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Colin McNickle Columns

Airing out the ‘Burgh’s air quality

By Colin Mcnickle
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, opinions are as various as faces. As can be the interpretation of facts. As the latest clucking, squawking and hissing over Pittsburgh’s supposedly horrid air quality illustrates. Year after year — and with less credibility each ...


Salena Zito Columns

Needed: Leaders with moral compasses

By Salena Zito
ALIQUIPPA Sometimes the view of American society through the prism of social media and cable news is incredibly disheartening. We shrug off — or, worse, defend — cheaters in professional sports; we not only accept but often praise awful jobs ...


Brad Bumsted Columns

Another Kathleen Kane mess

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has given Jonathan Duecker, her new chief of staff, authority over hiring and firing staff. Incredibly, that puts Duecker in a position of authority over two women in the agency who have accused him ...


Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: When it comes to vintage items, Munhall store owner an old hand

By Eric Heyl
In a world of one-click online ordering, this place is an anomaly. If you want some of Too Groovy’s vintage pop culture products, forget about ...


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fabregas: Former VA director’s reappearance a slap in the faces of veterans

By Luis Fábregas
The collective jaws of veterans in Western Pennsylvania hit the floor when former Veterans Affairs regional director Michael Moreland last week resurfaced from out of nowhere. Yes, that Michael Moreland. The one who worked as the top administrator at the ...


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

The NFL draft of civic life: The primary election

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Juvenal, the Roman satiric poet, believed that the citizens of The Eternal City relinquished their political passion and spurned their civic responsibilities in exchange for panem et circenses — bread and circuses. “Already long ago, from when we sold ...


Tom Purcell Columns

In many ways, a truly special event

By Tom Purcell
It was held early, but it was the most moving Memorial Day ceremony I’ve ever attended. The event happened last week at the ACLD Tillotson School in Whitehall, a special-needs school with a private academic license approved yearly by ...


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

Federal dysfunction

By Ralph R. Reiland
“The likelihood of laws being enforced is slim,” said Democrat Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, in a recent New York Times interview regarding money being raised and spent in the 2016 presidential election — which ...


George F. Will Columns

Withering of the death penalty

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when ...


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

More questions for minimum-wage supporters

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Pressure is mounting for Uncle Sam to raise the minimum wage. A couple of years ago in this space (“Minimum questions about minimum wage”) I posed several questions to those who think that raising the minimum wage is an economically ...


Whispers Columns

Heavy Boston snow lightens Kerry’s wallet

By Tribune-Review
John Kerry has no trouble flying to Kiev for a diplomatic mission, but he apparently can’t make it to Kmart to buy a snow shovel. With his home city of Boston enduring historic snow accumulations this winter, the secretary of State ...


Q & A

David McCullough tells the ‘so very American’ story

By Eric Heyl
Pittsburgh native David McCullough is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, a two-time National Book Award winner and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, ...