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Opinion/The Review


The Wounded Warrior scandal: Fire Philip Burdette

The Pentagon should have fired Philip A. Burdette long ago for misconduct as director of its Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy. That he remains a special health-affairs …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: The Island Studios grant. The state says Allegheny County submitted an application for a $2.5 million grant for the McKees Rocks movie studio owned by Michael …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: • Prison video visits. What’s been touted as a windfall for Westmoreland County — online video visits, for a fee, with inmates at the county lockup …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To Ford City Police and Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi. They’re prosecuting Ford City resident Michael Gratteri for violating the state wire tap law because he recorded a …

Pa. grants & tax credits: Two messes involving taxpayer underwriting of the movie industry demand a thorough investigation

It was with much fanfare that Gov. Tom Corbett last week announced a $2.5 million taxpayer grant to help pay for a nearly $10 million expansion for Island Studios in …

The Thursday wrap

President Obama’s expected post-election executive action granting work permits to millions of illegal aliens is drawing greater opposition by the day. The union that represents federal immigration workers says public …

Letters to the Editor

Corbett over Wolf I

Is there any question at this point that Tom Wolf intends to raise taxes on …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Five myths about Halloween

By Jack Santino
Halloween is a holiday shrouded in darkness, linked to the supernatural and inspiring fear. So it’s not surprising that there are many misconceptions about its traditions, origins and meaning. Here are some of the most common. • Beware of razor …

Tom Wolf’s $1 billion myth

By David Spigelmyer
Tom Wolf’s pledge to add a severance tax on energy producers is irresponsible and does not take into account the downside for most Pennsylvanians and the communities where they live. His potential job-crushing energy tax on shale development would harm …

Africa: A tragic continent

By Walter Williams
Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of …

Terrorism & the true believer

By Pat Buchanan
“A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a …

The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program: Promises & more promises

By Jake Haulk
The Pittsburgh Promise program that provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for four years to graduates of Pittsburgh Public Schools who meet certain qualifications continues to grab headlines. The program boasts of having spent over $55 million on 5,500 students. …

Donation helps CCAC strengthen health care programs

By Quintin B. Bullock
Recently I had the pleasure of participating in the dedication of the Prism Health Services Paramedic Laboratory at the Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus. CCAC made the decision to name the laboratory in honor of the former South …

Bipartisan plan for health care?

By Sean Parnell
The Center for American Progress released a health care reform plan in September it claimed should draw bipartisan support because it includes Republican ideas. But instead of drawing on the best ideas from both sides of the ideological divide, this …

Business, the Biden way

By Michelle Malkin
Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden. The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had …

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Notes on the state of things
It’s the latest outrageous example of the regulatory state run amok: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted last week to …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
D.C. elites miss signs pointing to GOP Senate
BROOKHAVEN, W.Va If you don’t look in the weeds, sometimes you miss the signs. Late this summer, along the edges …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Porn scandal questions
HARRISBURG As with many things in life, there are complexities in the state’s growing pornography scandal that can affect how …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Hey, girl, lookin’ so fine: Why you mad?
Surprisingly, she wasn’t swept off her feet. Shoshana Roberts, a New York City actress with Pittsburgh roots, wasn’t impressed with …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s face it: Scalpel cuts deep for many
It’s the day before Halloween, so there’s really no better time than now to talk about masks, actress Renee Zellweger …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death
A week from today, Brittany Maynard plans to take her life. You may have heard her story. She’s the 29-year-old …

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Q and A

The economy & the elections
Stuart Varney is an anchor for the Fox Business Network and the host of “Varney & Company,” which airs daily …

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Page of Books

Bellying up to the bar (or not) with presidents
Americans exasperated by their leaders’ shortcomings might say politics drives them to drink. Offering a more enjoyable take on how …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

Swift justice
Meteorologists tell us that lightning can strike on a sunny day. And when it happens, folks talk about little else. …

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Tom Purcell

Beat Ebola like polio
My mother was 13 years old, the oldest child in her family, the day the health department nailed the quarantine …

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Ralph R. Reiland

Hackers, pot brownies & Putin
Not once in my life have I ever said to anyone, “You wanna smoke a bowl?” Still, I get information …

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George F. Will

A Ga. capitalist struggles
McDONOUGH, Ga. In a sun-dappled square decorated with scores of entrants in the community’s Halloween scarecrow contest, a balky sound …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Marking two passings
This month brought the deaths of two people to whom I owe large debts. One was my first economics teacher, …

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Next time, Mr. Secretary,  use wife’s ‘pickle plane’
If he wanted to get home quickly and conveniently, John Kerry should have just summoned Heiress Force One. The secretary …

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