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Choosing between optimism & pessimism

This presidential season Americans have been treated to the usual outrageous campaign promises and extraordinary candidate alibis about past transgressions. But those pale in comparison ...

More terror & denials

Following the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Donald Trump referred to the captured bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, as an "evil thug." He ...

U.N.'s refugee sanctimony

Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging extravaganza. As America reels from the latest terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees and immigrants in New ...

Trump, Clinton symptoms of a disease

Presidential elections bring out the worst in the American people, who every four years manage to forget everything they know about human nature. In their ...

Road to ruin

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is America's first superhighway. It also has become one of the most expensive roads in the country to travel. If you're ...

The evolving art of storytelling

Forget newspapers. And the television. The radio. The Internet. All of it. The revelation of the modern news age: Stories matter more than where ...

Candidates' Supreme picks

Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like, "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are ...

'Free' college comes with $350 billion price tag

Hillary Clinton's free college plan is long on promises but short on specifics — like who'll pay for it. Maybe the Clinton Foundation could foot ...

Sports & politics don't mix

I've never been a sports fanatic. In fact, I'm the kind of guy a lot of sports obsessives can't stand. I tend not to pay ...

An 'uncertainty' versus a 'catastrophe'

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst presidential ...

Understanding the U.S. poverty rate

The Census Bureau has released its annual poverty report, which shows that in 2015 the poverty rate of families with children was 16.3 percent. That's ...

Trump & the press

Alerting the press that he would deal with the birther issue at the opening of his new hotel, Donald Trump, after treating them to an ...

So what's Hillary hiding now?

New York Times columnist William Safire in 1996 diagnosed Hillary Clinton's real problem. He called her a "congenital liar." Congenital is defined as "having by ...

The silly season ramps up

An old joke about lawyers starts with someone saying divers found 500 of them on the bottom of the ocean. "It's a start," goes ...

'Correctness' goes to the movies

The casting kerfuffle over Disney's live-action remake of the 1998 animated hit "Mulan" brings honor to none. It's a politically correct tempest in a Chinese ...

A look back at Randy Bish's work

Editor's note: Trib editorial cartoonist Randy Bish has educated, entertained and infuriated readers the world over in his 31-year-plus career. Today, a special retrospective as ...

Hillary's health is a valid issue

One of the most amusing spectacles of this election season has been the whipsawing of the loyalists. Repeatedly, spinners for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ...

Don't roll the dice on Hillary's anti-terrorism strategy

Hillary Clinton recently explained her plan to deal with the Islamic State. "We've got to do it with air power," she declared at NBC's Commander-in-Chief ...

Church's mission, then & now

When I'm tempted to feel overwhelmed by the challenges before me, I think of my first predecessor, Bishop Michael J. O'Connor, who was installed to ...

'Sausage Party' politics

Seth Rogen, co-writer, co-producer and co-star of the animated comedy "Sausage Party," is unhappy with me — for defending him. His movie was attacked by ...