Editorials


Courtroom comfort: For stressed children witnesses, it’s a dog’s world

Allegheny County should start using comfort dogs in its family courts.

about 18 hours ago


Toxic water: The world’s Olympians deserve better in Rio

Rio de Janeiro's polluted waters are putting Olympians and visitors at risk.

about 18 hours ago


Animal behavior: A dentist should pay for killing a protected lion

Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed a beloved and protected lion in Zimbabwe this month, has ruined his reputation and closed his

1 day ago


Obama’s message: He offered support to Africa, plus frank criticism

The African population and market now stands at 1 billion strong and is expected to grow exponentially.

1 day ago


Gross injustice: Obama should have worked to keep Pollard jailed

One of the nation’s most notorious spies, he sold thousands of classified documents to Israel and other countries.

2 days ago


Jailhouse learning: County inmates reap the benefit of e-tablets

Eighty tablets were donated by the Chicago-based Jail Education Solutions; the jail oversight board bought 40 more with commissary proceeds.

2 days ago


Retirement reality: American workers must learn how to save

A new survey of households by the Federal Reserve Board found that nearly a third of workers have no retirement savings.

2 days ago


Secret cameras: Pittsburghers deserve a citizen-friendly policy

We don’t want to become the City of Big Brotherly Love.

3 days ago


Turkey’s trials: The United States risks a deeper entanglement

The relationships between Turkey, the Kurds, the Islamic State group and NATO is getting more and more complicated.

3 days ago


Prison politics: Obama makes criminal justice reform a priority

Many have called for fundamental criminal justice reforms for more than a decade. But better late than never.

3 days ago


Humane ruling: A judge orders civility for immigrant children

A federal judge in California has told the U.S. government it cannot detain immigrant families indefinitely in punishing conditions.

4 days ago


Meals on wheels: The city can do more to spur food truck business

The food trucks that are in business in Pittsburgh typically rely on Twitter and Facebook to let customers know where they’ll be and when.

4 days ago


Order, for now: Burundi accepts the results of a contested election

Agathon Rwasa said he would not oppose formation of a unity government so long as it prepared for new elections.

4 days ago


Social insecurity: Congress must do more than transfer funds

President Obama wants to shore up the Social Security Disability Insurance program with revenue from Social Security’s retirement fund.

5 days ago


Employing police: The city must boost both numbers and diversity

A shortage of Pittsburgh officers has been years in the making, but Chief Cameron McLay won’t get that kind of time to boost the ranks.

5 days ago


Finding a treasure: A Quran is dated to the time of Muhammad

The parchments are believed to have been written between 568 and 645. Muhammad died in 632.

5 days ago


Out of control: The DEA overpays informants without oversight

A Justice Department audit confirms that informants bought and sold drugs with little supervision in a program riddled with problems.

6 days ago


Bigger’s not better: Longer tractor-trailers spell trouble on the road

Legislation would force states to allow trucks that pull two trailers, each 33 feet long, which is 9 feet longer than Pennsylvania allows.

6 days ago


Asides: Mall zombies, a football playing writer and another city film

Do zombies still roam Monroeville Mall? Can a running back write a TV script? Can Pittsburgh play New York in a movie? Read the Asides.

6 days ago


Unsettling step: Israel ends a four-year freeze on new settlements

This week the Israeli government’s Subcommittee for Settlements approved some 838 new residences.

1 week ago


Just right? Scientists have found a planet much like our own

Kepler-452b occupies the so-called “Goldilocks zone” in relation to its sun.

1 week ago


Obama in Africa: The president will visit Kenya and Ethiopia

Mr. Obama has been roiled by the controversy occasioned by his African father since before his 2008 election.

1 week ago


So sorry: Apologies alone aren’t enough to fix the VA

Veterans are watching to see whether the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak ultimately leads to a transformation of the VA and better care.

1 week ago


A literary giant: E.L. Doctorow explained America to Americans

E.L. Doctorow, who died Tuesday, excelled in giving us portraits of ourselves that made sense of our complicated national history.

1 week ago


A welcome visit: Obama’s speech to veterans was appropriate

Pittsburgh was proud to welcome the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and President Barack Obama to address it on Tuesday.

1 week ago


Raise the rates: Restaurants that don’t shape up face higher fees

The Allegheny County Health Department is drafting stricter penalties for restaurants that break food safety rules.

1 week ago


Who’s out there? An unprecedented search for alien life is launching

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and billionaire Yuri Milner will head a $100 million effort to scan the stars for evidence.

1 week ago


Diplomatic renewal: Restored ties with Cuba represent real progress

The 54-year cut in U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba ended in Washington and Havana at midnight Monday.

1 week ago


Capping tuition: Pitt, PSU remain expensive despite new fall rates

The two Pa. universities hold the titles of the most expensive (Pitt) and second-most (Penn State) public universities in the nation.

1 week ago


Justice denied: Evidence from rapes should be analyzed quickly

More than 70,000 rape kits gathered by 1,000 police departments have never been processed or sent out for testing, an investigation shows.

1 week ago


Folly at PennDOT: The state should eliminate license plate stickers

Eliminating state registration stickers should be the first and many updates at PennDOT.

1 week ago


Trouble in Turkey: Monday’s explosion is only one of its problems

Turkey drifts in turbulent regional seas and is not set up to address its external or internal problems.

1 week ago


Dueling debate: Killings in Charleston followed a failed gun check

A failed background check allowed Dylann Roof to buy a gun.

1 week ago


Slow down: Cameras are necessary to protect road workers

Surveillance cameras make sense in construction zones, where speeding or inattentive drivers killed two dozen Pa. workers last year.

1 week ago


Show good faith: Iran can start by freeing jailed Americans

Iran can start to build some trust and ease doubts about the nuclear deal by promptly releasing the Americans it is imprisoning unjustly.

1 week ago


Chamber of death: America’s top business group promotes smoking

Why does the chamber go out of its way around the globe to advocate the dirty, unhealthful business of cigarette smoking?

1 week ago


Keeping the Promise: Pittsburgh’s scholarship program needs support

Starting with the class of 2017, the Promise will reduce the maximum amount of its scholarships and restrict their use to tuition and fees.

1 week ago


Full speed ahead: The Navy is taking fried foods off sailors’ menus

It’s part of a Department of Defense nutrition education program called “Go for Green.”

1 week ago


Asides: A bigger PPG Place skating rink, the PSU Creamery's sesquicentennial, a Port Authority fee delay

Skaters will have a larger-than-Rockefeller rink, the Penn State Creamery celebrates 150 years, a ConnectCard fee is on hold for now.

1 week ago


Watch the language: An abortion rights executive rekindles the debate

A congressional hearing may well be the best way to clear the air regarding Planned Parenthood’s policies.

2 weeks ago


Summer sounds: The PSO invites audiences to new settings

The end of summer will feature a temporary change of venue for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

2 weeks ago


Bumpy highway: Politicians must face the future on America’s roads

The depleted Highway Trust Fund covers as much as 80 percent of state project costs for roads, bridges and transit systems.

2 weeks ago


Moving on: The URA could give new life to vacant schools

The Pittsburgh Public Schools have been making responsible choices to close underutilized buildings for the past decade.

2 weeks ago


Dealing with debt: A vote by Greece does not resolve its epic problems

The International Monetary Fund issued a disturbing analysis of what it thinks will come of the latest bailout.

2 weeks ago


A spectacular trip: Close-ups of Pluto prove well worth the long wait

For the next 16 months, New Horizons will continue to transmit images from its flyby of Pluto.

2 weeks ago


Plugged loophole: Public universities need to disclose top salaries

A loophole would have limited public disclosure to only a salary range, so senators rewrote a bill to ensure citizens’ right to know.

2 weeks ago


Overtime sense: The new pay threshold is far more realistic

Thanks to an update, new overtime rules more accurately reflect the reality of the 2015 economy.

2 weeks ago


A deal with Iran: The accord promises a decade of containment

The goal is to bring Iran back into the international community and end decades of isolationism and antagonism.

2 weeks ago


Not the city’s call: Employers should decide their sick-leave policies

City Councilman Corey O’Connor ’s bill, which would punish businesses that don’t offer paid sick leave, is a bad idea.

2 weeks ago


Saving grace: Young adults show some financial smarts

A T. Rowe Price survey shows that millennials are doing as well as, if not better than, baby boomers in several key areas related to saving.

2 weeks ago



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