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Eric Heyl is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. His work appears throughout the week. Eric Heyl can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7857

Heyl: Trouble tends to migrate

By Eric Heyl
Miscreants are migratory. They always will find a place to mingle. They seem to have settled lately at Rizzo’s Margaritaville, an increasingly notorious South Side tavern whose happy hours too often are countered by unhappy moments involving a police presence. …

Time running out for Corbett to find mud that sticks to Wolf

By Eric Heyl
For Gov. Tom Corbett to have any chance of being re-elected, Republicans quickly have to ramp up the mudslinging. The GOP has taken tentative baby steps in its attempts to tie Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf to something — anything …

Heyl: AG’s racy emails up for public viewing?

By Eric Heyl
Legal disclaimer: The following email exchange is satiric and is not meant to imply that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane engaged for real in similar correspondence. Kane undoubtedly had only the purest of motives in reversing herself on Thursday and …

Heyl: Senators tending to plants, not nation

By Eric Heyl
The stationary sure seem to go through lots of stationery. The U.S. Senate has been criticized in recent years for its stasis in passing legislation, which some pundits correctly have noted is one of its primary purposes for existing. (Approving …

Take away their cars? Not so fast

By Eric Heyl
They need their wheels. You might not think that many Allegheny County officials require round-the-clock access to newer model vehicles paid for or leased at taxpayer expense. But then, you probably never considered the crises they often are forced to …

Heyl: Count fun on Penn Avenue bike lanes

By Eric Heyl
If the new Penn Avenue bike lanes were human, their loneliness probably would compel them to seek companionship on Internet dating sites. Two weeks ago, with much fanfare, 10 blocks of the eastbound lane of the busy thoroughfare were converted …

Heyl: Cats and dogs: It’s what’s for dinner in Pennsylvania

By Eric Heyl
Largely because of pigeons, it likely will remain legal to eat dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Bear with me. This requires explaining. Granted statehood in 1787, Pennsylvania has approved many laws void of logic in the intervening 227 years. For …

Tipping really isn’t RB’s field

By Eric Heyl
They aren’t just batterers, they’re also cheapskates. It’s not fair to paint an entire group of athletes with such a broad brush. Still, anyone monitoring the off-the-field activities of NFL players last week couldn’t be blamed for drawing that conclusion …

Heyl: Meeting the press works for Peduto

By Eric Heyl
Appearing on “Meet the Press” is a prestigious achievement. But to be truly politically prominent on the national level, Popular Mechanics must express interest in interviewing you, right? The magazine did just that for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who less …

Heyl: An issue to seek teeth into

By Eric Heyl
Rare is the moment when the topic of cannibalism surfaces in a political campaign. The typical race includes boring debates on tax rates, disagreements over public education funding, and dull discussions on public pension reform. Conversations that touch on feasting …

Pennsylvania lawmakers have every reason to relax

By Eric Heyl
To: Pennsylvania state representatives From: State Elected Official Schedulers Inc. Re: Fall House schedule Dear Lawmakers, Welcome back (almost)! This communique is to remind you that the House reconvenes on Sept. 15 for its first voting session since July 2. …

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