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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 ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

By Tribune-Review
On the “Watch List”: • Route 28. Before the five-year-long project to reconstruct Route 28, we were told it would spur residential and economic development along the corridor, particularly in southwestern Armstrong County because the commute to downtown would ...

Slaughter in Israel: Obama’s legacy

By Tribune-Review
As horrendous as was Tuesday’s Palestinian terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left five people dead, the Obama administration’s underlying response reprehensibly approached the same level of abhorrence. Indeed, President Obama condemned “in the strongest terms” the cowardly attack ...

The Thursday wrap

By Tribune-Review
A Democratic Party that midterm-election voters decreed to be increasingly irrelevant just keeps shooting itself in the foot. Witness Tuesday’s Senate filibuster that not only again stalled consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline but also intensified the battle between environmentalists ...

Snoopers’ flights: Air raid!

By Tribune-Review
If the Founders and Framers knew about U.S. marshals’ reported airborne collection of cellphone data from thousands of innocent Americans while pursuing criminals, they surely would shout, “Get a warrant!” First reported by The Wall Street Journal, this program began ...

Taxing policies

By Tribune-Review
A study by a Duquesne University professor affirms what liberals perpetually deny: Higher taxes pushed by the tax-and-spend crowd create less, not more, economic growth. Specifically, higher state taxes lead to lower gross state product, fewer new businesses and, ultimately, less ...

Liquor reform for a gas extraction tax?: It should be a nonstarter

By Tribune-Review
There’s a big difference between compromise and capitulation. The Pennsylvania General Assembly soon will reveal if it knows the difference. There’s talk that the newly emboldened majority-Republican Legislature (though not veto-proof) might trade a tax on natural gas extraction with ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
The wrist is slapped: Cecelia H. Yauger of Grove City stole $5,500 from the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, where she was executive director. Prosecutors think she stole more but couldn’t prove it. The regional public education agency serves among the ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Going “silent”: Police dispatchers in four northern Westmoreland County locales went silent during a test of a new encryption program that blocks law-enforcement radio transmissions in “scanner land,” as one local police chief put it. Aside from transparency concerns, communities ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

By Tribune-Review
Hooray!: The long nightmare faced by Alle-Kiski Valley commuters has ended. Route 28 has reopened to and from the City of Pittsburgh after a five-year reconstruction project. That means it took an unbelievable 50 years for 28 to become a ...

What liberals hath wrought: Unaffordable housing

By Tribune-Review
Here’s news that will surprise only liberals: In affluent metro housing markets distorted by liberals’ housing policies, housing is less affordable — even for middle-class families whose incomes are higher in such cities. The Atlantic reports that Jed Kolko, chief ...

U.N. Watch: Dissonant ‘Umoja’

By Tribune-Review
In many ways, the United Nations’ whiz-bang Umoja (Swahili for “unity”) computerized management system is a reflection of Turtle Bay itself. What Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon touted as an organizational transformation is behind schedule and more than $100 million over its original ...

Catching a comet: A humbling success

By Tribune-Review
Things didn’t go quite as planned but the European Space Agency (ESA) still accomplished an astonishing feat in the search for the origins of our solar system — and life itself — by landing the first probe on a comet. ...

Sunday pops

By Tribune-Review
The New York Times blames the lowest national voter turnout in 72 years on “apathy, anger and frustration at the relentlessly negative tone of the campaigns.” So, in typical “progressive” fashion, it suggests one of the cures would be even ...