Opinion

More IRS temerity

The IRS says tea party and other conservative groups that have been waiting years on their tax-exempt status applications finally will be addressed. Exactly when ...

Self-fulfilling prophecy: The State Department's Iran warning

The State Department sounded the red alert Monday, warning Americans not to travel to Iran. Now, why would that be? Well, it seems that the Islamic ...

'Sanctuary's' price: Close this dangerous loophole

It shouldn't take a child rape charge against an illegal Honduran alien, who rightfully should have been deported last year, for Philadelphia to realize the ...

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

The hordes return: Students have begun their en masse return pilgrimage to universities in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. About 43,000 students are making their ...

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Still too little & too late: A new law that provides permits for supermarkets, restaurants and hotels — including a handful in Westmoreland County — ...

Alle-Kiski Tuesday Takes

Still too little & too late: A new law that permits for supermarkets, restaurants and hotels — including a handful in the Alle-Kiski Valley — ...


Dismantle Department of Education

One of the first things Donald Trump should do if elected president is abolish the federal Department of Education started by former Democrat President Jimmy ...

The Bard said it best

William Shakespeare said "All the world's a stage" more than 400 years ago. Today some people would like a former reality show star and businessman ...

Acountability exits the stage

Let me see if I understand: The Pittsburgh Public Schools recently hired a superintendent, Anthony Hamlet, the legitimacy of whose credentials and effectiveness have been ...

Lost purse found

On Aug. 18, I went shopping at Kmart. I became frustrated when I found out halfway through my purchase the store's computer system was down ...

Trump adept at cheating

All Pennsylvanians should feel insulted by Donald Trump telling us that if he doesn't win in our state, it is because of cheating. His ...

Media conspiring against Trump

In his column "Donald Trump is certifiably crazy" , Joseph Sabino Mistick joins the chorus of Trump opponents calling him crazy. It's interesting that at ...




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 ...

Sheriff David Clarke speaks truth

Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He ...

Let's talk about the new water gun emoji

It has come to this, America: The black revolver emoji is being replaced on your iPhone with a neon green water gun in order to ...

State government is killing my business

In 2013, after planning and saving for a year and a half, I opened my first business, Fat Cat Vapor Shop in Montoursville. I'd overcome ...

Young voters tune out Trump

WASHINGTON People always remember their first presidential vote. In high school, I was a rather awkward, nerdish history buff (my wife would dispute the verb ...