Editorials


Guns to jobs: The Boilermakers’ program has a big payoff

In exchange for turning in their guns, no questions asked, people were given tokens to begin a six-month training program in welding.

20 minutes ago


Voice of liberty: Egypt should free a blogger who worked for reform

Alaa Abd El Fattah is a protest leader and blogger who has been jailed by three regimes for his calls for more democratic freedoms.

20 minutes ago


 President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

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.

3 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.

3 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.

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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 days ago


 House Bill 466 gives beer distributors a full year to buy up licenses for 1,200 private liquor stores before other retailers would get a shot.

Liquor redux: In Pennsylvania, the time is right for privatization

Today, the state House will restart the drive to eliminate Pennsylvania’s government monopoly on the sale of wine and liquor.

5 days ago


Hillary’s ethics: Clinton foundation should return foreign gifts

Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right, and Ms. Clinton treads too close to a dangerous line if she does intend to run.

5 days ago


Focus on equality: Pennsylvania lawmakers should heed their clergy

How can a state that now issues marriage licenses to people who are gay leave them subject to discrimination in employment and housing?

5 days ago


Shaky exemptions: The county’s careful review serves all taxpayers

Allegheny County is getting impressive results in its review of 2,800 properties that claimed charitable tax exemptions.

6 days ago


Braddock’s promise: Hope builds for a plan to pay for college

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman wants to replicate the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program in Braddock.

6 days ago


Asides: A meteor near Pittsburgh, eggs in eagle nests and an honor for Swin Cash

A meteor blazes a trail to Kittanning, eagle moms in Hays and Harmar lay eggs, WNBA great Swin Cash scores for good works.

6 days ago


Food run: Higher prices push consumers to the competition

Economists warned groceries would cost 3.5 percent more in 2014 because of drought in the West. Prices rose 3.4 percent.

1 week ago


Nuclear moment: The Iran negotiations reach a critical stage

Iran and major nations, including the U.S., are approaching an important crossroads on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and economic sanctions.

1 week ago


 Crews work to clean up the derailed CSX train earlier this week.

Perilous cargo: Another oil train disaster revives safety concerns

As many as 75 trains, each loaded with at least 1 million gallons of oil, pass through Allegheny County each week.

1 week ago


Wal-Mart’s raise: Other profitable companies should follow suit

Wal-Mart will raise its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April and to $10 in February of 2016.

1 week ago


People’s voice: Gene Stilp’s activism served all Pennsylvanians

Gene Stilp, is retiring, leaving a hole in Harrisburg’s political theater.

1 week ago


 A cyclist rides in front of Hamerschlag Hall on the CMU campus in Oakland in early February.

Computer fiasco: CMU must make amends on its false acceptances

It’s a travesty that a highly regarded university had to recall 800 acceptance letters that had been sent due to a computer error.

1 week ago


Immigrant standoff: Homeland Security should not be held hostage

If funding for that department has not been approved by Congress by Feb. 27 it will be forced to cease operations.

1 week ago


Wanted: Phil — Snowbound New England is after the groundhog

The Merrimack, N.H., Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s most famous prognosticator.

1 week ago


Drones overhead: Americans must weigh in on the new technology

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken the first important step toward allowing the commercial use of drones.

1 week ago


Re-militarize Japan? The prime minister sees a bigger role in the region

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking revision of his country’s constitution to permit a more active role for its armed forces.

1 week ago


Ashes to ashes: The season of Lent renews its broad appeal

The six-week period of self-discipline and repentance that leads up to Easter begins today.

1 week ago


Shaky truce: Both sides in Ukraine must observe the ceasefire

The agreement by France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, contains the elements that should bring an end to the bloody battle.

1 week ago


Two-way street: The FBI chief seeks mutual respect on policing

African-American’s concerns about racially biased policing has merit, especially in the wake of killings of unarmed black men by law

1 week ago


Young and homeless: The county seeks a shelter for vulnerable youth

Allegheny County is looking for an agency with experience to run a homeless shelter, for a special target group — young adults.

1 week ago


Healthy regimen: Wolf’s Medicaid expansion will improve access

Pennsylvania took a long, unnecessary detour on the trip to expanded health insurance for thousands of working families.

1 week ago


Ebola troops: The drawdown shows success against the disease

Containment has been achieved, but eradication of the disease is probably an unrealistic goal.

1 week ago


Eroding liberty: America’s freedom of the press is under attack

If, as Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to Lafayette, “the only security of all is in a free press,” we’re in trouble.

1 week ago


Modern ride: A new law must pave the way for Lyft and Uber

When the head of the Pennsylvania PUC last year said his agency needed to update to fit the times, his message sounded too good to be true.

1 week ago


Payday payback: Online predatory loans should be banned

The Internet enabled Pennsylvanians to obtain scandalously expensive loans from a Delaware lender, which isn’t licensed to do business here.

1 week ago


Asides: Pittsburgh Playhouse, Parkway West and Pirates

The show must go on for the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and Point Park University will see to that.

1 week ago


Deer kill: Mt. Lebanon leaders should cancel the slaughter

In a 2011 study, nearly half of state respondents said they liked having deer around and 8 percent admitted to feeding them.

2 weeks ago


Citizen Murray: His work boosted more than Duquesne University

John E. Murray Jr., who died Wednesday at 82, was Duquesne’s president from 1988 until 2001.

2 weeks ago


It’s no game: Yet Wagner and Fitzgerald are locked in a contest

County Controller Chelsa Wagner wants to conduct an audit.

2 weeks ago


Authorizing war: The coming debate is good for the United States

Many Americans believe the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have lasted too long, with questionable success.

2 weeks ago


Family help: Child support deadbeats can get amnesty today

Courts must be creative in how they go after “deadbeat” dads and moms.

2 weeks ago


Costly symbols: Food and travel deserve more AIU scrutiny

The AIU must make hard choices about how to spend the tax dollars entrusted to it for public education.

2 weeks ago


Powdered perils: Alcohol and caffeine take new, threatening forms

“Palcohol” is soon to be on the market, joining another ill-advised product, powdered caffeine.

2 weeks ago


Embassy closed: The exit from Yemen could cost the United States

The closing of the American Embassy in Yemen in response to security concerns will lead to the diplomatic blinding of the U.S. in that

2 weeks ago


 Former Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle.

Carlisle’s comeback: Pittsburgh doesn’t need a felon on city council

Twanda Carlisle, who served nine months in prison for ethics and corruption charges, is thinking about running for her old office.

2 weeks ago


Trouble spotters: Pa.’s new child-abuse reporters need training

New laws meant to protect Pennsylvania’s children from abuse have had immediate effects, but not the ones intended.

2 weeks ago



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