Where there’s smoke …

— Firefighters who are trying to extinguish a burning culm pile in Fell Township have determined that the stubborn, slow-moving fire probably has been burning for years. I know a good metaphor when I see it....

Crazy talk

— I’ve almost given up arguing with the NRA and its extremist ideology regarding the Second Amendment. To hear people like NRA executive director Wayne Lapierre tell it, even the mildest forms of handgun regulation simply represent the first steps down the...

Tick … tick … tick … tick …

— The clock is ticking down to Monday’s sign-up deadline for the Affordable Care Act. As that hour approaches, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that new enrollees will fall short of the administration’s goal, forcing it to extend the...

Seen and not heard

— State Attorney-General Kathleen Kane’s meeting last week with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial board was beyond strange. She arrived at the meeting — one that she had requested — with noted Philadelphia defamation attorney Richard...