Opinion


 Palestinian mourners carry the body of 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, who was shot dead by Israeli troops on Saturday. The military said soldiers fired toward the lower extremities of two men hurling firebombs and that the incident was being investigated.

Nicholas Kristof: Israel’s self-inflicted wound

It lessens its moral authority with the settlers’ land grab in the West Bank.

about 8 hours ago


Seven little words: The fate of Obamacare turns on an interpretation

Thousands of Pennsylvanians and millions of Americans could lose the help they’re getting to buy health insurance.

about 8 hours ago


Algeria’s unrest: Fracking triggers turmoil for a major oil producer

Algeria’s fracking opponents say it will foul the environment unnecessarily and that the resource is already exported in abundance.

about 8 hours ago


Cupcake tax?: Tough action is needed against unhealthy foods

As the nation’s obesity continues to soar, it’s time to consider such unorthodox solutions for curbing unhealthy eating.

about 8 hours ago


They should hear what Netanyahu has to say

President Barack Obama’s red line has been crossed by others without significant consequences.

about 8 hours ago


Ruth Ann Dailey, review Bush's statements before the Iraq War

Why must conservatives continuously try to rewrite history?

about 8 hours ago


By selling armed drones, this country will be exporting terror

People in this country will make money exporting a unique terror that literally “rains out of the sky.”

about 8 hours ago


Allowing the export of armed drones is insanity

For the official insanity file — the front-page headline on Feb. 18 (“U.S. Will Put Armed Drones on World Market”). Sure, what could

about 8 hours ago


Mt. Lebanon residents need to calm down about deer

Mt. Lebanon needs to calm down, or soon people there will want to kill all the birds because “they poop on our heads.”

about 8 hours ago


Tony Norman: And the award for not caring goes to ...

Awards season is over, so it’s OK to pay attention.

about 8 hours ago


George F. Will: Reversing course in Illinois

A new Republican governor is trying to clean a very dirty house.

about 8 hours ago


The AIU gives school districts invaluable help

The Reading Achievement Center provides support designed to increase student learning.

about 8 hours ago


A severance tax would set back Pennsylvania

The natural gas industry has brought enormous economic benefits to the commonwealth

about 8 hours ago


Jerome Bettis: Pittsburgh’s young people need to know the world of work

And you can help them learn and earn by supporting the summer youth jobs program.

1 day ago


 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Don’t trash recycling: Compliance goes soft and incineration returns

Reducing output should be the No. 1 goal. No. 2 should be to recycle.

1 day ago


Delay for Greece: Its new leaders have more time to deal with debt

What was achieved between the creditors and the new Greek government was a four-month postponement of the country’s Feb. 28 cash call.

1 day ago


Modern age: It’s time for PennDOT to embrace credit cards

PennDOT accepts only checks and money orders at its service centers, inconveniencing motorists.

1 day ago


Bush backers can’t rewrite Iraq War history

Why is Ruth Ann Dailey allowed to say “the lunatic left still slanderously claims that Mr. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction ...”?

1 day ago


Ruth Ann Dailey should face the facts about Bush and Iraq

George W. Bush’s reputation will forever be marked by the war of aggression he promulgated in Iraq based on fabricated tales of WMD.

1 day ago


Municipalities should enforce snow-clearing ordinances

An older person can become incapacitated for life from a fall on an untreated sidewalk.

1 day ago


Conservatives, don’t blame liberal bias for the Rudy Giuliani controversy

Media norms drive political stories, not ideology.

1 day ago


 Flag of the Islamic State group

Thomas L. Friedman: Off to conquer Rome

To defeat the Islamic State group, we must understand it.

1 day ago


Obama’s energy policies hurt working families

Even more tragic for working families is the acquiescence we have seen from some in the labor community.

1 day ago


 Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Gene Collier: Manfred certainly looks to shift MLB's ideology

New baseball commissioner’s thinking makes sense, just not the individual thoughts.

1 day ago


Brian O’Neill: Train shipments bring cause to pause

Hazardous materials come by train every day through here, too.

1 day ago


Saturday Poem / Purple Heart

In the dream I am a hero. / I save the world, and I alone / understand the apocalypse ...

about 15 hours ago


How to improve police-community relations in Pittsburgh

Draw on our city's rich history of labor and social-justice activism.

2 days ago


 Woodland Hills School District Superintendent Alan Johnson.

A place to learn: Student suspension has a role in keeping order

Woodland Hills suspended 23.8 percent of its students in kindergarten through fifth grade, compared to a national average of 2.6 percent.

2 days ago


Gaza’s struggles: The region has yet to rebuild from the ruins of war

The situation in Gaza is worsening rapidly, to the extent that another mini-war may be imminent.

2 days ago


Gun threat: Arming students against sexual assault is a bad idea

The nation’s gun lobby believes it has found an opportunity to put more guns in the hands of college students, particularly women.

2 days ago


Climate for business in Pa. fails to improve

That Gov. Tom Wolf is upset about the governor of Florida visiting our state to woo businesses would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

2 days ago


Why would Duquesne University claim a religious exemption to fight adjunct unionization?

Implied in “religion” is a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs that would include “moral justice” to ensure workers’ rights.

2 days ago


Baby boomers and others must consider their lifetime financial strategy

Most people need to focus on lifetime income generation, which a 401(k) or IRA is not set up to do on its own.

2 days ago


Obama wants to give amnesty to immigrants who have no respect for our laws

If these illegals are here to pursue the American dream, why didn’t they come here legally like millions of other people have done?

2 days ago


 Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stops a shot by Penguins' Blake Comeau in the third period of a game Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Play in division no plus for Penguins

Penguins coach Mike Johnston is wary of division rival Washington’s psychological edge.

2 days ago


Homeland insecurity

Republicans still might run us aground on the shoals of a shutdown.

2 days ago


Morning File: Let’s sort out confusion caused by cold

If we didn’t know better, we’d think it was February in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, there’s always good advice to be had at such times.

2 days ago


The GOP is sinking to new scary levels

We are seeing people who are exploring a run for president, like Scott Walker, questioning whether President Obama is a Christian.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson: It's time to let go in Iraq and Afghanistan

Iraqis and Afghans must fight their own battles and determine their own futures.

2 days ago


 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani questions whether the president loves America.

Kathleen Parker: Rudy Giuliani and the GOP's love of litmus tests

Let’s assume the president loves his country and isn’t faking his Christianity.

3 days ago


 Col. Marcus L. Brown.

Uniform treatment: The state police flap is about more than attire

Col. Marcus Brown’s wardrobe has enraged retired state troopers.

3 days ago


Venezuela teeters: Economic and political strife threatens Maduro

With a population of 30 million and some of the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela has the raw materials to be a successful country.

3 days ago


Up all night: At Penn State, it’s for a very good cause

Known across the state and nation simply as “Thon,” this all-nighter is an enormously successful act of perseverance and generosity.

3 days ago


Our frack-happy county is failing citizens

The council vote on the citizens ordinance calling for a “wait and see” approach before fracking more of our county parks was a spectacle.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania charities need more clarity

Local jurisdictions shouldn't decide which organizations are tax exempt.

3 days ago


Pittsburgh's former Frank & Seder building is not worth preserving

Just because it is an old building from a particular point in time does not make it distinctive.

3 days ago


Big nonprofits should end their web addresses with 'dot-con'

Nonprofits’ addresses should be “.-con.”

3 days ago


Is Speaker Boehner committing treason by de-funding Homeland Security?

John Boehner s willing to stop funding the Department of Homeland Security to stop the president from implementing his immigration ideas.

3 days ago


 San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks among players during spring training workouts last week at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

Ron Cook: Who's the best coach now?

A lot of good (and questionable) selections are out there, but San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy stands above the rest.

3 days ago


Tony Norman: Giuliani, Walker set the bar low for GOP’s criticism of Obama

One of the worst things about the modern GOP is that it continues to tolerate and encourage a religious litmus test for the presidency.

3 days ago



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