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Chilling heat: Two AGs counter brethren's climate claims

At least two attorneys general are pushing back against the investigation, and political persecution, of ExxonMobil by their liberal peers attempting to silence dissent against ...

Saturday essay: 'Because they were'

"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten," said Calvin Coolidge, accepting the Republican nomination for vice president in 1920. "In the aftermath, we ...

Defrauding America: Cash in a SNAP

In what federal authorities call the biggest food stamp fraud in U.S. history, 22 people in South Florida have been charged with bilking the government's ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

An exhortation: The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. And, suddenly, so, too, is summer-like weather. We'll all engage in all manner of outdoor activity ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

On the "Watch List": • Adult consequences. A gun owner and baby sitter face child endangerment charges in the death of James Robert "J.R." ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

On the "Watch List:" Orphans of the Storm. Armstrong County's only animal shelter is closed due to a canine distemper outbreak and won't reopen for ...


Clinton's obvious security breach

Regarding Paul Waldman's opinion piece "Hillary Clinton will be exonerated in the email 'scandal'" : It's painfully obvious Waldman has never had a security clearance ...

Trump is divisive

It is clear to any thinking mind that Donald Trump is lacking the wisdom and temperament to steer a country known to be a melting ...

Plum findings dismaying

Regarding "Plum school officials turned 'blind eye to obvious signs' of misconduct" : The Plum School District does not need a grand jury report of ...

'Just the facts'

Watching the TV news and listening to the talkers on the radio, it seems the reporting is more personal than "Just the news, mam." The presidential race ...

Kudos to Arnold Legion

Arnold Furniture would like to acknowledge American Legion Post 684 of Arnold for placing American flags in our city. By placing these flags throughout Arnold, ...

Wolf catered to teachers union

Gov. Tom Wolf recently vetoed legislation that would have stopped public school districts from basing teacher layoffs on seniority. That means districts must keep teachers ...




Privatization is still better than government services

Our next president will almost certainly be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But I take heart knowing that America's Founders imposed checks and balances, so ...

Clinton's enablers on the right

Is there anything more laughable than all the former members of the George W. Bush brain trust torching conservatives for getting behind Donald Trump? The ...

The toxicity of college commencement speeches

This is the season of college commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. ...

Facebook finds itself in need of credibility

Forgive me for a little old-fashioned smirking when following the digital-era dilemma of Facebook having to own up to some human involvement in its tidy, ...

Is Scarborough Shoal worth a war?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, the U.S. ...

The ACA marketplace needs stabilization, self-sufficiency.

For 80 years, from our home base in Pittsburgh, Highmark has provided high-quality, affordable health care coverage as part of our mission to serve our ...

The real deniers of science

Why do liberals hate science? The left long has claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al ...

TSA union antics

When it comes to public employee unions, there's no such thing as a coincidence. Travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns — convenient ...

The CIA's massive reorganization continues under the radar: The Brennan plan

President Obama's recent visit to the CIA reminds us of the critical role the Central Intelligence Agency plays in national security. While the president was ...

Andrew Conte on Media: Finding a sustainable future for journalism

We still might be drinking more lead in our tap water if Curt Guyette hadn't knocked on so many doors. Guyette, an investigative reporter for ...

Why students need algebra

The word "algebra" comes from the Arab word "al-jabr," which means "to balance." Using it in a mathematical context dates back to a Persian manuscript ...

What skilled demagogues can accomplish

I've been rereading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." In this political season, William L. Shirer's mammoth history of Hitler's Germany seems a ...

Ethanol fuels energy security

Today is Armed Forces Day. It is a good reminder to thank the men and women in uniform who spend every day protecting our freedoms, ...

Venezuela: This is what socialism looks like, kids

As Republicans attempt to cobble together some type of genuine party unity behind presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, socialist Bernie Sanders and Democrat Hillary Clinton ...

The jobs crisis, this summer & beyond

Nearly one in six American men between the ages of 18 and 34 is jobless or incarcerated, up from about one in 10 in 1980. ...