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A fond memory

By Vinnie Malec
Around 1987, I worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Highland Drive in Pittsburgh. As a social worker, I was assigned to develop and administer the homeless program for veterans who had come home from the Vietnam conflict. These …

The horrid defense of Hamas

By Katie Pavlich
While the conflict between the Israelis and Hamas terrorists rages on, it’s important to point out the alarming behavior of liberal politicians and Obama administration officials. Last Sunday during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley,” …

Crusade against coal

By Jim Roddey
I read with great interest David Conti’s recent articles “Observers mixed on grid backup amid carbon rules, natural gas uncertainty” (July 28 and TribLIVE.com) and “EPA hearings to bring coal debate to Pittsburgh streets” (July 29 and TribLIVE.com). Our region …

A GOP ultimatum to Vlad

By Tribune-Review
With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November. But before traditional conservatives cheer that prospect, they might take a closer look …

Experiments in disengagement

By Fred Hiatt
A stunning unfolding of international crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, has prompted some less-than-edifying Washington debate: It’s all President Obama’s fault. No, it’s not his fault at all. It would be a pity if partisan fervor …

A better option than U.N.

By Jonah Goldberg
As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, “Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” At least the Friars Club had standards. …

The left’s dark money manager

By Michelle Malkin
Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won’t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing about him on the Senate floor. Here’s why: LaMarche is a …

Watch out for Bobby Jindal

By Jay Ambrose
Bobby Jindal once gave a speech disturbing TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to the point of satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn’t just …

Stop twisting the debate over illegals

By Thomas Sowell
In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man …

Looking back on the GOP’s 1964 convention

By Richard W. Carlson
I moved to Washington in 1984, ultimately to work for Ronald Reagan as director of the Voice of America. My wife Patricia and I bought …

Verbatim

By Tribune-Review
“(W)hen it comes to American relations with our Israeli allies and our Islamic-supremacist enemies, you can always rely on Obama to do the wrong thing.” e_SDHp— Andrew C. McCarthy, writing at National Review Online. “I favor backyard freedom.” — Pleasant …

Florida taxpayers about to be railroaded

By Carl Hiaasen
MIAMI Here’s a really clever idea: Let’s run express passenger trains 16 times round-trip every day between downtown Miami and the Orlando airport. That’s right, …

Big Business as the left’s faithful lap dog

By Jonah Goldberg
It was a really nice try. Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Sen. Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event …

The failure of Obama’s Yemen model

By Katherine Zimmerman
President Obama says the United States is looking to its Yemen policy as a model for what to do in Iraq and Syria. But what …

Selling out Western allies

By Tribune-Review
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union used every imaginable threat and inducement — including the ultimate prize of reunification — to bring about a neutral Germany. But German leaders of both the left and the right, from Konrad Adenauer …

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 …

The war on marijuna has failed; follow Colorado’s example

By Antony Davies & James R. Harrigan
After 43 years one thing should be perfectly clear — the war on drugs is a war on the American people. Today, a half-million people …

The militarization of police in America is out of control

By John Stossel
I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys. But what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, …

Steve Miskin, the leader’s spokesman

By Tribune-Review
Who: Steve Miskin Age: 50 Residence: Mechanicsburg Occupation: Press secretary to House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, and spokesman for the House Republican Caucus. Influential because: Miskin is the spokesman for Turzai, the House’s second-highest-ranking member behind House Speaker …

Who’s paying the illegals’ tab?

By Diana West
“Dear Colleagues,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., wrote to his fellow senators, “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic.” Sessions continued, quoting from a National Journal report on a recent White House …