Colin McNickle

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 ...

More notes on the state of things ...

Nothing exposes the intellectual bankruptcy of "progressives" quite like a recent fundraising mailer that contained a survey of "push questions" that preach to the misguided. ...

Was the Pa. Court of Judicial Discipline promoting transparency or covering its tracks?

In a victory for transparency — or was it? — Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Jack Panella shut down a proposed plea bargain in the state ...

Notes from the margins

World markets continue to shiver and shake and more than a few of us wonder if we need to brace for a quake. Central ...

Marc USA's public relations disaster

Marc USA, you have a public relations problem. This tale begins on the afternoon of Jan. 15. An eager-sounding young female called to ask for ...

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 ...