As families were forced to move across the country or abroad, they never let go of their Pittsburgh roots.
From the Heartland
Within hours of voting results rolling in, elites watched in horror as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden did not win in a landslide and there was no blue wave.
A tiny college of about 1,200 people when she attended in the early 1990s, the liberal arts school in midtown Memphis has turned out to be a cradle of sorts for today's political leaders.
Thanks in large part to technology, people for the past generation have lost that internal lust we once universally shared to form associations within our communities.
Thousands of miles away from the financial, political, and technological coasts of America, the bootstrapping, rugged individualists of International Falls demonstrate the true meaning of hospitality.
People feel left out. People feel as though all of these entities are picking winners and losers. Our elections reflect that chaos, and as a result, people feel whiplash.
For generations, people in the U.S. were known for their work ethic, for making things, for using their hands alongside their intellect, from farming to mining to building roads and bridges.
Last week, a flurry of elected officials in southwestern Pennsylvania, most of them county sheriffs, walked away from the Democratic Party.
Whoever does win, the story cannot just be about the suburban voters and their needs being met. Rural voters will still be here, and it is hard to imagine they will ever let both political parties' establishments forget them again.
We need to do something immediately, or we are going to lose more Americans to drugs, alcohol, and suicide because of the added burden of COVID-19.
No matter how fleetingly the moment passes, they want to try to capture a glimpse of their former lives, of all of our former lives.
Whether it was in our churches, community centers, Elks clubs or on our front stoops, we celebrated us, which makes who we were in 1918 vastly different from who we are in 2020.
Prosperity means different things to different people. Its importance is determined by not just geography but also popular culture.
Over the past several decades, Republican presidential candidates have been able to win the senior vote, with only a couple of exceptions.
The truth is, we will always be less than perfect, but we cannot let that or rage ever get in the path of attaining our constitutional ideals.
New Jersey is the home of the first U.S. drive-in theater, which opened in the summer of 1933, in the middle of the Great Depression.
The economic and emotional change we typically see in this country is a slow erosion of a town, city or village. Now the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating that erosion up to warp speed.
We all come from a different place, but we all end up at the same destination, usually at places such as this diner. When our cathedrals are locked, we worry and wonder if we will ever get back to our idea of normal.
The quintessential American Everyman is ordinary only to the unobservant, his common traits are generosity, pride in community, volunteerism and knowing everyone by name.
As social media becomes a replacement for connection, online communities have proved to be a very weak link to the physical communities that made America stand out for its willingness to shed social barriers and congregate.