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The regulatory state: EPA picks a fight

By Tribune-Review
As expected, new federal rules to clamp down on power plant emissions have received plenty of public feedback — more than 1.6 million comments — along with a warning for the Environmental Protection Agency from 17 state attorneys general. ...

A manger’s light

By Tribune-Review
Saturday essay: A manger’s light ...

Ford City’s solution: Good side to cop cuts

By Tribune-Review
Ford City — which for several months has tossed around the idea of eliminating its police force — looks like it will instead cut the department’s budget and look to state police to cover staffing shortfalls next year. That is ...

Holiday Gift Club: The spirit of the season

By Tribune-Review
In these tough economic times, it’s nice to see good people step up and help others in need. The Daily Courier Holiday Gift Club recently concluded another Christmas season. And once again, Daily Courier readers went out of their way ...

The Kathleen Kane chronicles: New and serious questions are being raised about the Pa. attorney general

By Tribune-Review
The filing of conspiracy, bribery and other charges against two Democrat state lawmakers from Philadelphia made another sad day for Pennsylvanians and another bad day for Kathleen Kane. The state attorney general appears to have misrepresented, if not lied ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • Pitt’s athletic program. After two rocky tenures, the school has parted ways with Athletic Director Steve Pederson. The final straw came when head football coach Paul Chryst left to return to his Wisconsin alma ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Laurel: To pinching a tree pruner who allegedly clipped his clients. Eugene C. Askey, 39, showed up to be arraigned for scamming an elderly Hempfield couple, police said, and was subsequently charged by detectives with five similar thefts. All involved ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To the Tarentum Council. The ol’ boys network is alive and well in Tarentum. The council hired its president, Tim Rapp, to be a water plant operator. Rapp, who resigned from council after being hired, will have to be ...

Obama’s Cuba deal: More appeasement

By Tribune-Review
President Barack Obama, the most deferential and, thus, most dangerous foreign policy president in modern American history, embarked Wednesday on another reckless path: “normalizing” relations with the despotic nation of Cuba, a state sponsor of terrorism. First leaked was word ...

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab, sitting in Pittsburgh, has taken considerable heat in some legal circles for ruling that parts of President Barack Obama’s deportation amnesty are unconstitutional. The rap against Tuesday’s ruling is that it has little or no ...

Pension reform should not be linked to a natural gas extraction tax

By Tribune-Review
The GOP-controlled state Legislature must make Pennsylvania’s biggest financial woe — $50-billion-plus in unfunded pension liabilities — its top 2015 priority. And it must do so without linking pension reform to Democrat Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s proposed natural gas severance tax. ...

An NLRB ambush

By Tribune-Review
In its Christmas gift to Big Labor, the National Labor Relations Board has, under a new rule, slashed the time that employers have to address workers prior to a union-organizing vote. Under what business groups correctly call the “ambush election rule,” ...

Union ‘fairness’: The dues racket

By Tribune-Review
For all the union blather about “fairness,” the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., is doing quite well, using money from the rank and file to pay its officers and employees on average $89,328 in fiscal year 2014. In all, that’s $35 ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
The great debate: A Mt. Washington man charged with the death of a 51⁄2-month-old infant was on probation for beating a 3-year-old child 20 months ago. And that’s sparking a debate between child advocates and law enforcement over how such ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Pulling back the curtain: A closed hearing on a special probation for Indiana County District Judge Jennifer Rega, charged in a hit-and-run accident, has generated considerable discussion — and heat. Now President Judge William Martin has reversed the county policy ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Told ya so: In Last Friday’s “Laurels & Lances,” we chided Jadrian Race “Toochy” Wade for refusing to testify against the men who allegedly shot him in August in New Kensington and predicted he’d be back in the news someday. ...

Picking winners & losers: Stop the idiocy

By Tribune-Review
Quantifying the idiocy of picking economic winners and losers by spending taxpayer money on politically favored businesses under the guise of retaining and creating jobs, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has performed a valuable service. But his insistence that Pennsylvania ...

U.N. Watch: Resist the temptation

By Tribune-Review
With more nations jumping off the sinking ship that is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), this is no time for the U.N.-coddling Obama administration to have second thoughts about the U.S. withdrawal from this money-grubbing bureaucracy 18 years ...

The Kane chronicles: Meaningless moves

By Tribune-Review
Just as rearranging deck chairs wouldn’t have helped the captain of the Titanic, reorganizing her executive staff won’t solve the woes of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. She’s hiring a $141,301-a-year chief of staff, replacing her chief operating officer and ...

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
Some of the harshest rebukes for ObamaCare master planner Jonathan Gruber, appearing before a U.S. House committee last week, came from Democrats irate over the egg left on the party’s face. The MIT prof’s remark about “the stupidity of the ...