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Redoing education funding

Much of the reaction to the Basic Education Funding Commission’s final report has been positive — and for good reason. But considerable legislative legwork remains to ensure that state education dollars are distributed in a rational, transparent manner. What’s the ...

Odd comeback path

Regarding the news story “Veon comes out of jail swinging, vows to be Pa.’s ‘Comeback Kid’”: It is apparent that multiple felon and former legislative kingpin Mike Veon must be sent back to prison. A primary reason cited by the court ...

Who’s running Plum asylum?

Parents with kids in the Plum School District have to wonder: Are the adults running this asylum smart enough to be teaching their children? Teacher Joe Ruggieri, already charged with having sex with a female student, gets arrested for ...

Work-zone safety

James Walker’s letter “Safety, not revenue” (June 6), which attempts to justify having lower speed limits in work zones apply only when workers are present, omits one very important fact: According to the Federal Highway Administration, 85 percent of work-zone ...

Politics & judicial selection

Regarding the editorial “Merit selection: Less political?”: The contention that appointed judges are likely to have more impressive academic and professional credentials than elected judges arguably might prove valid from a purely detached, academic study of comparative biographical data. However, ...

Drop penny first

Much has been written lately about changing the face on the $10 bill from that of Alexander Hamilton to that of a woman. I have no objection to such a change. Really, I’d just like to have more $10 bills ...

Obama, Brutus & Cassius

In the letter “Work with Obama” (June 27), Joni Campbell asked why Republicans in the U.S. Congress can’t get along with the president. Her answer can be found in Obama’s false statements that under ObamaCare: • people can keep their ...

No dogs in park

At the Tarentum Council meeting on June 15, there was a motion regarding prohibited activities in Riverview Memorial Park. Signs in the park state alcohol, bicycles, dogs, skateboards and littering are prohibited. For some reason, there are people in the borough ...

Terrible roads

I’ve lived in Arnold since 1968 and have never seen the streets in New Kensington-Arnold in such atrocious condition. Freeport Road — what the heck is going on there? You can’t drive it without shaking the daylights out of your ...

Corizon’s side

Corizon Health would like to set the record straight regarding the news story “Allegheny County officials discuss concerns over jail health care costs”. Corizon Health and Allegheny County leadership mutually agreed not to extend our contract for health-care services at ...

Don’t feed students junk

With the editorial “‘Healthy kids’? Unhealthy results”, the Trib joins the crowd of conservatives who mock the concept of healthy food for public-school children. If it weren’t so sad, it would be amusing. Conservatives who talk about common sense and getting ...

Fuzzy jobless math

Many workers have stopped looking for work and are not counted in unemployment figures, and many of the jobs counted are not full time. Unemployment figures in the past were more accurate because most workers were looking for work ...

Christian values

What is happening to the values of our country? I am sick and tired of being pushed around and our Christian values changed to appease a few who may be offended by the values of our great country. I spent many ...

Tarentum lucky

I drove across the Tarentum Bridge the other day, and as I turned on to East Sixth Avenue, I was taken by all of the blooming flowers and leafy trees — and the people on the sidewalk going to and ...

Immunization law

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association appreciates the state Senate’s passage of HB 182. This will allow supermarket pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccine to individuals under the age of 18 with parental consent and permit qualified pharmacy interns to administer ...

Ugly ideology

Regarding Pat Buchanan’s column “America as a Third World nation”: OMG — Mr. Buchanan’s xenophobia really went off the rails. His fear doesn’t actually have a one-word description. Perhaps “Christian Caucasianism” might work. He wants no religious or ethnic diversity, ...

White, black & biracial

Regarding Randy Bish’s June 17 editorial cartoon about a Rachel Dolezal job application: Would you please tell me why this is a big issue about ...

In desert, not here

An item in “Sunday pops” mentioned Kerry Jackson of Investor’s Business Daily, who says solar panels kill lots of birds. Let me assure the readers of the Trib that the solar panels we see on the roofs of homes and ...

Balancing democracy

I can still recall the renewed respect for the concepts of liberty and justice that came to my mind as a lawyer when, many years ago, I saw the rather modest American monument to Magna Carta in a nondescript field ...

Try Hribal as an adult

Regarding the news story “Psychologist: Franklin Regional suspect Hribal wouldn’t survive prison”: Oh, I don’t buy it. If this boy was so deeply disturbed, why weren’t ...