VA tried to avoid admitting: Treatment delays at …

Saturday essay: Awaiting the peat

The fireplace was particularly dirty this year, said the chimney sweep as his wire brush-tipped pole pulled down ample black clouds of soot and thin layers of creosote with each …

Education & entertainment

It’s fall festival time in the Fay-West area. During the next several weeks, Scottdale, Mt. Pleasant, Dunbar and Perryopolis will kick off the festival season. The festivities began Friday night …

Unlocking Armstrong County: River journey continues

The longest journey for the Allegheny River Development Corp. is over. After two years of trying, the group successfully negotiated a sea of federal red tape and won approval that …

Those revised gun forms: A full explantion is owed

The Obama administration is mum on why, in 2012, it began requiring gun buyers to declare their ethnicity and race. But its gun-grabbing, politics-first nature should make reasonable people suspect …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: • U.S. Steel. The worldwide steel giant with headquarters in Pittsburgh hasn’t turned a profit in five years. And in an attempt to reverse course, it’s …

Letters to the Editor

Blame judges

In response to Steve Chapman’s column “Gay marriage & the limits of tradition”: The American …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Dems may embrace filibuster

By Byron York
During Harry Reid’s tenure as Senate majority leader, there has been no dirtier word in the upper chamber than “filibuster.” On perhaps a million occasions, Reid and his Democrat colleagues have accused Republicans of using the 60-vote requirement to obstruct …

Protect America’s interests first

By Diana West
We have passed the 13th anniversary of 9/11, and these United States have never been closer to losing the last vestiges of the nation’s foundational identity. George Washington prophetically warned against “attachments and entanglements in foreign affairs.” Such sentiments, tragically, …

A rational (& conservative) view of abortion

By Joseph Cotto
If you think that abortion should be legal but lean right on other issues, do you deserve a voice in the conservative movement? The answer should be an enthusiastic “Yes!” This isn’t because the pro-choice perspective is morally superior. Not …

‘Victory’ elusive at best

By Tribune-Review
“Congress must now vote to support the first steps of what will be a long march toward victory,” said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Following this clarion call, 71 House Republicans bolted to join 85 Democrats in voting no to U.S. …

What we’ve lost in Iraq

By Katie Pavlich
I remember well the day the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was March 19, 2003, spring break, and I was sitting in an RV that belonged to my best friend’s grandparents. We were parked at a campground next …

Congress should modernize tax code this year

By Pat Toomey
Many of my colleagues in Congress insist we should pass legislation to stop or dissuade corporate inversions. I agree. But let us be clear about the consequences and motivations of these transactions and solve the underlying problem. In a typical …

Higher-education trustees, step up & lead

By Ben Novak
American higher education faces unprecedented challenges: costs are too high, educational quality is often too low and student debt seems destined to continue increasing. In fact, here in Pennsylvania, the average student debt is $31,675 — the third highest in …

What would Braveheart do?

By Pat Buchanan
No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable. Already the British government has conceded that even if the Scots vote …

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Seriously? Seriously
How unserious is the Obama administration about eradicating the terrorist group known as ISIS? So unserious that Secretary of State …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Dems’ coalition showing signs of strain
After winning the presidency, Andrew Jackson sent a message to Congress suggesting that the office be extended to six years …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
The friends pols keep
HARRISBURG Should a politician be judged by the political friends he keeps and the incumbents to whom he donates large …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Count fun on Penn Avenue bike lanes
If the new Penn Avenue bike lanes were human, their loneliness probably would compel them to seek companionship on Internet …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Chief, we need you to deliver
An open letter to new Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay: Hello, Chief. Welcome to Pittsburgh! I’m sure you’ve been reading …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Highmark CEO keeps eyes ahead
Soon after becoming CEO of Highmark Health in May, David Holmberg held an employee meeting where he announced plans to …

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Q and A

Benghazi truths
Mitchell Zuckoff is a Boston University journalism professor and author. He spoke to the Trib regarding his new book, “13 …

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Page of Books

Race, class, steel strike & football: 1959 in Western Pennsylvania
In “Striking Gridiron: A Town’s Pride and a Team’s Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History” (Thomas …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

Nixon’s pardon: The 3rd man in the ring
Forty years ago last week, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon. Nixon resigned the presidency a month earlier, clearing …

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Tom Purcell

Obama learns of Pearl Harbor
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama. “Mr. President, the Japanese …

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Ralph R. Reiland

From Birmingham to Ferguson
“My parents were classic civil rights people,” explains Shelby Steele, author and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford …

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George F. Will

Approval of Congress required
WASHINGTON The United States last declared war on June 5, 1942, on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Still free to choose in Hong Kong
HONG KONG Thirty-five years ago, Rose and Milton Friedman traveled to Hong Kong to film some segments of their 10-part …

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Lights, Camera, action!
The link between Pennsylvania politics and Grade-B horror movies is greater than first thought. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf took …

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