The Thursday wrap
We can't think of a more fitting metaphor than what happened at President Obama's Monday rah-rah speech for ObamaCare: A woman standing behind the president darn near fainted as he vowed to fix all of the sign-up problems. The good news is that the woman is OK. The bad news is that the website remains a total and multimillion-dollar mess. We would expect no less from yet another “progressive” operation. ... Retailers are lamenting that this year's Christmas shopping season will be nearly a week shorter, what with a late Thanksgiving. And it's a most valid concern, considering such sales account for such a large share of retailers' annual profits. We are reminded that Franklin Roosevelt addressed that problem for three years beginning in 1939 by moving up Turkey Day by a week. If Barack Obama really wanted to help the economy, he would have channeled FDR. ... Pittsburghers have a special place in their hearts for Jim Leyland, the former Pirates skipper who retired this week as manager of the Detroit Tigers. And in typical fashion, the gruff old softie that Jimmy is, he cried making his announcement. He'll stay in baseball in the Tigers' organization. Which is great news for a fella who has lived and breathed the game for so long and for baseball itself.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- The truth about the VA: Rank dereliction of duty
- Saturday essay: Awaiting the peat
- Unlocking Armstrong County: River journey continues
- Education & entertainment
- Those revised gun forms: A full explantion is owed
- The medical device tax: An abject failure
- Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
- Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
- Greensburg Laurels & Lances