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Joseph Sabino Mistick is a lawyer, law professor and political analyst. He lives in Squirrel Hill.

Swift justice

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Meteorologists tell us that lightning can strike on a sunny day. And when it happens, folks talk about little else. And so it is with the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery by his fellow justices last week. …

Fear not

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address in 1933, famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” It was a rallying cry for all Americans to shake the malaise and anxiety brought on by the …

It’s ‘T’ time in the race for Pa. governor

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This is right about the time that Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign strategists are hunched over a map of Pennsylvania, wondering from where their votes might come. Far behind in the polls, they need something big to happen ­— a game-changer …

Early education more than a footrace

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
In the “Seinfeld” episode “The Race,” Jerry runs a footrace against his old high school rival Duncan to finally settle who is the faster sprinter. In ninth grade, Jerry got away with starting early, jumping the gun and beating Duncan. …

‘Is that all there is?’: The race for Pa. governor

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If you caught the first Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate last week, you might have picked up an earworm, one of those songs that play over and over in your head. And it was probably “Is That All There Is?,” Peggy Lee’s …

The Kent State sweatshirt: Man’s inhumanity

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
For a graphic turn on what Scottish poet Robert Burns called “man’s inhumanity to man,” look no further than the Kent State sweatshirt that Urban Outfitters marketed online last week. Faded, tattered and splattered with what appears to be blood, …

Nixon’s pardon: The 3rd man in the ring

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Forty years ago last week, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon. Nixon resigned the presidency a month earlier, clearing the way for Ford to take office. News of the pardon rocked the nation one last time in the wake …

UPMC’s road to China

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Abandon Braddock, embrace China. That appears to be the latest business plan of UPMC, once a respected community-spirited health care provider and force for good in the Pittsburgh region. As recently reported by the Trib’s Alex Nixon, UPMC has entered …

The lessons of Labor Day

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
For anyone new to Pittsburgh, whether drawn here by jobs in technology, health care or education, Labor Day provides a glimpse into the soul of the city. More than just the last big weekend of the summer, as in the …

Sophie Masloff’s life of kindness

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Young Sophie Friedman grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in a time of jazz clubs, speakeasies and streets teeming with life. It was a rich soup of ethnic groups, races and religions, the melting pot of Pittsburgh, a small town …

The currency of ideas

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Imagine the surprise if the great whale Moby-Dick showed up at a memorial service to eulogize Capt. Ahab of the whaler Pequod. And imagine that …

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