| Opinion/The Review

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints


Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Why do we countenance such silliness?

The push is on in Harrisburg to change the name of the state Department of Welfare to the state Department of Human Services. A gaggle of former governors is pushing the switch. Legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly.

Despite its dictionary meaning — from the original 1303 definition of a “condition of being or doing well,” to the first 20th-century usage of a “modern sense of social concern or provision for the well-being of children” — “welfare” these days is, to many, a pejorative right up there with — GASP! — “liberal” (the latter word regularly eschewed by liberals these days for “progressive.” That, after “progressives” thoroughly perverted the original meaning of “liberalism.”)

And so it has come to this — “human services” — a politically correct term sounding quite Orwellian. After all, “welfare” sends the wrong message, some gobbledygooksters go. Please. “Welfare” is a quite precise and accurate word, then and now, whose shelf life has not expired.

Now, if Harrisburg really wants to do Pennsylvanians a public service, it will change the name of, say, the state Department of Economic and Community Development to the state Department of Pickers of Winners and Losers and Unaccountability. Now, that's a name change reality truly supports.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. Regional growth
  2. So, where’s the I-70 ‘Welcome to Pennsylvania’ sign on the Pa.-W.Va. border?
  3. At the VA: The waiting dead
  4. The Fiat Chrysler mess: Government’s virus
  5. Yes, the IRS targeted conservatives
  6. Pittsburgh Tuesday takes