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This section covers editorials, letters to the editor, opinion columns, and faux press releases on politician web sites.  Do not assume I agree with an editorial or other op-ed piece just because I don’t publish a critique.

I also submit letters to the editor.  There are limitations of that approach, however, and they include:

  • Out of necessity, newspapers place a limit on letter size.  For example, the Beaver County Times has a limit of 200 words.  Most other newspapers have a similar limit.  The problem with the limit is that thorough discussion of a topic is tough to do in 200 words or less, especially when trying to refute “drive-by” assertions.  The letter-length limit is even tougher to deal with when you want to include excerpts of a piece for context so the reader knows exactly what you are talking about.

  • There is no guarantee the newspaper will publish your letter.

  • Newspapers occasionally edit significant content in your letter.

  • Some newspapers limit the number of your letters they will publish in a given period of time.  For example, I believe the Beaver County Times has a limit of 12 letters per year.  I believe other papers have lower limits.  In 2014, the BCT either ditched that limit or made a huge exception for Oren Spiegler.  By my count, the BCT published at least 25 Spiegler letters in 2014.  Mr. Spiegler and/or the BCT dialed things back a bit in 2015; the BCT published only 15 Spiegler letters.

  • The papers generally provide the letter title, and sometimes the title is misleading.

For calendar year 2018 critiques, please go to Pundits 2018.

For calendar year 2017 critiques, please go to Pundits 2017.

For calendar year 2016 critiques, please go to Pundits 2016.

For calendar year 2015 critiques, please go to Pundits 2015.

For calendar year 2014 critiques, please go to Pundits 2014.

For calendar year 2013 critiques, please go to Pundits 2013.

For calendar year 2012 critiques, please go to Pundits 2012.

For calendar year 2011 critiques, please go to Pundits 2011.

For calendar year 2010 critiques, please go to Pundits 2010.

For calendar year 2009 critiques, please go to Pundits 2009.

For calendar year 2008 critiques, please go to Pundits 2008.

For calendar year 2007 critiques, please go to Pundits 2007.

For calendar year 2006 critiques, please go to Pundits 2006.

For calendar year 2005 critiques, please go to Pundits 2005.

For calendar year 2004 critiques, please go to Pundits 2004.


Beaver County Times

During mid-September 2011, the BCT quit writing its own editorials.  It since restarted and now publishes a mix of in-house and outsourced editorials.    
Our View: Times joins nationwide call to action to defend attacks on journalists as ‘enemy of the American people’ August 16, 2018  

Letters to the editor Author  
So-called ‘socialist’ programs have benefitted many Thomas Finch March 1, 2019
Green New Deal offers jobs, climate protection Carl Davidson January17, 2019
Opposing Trump’s wall is a noble endeavor Thomas Finch February 4, 2019
Democrats want immigration reform, not a wall Thomas Finch January 11, 2019
Senate, GOP needs more leaders like Romney Oren Spiegler January 7, 2019
Trump’s wall is just another of his boondoggles Jayne Berresford January 6, 2019
J. D. Prose
It was a good run, but this column’s over August 18, 2013  
Critiques of 2013 Prose columns    
Critiques of 2012 Prose columns    
Critiques of 2011 Prose columns    
Critiques of 2010 Prose columns    
Critiques of 2009 Prose columns    
Critiques of 2008 Prose columns    
Gino Piroli
Critiques of 2011 Piroli columns    
Critiques of 2010 Piroli columns    
Critiques of 2009 Piroli columns (none in 2008)    
Critiques of 2007 Piroli columns    
Critiques of 2006 Piroli columns    
Critiques of 2005 Piroli columns    
Critiques of 2004 Piroli columns    


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letters to the editor Author  
Gene Collier: Socialism serves fans and billionaires well Gene Collier February 6, 2011


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

For U.S. Senate: DO NOT Elect Casey ... October 14, 2012  
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Letters to the editor Author  



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) Robin Cox February 25, 2019
Trump Watching Too Many Movies Carl Davidson January 29, 2019
Instant Analysis: My Two Cents [President Trump speech] Carl Davidson January 8, 2019
One Chart, 10,000 Words [about Medicare for All] Carl Davidson December 27, 2018
One Chart, 10,000 Words. Today’s Terrain for the Green New Deal Carl Davidson December 20, 2018
Listen and Learn Carl Davidson December 10, 2018
The Smear of Brett Kavanaugh Robin Cox December 11, 2018
Three Cheers for Mars! Carl Davidson November 27, 2018
US agents fire tear gas … Carl Davidson November 25, 2018
Who’s the ‘dummy’ now? Carl Davidson November 23, 2018
My Dad Was Proud Of His Service Carl Davidson November 11, 2018
Look What Socialist China Came Up With Carl Davidson November 10, 2018
Local Instant Summary Carl Davidson November 7, 2018
Kavanaugh Should Just Throw in the Towel Carl Davidson September 27, 2018
Just because Trump Doesn’t Understand Things … Carl Davidson July 19, 2018
Nation in Distress Carl Davidson July 14, 2018
I Have One Question for Kavanaugh Carl Davidson July 10, 2018
What to Do When the Next Big Crash Comes? Carl Davidson July 5, 2018
Does This Have to Be This Way? Carl Davidson June 24, 2018
Shameless Carl Davidson June 14, 2018
Another Perspective Carl Davidson June 13, 2018
One Picture, 10,000 Words Carl Davidson June 12, 2018
Now for Real News of Interest Carl Davidson June 11, 2018
A Turning Point Carl Davidson June 4, 2018
Why Unions Matter Carl Davidson June 3, 2018
Tomorrow I Visit the Graves Carl Davidson May 27, 2018
Folks, We Have a Problem Carl Davidson May 17, 2018


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