Opinion


We need to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

President Obama routinely promises greater transparency within the federal government. Congress is making strides toward that critical goal.

about 18 hours ago


Superior Court: Colville is the Democrats’ more experienced choice

Alice Beck Dubow of Philadelphia and Robert J. Colville of Ross face off in the May 19 primary.

about 18 hours ago


Tragic strike: Answers are needed on the Pakistan drone attack

The deaths of an American aid contractor and an Italian health worker should put the issue of the program’s effectiveness in sharp focus.

about 18 hours ago


Kathleen Parker: Songs in prisoners’ hearts

Music can transform forgotten people and places. Consider a program at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina.

about 18 hours ago


The Plum charges undermine trust at school

I am relieved that the DA is beginning an investigation into what appears to be an appalling culture of sex between students and teachers.

about 18 hours ago


Pennsylvania will suffer if bars can stay open until 4 a.m.

We need to extend bar hours until 4 a.m. so that we can attract more drunks to our area.

17 minutes ago


We've had poor service from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority over billing

For several months, PWSA has been giving us false hope that would not be tolerated in the “real world” of customer service.

about 18 hours ago


Our Consol protest related to retiree benefits was confused by others

College-age kids appeared at the same time carrying nonsensical signs about energy use with the intent of neutralizing our message.

about 18 hours ago


We see no advantage to Medicare Advantage over regular Medicare

Neither UPMC nor Highmark can restrict the medical care providers we use now and will use in the future.

about 18 hours ago


 Penguins star Evgeni Malkin was missing in action against the Rangers, but what if he finds his game again with Russia in the World Championships?

Ron Cook: Playing for Russia would be a bad look for Malkin

Given how poorly Evgeni Malkin just played for the Penguins in their biggest games of the season, maybe he should rest up for next year.

about 18 hours ago


George F. Will: With a dash of wit, Lindsey Graham espouses provocative policy

The South Carolina senator would enliven the Republican campaign trail.

about 18 hours ago


 With viewers' help, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao will make a lot of money Saturday.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: We can't afford this can't-miss pay-per-view bout

The biggest pay-per-view event ever comes on Saturday, if only we had enough friends to help cover the cost.

about 6 hours ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: The people it takes to redd up after human nature

In the aftermath of an Earth Day neighborhood clean-up: the best of humanity on display.

about 6 hours ago


We must focus more attention on safety for pedestrians

While we see some progress in Pittsburgh, many areas continue to pose hazards to those on foot.

about 18 hours ago


David M. Shribman: Clinton and the special interests

She’s the first Democrat in years to be free of their pressures in the primaries.

1 day ago


The new heroin entrepreneurs

Mexico’s Xalisco Boys have reached into Pittsburgh and set up a nationwide distribution network that rivals Amway.

1 day ago


Controller Wagner: For Allegheny County, she’s the better watchdog

Democratic voters should retain Chelsa Wagner as county controller in the primary race with Mark Patrick Flaherty.

1 day ago


Let’s reduce frustration for drivers and walkers

As a daily pedestrian commuter who also drives in town when needed, I can see the challenge from both sides.

1 day ago


 Women Rigts, Gavel, supreme court. Women symbol

Women, choose those justices carefully

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes decisions vital to women’s health.

1 day ago


  Pay Day Loans, cash, empty pockets, no money

Get tough on payday lending

New federal regulations should be as strong as Pennsylvania’s.

1 day ago


Sunnis vs. Shiites

In fact, they have not been fighting each other for centuries.

1 day ago


Jack Kelly's column about college students is another one-note rant about 'the left'

I’m sure the free-speech champion won’t mind my pointing out that his diatribe “College Coddling” (April 19) reaches new heights of idiocy.

1 day ago


The GOP likes to focus on what it's against, rather than what it's for

This campaign will be reminiscent of most Republican campaigns; it will be solely about demonizing Hillary Clinton and what she proposes.

1 day ago


On WQED program, Heather Heidelbaugh said it all about the GOP

She did an awesome job articulating the Republican Party’s position for all of us voters.

1 day ago


We could use more of Lynn Cullen's clarity regarding the minimum wage

She gave what I think to be a most elegant and succinct argument for raising the minimum wage.

1 day ago


Jack Kelly: Chipotle gets gaggled by the Clinton media horde

Wow! Hillary Clinton actually ate a burrito!

1 day ago


 The original art that accompanied Peter Leo's 1986 column documenting his feat.

Brian O'Neill: Driving the Pittsburgh Marathon now officially faster than running it

Marathon route is getting easier, or maybe it’s just that cars are better.

1 day ago


 Rangers fans cheer as their team sent the Penguins to the end of another disappointing season.

Ron Cook: Status quo remains the theme for Penguins

It might be delusional, but Penguins still have a good starting point.

1 day ago


For better or worse, YouTube shows the need for connection

The article “YouTube Celebrates 10 Years” exposes human needs — to be wanted, recognized, not ignored, to be somebody.

1 day ago


Asides: More space for training, more help for troubled students, more canines helping veterans

The Trade Institute will rebuild lives, Pittsburgh schools will take a new approach to behavior, Canine Angels will help more veterans.

1 day ago


Why do we let slide bias against women?

What would happen if I refused to shake hands with Jews or sit next to black men?

1 day ago


 The classic Rosie the Riveter poster for Westinghouse by J. Howard Miller.

The Next Page: How 'Rosie the Riveter' grew from the imagination of a Pittsburgh artist

The classic World War II morale booster, the work of a freelance artist named J. Howard Miller, was inspired by Pittsburgh workers.

1 day ago


First Person: Running with Bill

My dad will carry me through the Pittsburgh he loved.

2 days ago


Feather bedding: Chickens may soon find a home in Pittsburgh

A proposed city zoning change would allow residents who have at least 2,000 square feet of property to own up to five chickens or ducks.

2 days ago


Off-color: How orange is your mac-and-cheese?

Kraft’s version, the quintessential mac-and-cheese, is about to undergo a radical change.

2 days ago


Maple Heights residents want rulings enforced

I am responding to your editorial calling for mediation of the dispute between Chukky Okobi’s Mansion at Maple Heights and its neighbors.

2 days ago


Paul Krugman: The zombie election of 2016

Discredited GOP ideas just keep shambling along

2 days ago


Highmark is wasting our dollars on this glossy, useless book

Kudos, Meredith Dobson, for your exquisitely accurate description of the wasteful “Highmark Passport to Health” volume.

2 days ago


Highmark's Passport binder is a bust with us

Regarding Meredith Dobson’s letter “Highmark Wasteful” (April 15), I agree with her 100 percent.

2 days ago


We should entrust Sestak, not Toomey, with our national interests

On matters of foreign policy, Adm. Joe Sestak is clearly more capable in protecting our interests.

2 days ago


Home-care workers deserve representation and fairness

What is wrong with a group of low-paid health care workers uniting to hire an advocate?

2 days ago


 Daniel Winnik, left, and Rob Scuderi check Rangers' Chris Kreider during the second period Friday night in New York.

Ron Cook: Injuries, illness put Penguins at disadvantage

It's hard to be mad at the Penguins. It wasn't a fair fight against the New York Rangers from the start.

2 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran

Obama’s wish that Iran become a “very successful regional power” — a nightmare for Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality.

2 days ago


Saturday Diary: My (short) cheerleading career

I could almost hear my thigh go ’sproing’ and now my daughter wants to try out.

2 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Entrepreneurial government

Each generation’s future is built on smart public investment.

3 days ago


Size matters: Crowd numbers can have an impact on safety

How to prevent crime at Monroeville Mall has been a topic of discussions between shopping center officials, community leaders and police.

3 days ago


Needless giveaway: Now is not the time to expand the federal deficit

Republicans in Congress want to repeal the federal estate tax.

3 days ago


No free pass: Conventional drillers must obey standards, too

Industry advocates are right that it is not fair to judge all conventional drillers based on the misdeeds of a few bad operators,

3 days ago


Councilwoman Danko deserves another term

Barbara Daly Danko has been a dedicated public servant and has the experience and education to understand public policy issues.

3 days ago


Barbara Daly Danko is an independent-thinking, knowledgeable advocate for citizens

Barbara Daly Danko serves on the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission and the Local Government Academy board of directors.

3 days ago



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