Editorials


Timely truce: After much bloodshed, the fighting stops over Gaza

The next question is whether the end to the Ifighting, if it holds, can lead to a return to the broader Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

about 5 hours ago


Tall order: Pay station access arrives for all Pittsburghers

The city parking authority pay stations will be altered so that drivers who use wheelchairs can reach them.

about 5 hours ago


Managing painkillers: The FDA must monitor the tougher regulations

In moving highly addictive hydrocodone-combination products such as Vicodin to Schedule II, the FDA aims to lessen abuse.

about 5 hours ago


Don’t delete: Accountability for state officials begins with email

It was not reassuring to learn that state employees from the governor’s office on down are trained to cull their own emails.

1 day ago


Meetings in Minsk: Talks between Ukraine and Russia may offer hope

It appears that a conjuncture of forces working on the Eastern Ukraine issue is acting to bring the crisis to an end.

1 day ago


Early risers: Later school starts would have many consequences

For years, Americans have seen proposals come and go on starting classes later for students in high schools and middle schools.

1 day ago


Sloppy work: The bungled probe of two police officers is no joke

The Peduto administration must look into two cases from the Ravenstahl years.

2 days ago


Elephant slaughter: Blame the kill on African governments’ dysfunction

Like the Ebola epidemic, elephant poaching shows lousy government in Africa.

2 days ago


Weighting game: Good nutrition deserves the old college try

Students away from home face more health threats than ramen noodles.

2 days ago


 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Start writing: Superior Court showed good sense in Joan Orie Melvin case

A three-judge panel issued a sensible ruling regarding notes of apology that the former state Supreme Court justice must send to jurists.

3 days ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett.

Parade of error: Let Gov. Tom Corbett march on Labor Day

Some bystanders will applaud and others will jeer. Isn’t that what all American workers deserve — the ability to speak truth to power?

3 days ago


Grand effort: Grannies give HPV vaccinations a welcome boost

The vaccine against HPV has proved to be a tough sell, but a group of local grandmothers has taken on the challenge.

3 days ago


Unsteady progress: City student test scores sorely need a boost

It's two steps forward and one step back for Pittsburgh Public Schools test scores.

4 days ago


Ebola's defeat: The treatment of two Americans offers hope

The successful treatment of Ebola contracted by two U.S. relief workers shows the effectiveness of modern medicine.

4 days ago


Asides / Bishop Zubik, Schenley Park and illegal wine sales

Bishop Zubik gets doused, Schenley Park takes on water and an illegal wine seller tries to reclaim his bottles.

4 days ago


Heinous act: The Islamic State will suffer for the murder of a U.S. journalist

The killing of  James Foley by the Islamic State was brutal and counterproductive.

5 days ago


Negativity wins: Pittsburgh police failed to cooperate on an anti-gang plan

Pittsburgh police officials missed an opportunity by being hostile to the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime.

5 days ago


False promises: More homeless aid eligibility requires more funds

Under the proposed Homeless Children and Youth Act an estimated 900,000 young adults and families would become eligible for assistance.

6 days ago


Sorry chapter: Library thieves deserve to be booked

Libraries are reporting that thousands of dollars worth of books are walking out the doors.

6 days ago


Last step: The county and city complete their 911 merger

Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh are finally completing a long-awaited merger of their 911 emergency call centers.

6 days ago


 Former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Unfinished business: The public deserves more from Ravenstahl probe

At a minimum, authorities should say whether this important case is closed.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House on Monday.

Account for Iraq: Congress can’t give President Obama a blank check

The accountability that congressional oversight of what is occurring might introduce to the new U.S. role in Iraq has been missing.

1 week ago


Solitary error: The state pays for the mistreatment of an inmate

While criminals should not be coddled, solitary confinement is an affront to human rights and to liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

1 week ago


Armed to the hilt: Military hardware should get only rare police use

How did America get from the more user-friendly police forces of yesteryear to the military-style, 21st-century version?

1 week ago


Price hike ill-advised: The solution to a costlier LCB is private stores

An internal LCB proposal to jack up the surcharge on wine and spirits provides one more strong argument for ending the state monopoly.

1 week ago


 Sophie Masloff at the Byham Theater for the Off The Record show in October 2008.

Favorite grandmother: Mayor Sophie Masloff captured the city’s heart

Pittsburgh will bid goodbye today to the city’s own beloved grandmother, Sophie Masloff.

1 week ago


Worker support: Pittsburgh deserves to have the same Act 47 options

Why are some legislators treating Pittsburgh like an outcast when it comes to Act 47?

1 week ago


Ghana not so golden: Government salaries threaten economic growth

Ghana has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.

1 week ago


Colleges and cash: A judge’s NCAA ruling is justified but problematic

The NCAA talked a good game on amateurism, but colleges can blame themselves for turning their sports into quasi-professional operations.

1 week ago


Warhol on film: Digitization will give Andy a wider audience

Andy Warhol was the kind of artist who knew how to stretch his 15 minutes of fame for all it was worth.

1 week ago


Egypt’s hypocrisy: Cairo mediates peace talks but bars a rights group

Egypt cannot broker a humanitarian cease-fire with any semblance of authority while refusing to answer for its own abuses.

1 week ago


A caution on P3s: Let elected officials and the public beware

When it comes to public-private partnerships, so-called “P3s,” the old adage — let the buyer beware — needs to be updated.

1 week ago


Mine fallout: As coal jobs disappear, gas jobs may beckon

With the Emerald Mine closure, workers will face the hardships of unemployment. They might find opportunities in the natural gas industry.

1 week ago


Asides: Politicians joke, candidates debate and Pittsburgh pitches itself

Politics is usually no laughing matter, but politicians were yucking it up Wednesday night.

1 week ago


A turn in Iraq: Maliki’s departure creates new possibilities

Nouri al-Maliki’s decision to step down as Iraq’s prime minister and to endorse Haider al-Abadi as his successor are positive developments.

1 week ago


Insult upon injury: Too many black-lung claims are caught in a backlog

Due to a shortage of judges, the black lung program has seen an 18 percent jump over nine years in the number of pending cases.

1 week ago


Questions remain: Corbett aide’s exit won’t make the case go away

The Corbett administration has been having a tough time explaining what Ron Tomalis did in the last year to earn a $139,542 salary.

1 week ago


Ferguson’s fury: The community needs answers on a tragic shooting

It would help if police were forthcoming with information about the tragic death of an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri.

1 week ago


Europe’s rumbles: In some corners of the EU, the economy is not good

Negative economic developments in the European Union are prompting concern over several countries’ state of health.

1 week ago


 Anita K. Kozy performs a microscopic examination of a biological sample in the Allegheny County Crime Lab.

Good police work: The state should fund the county crime lab

For Harrisburg to risk crippling police efforts that ensure public safety would be a crime of its own.

2 weeks ago


End the aid: The U.S. must not subsidize war in South Sudan

The U.S. and other donors are feeding the South Sudanese people while their leaders spend the country’s revenues fighting each other.

2 weeks ago


Belated justice: Cambodia settles a score with the Khmer Rouge

Even though Pol Pot died without being brought to trial, his top lieutenants will die in their jail cells

2 weeks ago


 The Rivers Casino

A bet pays off: The Rivers Casino has defied the worst fears

When casino gambling was first contemplated in Pittsburgh, critics predicted a litany of woe.

2 weeks ago


Libya unravels: The U.S. is not good at repairing broken countries

Developments in Libya continue to underline sharply the foreign affairs catastrophe in which the United States participated.

2 weeks ago


 This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams died in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

When laughter dies: Robin Williams’ tragic end belies his amazing gift

There will be tears for Robin Williams, but let them be tears of joy and gratitude for his immense talent.

2 weeks ago


 Workers have their temperature taken Monday before entering the Freeport area, an important commercial port facility, in Monrovia, Liberia.

Ebola’s spread: The U.S. and the world must act fast to contain it

The outbreak and spread of ebola in West Africa should serve as a warning to Americans.

2 weeks ago


Far-flung office: GSA makes a relocation hard on immigrants

Wilkins had such an identity crisis that it enacted an ordinance requiring businesses to say so in their advertisements.

2 weeks ago


Comet close-up: Europe’s craft prepares for a historic ride-along

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is closing in on the ancient space traveler nicknamed Comet C-G.

2 weeks ago


 Allegheny County Manager William McKain.

County cost-cutter: An office merger saves dollars and makes sense

Allegheny County’s Office of Property Assessment and Department of Real Estate are inextricably linked, so it makes sense to combine them.

2 weeks ago


Bad cover: USAID uses an HIV program for political purposes

Agents tasked with recruiting dissident Cubans intent on toppling the regime of Raul Castro assumed the cover of HIV prevention workers.

2 weeks ago



Advertisement



You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here