Opinion


 Derailed oil-tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Feb. 16.

The rising risk of train explosions

Crude-oil rail shipments should be stopped until they are better regulated.

about 15 hours ago


The Petraeus deal: Sharing top-secret documents calls for prison time

Retired U.S. Army general and former CIA chief David H. Petraeus appears on his way to receiving light punishment.

about 15 hours ago


Unintelligent design: Partisan House districts tie the hands of voters

The Supreme Court has a chance to make sure voters have a real say in electing Congress.

about 15 hours ago


Blowing smoke: Restrictions on e-cigarettes are long overdue

Electronic cigarettes, introduced five years ago, are hawked as a healthier alternative to smoking.

about 15 hours ago


The GOP opposes a health care plan that works

The Supreme Court will rule this summer on the case of King v. Burwell.

about 15 hours ago


America should heed the Israeli prime minister's warning

The reaction of some politicians and some talking heads/​opinion writers to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress is disturbing.

about 15 hours ago


These "extremists" do not in any way represent Islam

The war against the Islamic State group extremists will never be won if we get suckered into their lie that they represent Islam.

about 15 hours ago


People should enter the United States legally or not at all

There is no problem with people wanting to come here to pursue the American dream, but do it legally as millions of our ancestors had to.

about 15 hours ago


Samantha Bennett: Who knew? Baking Brits anything but boring

For someone who doesn’t like reality TV shows, “The Great British Bake Off” proved to be a sweet treat.

about 15 hours ago


Latin American delusions

Venezuela and Argentina stick with leftist policies as their economies fail.

about 15 hours ago


Tax-exempt status allows hospitals to help communities

Post-Gazette columnist Brian O’Neill noted that there is a constitutional amendment in the works in Pennsylvania that would allow the

about 15 hours ago


 Islamic scholar Zakir Naik has been banned from Britain because of his inflammatory comments.

The Saudis reward an extremist

The king celebrates an Islamic scholar who says 9/11 was an ‘inside job.’

about 15 hours ago


Peter Leo: Cholesterol’s comeback story inspires

One bright spot in an otherwise dreadful year is the exoneration of cholesterol.

about 15 hours ago


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before Congress Tuesday at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Bibi-Boehner coalition

Netanyahu trashes our president and offers no useful ideas.

1 day ago


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday.

Divisive speech: The fallout on Netanyahu will come soon enough

The more significant returns will come in shortly, with the Israeli elections and the fate of the draft Iranian accord later this month.

1 day ago


Backward step: The Senate’s better open records plan needs a fix

The Legislature is poised to make improvements to the law and must not undercut openness by using careless and imprecise language.

1 day ago


Credit safeguard: Visa’s tracking app is no invasion of privacy

With cybercrime growing as cash transactions decline, brave new security measures are necessary.

1 day ago


Gov. Wolf’s budget provides progressive direction

I was surprised and disappointed by your editorial “Wolf’s Call: His Unrealistic Budget Will Undermine Cooperation” (March 4).

1 day ago


America should heed the Israeli prime minister's warning

The reaction of some politicians and some talking heads/​opinion writers to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress is disturbing.

about 20 hours ago


Pa. ousted Tom Corbett for Tom Wolf and his tax increases

Tom Wolf wants more than 40 items and services taxed for the first time and wants to raise the personal income tax by 20 percent.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania needs to address school funding inequities

The wealthiest districts spend $1,800 more per student than the lower-income districts, resulting in higher achievement levels.

1 day ago


Communities should crack down on stop sign infractions

It would be a way to help communities cure their funding woes.

1 day ago


Those who give street-sweeping tickets should monitor snow shoveling

The same city car that follows the street sweeper in spring and summer should ticket for unshoveled walks in winter.

1 day ago


When a term goes out of style, liberals rebrand

Liberals have become progressives, and global warming has become climate change.

1 day ago


 Troy Polamalu's one-handed interception against San Diego was one of the 10 best plays in the 2008 season.

Ron Cook: Steelers still facing difficult, awkward situation with Troy Polamalu

The safety has not announced his retirement, keeping alive the idea he might play in 2015 — with or without the Steelers.

1 day ago


Seattle subsidizes transit for the poor

It’s one of the best ways for cities to address poverty and unemployment.

1 day ago


Brian O'Neill: Present tax threat is from nonprofits

A big threat to Pennsylvanians’ taxes is already there, from the nonprofit sector.

1 day ago


The Palestinians continue to reject peace

I have grown weary reading about the downtrodden Palestinians, suffering under Israeli rule. The Palestinians control their own fate.

1 day ago


George F. Will: Stop the corruption in the IRS

Lois Lerner & Co. have abused power to help Obama.

1 day ago


Obamacare should win this round in the Supreme Court

Congress clearly intended to make health insurance affordable on all exchanges.

2 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf arrives to delivers his budget address Tuesday in Harrisburg as House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, left, and Lt. Gov. Michael Stack look on.

Wolf’s call: His unrealistic budget will undermine cooperation

Mr. Wolf’s proposed increases and cuts are so closely intertwined that they suggest a “take it or leave it” stance that is self-defeating.

2 days ago


Clinton’s emails: Her State Department messages belong to the public

Hillary Clinton was wrong to have used a personal email account, instead of the Department of State system, to conduct government business.

2 days ago


Reform sentencing: Low-level drug offenders are taxing U.S. prisons

Few political issues draw support from sponsors as diverse as the liberal Center for American Progress and the libertarian Koch brothers.

2 days ago


Commentary's criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu was misguided

Christopher K. Mellon’s Perspectives piece shows an antagonistic position toward the Israeli prime minister.

2 days ago


Pay attention to C-Span, which gives us a window on Congress

Watching its programs would provide a real eye-opener to the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of our federal government.

2 days ago


We must address disparities in school discipline and decrease suspensions

The Education Law Center works with students and parents to battle high rates of suspensions alongside community leaders.

2 days ago


Suspensions are educationally unsound and deprive students of valuable instruction time

The Feb. 25 editorial “A Place to Learn: Student Suspension Has a Role in Keeping Order” highlights an important issue but comes to the

2 days ago


 Pitt's Cameron Wright celebrates near the end of his team's win over Notre Dame on Jan. 31 at the Petersen Events Center.

Ron Cook: Pitt senior guard displays Wright stuff on and off court

Panthers senior guard Cameron Wright is a standout off the court, too, excelling in the classroom all five years at Pitt.

2 days ago


Thank you, Boilermakers, for offering these kids a chance

Boilermakers Local 154 is effectively stripping these street kids of any excuse that they can’t make something of themselves.

2 days ago


Reg Henry: Best sight for travelers is the grandkids

As some gray-haired readers will recognize, the loneliness of the long-distance grandparent is rooted in a sad fact.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson: Let’s find a new cast of characters to run for president

Neither political party is offering a strong field of candidates

2 days ago


Remembering Selma ... and Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh had its own march and its own bridge to cross.

2 days ago


 A portrait of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader gunned down Friday near the Kremlin, sits atop a mound of flowers and remembrances left by supporters at the spot where he died.

Gwynne Dyer: Murder in Moscow

The likely suspects probably thought they were helping Putin, but they weren’t.

3 days ago


 In December, Gallup reported that only 15 percent of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job.

Failure to govern: In the House, it’s another abdication of duty

The House of Representatives will think about funding the Department of Homeland Security for another week.

3 days ago


Korea’s tension: Tempers over war exercises make a case for talks

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan Monday, the day that U.S.-South Korean military exercises began.

3 days ago


Lame justice: A dog killer should have gotten years, not months

Judges in most criminal trials have flexibility in sentencing.

3 days ago


Students need support, not suspensions

Suspensions in the public school system disproportionately impact people of color and young men.

3 days ago


Too many students are suspended for minor misbehavior

Suspensions are not only used when students are “defiant, belligerent or violent.”

3 days ago


Deer in Mt. Lebanon pay the price while humans do the real damage

The penned slaughter planned for the deer is no more appropriate as a population control measure than war.

3 days ago


Mt. Lebanon commissioners should be commended for the deer cull

The PA Game Commission recommends a healthy deer population at under five head per square mile.

3 days ago



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