Opinion

The EPA and ethanol: Something smells

If ethanol is the wonder fuel that proponents insist it is, then why is the Environmental Protection Agency shrugging off submitting reports, required by law, ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To the new Route 51. The northbound lanes of West Carson Street — from the West End Circle to Stanhope Street — have ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Lance: The public's cleanup costs. Westmoreland County's Industrial Development Corp. will use $1 million in bond money from the county to clean up the 13-acre ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To "progress." In this case, the demolition last week of the Heights Elementary School in Harrison. We love old buildings with architectural integrity and ...

Climate games: Anchor vs. sail

Additional "guidance" from the Obama administration that grossly expands the National Environmental Policy Act is a bridge too far from the doomsayers of climate change. ...

The Thursday wrap

Mylan Pharmaceuticals of Canonsburg is taking heat for raising the price of EpiPens, the lifesaving epinephrine-delivery device, by 400 percent. That, after a voluntary recall ...


Ball cap fascism

There's an old adage that states: "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag." I'd like to add a postscript: ...

What do we have to lose?

Millions will undoubtedly vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. Millions more will vote for her because she's a Democrat. But for those ...

Stop embracing Trump, GOP

There is an urgency facing this nation with Donald Trump being the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. I'm dismayed that certain Republican leaders have ...

No cheating here

In view of Donald Trump stating that the only way Hillary Clinton could win Pennsylvania was through cheating, I would like to make a suggestion. ...

Revise food truck ordinance

Regarding Greensburg's new food truck ordinance: While I am in favor of protecting brick-and-mortar businesses, I am curious as to why the city did not ...

Arnold mayor doesn't care

I have been trying to clean up Arnold for two years and thought I was making progress. I know one person can't do everything. I ...




A clash of police policies

Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there also was a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of ...

'Tough' road ahead for Trump

Following the best speech of his campaign, Donald Trump last week visited Louisiana to sympathize with people suffering from a catastrophic flood that has left ...

To ID or not to ID?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is ...

Cheap populism helps no one

WASHINGTON With defeat now the likely outcome for the Republican presidential nominee, the blame shifting has begun early and in earnest. To some partisans such ...

A eulogy for John McLaughlin

The following is an edited eulogy delivered Aug. 20 in the Basilica at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.: Issue ...

Clinton Foundation won't accept foreign money — until it does

This year's headline from The New York Times: "If Hillary Clinton Wins, Foundation Will Stop Accepting Foreign Donations." Next year's headline: "Clinton Foundation Accepts $250 ...

Time to put work back into welfare

It's been 20 years now since the welfare reform measures, a rare bipartisan triumph, were signed into law. Critics predicted gloom and doom but it ...

Hillary's thug Salazar

Ken Salazar, President Obama's disgraced ex-Interior secretary and former U.S. senator from Colorado, was named Hillary Clinton's White House transition chair last week. The pick ...

'New nationalism' is nothing more than generic white identity politics

To listen to both his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a "new nationalism" popping up around the world. I'm not ...

'Extreme vetting'

Donald Trump's newly proposed ideological test for immigrants — one that he characterized as "extreme vetting" — has renewed debate over immigration reform in the ...

Hillary's dubious economic plan

Hillary Clinton, whose family income is in the top tenth of the top 1 percent, something like $10 million in 2015 to go along with ...

Is free trade causing job losses?

"Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible trade deal after another — from NAFTA to China to ...

Hillary's transparency phobia

Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because she's winning in the polls, we shouldn't whitewash her flaws. And here's ...

We're still arguing about trickle-down tax policy?

For all his anti-establishment posturing, Donald Trump's tax plans are standard Republican fare: big tax cuts that favor the wealthy by lowering top marginal rates ...

Here's to the veeps

We've heard nonstop criticism of both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates — for good reasons. So are their running mates any better? Yes. Trump's vice ...