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Donor kidney discard rates: Unanswered questions

By Tribune-Review
With about 4,300 of the more than 100,000 Americans on kidney transplant waiting lists dying each year while about 2,600 donor kidneys are discarded, an independent review of organ-harvesting techniques and criteria is in order. In 2012, Medicare paid $405.6 …

Hillary Clinton needs to answer for squandered aid money to Afghanistan’s corrupt war ministries

By Tribune-Review
Afghan corruption long has diverted too much U.S. aid money. Now, internal U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) documents suggest a policy decision by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to waive restrictions on recipients resulted in America sending millions of …

The IRS scandal: The gun smokes

By Tribune-Review
Were they simply discussions of procedural matters in advance of prospective legal action against bona fide rules violations? Or are those discussions evidence of a federal conspiracy hatched by Democrats to silence conservative critics? Shockingly, emails obtained by Judicial Watch …

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Pork Chop sentences: Five of the 16 people indicted in the state’s Operation Pork Chop gambling sting in the McKeesport area have been given probation for their guilty pleas. Charges were lodged last September in the illegal gambling probe in …

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Welcome, Americans!: Eighteen immigrants from 10 countries recently demonstrated that people don’t have to jump fences — or cut in line — to gain American citizenship. All culminated their goal to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Westmoreland …

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

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Is this a “conflict”? Allegheny County Councilman Nick Futules receives royalties from a natural gas well on property he shares with his brother in Penn Hills. And, yes, the Oakmont Democrat, who chairs the council’s parks committee, is involved in …

The secret ballot: Protect it

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A new report on the United Auto Workers’ attempt to organize Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., makes clear the need to better protect workers’ right to secret-ballot unionization elections. Competitive Enterprise Institute policy analyst Trey Kovacs writes that the UAW, …

Junk nutrition

By Tribune-Review
The “success” of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act is evidenced in school trash everywhere. That’s where these meals are ending up, which explains why more than a million participants in the $12 billion federal school lunch program pulled out …

The big sting: To what end?

By Tribune-Review
New revelations indicate a sting operation’s scope was far broader than just the retired Traffic Court judge and four legislators — all black Philadelphia Democrats — that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute. And that begs new questions …

Sunday pops

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Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to authorize $15 million for training state and local law officers to confront “active shooters.” And police academy training is for what again? ... Gawker reports that Paul Krugman, the economist turned New …

THE BOX

By Tribune-Review
Dear UPMC: Choose your computer security as if your employees’ credit ratings depend on it. Yours, Old Man River. …

Keystone caper: Pipeline politics

By Tribune-Review
Having sat on the Keystone XL oil pipeline decision for six years, President Obama told a group of governors recently that he expects to make up his mind “in a couple of months.” Then the White House refused to acknowledge …

Saturday essay: Resurrection

By Tribune-Review
The onion snow, come and gone and particularly rattling in its lateness, has left in its blustery and blood-moon wake the truth of the spring. The wild chives on the terrace below the greenhouse suddenly, and without being disturbed, are …

Easter 2014: Churches’ vital role

By Tribune-Review
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. Churches throughout the Fay-West area will be packed. Some of those attending will be regular churchgoers. Some will be out-of-towners visiting families. Some will be those who typically turn out for this most important of Christian …

All taken seriously

By Tribune-Review
Credit police and school officials for making an arrest within a week of a teen believed to have made three bomb threats recently at Ford City Junior-Senior High School. Bomb threats are a conundrum for officials. They have to be …

Liquor privatization: Now’s the time

By Tribune-Review
When will the Pennsylvania Legislature get serious about privatizing the commonwealth’s archaic Prohibition-era wine and spirits monopoly? Perhaps budget and private-sector pressure finally will force its hand. With revenue down, the next state budget will have to close a deficit …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

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Laurel: To common sense. A ridiculous disorderly conduct charge has been dismissed against a South Fayette teenager who recorded his bulliers with his iPad. Local police filed the charge after being contacted by the school principal, who characterized the matter …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

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Laurel: To all assisting in the resumption of classes this week at Franklin Regional Senior High School. After a student’s horrific stabbing rampage, the difficult task of restoring normalcy, and a sense of security, began with special sessions at the …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

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Lance: To the Ford City Council. Due to the council’s utter incompetence and petty infighting over the water plant, the borough now owes the state more $21,000 in fines, a figure that grows by $250 every day. Four years of …

The case of Beaver County Sheriff George David: He should be jailed pending trial

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Given the circumstances of the criminal case against him and his violation of his $50,000 unsecured bond, Beaver County Sheriff George David should be awaiting his July trial behind bars, not on electronic house arrest, while state police and his …