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Thanksgiving 2014: Pausing in unison

By Tribune-Review
Editor’s note: As has become our custom, a reprint of a special editorial on this special day. Back in 1836, William Leggett, the outspoken editorial writer for the New York Plaindealer, wrote that he found “something exceedingly impressive in the ...

Remember our troops

By Tribune-Review
Remember our brave troops this Thanksgiving Day! ...

American contrasts: Post-Ferguson

By Tribune-Review
We saw the best and the worst in Americans following Monday’s announcement that a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury found no probable cause to charge white police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. After ...

Thanksgiving briefing ...

By Tribune-Review
Ah, another Thanksgiving Eve. And as has become our tradition, a few pointers for first-time turkey-roasters everywhere: • You must thaw the bird before attempting to roast it. • You must remove the plastic wrapping. • You must remove the bag of ...

The Hagel ‘resignation’: Toadies need apply

By Tribune-Review
We’ve never been much of a fan of Chuck Hagel, the former U.S. senator of Nebraska tapped by President Obama two years ago to become secretary of Defense. And his performance at his confirmation hearing in early 2013 — “He ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Quack it up, Pa. GOP: Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, opposes a lame-duck session of the Pennsylvania Legislature because it might pass measures in contravention to Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s agenda. Mr. Costa says the “ill-conceived idea would empower ... ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Bond blunder: It sure wasn’t business as usual that jacked up the monthly rates of the Unity Township Municipal Authority for residential customers from about $39 to $50. Turns out previous board members agreed to a “swaption agreement” on $34 ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Bad timing. Just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, Tarentum has a portion of one of its busiest downtown roads closed. It’s for good reason: A four-story-high brick facade is loose and could collapse. But this ...

PSEA oops: Letters & the law

By Tribune-Review
Members’ backlash has led the Pennsylvania State Education Association to avoid another mass mailing like the personalized, pro-Tom Wolf form letters it sent to their spouses before the Nov. 4 election. But whether those letters broke state law depends on ...

U.N. Watch: Cheering on Iran

By Tribune-Review
Only before the United Nations’ human rights hypocrites could Iran claim that a “media blitz” and “propaganda” from the West sealed the fate of a young Iranian woman who recently was executed. And this, without a single challenge from the ...

The turnpike scandal: More wet noodles

By Tribune-Review
How disgusting it is to see that good-old-fashioned bribery is not only alive and well in Pennsylvania, the State of Corruption, but tolerated, if not encouraged, by the state judiciary. No other conclusion can be drawn from the latest round ...

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
It’s refreshing to see Bob Casey taking a principled stand against the Obama administration’s onerous new emissions rules. Even though Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator supports many measures to combat “climate change” — with which, of course, we would disagree — ...

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear turkeys: No, the president’s amnesty order does not apply to you. Yours, Old Man River. ...

Obama’s amnesty: Abuse of power

By Tribune-Review
Whether America’s immigration system is in need of “dire reform” remains debatable. After all, had the federal government enforced existing laws, the nation wouldn’t be in the pickle it finds itself today. But what isn’t debatable is whose role it ...

Saturday essay: Prelude to thanks

By Tribune-Review
It wasn’t quite over the river and through the wood to grandfather’s house we went in the 1960s. It was more like over the hills and through the dales of Colerain Pike, then hanging a right onto Vine Street to ...

Ford City’s police: A taxing question

By Tribune-Review
Ford City residents have spoken: They don’t want the borough to mess with their police department. Some at a town hall meeting Monday went as far as to say they would rather pay higher taxes than do without police protection. ...

Thanksgiving 2014: A season for giving

By Tribune-Review
The holiday season kicks off next week. It’s the time for giving. In many ways, Thanksgiving calls us to look at life from different perspectives. Certainly as the festive holiday season begins, there are various ways in which residents in ...

The Kathleen Kane chronicles: The Pa. attorney general’s credibility is gone

By Tribune-Review
What a hot mess Kathleen Kane has become. And we can only assume that, past being prologue, the muck that Pennsylvania’s attorney general has mired herself in will only get deeper. The latest installment was delivered in a week in ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Ready, set, shop!: It’s Light Up Night in Pittsburgh, the traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season. All of the city is decked out in the proverbial boughs of holly, the fa-la-la-la-las will be flowing freely and there will be ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • Scanning prison inmates. The ongoing problem of Westmoreland County Prison inmates smuggling drugs and tobacco within their body cavities has prompted a request to purchase a $200,000 X-ray scanner. But before the county ...