Editorials


Legal ceasefire: Peduto takes a new approach to UPMC’s exemption

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and UPMC have declared a ceasefire over what the health care giant’s fair share for city services should be.

about 9 hours ago


Coal countries: A growing U.S. export also transfers pollution

A 12% drop in the power sector’s carbon emissions since 2008 elicited praise for the Obama administration’s effort to combat global warming.

about 9 hours ago


Ideal audience: And Pittsburgh will be the league of cities’ ideal host

Pittsburgh has a big story to tell but lately hasn’t been able to attract a big audience that comes by hosting a national conference.

about 9 hours ago


Where's the work?: It’s hard to justify Corbett adviser Ron Tomalis’ high salary

The reasons for Ron Tomalis’ hefty salary are unclear.

1 day ago


Witness to fairness: The DA demands that police improve identifications

Allegheny County’s district attorney is looking into the Pittsburgh police robbery squad.

1 day ago


Martian marathon: Opportunity keeps knocking on the planet’s surface

Opportunity rover dazzles with its longevity on Mars.

1 day ago


 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.

2 days ago


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.

2 days ago


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.

2 days ago


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.

3 days ago


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.

3 days ago


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.

3 days ago


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.

4 days ago


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.

4 days ago


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.

4 days ago


Confronting Russia: Ukraine atrocity needs stout response short of war

The downing of MH17 shows that Russian aggression harms more than just Ukraine. Its actions should come at a cost.

5 days ago


Time for a police chief: The stage is set and the city needs strong leadership

Mayor Bill Peduto says he will have a qualified chief in place sometime after Labor Day.

5 days ago


 A Lyft car takes to the road.

Here’s hoping: The PUC takes a step forward on ride sharing

It unanimously approved emergency licenses that allow ride-share companies Lyft and Uber to operate legally in Allegheny County.

6 days ago


Indonesia decides: World’s third-largest democracy picks a new chief

Indonesia has more or less completed the election of a new president, Joko Widodo.

6 days ago


Improper probes: Report finds excesses in targeting terror suspects

Human Rights Watch has released a blistering report on investigative and prosecutorial abuses in American terrorism investigations.

6 days ago


 An Israeli soldier prays in front of a tank at a military staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip today.

Safety first: Post-Ukraine, Tel Aviv flight ban makes sense

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, currently centered on Gaza, took on important implications for Americans Tuesday.

1 week ago


West Mifflin has a point: State shortchanges the district on Duquesne students

West Mifflin says it costs $15,000 to educate a child, but it only receives $10,655 for each Duquesne student.

1 week ago


Discrimination targeted: Obama signs an order to help federal workers

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

1 week ago


 Neil Armstrong leads Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins out of the space center on the Apollo 11 space mission.

Out of this world: Moon landing 45 years ago remains a magic moment

Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins wagered their lives on NASA’s technical ingenuity.

1 week ago


France on the march: More troops are being sent to former African colonies

France has decided to put a 3,000-strong force permanently in five of its former colonies, in a band across West and Central Africa.

1 week ago


Beyond horrible: The case of a starved boy is a shock to basic values

Antonio Rader, now 8, looked like a Holocaust victim, according to Mercer County Detective John J. Piatek.

1 week ago


 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif address the media with European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Saturday.

Extending the nuclear talks with Iran was a sound step forward

An agreement was reached between members of the United Nations Security Council, German and Iran to extend talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

1 week ago


Holy Family is showing compassion by welcoming immigrant children: Holy Family’s aid to refugee children needs support

Holy Family Institute will house unaccompanied migrants no older than 12 while they await the outcomes of their immigration proceedings.

1 week ago




 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark in view with the U.S.Steel Tower offices of UPMC in Downtown Pittsburgh.

What’s going on? UPMC-Highmark deal leaves public confused

Stuck in the middle of their acrimonious breakup are Highmark’s Western Pennsylvania subscribers.

1 week ago


That’s all? Citigroup eludes real punishment on securities

Not a single banker has gone to jail for the mortgage-backed securities meltdown.

1 week ago


In the public interest: Bill would make good rules for doing official business

Fewer measures are more effective in keeping government agencies honest than open records and open meeting laws.

1 week ago


Fixing pensions: Tax relief won’t come soon under Corbett’s plan

Gov. Tom Corbett has done a disservice to Pennsylvanians by reducing the complicated issue of public employee pensions to a campaign slogan.

1 week ago


Freedom’s inspiration: Gordimer’s words shook the foundation of apartheid

Nadine Gordimer was not just an accomplished wordsmith, but she was also a leading crusader against one of the world’s cruelest oppressions.

1 week ago


Asides : An uplifting moment at a trial, and decrepit cemeteries

A victim shows kindness and wisdom toward his attacker, and forgotten grave sites get a call for attention.

1 week ago


Tragedy in Ukraine: International probe needed for downed plane

Eastern Ukraine is a war zone, and it is tantamount to a lack of wisdom for civilian airlines and pilots to fly over it

1 week ago


Blindness in Gaza: Leaders of Israel and Hamas make innocents suffer

Opportunistic politicians on both sides have only brought pain and stagnation to their people.

1 week ago


Republican move to slash IRS funding would be counter-productive: Republicans would add to deficit by starving the IRS

Even as the IRS’ duties have grown with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the agency has had to do more with less.

1 week ago


Nigeria faces many challenges that require urgent action: Several problems conspire to make its future dicey

Nigeria is a major country and it is headed for a train wreck unless it changes course rapidly.

1 week ago


Portraits of legislative leaders receive new plaques noting their crime: Portrait plaques note the crimes of lawmakers

Every picture tells a story, but sometimes words are needed for a caption to tell the whole story

1 week ago


A rival to U.S. leadership: BRICS nations start an alternative World Bank

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have created The New Development Bank to rival the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

2 weeks ago


Speeding it up: Bus Rapid Transit plan is given a welcome boost

Thanks to action by the Port Authority, plans for a modern, rapid transit system linking Downtown and Oakland can keep moving forward.

2 weeks ago


Big spenders: The FTC blames Amazon for sales to children

The agency sued the online retail giant last week for failing to install sufficient protections against online purchases made by children.

2 weeks ago


Riding high: Pittsburghers can gain from car service competition

There now is incentive for Yellow, Lyft, Uber and any other companies that want to enter the market to do a better job to win customers.

2 weeks ago


Afghan recount: The country’s fate hangs on a new tally of the ballots

The latest chapter in U.S. efforts to nation-build in Afghanistan is the attempt by John Kerry to salvage the presidential election.

2 weeks ago


America’s goal: The U.S. team won respect for its World Cup play

If a team in any sport is going to be defeated in a tournament, there’s something to be said for being beaten by the eventual winner.

2 weeks ago


The Israelis and Palestinians must call an end to the bombing: A ceasefire is necessary in the Middle East

The duel between the Palestinians in Gaza and Israel has lasted more than a week and claimed the lives of at least 175 Gazans.

2 weeks ago


Lorin Maazel led the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra into a golden age: Lorin Maazel’s death is our loss and the world’s

Lorin Maazel accrued many honors and today Pittsburgh’s loss is also the world’s.

2 weeks ago


David Cameron threatens British civil liberties by going after more private records: Cameron seeks more access to citizen phone records

David Cameron had to compromise with opposition parties and accept major reviews by Parliament.

2 weeks ago


 The exterior of the Moon Area High School.

Mutual merger: Cornell should give serious thought to Moon’s idea

School district mergers are a tough sell in Pennsylvania.

2 weeks ago



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