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Salena Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer, a Trib editorial page columnist and host of Off Road Politics on TribLIVE radio. Salena Zito can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7879

Off Road Politics connects Washington with Main Street hosted by Salena Zito and Lara Brown PhD. Exclusive radio show on @TribLIVE

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Roadside reminder: Time doesn’t stand still

By Salena Zito
WALTERSBURG — A rusting steam shovel from a bygone era has sat guarding an old strip mine along Route 51 in this Fayette County village …

Dems’ latest false wedge issue

By Salena Zito
She gave a dramatic eye-roll in reaction to all of the fuss that Democrats and the president attempted to create over equal pay for women last week. A Democrat herself, she said she has carved out a decent, comfortable life …

Will hubris sink the Dems?

By Salena Zito
Standing at a gas station pump, as news blared overhead about the Fort Hood shootings, a young mother with two children buckled into her sedan’s car seats sighed. “I hope someday if, God forbid, tragedy strikes again at a military …

Majors or not, the game of their lives

By Salena Zito
When he got The Call, Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister thought it was a joke. He’d just returned to the apartment in Buffalo, N.Y., …

Elites don’t grasp communities’ strengths

By Salena Zito 12:40 p.m.
The moment you enter the Elks Club in Pittsburgh’s old Allegheny section, you get a sense that all is right with the world, at least …

Completing a World War II vet’s mission of honor

By Salena Zito
CARLISLE Sometimes prayers are answered by the most peculiar of angels. Perry E. Ball works in a nondescript office in a maze of rooms at the U.S. Army War College. A professor of international relations, he keeps his desk neat …

Original tea partyers returning to GOP fold

By Salena Zito
Fortunately, the actual voters behind the tea party movement of 2009 did some good before the vultures arrived. Since that movement’s peak in 2010, the sentiment of those original voters — a pretty even split of Republicans, Democrats and independents …

Dispensing with indispensability?

By Salena Zito
Having commanded an unprepared, poorly supplied army, George Washington offered a sharp reply when a Constitutional Convention delegate proposed limiting the new country’s standing military to 5,000 men. Washington sarcastically agreed with the proposal, “as long as a stipulation was …

Giving up on Washington

By Salena Zito
MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio The roar is gone. Five years after Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel’s once-thunderous mill went idle, the only sound here is that of the oldest parts of the plant being dismantled. The demolition began about a day or so before …

Traces of Carnegie’s ‘gumption’ linger

By Salena Zito
Ghosts are everywhere along Reedsdale Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Despite the crisscrossing expressways overhead and the post-industrial surroundings, you can feel that something extraordinary happened here. You can easily summon images of mid-19th-century men and women who helped to …

Pa. House race previews Dems’ 2016

By Salena Zito
Sometimes the smallest races tell the biggest stories. Take Pennsylvania Democrats’ primary race to replace Allyson Schwartz in suburban Philadelphia’s 13th Congressional District. (Schwartz is campaigning for the Democrats’ nomination to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett in November.) Unless the bad …

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