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The McDonnell case: Prosecute anew

Bob McDonnell isn't out of the woods yet. Nor should he be. In a unanimous vote, the Supreme Court on Monday vacated the bribery conviction ...

Snooping stalled: No fishing here

The good news is that a warrantless Internet snooping measure for the FBI — under the broad banner of "national security" — failed to pass ...

The Texas abortion law: 'Undue burden'

As a matter of law, the Supreme Court's 5-3 decision Monday throwing out a Texas statute restricting abortions was the only decision it could make. ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

Lend a hand: Our neighbors in West Virginia have begun the arduous task of recovering from what have been called once-in-a-thousand-year floods. At least two ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

It's about time: Westmoreland County commissioners have instituted a commonsense midyear budget review with department heads to get a better handle on the county's finances ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday Takes

Social media arrest: Solving a bank hold-up is a lot easier when you have people — lots of people — telling the cops who the ...


Course makeover ruined Oakmont

Having had the opportunity to play golf at Oakmont Country Club on 25 or so occasions during my business career I was saddened to see ...

Lincoln, Roosevelt & Trump

Abraham Lincoln once stated that "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Although his speech was considered politically incorrect, Lincoln regarded this proposition as indisputably ...

Pension woes not teachers' fault

The letter, "Teachers to blame for state pension woes" (June 23) contained several inaccuracies. Unless a person begins teaching at age 20, it is ...

Go beyond background checks

Fox Chapel Area School District Superintendent Gene Freeman's letter "Court ruling handcuffs districts" (June 19 and TribLIVE) addressed several issues regarding background checks on outside ...

Preserve & protect environment

Climate change is affecting the world in many different ways, specifically our national parks. Wildfires threaten grasslands, increased temperature causes wildlife to migrate away, and ...

Fly U.S. flag, not Pens'

I've joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5758 in Tarentum a little over two years ago to serve on the team that performs military ...




Donald Trump's post-Brexit path to victory

Some of us have long predicted the breakup of the European Union. The cousins appear to have just delivered the coup de grace. While Scotland ...

Affirmative action fraud goes on

The Supreme Court ruled last week that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by Congress. But the ...

An unhappy FAA landing

The Federal Aviation Administration does something excellent and then it turns on itself — on responsibility, on honesty, on fairness, on passenger service, maybe even ...

Crippling coal will cost U.S.

Much has been written to bury America's coal industry. The overriding presumption is that coal no longer is needed, soon to be replaced by breakthroughs ...

Horror in Twin Falls

Something wicked happened in Idaho's rural Magic Valley. The evil has been compounded by politicians, media and special-interest groups trying to suppress the story and ...

'Gun control' is a farce

Surely murder is a serious subject which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control ...

The emperors have plenty of clothes

Presumptive, or is it presumptuous, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton recently gave a speech on income inequality while wearing a $12,000 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket. That's ...

Bob Casey's illegal case of wine

The Penguins' fourth Stanley Cup also was a victory for Sen. Bob Casey. The Pennsylvania Democrat bet Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a case of wine ...

A big idea for Hillary

If Donald Trump continues to implode, Hillary Clinton will win simply by being the presidential candidate who isn't Trump. But the prospect of a President ...

Verbatim

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." George Bernard Shaw "Maxims for Revolutionists" (1903) ...

Warning label lunacy

When you use a coffeepot, do you need a warning label to tell you: "Do not hold over people"? Must a bicycle bell be sold ...

Escaping to Canada? A primer for the fleeing

Even before our two-party system coughed up the most disliked presidential nominees in modern polling history, Canada had firmly established itself as America's favorite backup ...

A decade saved to spend wisely

I saw one of my novels at a yard sale last week and it appeared to have been used as a coaster. The interior was ...

What other gun rules could have stopped Orlando killer?

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub atrocity, President Barack Obama has admonished us to "do some soul searching" about how "easy" it is in ...

Trolling for war with Russia?

About 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar ...