Editorials


Policing the parks: Fitzgerald has a smart plan to begin using rangers

Hiring county park rangers would free up 45 to 50 police officers to assist communities that need help from the Allegheny County police.

about 10 hours ago


The NFL reconsiders: Goodell switches to a tough stand on domestic abuse

If there’s a right time to take a stand on domestic violence and sexual assault, it’s now.

about 10 hours ago


Pedal protection: Pittsburgh wins with bicycle lanes Downtown

More protected lanes for bicyclists will help Pittsburgh promote an image and culture of public health and wellness.

about 10 hours ago


Waiting for water: DEP and drillers must respond more quickly

Imagine how nerve-wracking it would be to wait a year or more for the promise of a permanent supply of clean water.

1 day ago


Labor dishonored: Congress snubs U.S. workers on the minimum wage

More than a parade, more than a picnic, if there’s one thing many American workers want today it’s a raise.

1 day ago


Ghost wings: 100 years ago the last passenger pigeon died

Have we truly learned from this slaughter in the natural world unparalleled in the nation’s history?

1 day ago


Expanded coverage: Corbett’s Healthy PA still comes with questions

No one will know the impact of Gov. Corbett's health plan until it takes effect.

2 days ago


Compromise: It’s the only way to save the August Wilson Center

The foundations and a developer should come to terms on the August Wilson Center.

2 days ago


Asides: Bad Pittsburgh drivers, good Pittsburgh living and elite Pittsburgh bees

Here’s a headline that civic boosters don’t want to see in the Post-Gazette: “Pittsburgh Drivers at Bottom of Pile of Accidents.”

2 days ago


Obama cools it: He has the right approach to foreign hot spots

President Obama should be praised for careful strategizing on Ukraine and Syria.

3 days ago


9-year-old killer: Some Americans’ gun lust has no bounds

Careless parents and weak laws put the public at risk when letting a child fire an Uzi.

3 days ago


Jurassic Legislature: As gays marry, lawmakers won’t protect their rights

The Legislature has no excuse for still thinking some Pennsylvanians don’t deserve the same protections as others.

4 days ago


UPMC in China: The health care system has valued expertise to share

If local companies and institutions are valued outside the region, that respect accrues to Pittsburgh.

4 days ago


American jihadists: U.S. fighters in enemy ranks raise tough questions

The phenomenon of Americans enlisting as soldiers in foreign causes, both good and bad, is not new.

4 days ago


 A Hamas militant kisses the head of Hamas political leader Moussa Abu Marzouk as he visits the mourning tent of senior Hamas commander Mohammed Abu Shammala, who was killed by an Israeli air strike.

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

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

5 days ago


 One of Pittsburgh's parking meters.

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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week ago


Elephant slaughter: Blame the kill on African governments’ dysfunction

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

1 week ago


Weighting game: Good nutrition deserves the old college try

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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?

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Sorry chapter: Library thieves deserve to be booked

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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?

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago


Asides: Politicians joke, candidates debate and Pittsburgh pitches itself

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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago



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