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Colin McNickle Columns

A Wolf in pols’ clothing

By Colin Mcnickle
Let it be stipulated that Tom Wolf is a really nice guy. He’s affable, quick to smile and, seeing his greeter sporting a beard — “I didn’t realize you had a beard” — equally quick to share amusing anecdotes about …


Salena Zito Columns

Real American excellence

By Salena Zito
Excellence in America isn’t hard to find. Five-year-old Lorenzo Morton fiddles with the billiard balls along the edges of the pool table that greets customers …


Brad Bumsted Columns

Corbett administration fumbled Tomalis response

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG The saga of Ronald Tomalis, the former state Education secretary and a top adviser to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, is a case study in …


Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: Here’s a crash course in driving Pittsburgh

By Eric Heyl
Our collective car keys need to be confiscated. Apparently when you get behind the wheel in Pittsburgh, you’re either in peril or causing it. Most of the city’s drivers range in skill from atrocious to abominable, though some of us …


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: School’s start time not teens’ real grief

By Nafari Vanaski
Do you ever get that feeling that you are, or were, ahead of your time? You spouted revolutionary talk that made your parents and teachers roll their eyes. You stood up for a cause and dug in your heels. And …


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fabregas: UPMC smoking ban right maneuver

By Luis Fábregas
The smokers stood on the sidewalk along UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, clearly ignoring the “smoke-free zone” signs. I walked by as they puffed away a few days ago, looking for a smoker in scrubs or a UPMC ID badge. To …


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

The lessons of Labor Day

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
For anyone new to Pittsburgh, whether drawn here by jobs in technology, health care or education, Labor Day provides a glimpse into the soul of the city. More than just the last big weekend of the summer, as in the …


Tom Purcell Columns

The taste of government control

By Tom Purcell
They’re going to have to get used to it. I speak of the school students who are complaining about the taste of their government-funded school grub. As part of the 2010 National School Lunch Program, you see, school districts that …


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

The outcome of U.S. errors & weakness

By Ralph R. Reiland
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen became the newspaper’s acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, the day that suicidal extremists from al-Qaida delivered the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil in American history, killing nearly 3,000 people and inflicting …


George F. Will Columns

Paul Ryan’s way forward

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins …


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

‘Sustainable’ & superficial

By Donald J. Boudreaux
The pervasive proclamations issued by government officials, college professors, U.N. bureaucrats and Hollywood entertainers in favor of “sustainability” sound nice. But slogans aren’t solutions. Merely declaring support for a good result hardly amounts to a serious analysis of how to …


Whispers Columns

Obama’s ‘round’ numbers on web

By Tribune-Review
Those concerned about President Obama ’sapparent obsession with golf can now monitor the time he spends on the links. The website ObamaGolfCounter.com meticulously lists the rounds of golf the president has played since taking office in January 2009. As of …


Q & A

Economic growth  no partisan phenomenon

By Tribune-Review
Robert J. Samuelson is a columnist for The Washington Post whose most recent book is “The Great Inflation and its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence.” He spoke to the Trib regarding a recent study by former Federal …