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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

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 …

Dick Scaife’s greatest pleasure

By Colin Mcnickle
“Colin, Dick Scaife!” For nearly 20 years, that’s how the Trib’s owner and publisher would greet me in his frequent telephone calls to discuss this issue or that, relay a tidbit he thought might interest me (or get a hoot …

That recess appointment ruling ...

By Colin Mcnickle
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously last week that President Barack Obama blatantly violated the Constitution with illegal “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board. The high court, ruling 9-0, said the appointments violated the Recess Appointments Clause (Article …

Supreme Court employs ‘Morris Albert Rule’ in gun case

By Colin Mcnickle
Gun grabbers everywhere are lauding a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upholds the conviction of a Virginia man accused of violating federal laws when he purchased a pistol for his Pennsylvania uncle. But a closer reading of the case …

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