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The medical device tax: An abject failure

By Tribune-Review
ObamaCare’s 2.3-percent tax on gross U.S. sales of medical devices is an abject failure that Congress must repeal. Writing for Forbes.com , health-care expert and Pacific Research Institute head Sally Pipes says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported …

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
Despite all the media attention to the contrary, Jim Picht of Communities Digital News (as reported by RedState.com) reminds that “the incidences of domestic violence by NFL players is actually about half that of the same age group in the …

Your right to know: Those racy emails

By Tribune-Review
Pennsylvanians’ right to know how state government conducts their business must extend to records showing state employees doing things other than the public’s business, too. That’s why sexually explicit emails reportedly circulated by Attorney General’s Office staff must be released …

What day is it? It’s Constitution Day

By Tribune-Review
Marking the 227th anniversary of the signing of the world’s longest-surviving written charter of government, today’s Constitution Day is a time to honor the Framers’ wisdom — and to remember President Obama’s disregard for constitutional separation of powers and the …

An independent Scotland? Think again

By Tribune-Review
Independence is a powerful elixir. The specter of running one’s own affairs and charting one’s own course surely is part of humankind’s DNA. But independence can be a fickle drink. A potion seemingly so sweet suddenly can turn sour once …

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
The new chief: Cameron McLay, Pittsburgh’s new police chief, is on the job this week. And last week he set the tone for his command, one based on integrity. That’s a tall order for a department rocked by scandal, including …

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
More pension headaches: Greensburg is among municipalities stung by the rising expense of antiquated police pensions, the cost for which is projected to exceed $1.2 million next year. That’s a $174,000 increase over 2014 in what’s been an ongoing trend …

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
New Ken crime: New Kensington has violent crime problems. Recent weeks have seen citizen complaints, increased attention to the crime watches and, on Thursday, a Peace Walk to spotlight the violence. These are all good things, but none — nor …

Drilling laws: Your rights

By Tribune-Review
A Texas energy company’s withdrawal of a forced-pooling application spares a few landowners in Lawrence and Mercer counties unjust, unwanted natural-gas drilling. But the 1961 state law on forced pooling that the company cited remains an unconstitutional violation of private …

U.N. Watch: The aid ingrates

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In what has become an annual exercise in predictable results, the State Department has released its latest (2013) report on how often other countries, the recipients of U.S. foreign aid, vote with the United States in the United Nations General …

Ban felon-lobbyists? A better idea

By Tribune-Review
Those convicted of public corruption pay their misconduct’s price in prison time. Yet once that time is served, they retain their constitutional rights — including free speech and the right to petition their government. But Bryn Mawr attorney Mark Schwartz, …

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
Queen Elizabeth is not taking sides in this week’s Scottish independence referendum. A palace spokeswoman says the monarchy must remain above politics. A more likely reason is that the royals, Scottish residents when they vacation at their privately owned Balmoral …

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear Steelers: Betcha you guys are going to have a fun week at practice, eh? Yours, Old Man River. …

A misdialed number suggests a criminal conspiracy in the IRS scandal

By Tribune-Review
Had Brian Fallon, Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications director, just said, “Sorry, wrong number,” and hung up a week ago Friday, his apparent attempt to coordinate a document leak with staff for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s ranking …

Saturday essay: Saving Catalpa

By Tribune-Review
Residents of Mt. Lebanon’s Catalpa Place Flats wonder if anything can be done to slow traffic on the heavily traveled short block and to get motorists to actually stop at its stop signs. I am among those residents. And if …

Connellsville’s clash over authority: Work it out

By Tribune-Review
Connellsville City Council says there’s a lack of communication with the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority. Recently the council delivered a four-page letter to the authority on this matter along with its concern for the authority’s financial stability and what the council …

Obama’s speech: Talk vs. walk

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The War on Terror suddenly isn’t over, President Obama suddenly has discovered. And in a nationally broadcast speech Wednesday night, forced in no small measure by his startling admission that his administration had no strategy to counter the gathering storm, …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

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On the “Watch List”: The Uptown and Hill District redevelopment. • The largest TIF (tax-increment financing) package in the history of Pittsburgh is being proposed to redevelop the old Civic Arena site and beyond. And while TIFs properly can be …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

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On the “Watch List”: • Norwin’s principal file. School district lawyers want to keep sealed the personnel file of Stewartsville Elementary School Principal Doreen Harris, who is accused of threatening a former maintenance worker. The lawyer for ex-employee William Breeger …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • New Kensington crime watch. Mayor Tom Guzzo and police Chief Tom Klawinski said they’re resuming meetings with the city’s crime watches. Good! But unless the city is prepared to inform the people what is going …