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Opinion/The Review


State of Corruption: The McCord scandal

Yet again, scandal has rocked Harrisburg. And it’s time for the citizens of the State of Independence that has become the State of Corruption to take serious stock. Late Friday, …

Saturday essay: A new (& blue) feeder

The squirrels and the birds of winter were upset that the feeders had gone empty. And the blame didn’t rest with an inattentive boniface. No, it was by necessity. Feeders …

Catholic Education Week: School choice & more

It’s no secret that the region’s parochial schools have been in decline in recent years. But that doesn’t diminish the important role that Catholic schools play. These private schools offer …

Host a Super Bowl?: False prophets/profits

The financial plight of Glendale, Ariz., should temper enthusiasm for sports teams and their facilities as economic salvation — and especially for the idea of Pittsburgh hosting a Super Bowl. …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

An observation: Years of dickering and dithering over culling Mt. Lebanon’s exploding deer population has led to a plan to corral and shoot deer by a conflicted contractor (a consultant …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: • Zion Bullitt Avenue LP. The company’s New York owners, who for decades have played a game of rope-a-dope with local and state officials on the …

Letters to the Editor

In memory of ‘Lee’ Elby

The recent passing of Leonard “Lee” Elby evokes the clattering sound of manual typewriters, smoke-filled …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Rushing to stop Obama

By Byron York
It took a while for Republicans to catch on to what President Obama is doing with the U.S. terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But now that it’s clear Obama is rushing to empty the place, Republicans are stepping up ...

Breaking the cycle of parental neglect

By James E. Mousseau
When the discussion turns to problems inherent in “fixing” the public school system, one vital component needs attention but is consistently ignored: Parents must be held accountable in supporting their children’s attitude and behavior in school. Many students receive this ...

For 70 years, fluoridation has proven its value

By Patrice Pascual
Imagine most of your friends and family living with a chronic disease that is rarely life threatening, but it’s painful and sometimes interferes with eating, sleeping and even speaking. Researchers who discovered how to reduce the rate of this disease ...

Derail ‘fast track’

By Pat Buchanan
Last November, Republicans grew their strength in Congress to levels unseen since 1946. What united the party and rallied the nation was the GOP’s declared resolve to stand up to an imperious president. So what is the first order of ...

Defense against demagogues

By Walter Williams
When gasoline sold at record prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said, “I think it’s time to say to these people, ‘Stop ripping off the American people.’” When the average price of regular gas was close to $4 a gallon, Sen. ...

Will modern marriage win?

By Douglas Nejaime
By agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases this term, the U.S. Supreme Court probably will settle the issue by the end of June. The battles are not simply about the rights of gay couples. They are about the meaning ...

30 days’ notice is not enough!

By Michael Sobol
President Obama recently proposed a law requiring that companies inform customers within 30 days when personal information, such as Social Security numbers, is exposed. Forty-seven states have data breach notification laws, which vary widely. Pennsylvania requires that companies notify ...

The Persians are coming!

By Pat Buchanan
“The Iranians are on the march,” warned John McCain Sunday. “Iran is building a new Persian Empire,” echoed Col. Ralph Peters. So alarmed is Speaker Boehner, he invited Bibi Netanyahu to come and challenge U.S. policy toward Iran from the same ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Notes on the state of things
H ours after Sheldon Silver, the Democrat speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly engaging in …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Gift ban would benefit Wolf & GOP
HARRISBURG Every governor comes into office with political capital. How they spend it can determine their ultimate success. That means …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: When you’re done reading this, take a break from sitting
Get up. Sitting can be hazardous to your health. Just when I thought I’d heard about every possible disease in …

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Q and A

The Russia question
Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of government and foreign …

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Page of Books

The unheralded mind behind decades of Pentagon strategy
Spotlighting a Pentagon figure known as “the most influential man you’ve never heard of” and sometimes called “Yoda” by his …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

The Senate’s bag lady: Joni Ernst
According to freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, she wore plastic bread bags over her shoes when she was a child …

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Tom Purcell

Millennials, buy into homeownership
Young Americans continue to put off homeownership, and that isn’t good for anyone. According to USA Today, homeownership for Americans …

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Ralph R. Reiland

A closer look at Obama’s applause lines
Here is the official text of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, beginning with the speechwriters’ initial applause …

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George F. Will

Selig’s winning legacy
WASHINGTON The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Who worries about income inequality?
I’ve never worried about income inequality. It’s not that I’ve not worried much about it; I’ve not worried about it …

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What can you bring to Wolf’s inauguration? Not much
If you’re going to Harrisburg for Tom Wolf’s inauguration as governor Tuesday, kindly leave your umbrella and incendiary devices at …

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