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David M. Shribman: ‘The Building of the Ship’

Longfellow’s classic poem inspired statesmen and reads especially well on Memorial Day.

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 Arnold Benson Jr., left, killed in Vietnam; Fran Rifugiato, center, served in World War II; Jared Monti, right, killed in Afghanistan and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Every day is Memorial Day

Combat veterans always keep in mind the comrades who didn’t come home.

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Tidal shift: Pennsylvania is on track to reducing school taxes

The state House has advanced historic changes to Pennsylvania’s system of taxing its residents.

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Airport gamble: Pittsburgh needs passengers, not players

Democratic Rep. Nick Kotik said profits from slots played by waiting passengers could help Pittsburgh International Airport.

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Asides: A trolley for Daniel Tiger, an adventure for the science center, insurance for your vacation

Idlewild's trolley belongs to Daniel Tiger; the Carnegie offers an 'Anatomy Adventure'; the Insurance Department provides vacation tips.

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Forum commentary distorts Ayn Rand’s philosophy

Objectivism certainly defends individualism, but the defense is anything but mindless.

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Pot used to be pretty harmless, but it’s plenty dangerous today

I am a physician who grew up in the 1960s and ’70s when marijuana was the go-to drug for relaxing with friends or listening to music. Even

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As whites lose their majority

Yes, there’s some backlash, but most whites seem OK with it.

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Tweak the governor’s budget

Wolf’s proposals are good ones but could do more to help lower- and middle-income Pennsylvanians.

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Jack Kelly: Stop blaming George Bush

Obama’s failures have created chaos in Iraq.

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Ayn Rand believed government has a vital but limited role

Her political philosophy is wholly incompatible with any form of anarchism.

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Privatizers forget that humans are deeply interconnected

Democracy means freedom — but as individual freedoms within a group environment.

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Two thumbs up for a movie theater Downtown

Having a movie theater that would show first-run films would be a great addition to Downtown Pittsburgh.

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 Thirsty in Wilkinsburg? In the 1950s, you could go for the Coca-Cola advertised above in the shops on Wood Street.

The Next Page: You can wet your whistle in Wilkinsburg after 145 years

Voters overturned the dry spell James Kelly imposed on Wilkinsburg writes Michael Connors

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 Peter Leo

Peter Leo: Visit to Hungary proves unsettling but inspiring

Hungarians have the mindset of an occupied people, we are told, which hasn’t changed all that much since the fall of Communism.

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 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez homered against the New York Mets Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates come out swinging, and it works

Mets ace Matt Harvey was no match for a Pirates lineup that gave its own stellar starter enough run support and then plenty more.

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Trade Promotion Authority would support job growth

Trade and manufacturing create jobs and a strong economy. Congress is considering legislation key to negotiating trade agreements.

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Paul Krugman: We were lied into the Iraq War

Let’s not fall for a false narrative about how 'mistakes were made.'

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War games: Obama is right to curb military gear for police

His move is an important step toward building trust between law enforcement units and the communities they protect.

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Bad bounce: Reckless overdrafts are getting more painful

Raise your hand if you read the 40 pages of small print from the bank when you opened a checking account.

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Voters sent a message by choosing Barbara Daly Danko

She fell out of favor with proponents of drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport for questioning the wisdom of a decadeslong gas lease.

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It's not enough to talk about science; students must do science

If the U.S. wants to compete in the STEM area, public schools must participate in science and engineering fairs.

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 Bill and Kathleen Simpson in 2013.

Saturday Diary: Mrs. Simpson’s garden blooms

Kathleen Simpson passed away in April, and she'd be glad to know her azaleas are doing well.

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Danko was the driving force behind the naming of the David McCullough Bridge

A relative newcomer to county council at the time, Barbara Daly Danko clearly saw the importance of my proposal to honor Mr. McCullough.

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Charles Krauthammer: A better hypothetical -- What if Obama hadn’t pulled out of Iraq?

Following six years of Mr. Obama’s steady and determined withdrawal from the Middle East, America’s standing in the region has collapsed.

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 Wireless Tower 2

First Person: The long reach of short waves

I sold my short-wave radio today. I hadn’t used it much in the last 10 years, and not at all in the last two, but I had owned it since high

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Saturday Poem: To the Woman Who Holds a Soldier in Her Hands

The frame is simple, unpolished — / flat black sections fitting into seamless miters. / His uniform, crisp against her wrinkled chest ...

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The nukes of North Korea

At some point, Kim Jong Un will be able to hit the United States.

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Airbag threat: The key safety device must be replaced ASAP

It’s been six years since a Virginia woman bled to death in front of her children after the airbag in her Honda Accord exploded.

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For students’ sake: The DA’s probe in Plum must be expeditious

Allegations of teachers having improper sexual relations with students, if true, are egregious violations of law and ethics.

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Meaty battle: Canada, Mexico want to rob consumers of info

Increasingly consumers look to labels for assurance of quality, and they trust products made, grown and raised in the United States.

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Pa. shouldn’t lag behind on medical marijuana

The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for myriad ailments.

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Gail Collins: Harriet Tubman vs. Andrew Jackson

Women should have money and be on money, too.

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Improved training for security guards makes Pittsburgh buildings safer

Training leads to a better equipped workforce, professionalizes the industry and reduces turnover.

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 A view of the Hill District and Pittsburgh skyline from the Herron Hill Reservoir.

My love for Pittsburgh -- weather and all -- has grown strong over the years

As I grew older I came to find out how much there is going on in Pittsburgh at any given time of the year.

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The game of football inherently lacks integrity

The problem is that nobody can knock a person to the ground with integrity.

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Tony Norman: Thuggery comes in many shades, sizes

When can we start calling greedy corporate executives thugs, too?

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Progressive frenemies

Let’s not exaggerate the divisions in the Democratic Party

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Be sure to pause and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day

We should take time to remember the fallen heroes from all wars past who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can live free.

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Pittsburgh needs affordable housing

Many of Pittsburgh’s iconic neighborhoods are growing again as the result of the expanding health care, education and technology sectors of

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 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, left, and Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Primary lessons: Fitzgerald and Wagner should work it out

The primary election’s over. Have a drink.

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Yemen’s plight: U.S. arms do the damage in a poor country

A conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms.

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Consumer sting: The further decline of honeybees could hit home

More than 40 percent of honeybees in managed colonies died during the past year.

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A Qatar Airways route here seems unrealistic

I have a difficult time believing that the possibility of a route between Pittsburgh and Doha is little more than a pipe dream.

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Independents should be permitted to vote in primaries

Since we did not endorse any single party doesn’t that mean we represent both sides and should be allowed to vote in the primaries?

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Is the FEC just giving up regarding campaign finance abuses?

The leader of the commission stated she has given up hope of “reining in abuses” in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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The referees should have noticed a problem with the football

The referees handle the football as much as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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Pittsburgh delivered a fine first impression

My son and I were very impressed with your Downtown waterfront park area.

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Liquor prices are the main issue with the state store system

I bought some wines on sale for $4 in Florida that are $9 in Pennsylvania state stores.

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