Opinion


 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.

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours 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).

about 17 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.

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours ago


Communities should crack down on stop sign infractions

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

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours ago


When a term goes out of style, liberals rebrand

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

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours ago


Seattle subsidizes transit for the poor

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

about 17 hours ago


Brian O'Neill: Present tax threat is from nonprofits

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

about 17 hours 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.

about 17 hours ago


George F. Will: Stop the corruption in the IRS

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

about 17 hours ago


Obamacare should win this round in the Supreme Court

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

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day ago


Commentary's criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu was misguided

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

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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

1 day ago


Remembering Selma ... and Pittsburgh

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

1 day 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 days ago


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

Judges in most criminal trials have flexibility in sentencing.

2 days ago


Students need support, not suspensions

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

2 days ago


Too many students are suspended for minor misbehavior

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

2 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.

2 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.

2 days ago


 Patric Hornqvist dives into the net as the puck gets by Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney on a shot by Evgeni Malkin for a power play goal in the second period Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Power play returns to top form for Penguins

After slumping in February, the power play has scored at least one goal in the past four games, a good harbinger for the playoffs.

2 days ago


Gail Collins: And now, homeland insecurity

The take-no-prisoners Republican right continues to torture John Boehner.

2 days ago


Here's a GOP plan to replace Obamacare

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday about whether the Obama administration used the IRS to deliver health insurance

2 days ago


Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic in Pittsburgh

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

2 days ago


Wind, a reliable part of the energy mix, deserves incentives

All energy sources, including nuclear, receive tax incentives.

2 days ago


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu, the Great Divider

U.S. leaders should take the prime minister’s advice with a large grain of salt.

3 days ago


 The U.S. finances 75 percent of NATO expenditures with a defense budget of $585 billion for 2015

Indefensible: Europe cuts NATO spending while the U.S. pays

The United States bears a disproportionate share of NATO’s cost -- an old problem that is getting worse rather than better.

3 days ago


Rider appreciation: On the North Shore, the reward is free T service

Free rides have been fundamental to the success of the North Shore Connector, and it looks like they will continue.

3 days ago


Nimoy’s gift: A career embodied in a single, enduring character

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made Mr. Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer on “Star Trek” a household name, was an icon.

3 days ago


The visit by Israel’s Netanyahu is wrong

I’m amazed that some people are OK with a leader from another country injecting himself and his opinion into American politics.

3 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: What’s in a stray word? A needless distraction

Last week, I referred to “the lunatic left,” which some interpreted as the entire left-wing, rather than those who persist in angry slander.

3 days ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

3 days ago


Fracking, which is being done responsibly, helps with energy security

I have seen small towns revived, residents provided with new, family-sustaining jobs, farms and fracking coexisting and more.

3 days ago


Evolution is as much of a belief system as creationism

In this secular world today, people of faith are continually ridiculed if they believe in a Creator God.

3 days ago



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