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  • terry madonna Michael Young and Terry Madonna | One candidate could turn state on its head

    Normally, primary contests for lieutenant governor are quiet affairs, given little thought by voters and not much more by party leaders. It’s not that candidates don’t lust after the nomination. Currently, six have filed petitions for the Democratic May 20 primary.

    March 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • tom caulfield Tom Caulfield | Squeezed for funds, VCI seeks your help

    Like all nonprofits, Veteran Community Initiatives Inc. (VCI), your local (no cost) veteran service provider in the Laurel Highlands since 1993, has had to tighten its belt as funding, grants and private donations become fewer, more difficult to attain, more restrictive and, more often than not, awarded to larger metropolitan areas.

    March 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas Sabo | Are we placing too much emphasis on winning?

    “I hate them ... well, I wouldn’t say hate them.”
    Which will be the more haunting memory of the 2014 Winter Olympics: That Canada beat USA 1-0 in the game that was expected to produce the gold medal for hockey? Or American player Ryan Kesler’s attitude expressed by what he said prior to the game?

    March 17, 2014

  • Susan Schwartz.JPG Susan Schwartz | As taxpayers, we have the right to know

    It’s an election year in Pennsylvania. Like dandelions in spring, legislators and their challengers will be popping up everywhere.

    March 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Keith Rothfus Keith Rothfus | Owning up to job-destroying regulations

    Would you believe that the cost of regulations is your family’s second largest expense? At more than $14,000, it amounts to almost a third of an average Pennsylvania family’s annual income, according to the Center for Regulatory Solutions.

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Giving businesses choice is not legalizing discrimination

    The owner of a California gay bar should be allowed to refuse service to legislators he considers "crazy, ignorant or stupid." The problem is the popular double-standard that supports his version of "discrimination" while raging against anyone who disagrees with him but wants the same freedom.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Kentucky's imperfect season shows one-and-dones have lots to learn

    Despite recruiting the nation's top freshmen class, John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats fell far short of expectations this year. Their under-achieving season proves the importance of cohesion and chemistry - not just talent - in college basketball success.

    March 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dennis Simmers.JPG Dennis Simmers | Gamesa's closing just the tip of energy blade

    The U.S. electrical energy portfolio is in dire need of serious discussion, including hard questions on national security and grid stability. This is not a time for political posturing and special interest-group, drama-queen hysterics.

    March 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michael Young.JPG Michael Young and Terry Madonna | Western Pennsylvania may decide gubernatorial race

    Is he a game changer or is his game merely over?
    After the late entry of Jack Wagner, no question looms larger, at the moment, in the Democratic gubernatorial primary race.

    March 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • hancock, george George Hancock | Population drop could hamper local news coverage

    Our population deficit has created numerous befuddling issues. A recent Tribune-Democrat editorial, “We’re losing the numbers game,” highlights one aspect of this troubling situation.

    February 26, 2014 1 Photo

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