Opinion


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

In praise of Kathleen Kane

She’s doing a good job, despite what you read in the papers.

about 9 hours ago


Punitive ban: Felons deserve more access to health care jobs

the longer a person goes without a repeat offense, the more likely it is that he has turned his life around permanently.

about 9 hours ago


Blessed peacemakers: Low-key talks offer hope in Afghanistan, Syria

All sides in both conflicts should put humanitarian concerns ahead of political interests.

about 9 hours ago


Bernie Sanders’ entry: Hillary Clinton will get some much-needed competition

Although at this stage, the deck appears stacked against Mr. Sanders, and not just because he doesn’t have the resources of his opponents.

about 9 hours ago


Rudiak is the better choice for Pittsburgh city controller

In response to the Post-Gazette’s endorsement of Michael Lamb for controller, I only ask the editorial board to do one thing: research.

about 9 hours ago


 It would seem that one of the few possible solutions to the Pirates' offensive woes is maybe getting bench players such as Jung Ho Kang some more at-bats.

Gene Collier: Pirates offense plenty offensive, and not in a good way

In this recent rut they’re in, the Pirates just can’t seem to hit their way to any kind of respectable scoring output.

about 9 hours ago


Failure to endorse judicial diversity

Just one of the candidates the Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsed was rated “highly recommended” by the judiciary committee.

about 9 hours ago


Wastewater solution for Alcosan

While Cleveland has indeed chosen to use large tunnels, it doesn’t follow that Alcosan and our region should make the same decision.

about 9 hours ago


It's dangerous crossing the streets of Pittsburgh

Crossing the street in America’s most livable city is a life-threatening experience.

about 9 hours ago


 Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina

As Others See It: Carly Fiorina runs for CEO

Corporate experience will play better than anti-Clintonism.

about 9 hours ago


Columnist Dan Simpson got it right with ‘no new wars’

He’s clear in describing the dynamics of foreign policy and military build-up in a world of dozens of competing states and sectarian groups.

about 9 hours ago


Dan Simpson: What ails Baltimore?

America’s failure to invest in its cities and deal with race.

about 9 hours ago


Reg Henry: Ridiculous as it sounds, prepare for life

As a break from the ever-depressing news cycle, let us play the philosopher this week by considering Life with a capital L.

about 9 hours ago


 U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: A senator’s faith in humility

Chris Coons tries to narrow the divide between the religious and the secular.

1 day ago


Common Pleas Court: Nominate Crawford, McCrady and McGough

The eight candidates for three openings on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas are struggling to distinguish themselves on a ballot.

1 day ago


Diplomacy on ice: U.S.-Russian relations are a factor in the Arctic

A meeting of the Arctic Council in Canada’s far north last month underlined the growing importance of the region as climate change proceeds

1 day ago


The EPA’s plan doesn’t threaten electrical service

Emission-reducing measures, including money-saving energy efficiency, can be phased in right up to 2030.

1 day ago


'Smart meters' on electricity are not so smart

Those in Duquesne Light’s service area are already paying a small fee for the new smart meters, but the worst is yet to come.

1 day ago


Sen. Pat Toomey is right on Congress approving foreign pacts

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey is holding true to his oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

1 day ago


Republicans are spending big to derail Hillary Clinton

The upcoming book about the Clintons has been hyped as another “smoking gun.”

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Arrests of police are proof of progress

Arrests of Baltimore police demonstrate progress is being made.

1 day ago


There are Republicans who support donor disclosure

State legislators feel the corrupting effects of anonymous campaign donations.

1 day ago


 A view down Smithfield Street, Downtown.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Upgrade of Smithfield Street could be a dream come true

CMU design students hatch a grand boulevard plan for Smithfield Street Downtown.

1 day ago


 Rain tree isolated

There’s a war on trees in Sewickley

The borough of Sewickley has selectively declared war on mature and healthy shade trees in favor of new concrete for curbs and sidewalks.

1 day ago


Regulate methane in Pennsylvania

Voluntary restraint won’t work with the natural gas industry.

1 day ago


 The sinking of the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland 100 years ago.

George F. Will: Rewriting the Lusitania’s history

Owning a fragment of history is fun, so in 1968 Gregg Bemis became an owner of the Lusitania.

2 days ago


 City Council incumbent Rev. Ricky Burgess speaks during a candidate forum at the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library on April 16.

Burgess for District 9: A record of accomplishment

The Rev. Ricky Burgess’ opponents complain he isn’t sufficiently involved. His legislative record rebuts that claim.

2 days ago


Expenses online: Wolf strikes a blow for government transparency

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf told members of his Cabinet to find ways to reduce expenses. On Thursday, he gave them more motivation to do so.

2 days ago


Mercury rising: Knowledge of the planet grew with Messenger

With its fuel tank empty and NASA’s bag of tricks for keeping it aloft exhausted, the Messenger succumbed to Mercury’s gravitational grip.

2 days ago


Wolf’s plans would hurt an important industry

New and innovative technologies have made it possible to access natural gas from shale formations thousands of feet below ground.

2 days ago


 Some poker face: Professional poker player Douglas Polk up against a mere machine at the Rivers Casino.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Playing poker against a computer does not compute

No thanks to CMU, poker with computers somehow doesn’t sound like as much fun.

2 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Can Downtown’s glorious noisemakers get along?

It’s a good problem to have: our vibrant city has overlapping festive events. Keeping Pirates fireworks from disrupting PSO can be done.

2 days ago


Health, safety, trust

I spoke at a public hearing to report on mounting peer-reviewed research pertaining to unconventional gas drilling.

2 days ago


GOP, tell us your ideas

What does the GOP want to do for our country?

2 days ago


Parents, stop excuses

Most of Tony Norman’s columns irritate me to the extent that I many times refuse to read them. But his recent column was spot-on.

2 days ago


Jonathan Bernstein: I don’t mind these long campaigns

If you think democracy is something America needs only occasionally, you can complain about the endless presidential election.

2 days ago


Karen Hacker and Lee H. Harrison: Give each restaurant a grade

We are very lucky in Allegheny County to have seen a surge in new restaurants and an emerging “foodie culture” that rivals larger cities.

2 days ago


The vibrant neighborhood of my youth is now a sad place

We had our pick of three local mom-and-pop stores to frequent if we ran out of lunch meat, bread or milk.

2 days ago


 Vladimir Slepak

David M. Shribman: Vladimir Slepak, ‘a modern-day Moses’

Vladimir Slepak helped lead his people to freedom, and he paid the price.

3 days ago


 Doris Fuller with her daughter Natalie in 2004, soon after the publication of their book, "Promise Me You Won't Freak Out."

Demons stole my daughter

Think of mental illness as cancer; it is a disease, and it can kill.

3 days ago


State Supreme Court choices for Democrats: Donohue, Lazarus and Wecht

On May 19, Pennsylvania voters will nominate candidates for a host of offices, but none higher than the state Supreme Court.

3 days ago


State Supreme Court choices for Republicans: Allen, Olson and Stevens

Republican voters have the same challenge in the May 19 primary as Democrats: Pick three nominees for Supreme Court from six candidates.

3 days ago


U.S. policies have led many veterans to despair

Veterans commit suicide because not living is better than living and our policies have made their lives that way.

3 days ago


 Canon-McMillan's Luke Blanock (right), talks with his teammate, Ian Hess, after the team practiced Thursday. Blanock is battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Ron Cook: Canon McMillan pitcher's battle with cancer an inspiration

His community has rallied around him, his team has supported him, his parents have even leaned on Luke Blanock as he fights Ewing’s Sarcoma.

3 days ago


Dick Thornburgh: The disabilities revolution

Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act began to transform the lives of millions and the minds of millions more

3 days ago


 St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright said the same injury could've happened carrying his daughter up the stairs.

Gene Collier: Another spring, another debate about the designated hitter

The strategy that would be removed from National League play is not worth whatever uptick in offense adding the DH might provide.

3 days ago


 The Rieck family store at 1809 Jane St. in the South Side in the 1880s. The young man at the left is thought to be Edward E. Rieck.

Welcome home to Pittsburgh, Kraft Foods

Before Kraft became Kraft, its name was National Dairy Products Corp. One of the millionaires it created was Pittsburgh’s Edward E. Rieck.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania needs to listen to home care workers

Tom Wolf isn’t trying to set up a union; he’s trying to help Pennsylvania’s elderly and disabled citizens

3 days ago


Gail Collins: A teeny, tiny victory for judicial independence

The Supreme Court issues a lauded ruling barely worth lauding.

3 days ago


The U.S. must stop unwinnable military games

I wish everyone could read Dan Simpson’s April 29 column, “Please, No New Wars.”

3 days ago



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