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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To Tree Pittsburgh & the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission. For giving away seedlings in Market Square today — 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. And ...

Food stamps: Food for thought

The success of government food stamps' perpetuation of poverty is being challenged by Kansas and Maine, which are returning recipients to work and taking a ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Lance: To Westmoreland County's broken property assessments. To shake more money out of taxpayers, some school districts are filing appeals with the county's Board of ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels and Lances

Lance: To letting others help. What happened to the subscriber base at Lower Valley Ambulance Service? The service's financials have virtually fallen off a cliff, ...

The race for president: Looking toward November

"It ain't over till it's over," late New York Yankees great Yogi Berra supposedly said. And though it's true the primary election season has another ...

The Thursday wrap

A federal judge has upheld North Carolina's law that mandates photo IDs for voters. Key to the decision was the fact — the fact — ...


Webster's for liberals

The liberal left has been rewriting history to suit its agenda for some time now. But lately it's also taken to rewriting the dictionary to ...

Fracking makes neighbors foes

Personally, I am a strong advocate for individual property owner rights. Landowners should, within the law, be free to develop their land as they deem ...

Implement ABC-MAP

Pennsylvania's "ABC-MAP"' program needs to be implemented quickly to fight the opioid epidemic. The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) has long supported a state prescription ...

Pollution perception inaccurate

Regarding "Report: Pittsburgh region's air quality remains unhealthy": As a person born in the 1940s and residing in Rankin within a couple of football fields ...

Climate change scare tactics

The article "Heat-related deaths could spike in 2030" (April 5 and TribLIVE) indicated a 3- or 4-degree Celsius change by 2030 could cause about 11,000 ...

Trump supporters sully Youngstown

While recently visiting my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, I was shocked and disheartened by the huge Donald Trump signs that I saw boisterously displayed on ...




Refugees in the Land of Good Enough

Don't quote me on this, but New York City is in the midst of digging a third tunnel, 60 miles long, deep underground, to bring ...

Isolated elites Trumped

Donald Trump's sweeping victories Tuesday night move the Manhattan billionaire a step closer to winning the Republican nomination for president and pulling off the most ...

Pennsylvania coal industry crushed by needless regulation

For decades, Pennsylvania has proudly mined the coal that fuels American industry. During World War II, coal helped fire the steel foundries and factories that ...

If God is dead ...

In a recent column, Dennis Prager made an acute observation. "The vast majority of leading conservative writers ... have a secular outlook on life. ...

Stop dissing Andrew Jackson

One would think we could celebrate the recognition that Harriet Tubman will be given on future $20 bills without demeaning former President Andrew Jackson as ...

NFL Draft proves sports isn't the answer for black communities

Chicago hosts the National Football League Draft this week. It has become so popular that it now is a three-day, made-for-TV extravaganza. And the stars ...

Canada's porous border

Canada's sloppy, rushed and reckless Syrian refugee resettlement program is America's looming national security nightmare. The urgency could not be greater. The Canadian liberal government has ...

Banning cars from urban centers creates more problems than it solves

Take back our streets!" is a common refrain among urban activists. No, they're not talking about reducing violent crime, as many of them reside in ...

The true cost of 'renewables'

In 2004, Pennsylvania passed the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, which required that the electric industry supply 18 percent of the commonwealth's power through alternative ...

Pennsylvania's pot follies

The Keystone State went nine months without a budget and liquor still is controlled as if it were the Prohibition era. But our brave elected ...

Quoth the Raven: 'Donald Trump'

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I studied social theory, The basis of positivism, the why and the wherefore — While I sat there, quietly reading, ...

Hospitals & sclerotic service

I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer. My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon ...

Saudis practice Mafia tactics

The Mafia, in its heyday, ran lucrative protection rackets. Pay them and your business would be kept safe from "unforeseen" calamities. Don't pay them and ...

No justice in Goldman Sachs settlement

The U.S. Department of Justice this month announced with great fanfare a settlement under which Goldman Sachs would ostensibly pay out more than $5 billion ...

Dig a hole for U.S. coal

There was a time in America — and it wasn't even so long ago — when liberals cared a lot about working-class people. They may ...