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Colin McNickle Columns

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 …


Salena Zito Columns

‘Ready for Hillary’ in Northeast Pa.

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON Evie McNulty and her husband, Jim, have been there from the beginning. She is Lackawanna County’s recorder and he is Scranton’s former mayor. Despite serving only one term in the 1980s, he is credited with starting the renaissance of …


Brad Bumsted Columns

Corbett sends a signal

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Republican Gov. Tom Corbett touched off an internal party war by vetoing one-fifth of the state Legislature’s operating funds because the House and Senate hadn’t approved pension reform. The veto won’t bring the Legislature to its knees. It still …


Eric Heyl Columns

Playing at judge, Goodell drops ball in Ray Rice case

By Eric Heyl
LOS ANGELES (Exaggerated Press) — A reality TV show featuring National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will be an integral part of Fox’s fall programming schedule. Fox announced that “Commissioner Court” will debut in September, in the coveted Sunday evening …


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette

By Nafari Vanaski
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely be interested in finding out what school board members have in mind, right? You’d probably …


Luis Fábregas Columns

Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction

By Luis Fábregas
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health Network is turning 1, a significant milestone in a city that loves itself a health …


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

Rick Perry’s pandering peril

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, it was reminiscent of the false bravado of another Southern governor. Just over 50 years ago, George Wallace tried to use Guard …


Tom Purcell Columns

Teens not working doesn’t work for America

By Tom Purcell
Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs — down from 75 percent of teens …


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

The jobs picture, unfiltered & grim

By Ralph R. Reiland
Joe Biden last Tuesday declared that America’s jobs picture is outstanding. “Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth,” he stated. But Biden’s upbeat assessment isn’t backed up by the facts or …


George F. Will Columns

In Oregon, a doctor calls in the U.S. Senate race

By George F. Will
PORTLAND, Ore. “Are you kidding ?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures …


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

A taxing mistake

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Suppose a charismatic new sports pundit shows up with blockbuster findings about a decades-long pattern of wins and losses of all National Football League teams. This pundit complains that fans ignore the big picture — a picture that, according to …


Whispers Columns

Prominent lawyer’s divorce no easy case

By Tribune-Review
It’s a messy end to the marriage of high-profile Pittsburgh personal-injury attorney Edgar Snyderand his estranged wife, Saundra. According to court records unsealed on Tuesday, …


Q & A

Dodd-Frank misses the target

By Eric Heyl
Peter J. Wallison holds the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Financial Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank. He spoke …