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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

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 …

North Shore Connector lies?

By Colin Mcnickle
Something’s starting to smell with the North Shore Connector. Again. The wildly overbudget Pittsburgh subway line that extended light-rail service from Downtown to the near North Side (but lopped off a spine line to the convention center for the same …

A climate history lesson

By Colin Mcnickle
“The Arctic seems to be warming up,” wrote George Nicolas Ifft, the American consul to Norway, in a report submitted to the State Department. “Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers who sail the seas ... all point to a …

Gobbledygook runs amok after same-sex marriage ruling

By Colin Mcnickle
Ignorant and disgusting are the kindest words to describe some of the reactions to a federal judge’s ruling that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. It’s one thing to oppose such unions based on deeply held religious and/or personal …

Further watering a slippery slope

By Colin Mcnickle
Joe Schmoe is a construction worker. And his big honkin’ heavy duty is tricked out to the max — flared fenders, running boards, a roll bar with muddin’ lights, skid plates and sharp wheels with tires that set him back …

Raise the minimum wage, retard the jobs recovery

By Colin Mcnickle
The Keystone Research Center, that reliably liberal (and, thus, reliably misleading) mouthpiece for organized labor and the social justice crowd, is out with its latest entreaty to raise the minimum wage. And as per usual, its “analysis” suffers from the …

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