Opinion


Defining success in Afghanistan

It’s not about achieving perfection; it’s about seeing real progress

about 23 hours ago


Back to Iraq?: Gen. Dempsey poses the return of U.S. troops

There are various interpretations of what Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

about 23 hours ago


Samantha Bennett: The cat-call's 'loud or raucous cry' is never appreciated

There’s been some buzz lately on the subject of cat-calling. It caught my attention because I have a cat.

about 10 hours ago


Just response: The DA should close the Leon Ford case

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is confronted with a choice: retry the East Liberty man on the remaining charges or cut bait.

about 23 hours ago


Hayes’ genius: The work of a Pitt poet earns greater renown

Terrance Hayes is living the kind of life other poets would hesitate to dream.

about 23 hours ago


Sen. Tom Coburn is right about the NFL and other issues

Sen. Coburn is one of the few senators or congressmen who possess the integrity to perform their jobs for the benefit of the public.

about 23 hours ago


Council appeases the few by refusing to post "In God We Trust"

The gates of hell are opening before our eyes, and we are only troubled by using the name of God in the event it might repulse someone.

about 23 hours ago


County council has helped to restore public trust with its vote on motto

The eight members of council who voted against the ill-advised “In God We Trust” proposal distinguished themselves by displaying integrity.

about 23 hours ago


How would Andrew Carnegie vote in Scotland's referendum?

I wonder if he would be in favor of separating from Great Britain.

about 23 hours ago


Our church was the spiritual home of Henry J. Heinz

Our church’s archives safeguard numerous original records documenting significant events in the life of this important Pittsburgh family.

about 23 hours ago


Halt arms shipments to stop rebels from acquiring weapons

President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail the rebels in Iraq and elsewhere will not be solved with airstrikes.

about 23 hours ago


Brian O'Neill: Hunters have bad aim to hike firepower

Some hunters want to go too far in the field with their firepower.

about 23 hours ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis, left, rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

about 23 hours ago


Preventive care can keep people out of the hospital

It comes as no surprise that one in five patients is being readmitted to the hospital within a 30-day period after being discharged.

about 23 hours ago


As Others See It / Fracking is not the threat

Water problems are caused by faulty wells, which need to be better regulated.

about 23 hours ago


 “No” voters campaign against independence for Scotland.

E.J. Dionne Jr. / For the love of Scotland

The Scots are more likely to vote with their heads than their hearts.

about 23 hours ago


I’m being left behind

Small steps toward a living wage aren’t enough for low-paid workers like me.

about 23 hours ago


It’s not just about Scotland

Nation-states are decaying all over the world as globalization takes its toll.

1 day ago


 Douglas, left, and Kristen Barbour, right, leave the Allegheny County Courthouse after being sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Manning on Monday.

Lame justice: A couple’s child abuse deserved real punishment

In March 2012, two Ethiopian children came to this country to begin a new life, but what they got was sickening abuse and deprivation.

1 day ago


U.S. in Yemen: It’s hard to fathom a compelling national interest

It is difficult to identify which U.S. interests in Yemen require America to be involved there or Americans to care.

1 day ago


Rare company: Regional Catholic high schools make the grade

Eight Catholic high schools in the Pittsburgh region have made an elite national list of high performers.

1 day ago


The time is right for Scotland’s independence

Your editorial “Say No, Scotland” (Sept. 15) misunderstands the drive for Scottish independence.

1 day ago


Dan Simpson / Don’t sweat the small stuff

The president should focus on China, India, Russia, Germany — not Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, the world equivalent of double-A baseball.

1 day ago


Let's end the 'In God We Trust' religious nonsense

Rather than putting up more slogans supporting a belief and trust in superstition, we should take them down where they already are.

1 day ago


Keep God in church and out of government

The phrase “In God We Trust” was not intended by our Founding Fathers to be the national motto.

1 day ago


The Port Authority should change its strange bus fare system

In every other city, people pay when they get on and leave by the back door.

1 day ago


Why do so many drivers fail to use turn signals?

It’s an issue of courtesy and safety, but people seem to be too lazy or preoccupied to use them.

1 day ago


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gardens are a gift to citizens

The considerable time, effort and funding put forth have resulted in a considerable enhancement of our city’s aesthetics.

1 day ago


Reg Henry: Politics, football both throw us for a loss

Kicking the political football is all the rage.

1 day ago


Capitalize on woods free of hunters with semiautomatics

A thinking politician would brand Pennsylvania, or Penn’s Woods, as a “classic” place to hunt without the use of these weapons.

1 day ago


David Brooks / Where’s the fire department?

There should be a medical emergency force ready to fight outbreaks like Ebola.

1 day ago


Ross Douthat / Christians in the Middle East are threatened with genocide

They need our help, yet many would-be allies carp about their own issues.

2 days ago


 The Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg.

Season of stalemate: Time is running out for action in Harrisburg

At the top of the to-do-but-not-done list is pension reform.

2 days ago


Testing fails the test: Pittsburgh schools focus on more instruction

Clearly, testing had gotten out of hand in the district, which is to be congratulated for listening to critics and responding.

2 days ago


Free thinkers? U.S. policy groups must list their foreign backers

Consumers of these organizations’ reports have a right to demand that they reveal who gives them money, how much and for what purpose.

2 days ago


Film tax credits create jobs in Pennsylvania

They help both taxpayers and workers, as well local hotels, restaurants, rental car companies and other businesses.

2 days ago


Hunting with semiautomatics is a bad idea

I’m a hunter and I don’t want to be out in the fields with people who carry these rapid-fire weapons.

2 days ago


Medicare loophole lets health care providers charge twice

This will affect hundreds of thousands of Americans and it must be closed.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: NFL-level violence gets its start at home

When it comes to corporal punishment, the culture of violence starts at home.

2 days ago


 Russell Martin stands on second base after doubling against Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Jacob Turner in the second inning Sunday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Enjoy Russell Martin while he's still here

Pirates GM Neal Huntington admits Russell Martin's pricetag likely will be in a financial area the Pirates do not wish to go.

2 days ago


Catherine Rampell / Atlantic City blues

The get-rich-quick town is going broke … again

2 days ago


Every athlete should emulate Arnold Palmer

He used his popularity to give back to so many others through his foundations and charitable endeavors.

2 days ago


 A view from the first floor of the Paramount Film Exchange.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Paramount building’s sequel is a new start Uptown

The sturdy building, where theater owners saw previews of films, was vacant for years. Saved and restored, it’s filled with new businesses.

2 days ago


George F. Will / Scotland’s epic vote

The desire of many in Scotland to separate from the United Kingdom affects much more than economics. It’s a matter of ethnic pride.

3 days ago


 Orangemen and women march during a pro-union parade, less than a week before voters go to the polls in a yes or no referendum on whether Scotland should become and independent country.

Say no, Scotland: Aye, history resonates but its interests are in the UK

Scots should not take the uncertain, risky path to independence.

3 days ago


 The Produce Terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Arranged marriage: Two-developer plan in Strip District may work

The URA gave two developers three months to work together on a plan for the historic produce terminal.

3 days ago


That’s all, folks: ToonSeum must carry on without its founder

Joe Wos recently announced that he is stepping down as the ToonSeum’s executive director to pursue his first love — cartooning.

3 days ago


Allegheny County Council has made a godless decision

I do not find the words “In God We Trust” to be unaccepting or unwelcoming.

3 days ago


Toomey works against voters and hard-working families

Just the latest example is his support of the Citizens United court decision that undermines our democracy.

3 days ago


The tax-and-spend shoe fits, Democrats

Tom Wolf’s message is that we should tax the oil and gas industry to help fund our schools.

3 days ago



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