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A trifecta of temerity

By Colin Mcnickle
Conservative pundit Cal Thomas has “concerns about the amount of money required in campaigns, especially presidential campaigns.” In his USA Today column last week, Mr. Thomas seemed aghast that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent a combined $7 billion on …

The Fourth Estate’s repugnant double dichotomy

By Colin Mcnickle
W hy should freedom of speech and freedom of the press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes to be right allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas …

So much buncombe, so little space

By Colin Mcnickle
As the popular reportage went, transit ridership in the United States hit an all-time high in 2013. That’s since measurements began in 1956. But as three university scholars (mass-transit aficionados, no less) were forced to admit, factoring in population increases …

Kathleen Kane attacks the free press

By Colin Mcnickle
How sadly ironic it is that as Sunshine Week closed, word came from Philadelphia, America’s cradle of freedom and liberty, that Pennsylvania’s chief law-enforcement officer sought to intimidate the free press. Sunshine Week is that national annual exercise in media …

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Why take stock when you can kill the messenger?

By Colin Mcnickle
We increasingly live in a world in which fatuity (as in smug stupidity) prevails. Think of the unionistas’ cries for more and/or “more equitable” state funding for public schools. Never mind that so many of these “equalized” poorer districts, with …

Allegheny College’s Orwellian ‘civility’ awards

By Colin Mcnickle
Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., sure has an Orwellian sense of “civility.” The Crawford County school last week named the latest winners of its Prize for Civility in Public Life — the “Women of the Senate,” 20 U.S. senators, Democrats …

This tax would be no ‘sweet victory’

By Colin Mcnickle
“Progressives” once again appear to be pining for a federal financial transfer tax. Just last week, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, pimped for it in a column headlined “High time for a Robin Hood tax.” …

Meanwhile, back at the gun wars ...

By Colin Mcnickle
The Ashland, Ore., City Council is considering a group’s proposal to ban the open carrying of loaded guns in public, including in vehicles. It’s also weighing a second proposal from Citizens for a Safe Ashland to ban the carrying of …

Short shots, serious stuff

By Colin Mcnickle
After a relatively strong start, new Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto suddenly is having a problem with optics. Not only does Ed Kiely, his pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, have IRS problems, it turns out that Mr. …

The great unemployment/food stamp lie

By Colin Mcnickle
There can be no doubt that we have become a nation of economics illiterates. Consider the debate over extending long-term unemployment benefits and the food stamp program. Shibboleths loom large in the jaded legend of these government-led efforts to ease …

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