Between the Issues

AONE and Me

“Could it be our boy’s done something rash?” —Bertholt Brecht, “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer,” or “Mack the Knife,” translated and sanitized by Marc Blitzstein, with thanks to Bobby Darin

Take Center Stage Gala Celebrates the August Wilson Cultural Center

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center TAKE CENTER STAGE Gala took place on Friday, April 26 in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue. Guests enjoyed a two-​course dinner by big Catering and dessert buffet by Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique.

Underheard

1 He had the window seat. After take-​off he said, “My line is socks; what’s yours?” I said I was a writer. He smiled his least impressive smile. “What do you write?” “I hope they are poems.” ‘Where are you headed now? I told him I’d been invited to recite…

A New Taiwan Policy

The final leg in our Cold War II stool is the containment of China diplomatically. To make the point that China no longer has a free pass, the first step in the West’s diplomatic offensive needs to be focused on Taiwan. Assuming that the West’s military containment of China has…

The Perils Facing China

As global trade retreats and is replaced by regional trading blocs, power will flow to those countries that are most self-​reliant.

Kim Keeps the Coffee Coming

None of the regulars are here yet. Like the Daves: Candy Man Dave and Home Depot Dave and Eyeglass Dave. None of the Riches, either. Except for one of them. He’s sitting at a window booth and is about to get a fresh cup of coffee and a plate filled…

China is Destined to Fall Behind

Whatever happens with my proposal that the West launch Cold War II, the next three decades will be far less friendly to the Chinese economy than the past three decades have been. There are three reasons for this.

Annual Event Celebrates Science and Technology Doctoral Students

On April 3, 2019, the Pittsburgh Chapter of ARCS Foundation held its annual Scholar Celebration at the Reed Smith Centre. The chapter raises funds for three-​year awards to doctoral students in the sciences and technology at both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Black & White Gala Raises $165,000 for Family House

Family House hosted its annual Black & White Gala on Saturday, April 6 at J. Verno Studios. 250 of Pittsburgh’s top community and industry leaders attended in their best black and white attire.

‘Crack-​A-​Lacking’ for a Living

There’s a banana pumpkin scented candle flickering on the front desk. It’s a nice scent. Very deceiving. As if something yummy and caloric just popped out of Betty Crocker’s personal oven. Then, there’s the sign on the window welcoming walk-​ins and talking about things like headaches and low back pain…

Containing China Economically

Assuming that we can summon the courage to contain Beijing militarily, the next leg of the containment stool is to restrain China economically. Military containment will prevent China from overrunning other lands and peoples, but only economic containment can bring the Chinese Communist Party to its knees (or its senses).

Small Steps – Major Results

by Joseph A. Luxbacher
Despite a large selection of best-​selling diet books and an abundance of low-​fat and non-​fat foods, the latest data from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) shows that Americans are heavier than ever before. We spend more than $60 billion annually on diet and weight loss products yet four in…

The Mail’s Man In Munhall

It’s three o’clock on a Friday afternoon, and there are people coming into the post office on Main Street with letters to mail and packages to ship and books of stamps to buy and not one of them can resist the candy. Cinnamon drops and peppermints and, “Oh, is that…

Treating Patients As People

by Fred Shaw
Healthcare often gets treated as if the only issue is economic: Health insurance-​Goliaths Highmark and UPMC are in a coverage standoff; a “Medicare-​for-​all” bill that could cost up $32 trillion is unveiled in the U.S House of Representatives; insurance rates tick upward. But what about the emotional plight of flesh-​and-​blood…

The Argument for Containing China

“In the Indo-​Pacific region, China wants complete dominance; it wants to force the United States out and become the region’s unchallenged political, economic, and military hegemon. And globally … it wants to be powerful enough to counter Washington when needed.” –Oriana Skylar Mastro, Foreign Affairs
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