Colin McNickle

Quigley's email & Hamlet's plan

John Quigley had to go. And late Friday, he "resigned." With a gubernatorial shove. Nearly three months after the secretary of the state Department of ...

Notes on the state of things ...

More than a few observers have been quick to dismiss last week's ruling by a federal judge that the Obama administration acted unconstitutionally in reimbursing ...

Things to chew on for a rainy Sunday

A number of electricity and natural gas providers have made fairly new and hefty requests to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to raise rates. Though ...

Of Uber, property taxes & muskets

A cigar (or two) and a cognac (or three) for Pamela Witmer, a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. She was one of two ...

Caw-cawing for steel 'protectionism'

As surely as the swallows return to Capistrano and the buzzards to Hinckely, Ohio, the crows of steel protectionism have returned with the spring, caw-cawing ...

A shot long & shots short

"When you're in a hole, stop digging," goes the axiom. But Henry Sciortino appears to not only keep digging, he's using a larger shovel. Mr. ...

The facts beyond the words

The Great Question of the Day is this for those who have ascribed fired WTAE-TV news anchor Wendy Bell as, in the extreme, a "racist" ...

Of dirty government & taxing cowards

Coal might be dirty. But government is dirtier. Witness the social re-engineering political machinations in which, through taxpayer funding, the government created a very large ...

Frankie Sinatra, The Beatles & me

My old friend of 40 years ago died last week. It was a heart attack. Frank Sinatra Jr., was 72. Indeed, we were as close ...

Did a phone call telegraph the Wolf administration's real intent on shale gas?

Lots of eyebrows have been raised — and more than a few remain arched high among those in the commonwealth's shale gas industry — over ...

Translating John Quigley

Commended for your rapt reading attention is this translation of the infamous email of John Quigley, the recently kicked-to-the-curb former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department ...