Editorials


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday.

Divisive speech: The fallout on Netanyahu will come soon enough

The more significant returns will come in shortly, with the Israeli elections and the fate of the draft Iranian accord later this month.

about 17 hours ago


Backward step: The Senate’s better open records plan needs a fix

The Legislature is poised to make improvements to the law and must not undercut openness by using careless and imprecise language.

about 17 hours ago


Credit safeguard: Visa’s tracking app is no invasion of privacy

With cybercrime growing as cash transactions decline, brave new security measures are necessary.

about 17 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf arrives to delivers his budget address Tuesday in Harrisburg as House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Marshall, left, and Lt. Gov. Michael Stack look on.

Wolf’s call: His unrealistic budget will undermine cooperation

Mr. Wolf’s proposed increases and cuts are so closely intertwined that they suggest a “take it or leave it” stance that is self-defeating.

1 day ago


Clinton’s emails: Her State Department messages belong to the public

Hillary Clinton was wrong to have used a personal email account, instead of the Department of State system, to conduct government business.

1 day ago


Reform sentencing: Low-level drug offenders are taxing U.S. prisons

Few political issues draw support from sponsors as diverse as the liberal Center for American Progress and the libertarian Koch brothers.

1 day ago


 In December, Gallup reported that only 15 percent of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job.

Failure to govern: In the House, it’s another abdication of duty

The House of Representatives will think about funding the Department of Homeland Security for another week.

2 days ago


Korea’s tension: Tempers over war exercises make a case for talks

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan Monday, the day that U.S.-South Korean military exercises began.

2 days ago


Lame justice: A dog killer should have gotten years, not months

Judges in most criminal trials have flexibility in sentencing.

2 days ago


 The U.S. finances 75 percent of NATO expenditures with a defense budget of $585 billion for 2015

Indefensible: Europe cuts NATO spending while the U.S. pays

The United States bears a disproportionate share of NATO’s cost -- an old problem that is getting worse rather than better.

3 days ago


Rider appreciation: On the North Shore, the reward is free T service

Free rides have been fundamental to the success of the North Shore Connector, and it looks like they will continue.

3 days ago


Nimoy’s gift: A career embodied in a single, enduring character

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made Mr. Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer on “Star Trek” a household name, was an icon.

3 days ago


Capitol moonlighting: Pa. legislators should stick to one full-time job

Rep. Anthony DeLuca is introducing a bill that would limit the income that senators and representatives could receive from second jobs.

4 days ago


End the monopoly: The House takes a big step on liquor privatization

For the second legislative session in a row, the Pa. House has passed a bill that would pull state government out of the liquor business.

4 days ago


Asides: Stressed-out polar bears, a Downtown food co-op, bikes for the disabled

Critics say polar bears are stressed by zoos, the East End Food Co-Op mulls PPG Place, disabled kids get adaptive bikes.

4 days ago


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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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?

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago



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