Opinion


Michael Lewis: My wish list for Wall Street

It’s a wonderful life on Wall Street, yet here is a holiday wish list to make it even better.

about 10 hours ago


Immigration fight: Judge Schwab seemed too eager to join the fray

He became the first jurist to pass judgment on the controversial side-stepping of Congress.

about 10 hours ago


Flu defense: There’s still time to get protection for winter

Short of barricading yourself indoors until spring, getting a flu shot is your best line of defense against the virus.

about 10 hours ago


Asides: The PUC on paper bills, a new eagle-cam, a Carnegie Hero twice

The PUC wants no-charge paper bills, Pittsburgh's eagles get a new camera, a Florida man is twice a Carnegie Hero.

about 10 hours ago


It was past time to restore relations with Cuba

Americans under the age of 55 have seen Cuba as an enemy of freedom.

about 10 hours ago


The traditional, biblical worldview involves a holistic morality

The reaction to Bruce Barron’s commentary “Can Gays Extend an Olive Branch?” has been clarifying for me.

about 10 hours ago


The Taliban's Peshawar massacre is an affront to Islam

The Quran clearly states, “whosoever kills an innocent person … it is as if they killed all of mankind.”

about 10 hours ago


Enough Said: Eat them before they eat you

Facts that speak for themselves.

about 10 hours ago


 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the center of the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963. Protesters lobbied for voting rights and an end to segregation and discrimination.

The Next Page / Set up to fail: the spiteful nature of Jim Crow literacy tests

How a Harvard experiment drove home a toxic legacy

about 10 hours ago


Brian O'Neill: Ex-felon pushes past failure and earns forgiveness

Ex-felon Daniel Bull wants to turn failure into something positive.

about 10 hours ago


Partisan anguish: Greater trust between the parties was needed on the torture report

The recently released Senate report on CIA interrogation practices has produced two conflicting and largely partisan narratives.

about 10 hours ago


It would be wrong to tax charitable nonprofits

Tax relief enables charitable nonprofits to use limited financial resources to educate, treat, care for and support fellow Pennsylvanians.

about 10 hours ago


Bring in the nurses — stat

Some of the largest health care systems in America do not have any nurses serving on their boards of directors.

about 10 hours ago


 Jeb Bush:  Above the fray or amid the fray?

David Shribman: Enter Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush’s plunge into presidential waters ends some uncertainties about the 2016 campaign and creates others.

about 10 hours ago


America vs. torture: Western civilization has opposed torture for the last 500 years

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program last week quickly stirred up a white-hot debate.

about 10 hours ago


Jack Kelly: What torture? Democrats fret about the comfort of terrorists

Foremost of the “tortures” they decried in a 500-page report was the waterboarding of three senior al-Qaida leaders.

about 10 hours ago


Cutting Edge: Crack and a drilling tax

New ideas / Sharp opinions

about 10 hours ago


Abused to death: We’ve done a lot to combat domestic violence, but the battle is not nearly done

To appreciate how we should respond to crime and its victims, we must debunk two myths.

about 10 hours ago


First Person: Advent of customer service

Here’s a story of a college sophomore earning some extra money by working at the local Home Depot.

1 day ago


Leaders wanted: The city school board will be losing experience

The job is unpaid. The meetings are long and sometimes raucous. Public appreciation is nil. Yet the work is critically important.

1 day ago


Pakistan’s horror: The government should not collude with terrorists

The massacre of more than 130 children by Taliban fanatics was every bit the act of “depravity” that President Obama described.

1 day ago


West Mifflin P-cards are closely monitored

The cards have restricted purchasing capability, which is controlled and reviewed monthly.

1 day ago


The West Mifflin superintendent is a good leader

He has set the bar for all schools in Western Pennsylvania to provide a bully-free environment for children, parents and the community.

1 day ago


Attorney General Kathleen Kane again picks and chooses

She decides which laws she likes and therefore will enforce.

1 day ago


Pittsburghers have appreciated Reg Henry's wit

His take on modern politics is on target and never malicious.

1 day ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

A 500-page summary of the torture report reminded Americans of things they had chosen to forget.

1 day ago


Saturday Diary: Do my wife and I have a parenting philosophy? Not sure

WARNING: This diary contains annoying parental bragging. Not to mention it steps all over the third-rail of social conversation: parenting.

1 day ago


Putin’s bubble bursts: Plunging oil prices aren’t the sole problem

If you’re the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy.

1 day ago


Saturday Poem: An Urban Christmas

The snow will fall and, you will walk in the street up the hill past / the bars where the sons of metal and coal sit to un-remember their ..

1 day ago


Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf terrorist

There are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

1 day ago


 Pakistani student Mohammad Baqair, who survived Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, poses holding a photograph of his mother, a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school.

Meet the Taliban killer of schoolchildren

That would be Maulana Fazlullah, radical broadcaster turned military chieftain.

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 Despite President Obama’s intent to resume diplomatic relations, hurdles remain in improving U.S.-Cuban ties.

Cuban overthrow: Obama’s bold move buries a relic of the Cold War

President Barack Obama put an end Wednesday to five decades of failed American policy toward Cuba.

2 days ago


 New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis speaks to the media.

Taking off: The new airport CEO has hopes for more options

Christina Cassotis will be the new CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority,

2 days ago


Pitt’s vacancies: The new coach and AD must uphold education

University presidents leave their mark on virtually every matter on their campuses.

2 days ago


Banks again get permission to risk your money

One month after the Republicans’ landslide victory, the GOP-controlled House finally passed a bill.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: In the film credits, Sony stars in a fiasco

Sony deserves a lot of the blame for its “The Interview” fiasco.

2 days ago


The budget bill betrays citizens and rewards banks

A handful of people in finance convinced their buds in government that less regulation equals more campaign dollars.

2 days ago


Voting and not voting has consequences

Think hard about who and what party you are supporting next election.

2 days ago


Poll workers, consider giving your pay to charity

Poll workers who set up the machines and record who voted are paid a nominal sum.

2 days ago


Protesters are not impressive people

Protesters don’t impress.

2 days ago


New grading won't hurt clean restaurants

Why restaurant owners are against A-B-C ratings.

2 days ago


Money used for MoonMail could be better spent on this planet

How many people would spend up to $25,800 to send something into space to a place called the Lake of Death?

2 days ago


Pittsburgh goes to Cuba

‘Deliberative democracy’ could be one of our most valuable exports.

2 days ago


Facing up to race

Celebrating diversity is no substitute for addressing racial disparities.

2 days ago


Barack Obama takes on the Cuba lobby

He’s looking for legacy points and doesn’t have much to lose.

3 days ago


Kane on trial: The Philadelphia DA opens her closed prosecution

Philadelphia’s district attorney filed criminal charges against two Democratic legislators.

3 days ago


Progress in Lima: Many nations now want to curb greenhouse gases

The Lima summit made progress, but the road ahead is still long and hot.

3 days ago


Save the rhinos: Science tries to rescue the northern white species

With the death of Angalifu the species is now five rhinos removed from extinction.

3 days ago


The fossil fuel industry is ignoring the future

The fossil fuel industry should embrace renewable energies and include them, not campaign so heavily against them.

3 days ago


We welcome drilling in Frazer and West Deer

I have five natural gas wells on my property, all safely drilled and “fracked.”

3 days ago



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