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Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, 9:09 p.m.

More than just a new day dawns this Sunday.

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Review, the Trib's redesigned Sunday opinion section.

It was 13 years ago next month that the Trib offered its first stand-alone opinion section, Opinion & Commentary. Initially it was an eight-page section. Later it was pared to six pages each week.

But times change and so must we.

Beginning today, the six-page “broadsheet” has been replaced with an eight-page “tab.” It's the same format used for the Trib's sports pages, Monday through Saturday, and Ticket, our weekly entertainment and cultural magazine.

Simply put, tabs are easy to read, compact and convenient. And we think The Review will be an informative read that won't overwhelm you.

Much of the content is the same. But some regular features have new homes or their frequency has changed.

In advance of the changeover, three weeks ago, John Browne's column on the world's geo-financial affairs moved to the Sunday Business section.

When Congress reconvenes after the political conventions, you'll find Voterama, the weekly tally of how your federal legislators voted, in the Trib's first news section (the A section).

Whispers, that perennial favorite, now will appear every other week.

Eric Heyl's Saturday Q&A has joined The Review. Don't miss the rare interview he snagged today with former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Alan Wallace's Page of Books, which previously ran on the last Sunday of each month, now will become a weekly feature. (His column on publishing trends, traditional and electronic, will continue to run monthly.)

You'll also continue to find many of your favorite columnists, such as George F. Will, the dean of conservative commentators. And your favorite Trib-based columnists haven't gone anywhere.

Brad Bumsted, the Trib's state Capitol reporter, will keep you up to speed and offer his insight into everything Harrisburg.

Salena Zito will continue to write about national politics; she's a must-read as the 2012 presidential race enters its final, most exciting phase.

Veteran insider Joseph Sabino Mistick will offer you the liberal side of the opinion spectrum each Sunday. Few can offer the insight that he can.

And yes, other liberals also will continue to have their say.

Longtime local columnist Tom Purcell remains a part of the family, too, but now exclusively on the Trib's redubbed Opinion/The Review website (

Other columnists who don't appear in print also can be found there. This week, it's Thomas Sowell, John Stossel, Dick Polman and Antony Davies, the Duquesne University professor. We'll offer a little box each week to tell you who's there.

Next Sunday, a new monthly column, in print and on the web, bows from noted author Paul Kengor, the veteran professor of political science at Grove City College.

And so, we're off and running with the first edition of The Review. We hope you find it as informative and thought-provoking as it is newly convenient. Let us know what you think at the number and email listed below.

Colin McNickle is Trib Total Media's director of editorial pages (412-320-7836 or

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