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Colin McNickle Columns

Make Tom Wolf run through the weeds, Governor

By Colin Mcnickle
“I don’t want to get into the weeds of the math,” Democrat gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf said during a campaign stop at Canonsburg Middle School in Washington County this month. It was just one of the latest in a regular …


Salena Zito Columns

Lament of the fed-up voter

By Salena Zito
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marv Rach spent 38 of his 69 years as a registered Democrat. Now the Vietnam War veteran and retired factory supervisor is a Republican, not because he has a great love for that party but …


Brad Bumsted Columns

The real Tom Corbett emerges

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — There have been few really good moments for Gov. Tom Corbett in his race for re-election against York Democrat Tom Wolf. But the …


Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate

By Eric Heyl
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side tavern whose happy hours too often are countered by unhappy moments involving a police presence. …


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: August Wilson Center’s fate brings a sigh from advocates for African American cultural facility

By Nafari Vanaski
Emma Slaughter thinks often about what might have been. The news about developments in the bankruptcy case of Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center has her memory racing these days. About 17 years ago, she and a small group of other artists …


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fabregas: Delaying Pa. medical marijuana bill hurts some who could benefit

By Luis Fábregas
Don’t let the weed smoke fool you. Just because the Pennsylvania Senate this week passed a medical marijuana bill, it doesn’t mean the legislation will …


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

‘Is that all there is?’: The race for Pa. governor

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If you caught the first Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate last week, you might have picked up an earworm, one of those songs that play over and over in your head. And it was probably “Is That All There Is?,” Peggy Lee’s …


Tom Purcell Columns

Religion & morality

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Religious and nonreligious people are equally prone to immoral acts. So finds a new study by Saint Peter’s University, which I read about in Science magazine. Daniel Wisneski and Wilhelm Hofmann, the study’s lead authors, recruited 1,252 adults …


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

Upward redistribution

By Ralph R. Reiland
The people at my local pharmacy ask the same question every time I pick up my prescription. “Do you have an insurance card?” With my Highmark PPO Blue card, it’s around $30 for a month’s supply of my prescription. “What’s …


George F. Will Columns

New case for term limits

By George F. Will
“The legislative department is everywhere ... drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” — James Madison Federalist 48 WASHINGTON Unfortunately, Congress’ vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: House …


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

Bad arguments for good policy

By Donald J. Boudreaux
History and sound analysis supply many reasons for those of us who celebrate mass prosperity to support free markets. Yet champions of free markets sometimes offer bad arguments to support their positions. These bad arguments only damage the case for …


Whispers Columns

Pa. tops for campaign TV spending

By Tribune-Review
Weary of seeing campaign commercials every time you turn on the TV? You should be. Pennsylvania has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in spending on TV ads for candidates for state offices, the Center for Public Integrity reported. …


Q & A

Exploiting the Achilles’ heel of ISIS

By Eric Heyl
Graeme Wood is a contributing editor to The New Republic and The Atlantic and the books editor of Pacific Standard. He spoke to the Trib …