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Higher-education trustees, step up & lead

By Ben Novak
American higher education faces unprecedented challenges: costs are too high, educational quality is often too low and student debt seems destined to continue increasing. In fact, here in Pennsylvania, the average student debt is $31,675 — the third highest in …

What would Braveheart do?

By Pat Buchanan
No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable. Already the British government has conceded that even if the Scots vote …

Why branding ISIS matters

By Charles C. Haynes
“ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State — or whatever you want to call it.” That’s how one NPR reporter referred to the new face of terror as the United States prepares for another long, hard struggle against a brutal enemy of humanity. …

The plunder funding ISIS

By Mark V. Vlasic
As President Obama moves ahead with his plan to confront the so-called Islamic State, all options, as they say, should be on the table. Thus, while “kinetic force” is a likely focus, the terrorism financing must not be overlooked. By …

No good reason for Scottish independence

By Brendan Simms and Jason Pack
The gravest immediate threat to the West’s long-term security does not emanate from Vladimir Putin or from the Islamic State. Surprisingly, it comes from peace-loving Scots. Polls now show a majority of Scots supporting independence in the referendum set for …

Jihadists’ eternal hatred

By Michelle Malkin
Here’s the first and last rule of Islamic jihad: If at first you don’t succeed, plot, plot again. These bloodthirsty hijackers — of planes, freedom and civilization — have conspired for decades to inflict modern mass murder on the West. …

Iran’s nuclear weapons program continues to sail along

By John Bolton
Iran’s nuclear weapons program, now operating largely outside Barack Obama’s attention span, is still making steady progress. While Ukraine’s crisis and the creation of the …

Vladimir Putin must be confronted over Ukraine

By Trudy Rubin
In 1949, George Orwell published “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” his famous portrait of a totalitarian regime whose “Ministry of Truth” spews rank propaganda called “Newspeak” that turns …

The Scottish question: Splitting from the U.K.

By The Chicago Tribune
Across the pond, the pleated skirts and tartan kilts are all aflutter: Come Thursday, Scottish voters will decide whether to sever the 307-year-old union that binds them to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Owing to ancestry, tribalism, grudges or all …

LETTERS HOME ...

By Tribune-Review
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 …

What progressivism hath wrought

By Richard A. Epstein
The progressive constitutional revolution of the New Deal has proved itself to be an economic, political and institutional failure insofar as it is no longer able to sustain either strong economic growth or full employment. Paradoxically, the way out from …

Verbatim

By Tribune-Review
“We have not seen such a disingenuous president since Richard Nixon — but he, at least, was countered rather than enabled by the media.” — Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, in a National Review Online column …

Rescuing football

By Jonathan Capehart
Condoleezza Rice made a startling admission to The New York Times in 2002. The then-national security adviser to President George W. Bush said it was “absolutely right” that she wanted to be commissioner of the National Football League. This was …

‘Skin in the game,’ so to speak

By Mary C. Curtis
I still remember it perfectly, more than 10 years later. It’s terrifying to be stopped in your car and approached by first one and then …

Slappppp!!!!

By Tribune-Review
LOSER. Debbie Wasserman Schultz The Democratic National Committee chairwoman and Florida congresswoman recently attacked Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for policies she believes harm women, saying Walker “has given women the back of his hand.” Strong words from a woman …

Scotland’s epic vote

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes but, basically, it is sheep’s …

Upholding America’s honor

By Jonah Goldberg
“I should have anticipated the optics,” President Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. “Part of this job is also the theater of it,” he said. …

Government shutdown unlikely

By Byron York
A few weeks ago Washington was buzzing with predictions that Republicans will impeach President Obama. More recently, Washington has been buzzing with predictions that Republicans will shut down the government. Both have come mostly from Democrats facing long odds in …

Countering ‘extremism’ won’t end jihad

By Diana West
It’s just seven minutes of airtime, but a recent segment of “The Kelly File” on Fox News bears notice. It’s as good an example as any of the state of paralysis that still afflicts the public square since jihad struck …

Favors for sale

By Walter Williams
At a July fundraiser in Chicago, Michelle Obama remarked, “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s (sic) special interests that have too much influence.” According to a 2012 Reuters poll, “Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too …