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If not now, when?

By Tribune-Review
Regarding Diane Katz’s column “Exclusive to the Trib: Export-Import Bank ‘benefits’ are grossly misrepresented”: If not now, when will our local members of Congress vote to rein in the federal government and end subsidies to business (corporate welfare)? They campaign …

Valley’s patriotism amazing

By Tribune-Review
Re. the two-photo cover package of the Sept. 12 VND, “Veterans Remember:” On 9/11, the Allegheny Valley community came together with the veterans charity Team Red White and Blue in an amazing way to keep the American flag moving all …

Muslims & discrimination

By Tribune-Review
As American citizens, it’s time we realize that there are extremist groups of every religious belief and ethnicity in the world. We should not place any American citizen in this extremist spotlight. There seems to be inordinate discrimination against American …

Ferguson & sin

By Tribune-Review
The Michael Brown story is the same old, same old race-related ranting about black teenagers being gunned down in the streets by white police officers. The root of the problem isn’t race. It is sin! Some called Brown a “gentle …

Including Shanksville

By Tribune-Review
In August 2009, I searched online for 9/11 logos, designs and images and looked at over 1,000 images related to that day. Some had the …

Put brakes on bike lanes

By Tribune-Review
Regarding new bicycle lanes announced by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald: Where is the bike lane engineering/traffic study? Where is the overall bike lane plan for the city and county? Where are Pittsburgh City …

Art Rooney as ‘fox’

By Tribune-Review
The Associated Press news story “Steelers’ Rooney tapped for NFL probe into Rice video” got my front-page attention. So, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has drafted Art Rooney to help oversee former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s Ray Rice investigation. Is this …

Knows, supports Corbett

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania governor’s race is another repeat of hype vs. substance! I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Gov. Tom Corbett and if decency means anything, the governor personifies it. He’s a man who will walk the walk, not …

Redistribution mechanism

By Tribune-Review
I have always been confused by the term “corporate taxes.” Many politicians tell us that evil corporations don’t pay their fair share. If you make McDonald’s pay higher taxes, does it dig deep into its profits and pay the taxes? …

Overlooked by NCAA

By Tribune-Review
The NCAA recently released Penn State from its scholarship penalties and bowl probation. Did I miss the press release where Jerry Sandusky’s victims forgave the school and declared themselves unmolested? Joe Lucas South Side …

Bashing unions

By Tribune-Review
Every Labor Day, the extreme right of the Republican Party comes out of the woodwork to bash unions and provide cover for the “job creators” who cannot hire workers. In the Labor Day edition of the VND, columnist Mark Mix …

Patriot Day flags

By Tribune-Review
As I drove through New Kensington on Sept. 11, I noticed several flags flying at full staff. Included were the flags at New Kensington City Hall and the city’s water reservoir tanks on Freeport Road. When I contacted the city …

Trampled enough

By Tribune-Review
I agree with Eric Heyl’s column “Floor art won’t improve footing at Pittsburgh airport”. Putting murals on Pittsburgh International Airport floors to decorate them is just a crackpot idea. This idea is a huge waste of money. Why decorate the …

Backyard fires hazardous

By Tribune-Review
Nafari Vanaski’s column “Vanaski: Rules would put damper on backyard fires in Allegheny County” illuminates an ignored public health issue and the opportunity to examine the social norms of wood burning. Evidence is mounting about the health impacts of the …

Guitar course a great idea

By Tribune-Review
I just loved seeing the article in the Leader Times about Ford City High School: “School of Rock” (Sept. 3). A guitar makes beautiful music and with a lot of students playing them, oh, what a sound that would be. …

ISIS strategy misguided

By Tribune-Review
I was not convinced by President Obama’s speech on Wednesday regarding the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It seems everyone from President Obama to Sen. John McCain is saying that we must send troops to and/or bomb Iraq and …

It Takes a Village

By Tribune-Review
We have invited numerous community organizations to join the It Takes A Village celebration in New Kensington on Sunday, Sept. 21. It’s being held from 4 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot on Barnes Avenue adjacent to People’s Library. …

He’ll stand up for donors

By Tribune-Review
Regarding The Associated Press story “Governor candidates Corbett, Wolf net at least $31M from donors”: It was interesting that most of the governor’s contributions listed came from private corporations and individuals, while a number of Mr. Wolf’s came from unions. …

Tipline’s downsides

By Tribune-Review
Regarding the news story “Westmoreland commissioner calls fraud site delay ‘inexplicable’”: Westmoreland County Controller Jeff Balzer’s newly implemented tipline on his web page, which enables suspected “waste, fraud, and abuse” to be reported anonymously, is ill advised and smacks of …

Hope for spinal cord injuries

By Tribune-Review
September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and I hope this letter will increase the recognition of this devastating condition to your readers. A spinal cord injury can result in complete muscle paralysis, loss of sensation and bladder function …