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NSA snooping: Better intelligence needed

By Tribune-Review
Privacy concerns trumped presumed national “security,” or, more accurately, a false sense thereof, when the Senate declined to extend or change a Patriot Act provision that enables the feds’ phone snooping. And barring an unlikely 11th-hour compromise, the government no ...

Union’s ‘rebate’

By Tribune-Review
A so-called “rebate” offered annually by the faculty union for Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities is nothing more than a conduit for the union’s political action fund, as a Slippery Rock University nursing professor alleges. In her complaint filed with the state ...

Another broken promise: ObamaCare in the ER

By Tribune-Review
Add reducing expensive emergency room visits for routine care to ObamaCare’s list of broken promises. Heartland Institute editor Justin Haskins recalls President Obama’s 2009 assertion that “if everybody’s got coverage, then they’re not going to the emergency room for treatment.” ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Let’s be clear: Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey’s part-time job in state Sen. Jim Brewster’s district office was a clear violation of county ethics laws that prohibit council members from doing personal-staff work for local, state or federal elected officials. ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Who’s responsible?: The Jeannette School Board’s preliminary 2015-16 budget with a 2-mill tax hike spurred tempers at a recent meeting. City Councilman Mark Levander admonished the board to “take responsibility for the increase.” To which school board member Bill Brasco ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Write-ins rising: After almost a decade of computerized voting, one thing is absolutely clear: Running as a write-in is totally viable. Years ago, one definition of futility was “running as a write-in candidate.” The old lever voting machines made it ...

Memorial Day 2015: Lest we forget

By Tribune-Review
On this Memorial Day, be grateful that Americans’ willingness to sacrifice for freedom’s sake, instilled by each generation in the next, remains as strong as ever. Today, Americans honor those most worthy of such gratitude — those who gave their ...

The solar problem: Subsidized inefficiency

By Tribune-Review
Subsidies that spare rooftop solar panels from having to succeed on their own merits also are “hindering the growth of much more cost-effective renewable sources of power.” That’s according to energy industry lawyer Brian H. Potts. Writing in The Wall ...

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
President Obama used his commencement address to the latest class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to once again elevate “climate change” to a “serious threat” to our national security. He even blamed the rise of Boko Haram and Syria’s ...

The Box

By Tribune-Review
Dear Jack Frost: You’re finally outta here, right? Yours, Old Man River. ...

Pipeline pap: The real agenda

By Tribune-Review
A proposed 114-mile natural gas pipeline extending from eastern Pennsylvania to Trenton, N.J., would support more than 12,000 new jobs, supply $740 million in wages and, when finished, transport enough energy to heat an estimated 4.7 million homes at a ...

Saturday essay: Waltz of the robins

By Tribune-Review
Molly, Marvin and Melissa, as they’ve been dubbed, are a week old today. And they have been a noisy robin trio. They made their way into the world Saturday last, breaking through their pastel blue eggshells on a rainy day in ...

Volunteers’ contributions: Growing flowers & more in Connellsville

By Tribune-Review
The Connellsville Garden Club continues to make the annual Geranium Festival, taking place today downtown, something special. There’s music of different venues, good food, crafts, activities for the kids — and, of course, geraniums. All of which demonstrates, contrary to ...

The Takata air bags recall: It’s about time

By Tribune-Review
What took so long? That’s the paramount question on the heels of Takata agreeing to double — to nearly 34 million — the number of U.S. vehicles to be recalled for dangerous air bags. It’s the largest auto recall ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Some observations: • Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald are licking their wounds after their respective candidates for city and county controller took a licking in Tuesday’s primary. After all, it’s always humbling ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To the Norwin School Board. It says it inadvertently erred when it failed to announce in January that a teacher had been named acting principal of Stewartsville Elementary School. The board at the time only specified a pay increase ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To the Tarentum Council. Are we the only ones who think the appointment of Councilman Michael Gutonski to be borough manager reeks of a political deal? Didn’t think so. The ol’ boys club in Tarentum doesn’t miss a chance ...

Mon-Yough Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
Lance: To tooting one’s horn. Specifically, to a questionable use of West Mifflin Area School District’s all-call system normally meant for delays and cancellations. Superintendent Daniel Castagna sent out a “state of the district” message a day after the school ...

The Plum sex scandal: New, sad questions

By Tribune-Review
Allegheny County investigators have ratcheted up their probe into a Plum High School sex scandal. And the implications are as shocking as they are sobering. On Tuesday, agents from the county District Attorney’s Office served a warrant on the school ...

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
White House spokesman Josh Earnest insists that the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat ISIS is working. We guess that depends on how one defines “working.” Mr. Earnest apparently just graduated from the Baghdad Bob School of Crisis Communications. ... Investor’s ...