Editorials


 Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle has proposed the housing development legislation.

Vague and costly: Lavelle’s housing terms could hurt development

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission made the wrong decision when members voted in favor of a new requirement for housing developments.

about 21 hours ago


Russia’s burden: Putin appears ready to endure more hardship

Vladimir Putin acknowledged that Russia has not done enough to diversify its economy.

about 21 hours ago


Colbert’s conclusion: The faux TV commentator flies off with truthiness

The conceit of “The Colbert Report” was that the host was an amiable dunce who disliked fact because of its “well-known liberal bias.”

about 21 hours ago


Immigration fight: Judge Schwab seemed too eager to join the fray

He became the first jurist to pass judgment on the controversial side-stepping of Congress.

1 day ago


Flu defense: There’s still time to get protection for winter

Short of barricading yourself indoors until spring, getting a flu shot is your best line of defense against the virus.

1 day ago


Asides: The PUC on paper bills, a new eagle-cam, a Carnegie Hero twice

The PUC wants no-charge paper bills, Pittsburgh's eagles get a new camera, a Florida man is twice a Carnegie Hero.

1 day ago


Leaders wanted: The city school board will be losing experience

The job is unpaid. The meetings are long and sometimes raucous. Public appreciation is nil. Yet the work is critically important.

2 days ago


Pakistan’s horror: The government should not collude with terrorists

The massacre of more than 130 children by Taliban fanatics was every bit the act of “depravity” that President Obama described.

2 days ago


 Despite President Obama’s intent to resume diplomatic relations, hurdles remain in improving U.S.-Cuban ties.

Cuban overthrow: Obama’s bold move buries a relic of the Cold War

President Barack Obama put an end Wednesday to five decades of failed American policy toward Cuba.

3 days ago


 New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis speaks to the media.

Taking off: The new airport CEO has hopes for more options

Christina Cassotis will be the new CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority,

3 days ago


Pitt’s vacancies: The new coach and AD must uphold education

University presidents leave their mark on virtually every matter on their campuses.

3 days ago


Kane on trial: The Philadelphia DA opens her closed prosecution

Philadelphia’s district attorney filed criminal charges against two Democratic legislators.

4 days ago


Save the rhinos: Science tries to rescue the northern white species

With the death of Angalifu the species is now five rhinos removed from extinction.

4 days ago


Progress in Lima: Many nations now want to curb greenhouse gases

The Lima summit made progress, but the road ahead is still long and hot.

4 days ago


 The latest budget deal in Congress was attained through compromise, even if arrived at grudgingly.

Budget fireworks: Politics aside, Congress shows an ability to agree

The government won't shut down but last-minute maneuvers revealed some of the sinkholes ahead.

5 days ago


 Center Township's MRAP Vehicle

Military police: Local officers should resist Pentagon war vehicles

Law enforcement agencies should exercise caution in using military-style equipment and tactics.

5 days ago


Moon junk: Do people really want to trash the lunarscape?

It’s a bit short-sighted to treat the moon as Earth’s very own cosmic attic

5 days ago


 For months UPMC has run TV commercials and newspaper ads warning that Highmark insurance customers could lose access to in-network treatment at UPMC on Jan. 1.

UPMC’s messages: Highmark customers are feeling manipulated

All of sudden UPMC decides to charge Highmark customers in-network rates

6 days ago


Justice for Rocco: The killer of a police dog deserves a stiff sentence

John Rush was found guilty of 11 charges and ought to get the maximum penalty.

6 days ago


Pass the plan: The county’s restaurant grading system is ready

Restaurant owners are refusing to swallow the county health department’s proposed A-B-C grading plan.

1 week ago


Subdued Hong Kong: The protest retreats, with losses on both sides

The demonstrations in Hong Kong against Beijing rule that played out for some 75 days have been brought to an end by Chinese authorities.

1 week ago


Assault on the facts: Rolling Stone’s tale subverts public confidence

To say that Rolling Stone’s journalism was shoddy would be an understatement.

1 week ago


Gun absurdity: Laws can’t work when big loopholes invite abuse

It was illegal for convicted felon Jody Lee Hunt to purchase a firearm, but he did so via the Internet from an unsuspecting seller.

1 week ago


Taxes owed: A county audit finds underpayment by Hertz

Hertz told the county the underpayment was due to a computer error and has been fixed.

1 week ago


Asides: Honeck's Vatican Christmas, Officer Sciullo's honor and Chief McLay's swearing-in

PSO director receives a papal invitation, late Officer Sciullo rates a floral tribute and Pittsburgh Police Chief McLay becomes official.

1 week ago


Christmas clarification: An old chestnut comes back to haunt Pittsburgh

Fox News is revving up its annual war on the supposed “War on Christmas.” And the Ghost of Sparkle Season Past has arrived to lend a hand.

1 week ago


Code of conduct: Colleges need guidance on disciplinary panels

They need to develop and follow consistent guidelines for dealing with student offenses, on and off college grounds.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday raised the price of hourly parking at meters Downtown from $3 to $4.

Parking increase: It’s a way for suburbanites to support the city

Higher parking rates on Pittsburgh streets is hardly good news, but it’s a financial necessity.

1 week ago


Succession showdown: The post-Mugabe contest could rattle Zimbabwe

Political stirrings over President Robert G. Mugabe’s efforts to anoint a successor may plunge the nation of 13 million into deeper turmoil.

1 week ago


Trials of TNR: A renowned magazine faces an uncertain future

In many ways, the battle over The New Republic is emblematic of the struggles happening at other magazines and newspapers.

1 week ago


 Treatment of enemies that approaches torture still gnaws at the American conscience.

Tortured finish: The nation deserved better on a probe of the CIA

Americans can add torture to immigration, health care and other issues over which Congress breaks hopelessly along party lines.

1 week ago


 The airside terminal at the Pittsburgh International Airport was open to the general public for shopping at the AirMall on Saturday for only the second time since Sept. 11, 2001. People in line said they waited about an hour to receive their passes, which allowed them to shop in the area normally reserved for ticketed passengers.

Secure shopping: It’s time to reopen the Airmall to non-fliers

The airport’s restaurants and shops had been a popular destination for locals before the terrorist attacks in 2001 brought restrictions.

1 week ago


Work and wages: U.S. jobs are up, but the world income gap widens

We should try to raise the standard of living for the lower 40 percent on the income scale.

1 week ago


Under siege: Pennsylvanians must save the eastern hemlock

The hemlock’s foe is a formidable invasive species, an Asian insect called the hemlock adelgid.

1 week ago


Cleveland policing: The Justice Department issues a scathing review

It found multiple instances of unnecessary force on handcuffed, unarmed or mentally handicapped suspects.

1 week ago


 According to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the state Education Department has rebuffed legitimate requests for information.

Audit resister: The Education Department should turn over the records

The auditor general shouldn't have to sue to make public records public.

1 week ago


Detained no longer: The prison gate at Guantanamo opens a bit

The continued captivity of scores of detainees at Guantanamo, without trial or an end-date to their confinement, is shameful.

1 week ago


Body cameras: Obama’s incentive could help police and citizens

The Peduto administration smartly shifted money in its proposed budget to buy body cameras for Pittsburgh police.

1 week ago


 The Obama administration has made potential enemies of some of the biggest employers that were at least neutral about the Obama health reforms.

All is not well: Obama must act to save a key Obamacare goal

Employers were encouraged by Obamacare to offer wellness programs that gave workers incentives to embrace healthy habits.

2 weeks ago


 His Pentagon service provides Ashton Carter with a broad background for the Secretary of Defense post.

Defense choice: Ashton Carter has experience to do the job

President Obama’s nomination of this veteran defense official should put into position a competent chief of a large, unwieldy enterprise.

2 weeks ago


Pet project: Should the city dictate how to build a dog house?

Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ desire for humane treatment of animals is commendable, but her call for an unwieldy ordinance is not.

2 weeks ago


Paying to prosecute: A Blair County drug program invites problems

A group of prominent business leaders formed a nonprofit organization to do something about a dismaying drug problem in the area.

2 weeks ago


Orion’s test: NASA’s successful launch is a step toward Mars

The second coming of America’s space program began Friday morning with a test of the Orion spacecraft from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

2 weeks ago


Asides: RMU's president, PSU's Sandusky and Port Authority's buses

RMU's president gets a job with Rider, Penn State's Sandusky gets a ticket offer and Port Authority patrons get more buses to track.

2 weeks ago


Police and race: Obama should appoint a presidential commission

Americans, black and white, have been stirred by recent fatal confrontations between citizens and police.

2 weeks ago


For these rivers: Pittsburgh’s waterfronts are losing a champion

At the helm of Riverlife for most of its years has been Lisa Schroeder, its president and CEO, who is leaving for a job in Baltimore.

2 weeks ago


 The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether threats made on social media are protected as free speech.

Facebook fear: Death threats are no less frightening online

The U.S. Supreme Court must decide if threats made on social media are protected as free speech under the First Amendment.

2 weeks ago


A ride to work: The county joins the state on job-saving transit

Van services that supplement the Port Authority transit system will be able to continue for another year.

2 weeks ago


Libya deteriorates: The post-Gadhafi era is fraught with chaos

Growing violence and destruction have marked Libya’s collapse as a nation since the U.S. intervened in 2011.

2 weeks ago


Park the ordinance: A blanket hold on gas drilling makes no sense

Parks are special places, but each is special in its own way and ought to be judged accordingly when drilling is considered.

2 weeks ago



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