Opinion

Another Homeland Security mess: The refugees memo

On the heels of the Obama administration's announcement that it wants to increase the number of refugees accepted into the U.S., an internal immigration memo ...

Sunday pops

The open-gate apologists for America's broken system of immigration got a wake-up call in a new study last week showing aliens consume up to $296 ...

Free speech: A closer look

Colin Kaepernick provides a lesson for all civics teachers who want to show their young students an example of what the First Amendment of the ...

Saturday roundup

Editor's note: Starting this Saturday, a new weekly roundup of opinion and commentary. Saturday Essay will return on an occasional basis: "In a rational ...

Pennsylvania liquor store profits? The PLCB's bottom line

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is proclaiming another period of record sales, which sounds great — until you look at the big picture. After factoring ...

Laurels & Lances

Laurel (with a caveat): Jeannette's vacant property registry. City council is moving ahead with a new ordinance that would require some property owners to register ...


No question about climate

No question about climate Month after month, we hear announcements, "This last month was the hottest on record! Stay cool, folks!" This summer has been scorching hot, ...

Death penalty in doubt

Death penalty in doubt Jimmy Dennis has been on death row since 1992 for a crime he likely did not commit. Recently, the Third Circuit ...

Middle class beware

It is time again for the politicians from both parties to promise the middle class that they are looking out for your interests. You will ...

Try North Korea

Try North Korea To those who refuse to stand for our national anthem, I suggest they move to a country like North Korea. What do ...

A question of 'health'

A question of 'health' Hillary Clinton has had some physical health issues after several years of grueling government service, personal and political attacks and presidential ...

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries Thank you for the article, "Stand-alone libraries encourage reading" (Sept. 12) on the Little Free Library movement. There is a growing number of ...




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 ...

The silly season ramps up

An old joke about lawyers starts with someone saying divers found 500 of them on the bottom of the ocean. "It's a start," goes ...

'Correctness' goes to the movies

The casting kerfuffle over Disney's live-action remake of the 1998 animated hit "Mulan" brings honor to none. It's a politically correct tempest in a Chinese ...

A look back at Randy Bish's work

Editor's note: Trib editorial cartoonist Randy Bish has educated, entertained and infuriated readers the world over in his 31-year-plus career. Today, a special retrospective as ...

Hillary's health is a valid issue

One of the most amusing spectacles of this election season has been the whipsawing of the loyalists. Repeatedly, spinners for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ...

Don't roll the dice on Hillary's anti-terrorism strategy

Hillary Clinton recently explained her plan to deal with the Islamic State. "We've got to do it with air power," she declared at NBC's Commander-in-Chief ...