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Notes on the state of things

By Colin Mcnickle
H ours after Sheldon Silver, the Democrat speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly engaging in a long-running and massive multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scandal, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a man ...

Dung, deer & legislative

By Colin Mcnickle
Inaction has consequences. Just ask Zoe. Zoe is the McNickle family chihuahua. She hadn’t been feeling well for a few days. Not much appetite. And what she did eat was running right through her. Off to the vet. He asked if ...

The failed premise of the American College Promise

By Colin Mcnickle
It once was written that in stupidity there is an opulence of murky stagnancy, an inexhaustibility and a calm infinitude. Welcome to the Obama administration’s American College Promise. On Friday, President Obama bowed his program “to make two years of ...

Minimum brains

By Colin Mcnickle
“Increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage would create more economy-boosting jobs and strengthen Pennsylvania’s weak economy,” Keystone Research Center economist Stephen Herzenberg touted in a year-end news release. It noted how 20 states were increasing their government-dictated wage floors effective Jan. 1. ...

Troubling things that do not compute

By Colin Mcnickle
The director of a bizarre and dangerous public service announcement supposedly designed to reduce gun violence has labeled as “cowards” critics of the effort. “Lots of people are afraid to share my PSA!,” tweeted Rejina Sencic. And with good reason. The PSA ...

The smallest story never told

By Colin Mcnickle
When I was a youngster growing up in rural Ohio, the living room shadow box became a magical Christmas display in abode McNickle. It was ...

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Notes from the margins

By Colin Mcnickle
T he New York Times reports that the market value of “taxi medallions” — the pricey way that governments in a number of America’s major cities control and protect the taxi monopoly — has “tumbled” because of competition from the ...

Do I hear a second? A contrarian nominates new directors for Keystone Progress

By Colin Mcnickle
Thank you, Keystone Progress; I haven’t laughed this hard in years. In fact, the last time I chortled, guffawed and, yes, even snorted the same way came many years ago at the expense of a local advertising agency. Some poor public ...

The worst of ‘the most’

By Colin Mcnickle
T he most bizarre quote of the week comes from Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Dave Brumfield. In discussing ways in which the South Hills community might more prudently cull an exploding deer population long a dire threat to flora and fenders ...

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