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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

Step right up for a $10.10 minimum wage? No thanks

By Colin Mcnickle
Cue the barker! Bring on the hurdy-gurdy man! Yes, the carnival is back in town, kids! Gather ’round for the latest performance by that favorite group, The Confidence Men! Wait till you hear about their latest trick! A study released ...

Bite the pickle, Bill Shuster

By Colin Mcnickle
Bill Shuster finds himself in a perception pickle this Sunday. Or is he being steeped in the pickle juice of reality? Even though the affable and powerful eight-term Pennsylvania congressman who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appears to, ...

Articles of bad faith

By Colin Mcnickle
What is it about human nature that makes us consider as articles of faith so many things to be true that are patently false? Take, for instance, a Thursday decision by the California Fish and Game Commission to adopt regulations ...

Remembering ‘Coach’: An appreciation of Gordon Downie

By Colin Mcnickle
We laid a great man to rest on Saturday afternoon in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. “We” were the once-inseparable friends who were teammates on the early and mid 1970s championship cross-country teams ...

Colin McNickle is on vacation

By Colin Mcnickle 9:00 p.m.
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Notes from the margins

By Colin Mcnickle
P resident Obama, thinking out loud last week (which can be a dangerous thing for anybody but particularly for a prompter-less Mr. Obama), appeared to endorse making voting a mandatory endeavor. He cited the Australian example in which violators even ...

Stan Evans & the conservative experience

By Colin Mcnickle
M. Stanton Evans, one of the founders of the modern conservative movement, died Tuesday last at the age of 80. But one has to wonder how many of today’s conservatives fully appreciate his contributions to conservatism or, worse, fully understand ...

Why water down Pennsylvania’s ‘paycheck protection’ bill?

By Colin Mcnickle 9:00 p.m.
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate apparently is “coalescing around a more moderate proposal to advance so-called ‘paycheck protection’ legislation,” Jason Gottesman writes in The PLS Reporter. Should one consider “more moderate” to be a euphemism for capitulation? Senate Bill 501 would bar ...

Things that might have escaped your notice ...

By Colin Mcnickle
State Sen. Daylin Leach has introduced legislation in Harrisburg that would afford illegal aliens given amnesty by President Barack Obama access to driver’s licenses. The Montgomery/Delaware County Democrat says licenses will assure that these stroke-of-the-pen legalized illegals know the rules ...

Tales of gangrenous Pennsylvania government

By Colin Mcnickle
For the second time in 16 years, Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania will be played for suckers by an American political party. Democrats announced last week that the City of Brotherly Love will host their 2016 nominating convention for the ...

The Arneson case: Politics vs. the law

By Colin Mcnickle
Perhaps lost in the ongoing court battle over Gov. Tom Wolf’s legal authority to bounce Erik Arneson as the newly installed director of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (POOR) are the mechanics of the politics of Mr. Arneson’s appointment. ...

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