Opinion


 Allegheny Center: The North Side behometh, recently purchased by Faros Properties, holds mysteries.

Saturday Diary: Aziz of Allegheny Center

Looking at Pittsburgh’s bizarre North Side neighborhood through the eyes of a newcomer.

about 7 hours ago


In good faith: Local churches tackle the tough topic of racism

Maybe churches can do what Starbucks couldn’t: spark a genuine and voluntary dialogue that leads to reconciliation across racial lines.

about 7 hours ago


Reader assault: Rolling Stone’s rape report was irresponsible

The report about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house now stands revealed as shoddy journalism.

about 7 hours ago


America’s defense is a shared responsibility

Let the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of members of Congress serve in the front line.

about 7 hours ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Highlights of the next two years.

about 7 hours ago


Thanks, PG, for the contrasting George Will and E.J. Dionne columns on inequality

More such pairing of commentators could be useful in tempering partisan rhetoric.

about 7 hours ago


Pakistan's persecution of minorities leads to religious strife and violence

The notorious anti-blasphemy laws, codified into the Pakistani penal code since the 1980s, have in effect empowered extremist clerics.

about 7 hours ago


Increasing the tobacco tax is a popular idea with Pa. voters

A November 2014 poll of registered Pennsylvania voters showed that 72 percent of those surveyed favor increasing the state’s tobacco tax.

about 7 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer: The GOP racing form -- First edition

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

about 7 hours ago


Paul Krugman: It's morning in blue America

Conservatives can’t admit that their most cherished beliefs are wrong.

about 7 hours ago


First Person: Why I left the White House and returned to Pittsburgh

I'm still on the front lines as the Sprout Fund works to improve communities

about 7 hours ago


Saturday Poem / Java

Forget the fact / that the fact that I pay / four dollars for a cup of coffee / would have killed my mother ...

about 7 hours ago


George F. Will: Inequality is a good thing

Lifestyles improve for all when the rich get richer

1 day ago


 Based on some recent, distasteful history, though, Pittsburgh is entitled to some skepticism about Heinz headquarters remaining in the city.

An uneasy feeling: Heinz should keep its headquarters in Pittsburgh

The parent of H.J. Heinz announced its intention to buy rival Kraft Foods Group, which is based in Chicago.

1 day ago


An incoherent strategy: Two new U.S. bombing campaigns defy logic

It is difficult to see policy coherence or prospects of success in America’s two new bombing campaigns, in Iraq and Yemen.

1 day ago


Budget trades: Wolf and the GOP must start brokering soon

At this early point in the budget season, it sounds as if both sides have dug in their heels and set the stage for acrimony and stalemate.

1 day ago


The next president shouldn’t be from government

As the time for a fresh face is narrowing, one has to wonder, isn’t there a person outside of government who could become a contender?

1 day ago


So Obama feels rebuked by Netanyahu? Too bad

Take a look at what is going on in the Middle East. Does it really look like the Muslims want peace?

1 day ago


The PLCB took eight weeks to send a case of wine from one store to another

My local store did not have a particular wine, but through the Web, I found a case in a store 34 miles away.

1 day ago


Under Gov. Wolf's plan, what will prevent school districts from raising taxes?

Perhaps legislation could be enacted so that any new tax would have to be voted on by referendum.

1 day ago


For additional revenue, Pa. should tax owners of unimproved land

Most owners of valuable or extensive land are wealthy.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Bravo for snitches that fight the power

Whistleblowers may have mixed motives sometimes. But from Eric Snowden to a Penn State frat, they help make the world a more honest place.

1 day ago


I've grown to appreciate the Common Core

It forces us teachers to think about how our students learn.

1 day ago


Democracy needs you

The only antidote to cynicism is participation in the political process.

1 day ago


Let's strike the R-word and replace it with respect

Using the word “retard” or “retarded” to describe anyone — especially a person with developmental disabilities — is classless and ignorant.

1 day ago


Thomas L. Friedman: How to judge the Iran nuclear deal

Let’s see if it serves broader U.S. interests in the Middle East.

2 days ago


 A great deal of time and money already has been devoted to figuring out how to solve the problem of sewer overflows during heavy rains in the region.

Stay on track: It’s important to push forward on sewer upgrades

Allegheny County still pumps raw sewage into its waterways because of outdated infrastructure.

2 days ago


A stalled withdrawal: Obama errs in keeping more troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama on Tuesday extended the presence of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan by a year.

2 days ago


Dress code: Gov. Wolf should stick with his police nominee

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the state police, Marcus Brown, has been the subject of a venomous campaign.

2 days ago


Starbucks, let’s see less froth and more action on race

I heard Starbucks was trying to start a dialogue on race relations, so I went to Homewood to find a barista; there wasn’t one there.

2 days ago


Ted Cruz kicks off 20 months of pious campaigning, and others will follow

One good thing is we should have a pretty good idea of what the conservatives’ worldviews are (if they actually have one beyond the pulpit).

2 days ago


Weighing in on the Iran negotiations is well within the Senate's purview

Those who have roundly criticized the 47 Republican senators who signed Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter should read the Constitution.

2 days ago


Politicians will do nothing about taxes and troubling deficits

Both parties drum on their efforts to reduce taxes, but there is always an increase.

2 days ago


Israel has an inclusive democratic election process

More than 1.5 million Arabs living peacefully in Israel today enjoy the right to vote.

2 days ago


 Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek stops a shot in front of the Penguins' Brandon Sutter in the third period March 15 at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: More goals a must, and not just for Penguins

There are a number of ways to solve hockey’s growing boredom problem, starting with goalies armed as if they’re going into battle.

2 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Does this clutter make me look fat?

A young Japanese woman, Marie Kondo, has achieved rock star status by getting people to throw stuff out and fold their socks with reverence.

2 days ago


Blackface in Belgium

The foreign minister dresses in a bad way for a good cause.

2 days ago


Kathleen Parker: Those Senate wacko birds

They roost on both sides of the aisle, confusing the issues.

2 days ago


 The entrance to the U.S. Steel Building on Grant Street.

Architectural character in U.S. Steel’s current building was important

I was a member of the Innovations Committee, which helped to explore design alternatives for U.S. Steel’s 600 Grant St. building.

2 days ago


Companies are coming out about their politics

U.S. Steel joins the movement to disclose corporate campaign contributions.

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama looks into the audience while speaking at the SelectUSA Investment Summit on Monday.

Helping Egypt: Obama faces a test of principles on military aid

The U.S. should withhold assistance until the Cairo government cleans up its act.

3 days ago


Curb service: Feeding a parking meter from a distance

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is smart to keep adapting to new technology.

3 days ago


For the record: Transparency has been a problem for Obama

The president promised the most transparent administration in history but has given us the least transparent.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania lawmakers: Set fair rules for nonprofits

The arguments raised at the public hearing are important for legislators to hear.

3 days ago


Help those in need and support social programs

But do we really want to return to a time when children as young as 8 and 10 worked in factories and mines for up to 12 hours?

3 days ago


A bad gun bill for Pennsylvania, nation

I believe that responsible gun ownership goes hand in hand with respect for the Second Amendment and is critical to keeping our communities

3 days ago


Democracy in Venezuela?

Although I disagree with President Barack Obama on almost everything, even he finally said “enough.”

3 days ago


 St. Louis’ Paul Stastny falls into Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period Tuesday and is called for goaltender interference. The Penguins lost to the Blues, 3-2, in overtime at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins display their March flaws

The biggest problems dogging the Penguins in this important month were on full display Tuesday night in an overtime loss to St. Louis.

3 days ago


Reg Henry: Sons of Confederate Vets, don’t mess with Texas

The Confederate flag is not always a sign of racism. But on a license plate in an American state? Texas authorities are right to say no way.

3 days ago


Barack v. Bibi

Obama excoriates Israel, excuses Iran.

3 days ago



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