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Obama's barrel tax: Ulterior motives

Despite anti-drilling efforts by the most oil-repellent White House of all time, the price of crude nevertheless is down dramatically. So now President Obama wants ...

Saturday essay: Neighborhood changes

Life here sure has changed in 17 years since moving from the New York metropolitan area. The "culture" of my relocated home, not far from ...

The 'Clean Power Plan': The Supreme Court slaps the Obama administration

You can stick a fork in the Obama administration's plot to finish off America's fossil-fuel industry and reorder this nation's power grid to its warped ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To the feds. A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted a Carrick man for allegedly providing the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed one person ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To West Overton Village and Museum. The East Huntingdon museum will return to its roots this year when it opens a craft distillery. And ...

VND Laurels & Lances

On the 'Watch List': The Leechburg Area School Board. We're not sure what's going on with the hazing on the Leechburg boys basketball team — ...


Don't pay suspended workers

Regarding "Westmoreland County commissioner slams pay for suspended employees" : Customarily, employees on suspension or discharged pending a disciplinary hearing are not paid for such ...

Free markets work for millennials

Erin Heilman's manifesto ("The millennial work ethic," in which she articulates the quality of life enhancements that this most coddled of generations will command was ...

Expressway skepticism

We are fortunate to have history to help guide us. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Port Authority of Allegheny County certainly have demonstrated their ...

No more 'hazing' reaction needed

The alleged "hazing incident" at Leechburg High School is being blown completely out of proportion. Hazing happens at every school, not just Leechburg. I am ...

Time to move on

This is in response to Bob Exler's letter, "Toney? Really?" (Jan. 20). Haven't you done enough damage to Rick Toney and his family? You took his ...

Clinton is just more Obama

If historians were truthful, Barak Obama would go down as the most destructive president our country has ever known. Electing Hillary Clinton would be just ...




Cruz goes high tech

Politicians tailor their messages to different audiences. Facing New Hampshire's primary, Ted Cruz talked more about "free-market principles" and a "commitment to the Constitution" and ...

Bloomberg vs. Trump?

The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on "Morning Joe," said that he would welcome his "friend" Michael Bloomberg into the ...

Muslim leaders stand up for religious freedom

At an historic gathering in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Jan. 27, more than 300 Muslim leaders — including many of the world's most eminent Islamic scholars ...

Playing the gender card isn't working for Hillary

Hillary Clinton is not a woman, and that's a triumph for feminism and a problem for Hillary. Let me clarify. Yes, technically she is female. But ...

Pennsylvania budget crisis is a product of short-term thinking

The Beatles once famously sang that you've "got to admit it's getting better, it's getting better all the time." Budgeters in Pennsylvania, unfortunately, are facing ...

Sloppy language & thinking

George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the ...

Cruz, Rubio and God

If you attend a Republican presidential event on the campaign trail, you may come to wonder if you made a wrong turn and ended up ...

America's declining economic freedom

Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America's economic freedom has been declining ...

Schumer's Zika hypocrisy

Latin America's Zika virus is the latest undocumented alien to hit our shores. But have no fear. Self-appointed Zika Warrior Charles Schumer has declared that ...

Separating natural gas facts from fiction

Too often in politics, one-sided sounds bites rise above fact-based evidence. This conditions the landscape for gridlock and partisanship and propels policies with unintended consequences. ...

A Cruz-Rubio super-ticket?

With the results of the Iowa primary in, and on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, it's time to consider a unique possibility: Ted ...

The USO at 75: Service to those who serve

It's 1942, the uncertain, early days of World War II, and you are a young soldier assigned to a training base far from home: Camp ...

The decline of political party power

The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz's victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in ...

The millennial work ethic

Dear previous employer: You may think that you have gotten the best of me, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think ...

Stossel: Endless political arrogance

After the Iowa caucus results, it looks like Hillary Clinton vs. Marco Rubio in November! They lead the betting at ElectionBettingOdds.com. This scares me. Neither ...