Opinion


Going, going ... gone: Religious radicalization is driving Christians from their homes

Islamic extremists in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa are emptying formerly Christian cities and neighborhoods.

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Ryan’s block grants: His new proposal would hurt vulnerable Americans

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been considered the intellectual heavyweight among congressional Republicans on fiscal issues.

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Better tune: City rules improve the aftermath of a stadium show

After the Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field last month the city of Pittsburgh felt like fans had shown not a lick of respect.

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The Port Authority should fix basic transit, not dream up new ideas

Kudos to Mel Packer of Pittsburghers for Public Transit for standing up to the rubber stamp Port Authority board.

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 Notable instances condemned by federal regulators include the derailment of a train in Vandergrift in February that poured 10,000 gallons of oil onto the tracks.

Right track: A federal rail mandate will make oil cars safer

The U.S. Transportation Department’s welcome mandate comes in the wake of a year of heavy spills and catastrophic derailments.

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Pennsylvania shale gas development would be hurt by a new tax

A new tax on natural gas production would slow the pace of development and lead directly to a loss of jobs and reduced economic activity.

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The EPA's proposed carbon rule would reduce air pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency will take public comments on the EPA’s proposed carbon rule under the president’s Clean Power Plan.

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Republicans who opposed health-care lawsuits now file plenty of them

Remember the glorious ’90s when one of the GOP remedies for ever-rising health care costs was tort reform.

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The key to peace in Iran is diplomacy

New sanctions could undermine the progress our diplomats have made toward a multi-year agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran.

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Contrary to Ruth Ann Dailey's column, liberals should not be embarrassed

I would, however, be embarrassed if I thought health care was only for people who had insurance.

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Switching places: The GOP is now the party of reform

As conservatives found when social issues seemed to favor them, there are dangers in seeming the cultural aggressor.

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The U.S. already has effective gun laws - let them work

Mass shootings are not up.

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Tony Norman: There’s no point in continuing ban on pot

The New York Times has it right -- it’s time to end the criminal prohibition against marijuana.

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Proposed EPA rules threaten Pennsylvania manufacturing

Pennsylvania is producing a diverse energy mix, driving a manufacturing comeback. Proposed federal regulations would put jobs at risk.

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 Shawn Vogt, owner of Vogt Hardware on the South Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Old hardware store displays artistry in staying competitive

South Side hardware store supports artist friend and puts some zip in its display window.

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Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Pittsburghers, why are you so unhappy?

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, you are miserable.

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Getting girls into school is the global civil rights issue of our time

We seek zero child labor, zero child marriage, zero discrimination against girls and zero exclusion from education.

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DEP must do better: The public is left with too many questions on drilling

In the past seven years, oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times.

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Judges needed: Black lung cases are overwhelming the system

There are few jobs in America that are as hazardous to one’s health as working in the coal mines.

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Pedal to the metal: Safety concerns not left in the dust as speed limit rises

On two stretches of Pennsylvania interstates the speed limit will soon rise to 70 mph from the existing 65 mph as a test.

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Will Obama ever learn that charity begins at home?

For two decades, millions of illegals have crossed our borders and now another invasion by children from Latin America is underway

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Turn workers into capitalists; it's the only way to really tackle inequality

Raising taxes on the rich and other typical proposals aren't going to work, argues business professor Joseph R. Blasi.

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Education funding

As a teacher, I am aware of the cuts our districts have experienced.

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Blow to education

We as a city must embrace, not turn away, organizations with a track record of success for preparing students for the 21st century.

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Help Homewood

I remember a time when there were thriving vibrant business establishments here.

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Bank and coal

The Obama administration took a giant step forward on clean energy last year. Unfortunately, this progress could be undone.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: It’s no summer of love for the flustered Left

As public opinion mounts against Obama and his policies, the fear-mongering on the Left gets cranking.

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You know you’ve arrived if you ‘get’ the Pittsburgh left

“The Pittsburgh Left — How to Become a Yinzer in Seven Easy Steps”:

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Paul Ryan’s new clothes

Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73

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Local immigration policies proliferate

The kids are coming over the border but Congress still won’t be taking up immigration reform this year.

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Teach the three Rs … plus P for psychology

Children need to know how their minds and feelings operate, explains Pittsburgh psychiatrist Marnin E. Fischbach.

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Brian O'Neill: Bucs get a boost in fans, who now look to payroll

PNC Park's attendance on pace to match metro area's population, but how will Pirates' spending compare?

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PUC’s deaf ear: The agency fails to monitor existing taxi operators

The introduction of Lyft and Uber to Pittsburgh has put a spotlight on the Public Utility Commission — and the light is not flattering.

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Unhealthy sign: Federal courts differ on ACA insurance premiums

Two federal appeals courts handed down sharply differing opinions last week on Affordable Care Act subsidies.

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Asides: Parks leadership, luxury hotel suites and 'An American in Paris'

County parks foundation names executive director, Kimpton Hotel Monaco has a suite contest, and CLO collaborates with Theatre du Chatelet.

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Pennsylvania must also address methane emissions

Methane, as a greenhouse gas, is more than 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame.

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 Pipes

Is the Pennsylvania health department fracking-phobic?

Its actions don’t instill confidence that it is protecting us, write nurses RUTH McDERMOTT-LEVY and NINA M. KAKTINS.

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Yesterday’s future: Let's go back a half-century to the can-do dreamscape of the New York World’s Fair

Vast forces. Man’s work. Philosophy. Life. Knowledge. Power. Nothing was unreachable back then.

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Confessions of a phone monkey: Today's politicians spend most of their time dialing for dollars

They told me, here’s the the phone, now get busy, recalls one-time electoral candidate DAVID BOLING

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Rick Perry’s border showdown: The Texas governor turns himself into an action figure for the cameras

He deploys the Texas Natural Guard to ... do what exactly?

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Get finance reform right: The U.S. and Europe need to get on the same page

Last week marked the fourth anniversary of Dodd-Frank financial reform, the most sweeping since the Great Depression. To avoid another 2008-

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Drilling must be done right with strong regulations

Our state is at the heart of a new and expanding natural gas industry.

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The Creator has entrusted Earth to us, so we must find climate solutions

The Rev. Mitchell Hescox was “spot-on” in his July 13 Forum piece “Protecting God’s Creation.”

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Marcellus project threatens a farm and our values

The organic farm that provides my family with fruit and vegetables 10 months out of the year is at risk of grave damage.

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Our nation and churches should show their Christianity

I’m responding to the editorial board’s support of the Holy Family Institute’s decision to welcome some of the immigrant children.

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Jack Kelly: More rot at today’s VA

Top officials put their careers above the needs of veterans.

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Gene Collier: Time to shift strategies vs. the shift

The advent of the defensive shift in baseball, and now how often it's being used, is suppressing offense and in turn hurting the game.

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Enough Said: Shrinking water supplies

Facts that speak for themselves.

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 Smithfield Street Church, formerly the German Evangelical Protestant Church

The Next Page: How the outbreak of World War I affected Pittsburgh‘‍s Germans and their Downtown church

German Evangelical Protestant Church members tried to balance emotional connection to their homeland with loyalty to their new country.

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