Editorials

The fracking debate: A call for honesty

Junk science long has been endemic to the debate over "climate change" (ne "global warming). And it appears to have fully infiltrated the debate on ...

Sunday pops

The Department of Veterans Affairs has banned the Confederate flag from being flown on flagpoles at national cemeteries on Memorial Day or even Confederate Memorial ...

Farm subsidies: Rotten cycle

Nowhere is the cycle of government intervention that begets intervention more apparent than in incessant sowing of farm subsidies from Washington. "More" never seems to ...

Saturday essay: The garden shift

The garden is in full transition this last weekend of August. And visions of fresh holiday salads already are dancing in someone's head. Tomatoes came in ...

The EPA and ethanol: Something smells

If ethanol is the wonder fuel that proponents insist it is, then why is the Environmental Protection Agency shrugging off submitting reports, required by law, ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To the new Route 51. The northbound lanes of West Carson Street — from the West End Circle to Stanhope Street — have ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Lance: The public's cleanup costs. Westmoreland County's Industrial Development Corp. will use $1 million in bond money from the county to clean up the 13-acre ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To "progress." In this case, the demolition last week of the Heights Elementary School in Harrison. We love old buildings with architectural integrity and ...

Climate games: Anchor vs. sail

Additional "guidance" from the Obama administration that grossly expands the National Environmental Policy Act is a bridge too far from the doomsayers of climate change. ...

The Thursday wrap

Mylan Pharmaceuticals of Canonsburg is taking heat for raising the price of EpiPens, the lifesaving epinephrine-delivery device, by 400 percent. That, after a voluntary recall ...

More IRS temerity

The IRS says tea party and other conservative groups that have been waiting years on their tax-exempt status applications finally will be addressed. Exactly when ...

Self-fulfilling prophecy: The State Department's Iran warning

The State Department sounded the red alert Monday, warning Americans not to travel to Iran. Now, why would that be? Well, it seems that the Islamic ...

'Sanctuary's' price: Close this dangerous loophole

It shouldn't take a child rape charge against an illegal Honduran alien, who rightfully should have been deported last year, for Philadelphia to realize the ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

The hordes return: Students have begun their en masse return pilgrimage to universities in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. About 43,000 students are making their ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Still too little & too late: A new law that provides permits for supermarkets, restaurants and hotels — including a handful in Westmoreland County — ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday Takes

Still too little & too late: A new law that permits for supermarkets, restaurants and hotels — including a handful in the Alle-Kiski Valley — ...

Climate force: Chilling retort

In the latest salvo to silence dissent over man-made climate change, nine Senate "progressives" are accusing 22 national and state-based organizations of orchestrating a "web ...

U.N. Watch: Wrong medicine

It sounds like a noble mission: a United Nations panel that's addressing the problems of getting modern medicines to developing nations. But below the surface ...

The Iran ransom: Obama's web

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave "When first we practice to deceive!" That's the once oft-quoted stanza from the epic 1808 Scottish poem "Marmion" by ...

Sunday pops

One of the major objections to changing state and city pension programs from defined-benefit plans (DBP) to defined-contribution plans (DCB) is that transition costs would ...