Editorials

Medicare's morass: Being realistic

Lawmakers who insist that Medicare for now is financially sound and needs no reforms are buttressed by last year's Medicare trustees report, which shows that ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

A railroading?: The "optics" were not good for Joy Braunstein. The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society boss resigned Friday. She had been placed on paid leave ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Disciplinary vacations?: The figure is troubling: $23,000 paid over two years to Westmoreland County employees suspended without pay who were cleared of wrongdoing. Over that ...

Alle-Kiski Valley Tuesday takes

Misplaced priorities: The New Kensington-Arnold School District has problems — low test scores, disciplinary issues, increasing taxes, etc. But do any of those issues draw ...

Health care costs: Spinning ObamaCare

Hypochondriacs complain of imaginary health conditions. ObamaCareiacs simply ignore conditions that are sending U.S. health care costs through the roof. Health care spending rose to ...

U.N. Watch: A resolve for peacekeepers

Amid horrific accusations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, a reform group is demanding that monitoring and prosecution be removed entirely ...

The INF Treaty: Reset U.S. deterrent

During the past year, it's become clear that the Obama administration's incessant pleading has been entirely ineffective in getting Russia back into compliance with the ...

Sunday pops

Regardless of his unrealized 2015-16 state budget and inability to budge lawmakers on his tax-jacking agenda, Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll ask the Legislature for ...

L.A.'s example: A mass-transit wreck

Los Angeles' $9 billion investment in light rail and subways is a cautionary tale of a government "solution" that fails miserably to address a problem ...

Saturday essay: Hither spring

There's nothing quite like a first-of-February spell of the mild to get the juices of spring flowing. And that sporadic and spitting light rain? Ah, ...

Voter ID debate: A numbers game

The perennial complaint of voter-identification opponents is that millions of Americans would be disenfranchised because they have no IDs or access to them. But ...

Laurels & Lances

Lance: To Pittsburgh's serial defacer. Police said Max Emiliano Gonzales, 22, a Carnegie Mellon University student, confessed to painting more than 50 graffiti "tags" across ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To Bill Rossey. The health insurance for the retired Tarentum manager is being paid for by the borough. Fair enough, given he retired before ...

Who pays? Take out the 'garbage'

The going rate for "garbage" these days is more than $1.1 million. That's what the union-backed group America Works USA has spent since the end ...

The Thursday wrap

Among takeaways from this week's Iowa caucuses is GOP victor Ted Cruz's plainly stated rejection of the ethanol mandate. In the land where corn is ...

The turnpike mess: What went right

Before the state's National Guard arrived, volunteer rescue crews near the east slope of Allegheny Mountain turned out amid the blowing snow and darkness to ...

Senior scooter suspicions

Those popular senior citizen scooters advertised on TV at "little or no cost" in fact cost taxpayers plenty in illegitimate Medicare reimbursements, according to a ...

The CBO report: A grim wake-up call

With Iowa now in their rearview mirrors, presidential aspirants quick to espouse their respective visions for America had better focus their attention on the latest ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

AHN's ruse: Sayeth an attorney for Allegheny Health Network (AHN): "Not surprisingly, UPMC now faces a groundswell of opposition" to its plan to build a ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Manor resolve: After months of controversy over operations at Westmoreland Manor, a meaningful resolve has emerged for the county-owned nursing home. The new owner of ...