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Feel safer?

9:00 p.m. Do you feel safer today now that President Obama: • has freed more terrorists than any other president? • has left our southern border an open door for good and bad to enter our country? • is changing the laws on penalties ...

Hike tobacco tax

9:00 p.m. The letter “Don’t hike tobacco tax” promoted an incorrect and unhealthful stance. Declines in smoking that may result from an increased tobacco tax will save money and prevent premature death from tobacco-related illnesses. As a cancer nurse and nurse practitioner for 30 ...

Unfit either way

9:00 p.m. Regarding the Aug. 21 “This Just In” item “Heckling Hillary” on Remington Arms and its tweet about Hillary Clinton trying to feign ignorance on the wiping of her email server by saying, “What, with like a cloth or something? … ...

Month of sighs

9:00 p.m. Sigh. Just this month, we have a Pennsylvania attorney general who’s facing a felony charge, was trying to release pornographic emails, and said she needed two ...

Unions fire back II

9:00 p.m. Don’t believe the claims of the Commonwealth Foundation and the politicians who say that 401(k)-type pensions are less costly for taxpayers than the current defined-benefit pensions. The plans they are pushing are more costly. In fact, those plans will cost taxpayers ...

ATI abandoned its own

9:00 p.m. The current United Steelworkers/Allegheny Technologies Inc. dilemma goes far beyond a contract disagreement. It is about the mistreatment of all workers by ATI’s corporate directorship. ATI has abandoned its own, divesting of its support of retired, non-union employees’ health care ...

Unions fire back I

9:00 p.m. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 13 was named in the editorial “The Pa. pensions debate: Union hypocrisy”, citing Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation. Council 13 provides its employees defined-benefit pension plans that are managed by ...

Build opportunity instead

9:00 p.m. Congratulations to the faculty and administrators of Seton Hill University on their new multimillion-dollar facilities (“Newly completed buildings point to Seton Hill’s growth trend”). I’m sure many were pleased to read how happy university staff are with these additions to ...

Bright lines: Signing Vick

9:00 p.m. Trib readers react to the Pittsburgh Steelers signing Michael Vick as a backup quarterback: Anne Geever Riconosciuto, Shaler — Joe Starkey’s Sports column “Starkey: ...

‘Climate clucker’ & proud

I am one of those “climate cluckers,” as the VND calls people who believe climate change is real and due greatly to man’s burning of fossil fuels. We disagree with climate deniers, who believe warming is not a concern and ...

Cops, stars shine

On a recent evening, the television news reported a good chance of watching a meteor shower in the northeastern sky. Being that I’d been disappointed before, I hoped for the best and went out at about 11 p.m. to find ...

Council actions questioned I

It is highly irregular that all Ford City Council members were not given copies of the most recent letter outlining the details of the grant repayment to the federal Economic Development Administration. (“Contents of letters to feds remains a mystery;” ...

Council actions questioned II

This is in response to the recent U.S. Economic Development Administration’s ruling that Ford City must pay back the full amount of the grant it defaulted on for the development of the former PPG property (Leader Times, Aug. 15). Ford ...

Illegal gambling’s ills

The editorial “The gambling raids: The state’s racket” ignores real consequences of illegal gambling: Consumers are harmed, jobs are lost, and state and local governments are deprived of revenues that pay for vital public services. In stark contrast to Pennsylvania’s legal, highly-regulated ...

End current pensions

Public pension fund assets are heavily invested in the stock market to earn returns that are required to pay future benefits. Unmentioned as the stock market suffers a correction is that the public pension funding deficit increases significantly. As the ...

Disgusted

I unfolded the newspaper Aug. 27 to be greeted by a photo of a man pointing a gun at a newscaster, just before he shot her to death. To say I am disappointed and disgusted is an understatement. Has our society ...

Tax credit boosts jobs

In response to Jason Cato’s news story “Pennsylvania senators back multiyear film tax incentive”: First-time visitors to a movie set are always surprised at the large number of people working behind the camera. From carpenters building sets to decorators and ...

Trump & free speech

Today, “You can’t handle the truth” — the infamous line from the movie “A Few Good Men” — is coming from Donald Trump. The left, which grew tired of being shamed into complying by the right, has turned the tables ...

Wake up, Ford City

I have some questions for the Ford City council majority: • Why did you withhold copies of the Aug. 21 letter outlining the borough’s repayment plan to the U.S. Economic Development Administration from other council members? That’s highly irregular. • Does ...

Fighting disease

Castleman’s disease is a rare disorder that involves an overgrowth of cells in your body’s disease-fighting network (one’s lymph nodes). It can occur in localized or widespread forms. You might ask why I am writing about this in that it ...