Opinion


UPMC’s costly divorce from Highmark

Pittsburghers need to know what will happen for them regarding charges after the split.

about 6 hours ago


Solitary error: The state pays for the mistreatment of an inmate

While criminals should not be coddled, solitary confinement is an affront to human rights and to liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

about 6 hours ago


Armed to the hilt: Military hardware should get only rare police use

How did America get from the more user-friendly police forces of yesteryear to the military-style, 21st-century version?

about 6 hours ago


Price hike ill-advised: The solution to a costlier LCB is private stores

An internal LCB proposal to jack up the surcharge on wine and spirits provides one more strong argument for ending the state monopoly.

about 6 hours ago


A post-racial America does not exist

When I think about the Michael Brown case, I think about the fact that African-American women as mothers have to fear for their sons’ lives.

about 6 hours ago


Some views printed about Rob Rogers' Gaza cartoon are embarrassing

As an American Jew and a Zionist, I am sickened by some tasteless responses.

about 6 hours ago


WJAS' format switch is awful

I am so annoyed with WJAS that I will never, ever dial into it again on any of my radios.

about 6 hours ago


With WJAS' format change, the class is gone

In a time when most stations just play rap and country or talk about sports, WJAS was unique.

about 6 hours ago


Radio stations must operate in a way that pays the bills

If a particular radio format, be it talk or music, cannot interest people who are willing to advertise, the station must adapt.

about 6 hours ago


Come and experience the cultural pleasures of Carnegie

Dining, history, architecture, shopping, art, theater, jazz, poetry, opera, fitness. Why not plan a few forays into Carnegie?

about 6 hours ago


 Fans reach for a three-run home run hit by the Braves' Justin Upton in the third inning Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Even at full strength, Pirates look baffled

Justin Upton drove in five runs and B.J. a sixth while the Braves rolled to a fifth consecutive win and pushed the Pirates toward the plank.

about 6 hours ago


Reg Henry: Not to put a damper on ice buckets, but ...

This latest social media fad on behalf of Lou Gehrig’s disease is all wet.

about 6 hours ago


 John Heller/Post-Gazette - 1994 -  Justice Rolf Larsen in a 1994 file photo by John Heller   Original Filename: Justice Rolf Larsen.jpg

My grandfather, Rolf Larsen, did much good for everyday people

He may have been outspoken and eccentric, but at least he was honest --  a trait found few and far between among politicians.

about 6 hours ago


'Credit invisibles' would benefit from a bill enabling positive reports

In addition to HR 2538, financial literacy education would go a long way in helping young people.

about 6 hours ago


Dan Simpson / Nations are in a state of flux

Humpty Dumpty states may never be put back together again.

about 6 hours ago


 Pedestrians walk past the August Wilson Center on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

Opinion: Saving the August Wilson Center

There’s no pretense involved, just a realistic new course.

1 day ago


Playing soldier in the suburbs

Ferguson shows that the SWAT mentality has gone too far.

1 day ago


 Sophie Masloff at the Byham Theater for the Off The Record show in October 2008.

Favorite grandmother: Mayor Sophie Masloff captured the city’s heart

Pittsburgh will bid goodbye today to the city’s own beloved grandmother, Sophie Masloff.

1 day ago


Worker support: Pittsburgh deserves to have the same Act 47 options

Why are some legislators treating Pittsburgh like an outcast when it comes to Act 47?

1 day ago


Ghana not so golden: Government salaries threaten economic growth

Ghana has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.

1 day ago


The Pittsburgh police must be more racially diverse

Pittsburgh should be ashamed of its lack of recruitment and retention of a more diverse police force.

1 day ago


Irish still fighting over the past

As Scotland is debating its future, Ireland is debating its past.

1 day ago


Transparent Airfares Act is good legislation

The Transparent Airfares Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives with broad, bipartisan support.

1 day ago


Gaza really is a prison

Regarding Rob Rogers’ cartoon, it is no secret that Gaza is, in effect, the world’s largest “open-air prison.

1 day ago


Gaza is enclosed for a reason

Rob Rogers’  editorial cartoon captioned “Why do they hate us so much?” has generated an unusual large volume of responses in these pages.

1 day ago


Philadelphia tax for schools is justified

The root of the problem in Philadelphia is the same as the main cause of school property tax hikes in Allegheny County.

1 day ago


 Andrew McCutchen

Gene Collier: Pirates top acts needed in a hurry

The return of McCutchen and Cole expected to reinvigorate the Pirates pretty quickly ... in fact they will have to for playoff run.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Police treat innovation like it’s a crime

Police antagonism toward innovative gang violence program points to ongoing concern with department’s attitude.

1 day ago


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Ride-sharing is important for the city’s growth

A new generation of ride-sharing companies have begun operating in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago


 Anna Misiaszek stands with her daughter Natalie Misiaszek outside their new Alfred's Deli & Market in Polish Hill.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Polish Hill market gives itself new look like neighborhood

Old World deli finds new lease on life in Polish Hill, where more residents want local produce, vegan and gluten-free fare.

1 day ago


George F. Will / Corporate inversions are sensible

Far from being unpatriotic, these mergers with overseas corporations strengthen the U.S. economy.

2 days ago


Colleges and cash: A judge’s NCAA ruling is justified but problematic

The NCAA talked a good game on amateurism, but colleges can blame themselves for turning their sports into quasi-professional operations.

2 days ago


Warhol on film: Digitization will give Andy a wider audience

Andy Warhol was the kind of artist who knew how to stretch his 15 minutes of fame for all it was worth.

2 days ago


Egypt’s hypocrisy: Cairo mediates peace talks but bars a rights group

Egypt cannot broker a humanitarian cease-fire with any semblance of authority while refusing to answer for its own abuses.

2 days ago


What has the U.S. done to lighten the refugee load?

How can Dan Simpson suggest that Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon add to the almost 5 million Palestinian refugees they have hosted since 1948?

2 days ago


Where is the world outrage toward ISIS?

The Muslim world and European allies become irate when Israel reacts militarily but stand by quietly as ISIS beheads Muslims and Christians.

2 days ago


Asking questions about the Gaza invasion isn't to be anti-Israel

One does not have to believe Israel hasn’t a right to exist or to defend itself from those who would wish its annihilation to ask questions.

2 days ago


Obama or Biden should have attended Gen. Greene's funeral

One would think our elected leaders would take time off from living high on the proverbial hog to honor a general who was needlessly killed.

2 days ago


The August Wilson Center vision is at risk

Grant Oliphant’s case for saving the August Wilson Center intact could not have been more eloquently or persuasively put.

2 days ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / Nuns are the real superheroes for our time

We should all spend more time emulating them, rather than investigating or mocking them.

2 days ago


Maureen Dowd / The Obama administration tries to suffocate the press

The president and Justice Department have proved to be stunning hypocrites regarding press freedom.

2 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: The phone rings, and Peter's destiny's on the line

Let me share with you the Tale of the Wrong Number. Perhaps you can rescue a star-crossed couple.

2 days ago


We must try to understand suicide so we can prevent it

Thank you to the Post-Gazette for starting a discussion of depression; now please continue the discussion regarding suicide.

2 days ago


 Craig Davis, CEO of VisitPittsburgh, touts its new ad campaign.

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Slogan must be mighty beautiful to lure tourists

The new tourism slogan is good, but there’s always room for tweaks.

2 days ago


David M. Shribman: Where is the GOP heir apparent?

It’s an odd election cycle when the Democrats have one and the Republicans don’t.

3 days ago


I cannot manage to die

Pitt health law pioneer Nathan Hershey explains why he wishes to die and how the law will not allow it.

3 days ago


A caution on P3s: Let elected officials and the public beware

When it comes to public-private partnerships, so-called “P3s,” the old adage — let the buyer beware — needs to be updated.

3 days ago


Mine fallout: As coal jobs disappear, gas jobs may beckon

With the Emerald Mine closure, workers will face the hardships of unemployment. They might find opportunities in the natural gas industry.

3 days ago


Asides: Politicians joke, candidates debate and Pittsburgh pitches itself

Politics is usually no laughing matter, but politicians were yucking it up Wednesday night.

3 days ago


Shale drilling cannot be done responsibly

It is causing too much harm with air and water contamination, sicknesses among humans and animals and destruction of communities.

3 days ago



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