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Colin McNickle is the Trib's editorial page editor. Colin McNickle can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7836

Platinum accents for the golden geese

By Colin Mcnickle
Intellectual pygmies of the tallest order that so many of our elected and appointed “leaders” are, they continue to shovel taxpayer dollars (or dangle them from the Stick of State) to those who have no economic, legal or even moral …

Seriously? Seriously

By Colin Mcnickle
How unserious is the Obama administration about eradicating the terrorist group known as ISIS? So unserious that Secretary of State John Kerry, D-Rosemont Farm, balks at using the word “war” to describe the effort. “If somebody wants to think of …

A time to lead, Gov. Corbett

By Colin Mcnickle
Gov. Tom Corbett told the Trib during a Thursday sit-down that he’ll try a softer approach with legislative leaders in pushing his second-term agenda, should he be re-elected. It’s difficult to see how one can get any softer than comatose. …

A Wolf in pols’ clothing

By Colin Mcnickle
Let it be stipulated that Tom Wolf is a really nice guy. He’s affable, quick to smile and, seeing his greeter sporting a beard — “I didn’t realize you had a beard” — equally quick to share amusing anecdotes about …

The seeds of The State

By Colin Mcnickle
In his seminal 1884 book “The Man Versus The State,” Herbert Spencer reminded that “the liberty which a citizen enjoys is to be measured, not by the nature of the governmental machinery he lives under, whether representative or other, but …

Colin McNickle is on vacation

By Colin Mcnickle
Colin McNickle is on vacation. …

Sayeth the contrarian ...

By Colin Mcnickle
D emocrat gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf is one of those pols who never met a tax he didn’t like. He’s even so tax happy that he has proposed a progressive state income tax, which is patently illegal under the Pennsylvania …

Pension obligation bonds for Pennsylvania? No thanks

By Colin Mcnickle
Democrats in Harrisburg love e_SSRqem. So do some Republicans. And even a conservative Pennsylvania think tank thinks they have value, albeit with a major caveat. The whispers are running rampant along the banks of the Susquehanna River that pension obligation …

Euphemizing the tax hook

By Colin Mcnickle
Government flacks (cluckety-clucks) and their government keepers (muckety-mucks) say the darndest things. Take, for instance, Doug Harbach, director of communications for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, and board Commissioner Greg Fajt. On July 18, Mr. Harbach sent a letter to …

Devils in the tubular steel details

By Colin Mcnickle
It has become an article of faith ’round these parts that foreign nations, seeking to gain market share or outright control of the market, subsidize their steel industries and then “dump” the product in the United States. It’s a great …

Summer shorts ...

By Colin Mcnickle
As expected, the group calling itself NextGen Climate Action Committee has begun airing a heavy rotation of anti-Tom Corbett television ads. Mr. Corbett supposedly is the Keystone State’s carbon pollution devil incarnate. The ads are the brainchild of liberal San …

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