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Condescending interviewee

Eric Heyl’s Q&A “Media enabling Trump” reveals as much or more about the person he interviewed than it does about the subject of the interview. Donald Trump is brash, is not a media darling, and has made some very controversial statements. ...

Students’ debt to repay

I must respectfully correct the Trib’s headline on the Bloomberg News story “Taxpayers may owe billions in student loans” reporting on the demise of many for-profit colleges and student loan forgiveness. Taxpayers do not owe billions in student loans, but ...

States & secession

Walter Williams’ column “Historical ignorance” regarding the right of states to secede advocates for a United States that would look like the Balkans on steroids. The evidence he offered lacked weight and relevance. Assuming he is correct that three states ...

Outrageous & delusional

It is outrageous that traitor/spy Jonathan Pollard will be released from prison, particularly while Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is in office and before the nuclear agreement with Iran is finalized. It has been Bibi’s quest for years to secure the ...

Inspiring & welcome

The news story “Holy Family Academy guides city youths to path of accomplishment” about the partnership between the Carpenters Union and Holy Family Institute that provides job skills to young people was inspiring and welcome. This is the kind of ...

Major issue, no action

Every election cycle, the GOP seems to have a major issue that fires up its base and gets them to the polls. This year and also in the past election cycle, it has used immigration. If immigration is such an important ...

Not one-sided

To Colin McNickle: It’s nice to see that you are so soft with your column “‘Too many white people’ in Pittsburgh?”, because it was only white people who were attacked. If a white public official made a comment that there ...

Catholicism & science

When Pope Francis weighed in on global warming, some people asked what the Catholic Church would know about science — even though it is the greatest proponent of science in history. After all, it has been conducting research and education in ...

‘Deflategate’ fault NFL’s

If the condition of the football, such as the inflation pressure, can affect the outcome of a football game, it is the responsibility of the governing body to define and specify the acceptable conditions and then to control these conditions at the ...

Bright lines: Budget battle

Trib readers react to Just Harvest grassroots organizer Maria Muzzie’s letter “Wolf’s budget better”: Todd Frescura, Unity — Let’s connect some reality dots, Ms. ...

Seal the borders

The main problems caused by illegal immigration are jobs lost, lower wages, stolen taxpayer resources, increased crime and domestic terrorism. Each of these problems harms Americans in many ways. Millions of American citizens are out of work or unable to find ...

USW not cause of ATI woes

Regarding Archie Atkinson’s letter “ATI fixing past mistakes”: So a “retired management employee from a Fortune 500 company” thinks ATI’s economic woes are due to unjust demands from United Steelworkers union employees. He stated that the problems include “outrageous ...

Muslims & love of country

Several states have appropriately beefed up security at military recruitment centers in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting tragedy. This Muslim-American would add that the best way to counter the threat of radicalization (of any group) is to inculcate the ...

More health-care control

In his letter “Physician-data danger”, Americans for Free Choice in Medicine’s Richard Ralston makes an important point when it comes to the push for increased availability of physician performance data. As he writes, reporting of this data should not be ...

A budget in limbo

Now several weeks with no signed budget and education funding in the balance, it’s time for Gov. Tom Wolf to get off the campaign trail and back to the negotiating table in Harrisburg. Wolf wants to raise personal income and sales ...

Exiting Wal-Mart

Re. Richard Kuhn’s letter “My side or broadside” (July 15), about making a left turn exiting the Wal-Mart shopping plaza in Harrison: I too realized the danger there. My solution is to go to the main traffic light in the ...

Taxing tobacco II

Almost all tobacco users became addicted before age 18. Every day, thousands of kids try their first cigarette. In recent years, declines in youth smoking rates have stalled and use of other tobacco products by youth has increased. Tobacco companies are aware ...

Be wary of contractor claims

The VND has run several articles, including “More charges filed against contractor” (July 11), concerning Larry Conklin, who has been arrested for allegedly defrauding homeowners in home improvement scams. Conklin stated he had a waterproofing business and was registered, insured ...

Taxing tobacco I

With Pennsylvania continuing to function without an operating budget, I applaud the Legislature for approving and sending to the governor a no-tax budget. As a full-service distributor, I’m not in favor of higher tobacco taxes. Tobacco is an easy target ...

An expensive renovation

As a Burrell School District taxpayer, I became concerned after reading the story “Burrell considers renovating former weight room” (July 28). In addition to deciding if this space needs to be converted from a weight room into a locker room, the ...