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Colin McNickle Columns

Getting to know ‘Joe Smith’

By Colin Mcnickle
Joe Smith wouldn’t know me from Adam. But I know all about Joe Smith. Joe Smith is not the real name of the subject of today’s column. His name and that of his former employer — The Wild Widget Co. — ...

Salena Zito Columns

The lessons of time

By Salena Zito
BEDFORD In the basement of an old five-and-dime department store in this central Pennsylvania town, a spry elderly man — armed with a tool box and determination — works feverishly on a 19th century grandfather clock. Dozens of pendulum-regulated clocks ...

Brad Bumsted Columns

Kathleen Kane was practicing law by news release

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG A Nov. 10 news release issued by Attorney General Kathleen Kane was rich with irony. It began: “Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced ...

Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: Not foreign to us: Lawmakers don’t stay focused on state problems

By Eric Heyl
The criticism is difficult to fathom. State lawmakers are taking heat for momentarily stepping away from the 5-month-old stalemate with intractable Gov. Tom Wolf over the state budget to concentrate on more pressing matters. On Tuesday, the Senate focused on ...

Luis Fábregas Columns

Fabregas: Kitchen a cornucopia of germs at Thanksgiving

By Luis Fábregas
Every time I cut raw chicken in the kitchen, my wife gets a little bit freaked out. She instructs me to remove anything and ...

Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

Truth be told

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels. It is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant,” said Salvador Dali, the 20th-century surrealist. Donald Trump knows that ...

Tom Purcell Columns

On religious belief

By Tom Purcell
Americans, particularly millennials, are becoming less religious these days. That’s among findings of a recent Pew survey, which determined that “the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services have declined ...

Ralph R. Reiland Columns

‘Contained’ not the case in Paris

By Ralph R. Reiland
What were the opposite sides on that bloody Friday night in Paris? Writing in Esquire, Charles P. Pierce described that evening’s pure terrorism as a battle between the lethal backwardness of religious extremism and the ordinary enjoyments of a rational, ...

George F. Will Columns

Standing athwart the administrative state

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON As the administrative state distorts America’s constitutional architecture, Clarence Thomas becomes America’s indispensable constitutionalist. Now in his 25th year on the Supreme Court, he is urging the judicial branch to limit the legislative branch’s practice of delegating its power ...

Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

Economics in many lessons: Reflecting a savagery

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Nov. 13, 2015, felt like Sept. 11, 2001. Swirls of different passions and thoughts swell up in the heart and mind. Something powerful within grasps for an easy answer — for a recipe that, if followed carefully, will end ...

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

Christmas music on the radio: The gift that keeps giving

By Tribune-Review
Mike McVay is senior vice president of content and programming for Cumulus Media, the nation’s second-largest radio station owner and operator with 454 stations in 90 markets. Once upon a time — in the 1970s — he programmed WNEU (then ...