Opinion


First Person / Ebola is low on my list of concerns

I have so many other worries; let me tell you about them.

about 11 hours ago


Road warriors: Route 28 drivers near the beginning of the end

The highway that runs from the North Shore through the Allegheny Valley has been a work in progress for ages.

about 11 hours ago


Hamstrung: Unwieldy government hurts Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina recently held national elections, still smothered by the political superstructure placed on it by the 1995 Dayton accord.

about 11 hours ago


DA helped to get justice for stagehands

Kudos are necessary to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. for holding the August Wilson Center accountable.

about 11 hours ago


Pittsburgh showed Canadians that it's a class act

Thank you, Pittsburgh, for the show of support. Canada loves you.

about 11 hours ago


The Penguins show what it means to be a good neighbor

Like best friends we don’t always agree on everything, but when it really counts we’re there for each other.

about 11 hours ago


The list is growing of U.S. agencies showing ineptness

I find it extremely disturbing that so many government agencies are not doing their jobs correctly, from the CDC to NHTSA.

about 11 hours ago


Saturday Poem / The Truth of Things

... What Ed Murrow said makes me think of it all: / most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them ...

about 11 hours ago


Paul Krugman / Plutocrats vs. democracy

The rich don’t like it when the poor get to vote.

about 11 hours ago


Saturday Diary / Pitt vs. Georgia Tech, my two alma maters

I learned a lot about race, and myself, from my time at Georgia Tech.

about 11 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer / Barack Obama continues to be a bewildered bystander

President Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.

about 11 hours ago


 Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis at the Vatican last November.

Thomas L. Friedman / Putin and the pope

One spreads tolerance, the other disorder.

1 day ago


 The Canadian flag flies at half staff on top of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday.

Assault on Canada: Two assailants jolt America’s northern neighbor

Two unexpected attacks near Montreal and in Ottawa brought Middle Eastern developments and Canada’s role in them to the fore for Canadians.

1 day ago


McClelland in the 12th: Government shutdown isn’t the people’s cup of tea

The 12th Congressional District winds its way across six counties.

1 day ago


Fresh start:The Wilson center needs new leadership next

After defaulting on its mortgage last year, the August Wilson Center underwent the institutional equivalent of flat-lining.

1 day ago


Corbett has handled shale development well

Gov. Corbett also signed new protections for pipeline safety and emergency response preparation.

1 day ago


People should understand what they're really voting for

In this supposed very close election the Democrats are scared to death of the Republicans winning the U.S. Senate.

1 day ago


The Barbour sentencing change sends a terrible message

Judge Manning’s decision to grant a convicted child abuser lenient sentencing sent a horrible message to everyone it touched.

1 day ago


Thank you, Pittsburgh, for the touching 'O Canada' tribute

Thanks to the people of Pittsburgh for noticing Canada.

1 day ago


The Pittsburgh Penguins' thoughtfulness amid tragedy was appreciated

It was the an amazing tribute to Canada from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the beginning of their hockey game.

1 day ago


 Canadian flag

Canadians were moved by the Penguins' anthem gesture

I expect this letter will be but one of many expressing gratitude for the singing of “O Canada” prior to the Penguins-Flyers game.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: August Wilson Center needs advice, so ...

Here’s some advice for the future CEO of the August Wilson Center.

1 day ago


No one’s rich; no one's happy

I started asking around, and it’s kind of a bummer.

1 day ago


Protect affordable health insurance for Pennsylvania's kids

Congress should act now to renew the CHIP program.

1 day ago


 Benjamin C. Bradlee, 1921 - 2014

The big, bold life of Benjamin Bradlee

He led his paper to power and Pulitzers and looked back without regrets.

2 days ago


Unrealized promise: Pittsburgh’s scholarship program has a way to go

The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program has done a lot of good

2 days ago


19th House District: Rep. Jake Wheatley’s experience is hard to top

Democratic state Rep. Jake Wheatley is being challenged by school board member Mark Brentley Sr., running as an independent.

2 days ago


South African visitor: Pittsburghers get a post-apartheid update

Pittsburgh benefited from the visit of  Ebrahim Rasool, who is completing four years of assignment to the U.S. after a career at home.

2 days ago


Fight violence with problem solving, not guns

We have the ability to solve problems with a calm and reasoned approach.

2 days ago


The "Pass the Trash" law will help to restore trust in our schools

As a retired superintendent of schools, I view this as a significant step toward improving security for our children.

2 days ago


The mitigation of Kristen Barbour's child abuse sentence is appalling

Judge Manning ignored evidence presented by the district attorney’s office.

1 day ago


The GOP is holding back economic progress

Vote for the Democrat running in your district if you want to see government investing in America again.

2 days ago


Republicans have integrity and plan to keep their campaign promises

Republican candidates have a message that is positive, clear and on target.

2 days ago


So President Obama is responsible for all this and more?

He must truly be the axis of evil himself. He’s been called a socialist, communist, Nazi and the Antichrist.

2 days ago


Nixon’s on the line

One night he rang Ben Bradlee’s house.

2 days ago


The idea of robocars is splendid, but consider reality

We should trail-blaze this frontier with mine detectors.

2 days ago


Candor is missing in Ebola debate

We need to focus on research and protection, not politics.

2 days ago


Here's how to beat Ebola

What we need is a national strategy for all health care institutions

3 days ago


 Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice sidelined: Pa. would be better off if McCaffery resigned

Justice Seamus McCaffery has been suspended for some of the strangest, most unprofessional conduct alleged against Pa.’s highest court.

3 days ago


 A mourner holds a Kurdish flag at a funeral for four female Kurdish fighters killed in action against militants of the Islamic State in Kobani, Syria.

Dan Simpson: Stay out of Middle East wars

Let’s not fight for generals, politicians, oil companies and arms makers.

3 days ago


Security turnover: Turkey fails to make the cut at the United Nations

Security Council reform is a political minefield that no one wants to walk through during U.N. sessions.

3 days ago


 A towboat, and its load of coal, makes its way past the Hot Metal Bridge in September.

Ugly poll: Outsiders trash talk on Pittsburgh’s accent

According to a poll at Gawker.com, “Pittsburgh officially has the ugliest accent in America.”

3 days ago


Displacing Baathists led to this turmoil

I agree with professor Dennis Jett’s analysis of the Islamic State group.

3 days ago


GOP obstructionists need to get out of the way so Obama can lead

The Republicans say the U.S. needs leadership on Ebola, yet they’ve blocked the surgeon general nominee.

3 days ago


The media are acting as catalysts for Ebola hysteria

Ebola is bringing about a more prevalent and dangerous disease — panic.

3 days ago


Most Catholics who attend Mass are hopeful for change

My experience is that the bulk of frequent Mass attendees do not embrace many of the church’s teachings on the family and sexuality.

3 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Mason-Dixon Line subtly marks history

Mason-Dixon line is a lot more noticeable when in a group.

2 days ago


FDR signed the minimum wage law to help all workers

Mike Lisak claimed that “minimum wage is designed for students, teenagers, retired people and immigrants, not a head of a household.”

3 days ago


Reg Henry: The fear factor is one frightening trend

We have nothing to fear but not being afraid itself.

3 days ago


Royals Nation rises from the heartland

It’s a revolution: Kansas City fans no longer serve as objects of pity.

3 days ago



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