Matter of trust: Americans show disdain for their government

In 1958, more than three-quarters of Americans trusted their government all or most of the time. Today, only 19 percent do.

Taking stock: A city needs to know the condition of its structures

Pittsburgh counts more than 300 structures in its inventory, with many of them constructed more than 70 years ago.

On thin ice: Allegheny County rethinks how to dispose of old skates

Allegheny County’s ice rink in South Park has been burying worn-out skates. Yes, burying them -- since the 1980s.

Pfizer’s raid: Another tax inversion will hurt the U.S. Treasury

Pfizer, the drug-making giant, claims its $160 billion merger with Irish-based Allergan would benefit prescription drug consumers.

Family moment: There’s no better way to spend Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is predictable, even ritualistic, and, compared with Christmas, far less pressure-filled.


Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill: Fifty years on, Barbie's still cooking at Nied's

Barb Kline, at 71, is still on the job at Nied’s in Lawrenceville. What’s her secret to good health? “I drink a lot of water and I pray.”


Tony Norman

Tony Norman: Trump's dark carnival of lies and vulgarity

Mr. Trump’s relationship to facts has always been tenuous. He recently “recalled” seeing Muslims in New Jersey support the 9/11 attacks.


Reg Henry

Reg Henry: Nothing to fear except fearful common sense

Common sense suggests we defeat Islamic terrorism with the help of decent Muslims who want to be our friends.


Dan Simpson

Dan Simpson: You have to laugh

Or our politics and foreign policies will make you cry.


Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly: Good guys with guns

Mass shootings almost always end with shooters getting shot.


Ruth Ann Dailey

Ruth Ann Dailey: Refugees need compassion; Americans deserve respect

Our fear is not hysterical. It is completely rational. Rhetoric that asserts the contrary is not only illogical, it is bullying.