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Privatizing the air traffic control system: Bag the union sweeteners

Legislation to remove the nation's air traffic control from the federal government is the right prescription for an antiquated system. But that doesn't require union ...

Sunday pops

Gov. Tom Wolf expended a modicum of political capital in imploring the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to allow sales of six-packs of beer at more ...

Chilling heat: Two AGs counter brethren's climate claims

At least two attorneys general are pushing back against the investigation, and political persecution, of ExxonMobil by their liberal peers attempting to silence dissent against ...

Saturday essay: 'Because they were'

"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten," said Calvin Coolidge, accepting the Republican nomination for vice president in 1920. "In the aftermath, we ...

Defrauding America: Cash in a SNAP

In what federal authorities call the biggest food stamp fraud in U.S. history, 22 people in South Florida have been charged with bilking the government's ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

An exhortation: The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. And, suddenly, so, too, is summer-like weather. We'll all engage in all manner of outdoor activity ...


Capitalism's failings

Regarding Dave Majernik's letter "Socialism's shortcomings" : Young people are sick and tired of working hard, seeing a few take advantage of the many and ...

21-gun salutes a rarity

America again is commemorating Memorial Day — a day to remember the almost 1 million personnel in the military who have died in wars since ...

Restroom law's ramifications

I am a white, straight female who is all for people living the way they want. However I think my voice needs to be heard. ...

Rein in Wolf's 'rogue agency'

In January 2015, I was appointed to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Citizen Advisory Council by then-state House Speaker Sam Smith. At the same ...

Bright Lines: Donald Trump and the Plum teacher-student sex scandal

Don Harrison, Bethel Park: I have been speaking each month from my Bethel Park Council seat about the downhill slope that our nation is experiencing ...

Ethanol industry's many benefits

Regarding Gen. Wesley Clark's commentary "Ethanol fuels energy security" : Ethanol is an American success story. As a grain farmer and one of the many ...




The qualities veterans possess

When I ask students at Duquesne University if they or a family member are veterans, there is usually a sprinkling of hands. More hands are ...

Remembrance & politics: Memorial Day's significance this election year

Memorial Day this year calls on all Americans with particular significance. It requires us to look at our past and to our future as our ...

The sad farce of the political duopoly

In 2002, Saddam Hussein ran on the Ba'ath party ticket and won Iraq's presidency with 100 percent of the vote. Not surprisingly, Saddam was the ...

Meet the Libertarians

For the majority of non-Beltway Americans who prudently maintain unfavorable opinions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Libertarian candidate is certain to advocate several ...

Bernie Sanders getting caught up in victimhood

"All politicians will break your heart eventually." After spending my youth tripping over politicians with my lobbyist father, I know this bit of advice from ...

Privatization is still better than government services

Our next president will almost certainly be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But I take heart knowing that America's Founders imposed checks and balances, so ...

Clinton's enablers on the right

Is there anything more laughable than all the former members of the George W. Bush brain trust torching conservatives for getting behind Donald Trump? The ...

The toxicity of college commencement speeches

This is the season of college commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. ...

Facebook finds itself in need of credibility

Forgive me for a little old-fashioned smirking when following the digital-era dilemma of Facebook having to own up to some human involvement in its tidy, ...

Is Scarborough Shoal worth a war?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, the U.S. ...

The ACA marketplace needs stabilization, self-sufficiency.

For 80 years, from our home base in Pittsburgh, Highmark has provided high-quality, affordable health care coverage as part of our mission to serve our ...

The real deniers of science

Why do liberals hate science? The left long has claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al ...

TSA union antics

When it comes to public employee unions, there's no such thing as a coincidence. Travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns — convenient ...

The CIA's massive reorganization continues under the radar: The Brennan plan

President Obama's recent visit to the CIA reminds us of the critical role the Central Intelligence Agency plays in national security. While the president was ...

Andrew Conte on Media: Finding a sustainable future for journalism

We still might be drinking more lead in our tap water if Curt Guyette hadn't knocked on so many doors. Guyette, an investigative reporter for ...