Editorials

The TSA: Dysfunction junction

Just in time for the summer travel season comes this admonition from a Transportation Security Administration official from the Kansas Office of Security Operations: "(M)ake ...

U.N. Watch: Cost of admission

For all the gushing over the United Nations' Paris climate change accord, precious little has been said about its massive cost to America or the ...

The Franciscan affair: Who knew? When?

Three Franciscan friars will have the opportunity to defend their judgment as it pertained to the reprehensible appointments of a peer who is accused of ...

Sunday pops

Seattleites, your garbage is your castle. Well, almost. A state judge has ruled as unconstitutional a program that allowed garbage collectors to search cans and ...

Verified abomination: That's the VA

Almost two years after President Obama solemnly vowed to advance "urgent reforms" to speed up veterans' medical care, government auditors document an unfazed culture of ...

Saturday essay: Cat in the crabapple!

It was only a matter of time before Wyeth and/or Winslow, the Torbie cat sisters, decided to climb the crab apple overhanging the back deck. ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To Tree Pittsburgh & the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission. For giving away seedlings in Market Square today — 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. And ...

Food stamps: Food for thought

The success of government food stamps' perpetuation of poverty is being challenged by Kansas and Maine, which are returning recipients to work and taking a ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Lance: To Westmoreland County's broken property assessments. To shake more money out of taxpayers, some school districts are filing appeals with the county's Board of ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels and Lances

Lance: To letting others help. What happened to the subscriber base at Lower Valley Ambulance Service? The service's financials have virtually fallen off a cliff, ...

The race for president: Looking toward November

"It ain't over till it's over," late New York Yankees great Yogi Berra supposedly said. And though it's true the primary election season has another ...

The Thursday wrap

A federal judge has upheld North Carolina's law that mandates photo IDs for voters. Key to the decision was the fact — the fact — ...

The economy: No confidence

What muckety-muck and what cluckety-cluck haven't we heard pronounce the economy to be fit as a fiddle? Come Thursday, we'll have a better idea how ...

Waynesville students stopped from singing national anthem at 9/11 memorial

"You cannot conquer America," William Pitt told the British House of Commons in a speech on Nov. 18, 1777. Nor Americans, a pair of 9/11 ...

Syrian shorcut: Here's a nonstarter

Despite unaddressed concerns from his administration about this year's influx of Syrian refugees, President Obama has decided to cut their screening time from 18-24 months ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

Hey! (Round two): Having dispatched with the New York Rangers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Washington ...

It's primary election day in Pa.

The polls open at 7 a.m. & close at 8 p.m. VOTE! ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Powering up: Work on the long-delayed $780 million natural gas-fired power plant in South Huntingdon finally is under way. Aside from the estimated 300 construction ...

Alle-Kiski Valley Tuesday takes

An observation: The Westmoreland County commissioners' appointment of ex-Judge David Regoli as an assistant solicitor is pure politics. Regoli, now a New Kensington attorney, was ...

Obama's mess: Cuba's thanks

Weeks after President Obama's trumpeted visit to Cuba, the sour notes are still blaring from the communist isle. The latest discord comes from Cuba's Foreign ...