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Verified abomination: That's the VA

Almost two years after President Obama solemnly vowed to advance "urgent reforms" to speed up veterans' medical care, government auditors document an unfazed culture of ...

Saturday essay: Cat in the crabapple!

It was only a matter of time before Wyeth and/or Winslow, the Torbie cat sisters, decided to climb the crab apple overhanging the back deck. ...

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, ...


Devious Democrats & reeking Republicans

I have always been involved in politics and have worked for a number of candidates. I am so disillusioned with the political "system." High-ranking officials ...

A rhyme for Rep. Rothfus

The state of our highway trust fund is not jolly; Yet, Keith Rothfus continues his tax pledge folly. We cannot let him make claims of "fiscal responsibility" When ...

Keep Jeannette library open

I would like to address the issue of the potential closing of the Jeannette Public Library. We as a community must do all we can ...

Obamacare's slavery

It's ironic that the first black president made every single person in the United States a life-long slave. President Obama mandatory health care has destroyed ...

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 ...




Hospital care, Part II

Last week's column on my lung surgery struck a nerve. Many of you wished me well. Others said I deserve to die. "He likes free ...

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 ...