Editorials


GOP, MIA: The city-county ballot has too few Republicans

Americans call it the two-party system, but in Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh it’s hard to see why.

about 16 hours ago


Prime problem: Bankers forget a lesson on high-risk lending

Subprime car loans are a problem, not only for the consumers who take them out, but for the banks that allow them.

about 16 hours ago


Asides: Robert Morris men's basketball, Pitt women's basketball and ALS fundraiser and fighter Neil Alexander

Local teams in NCAA’s March Madness finally lost but still came home winners, and ALS claims a local man who showed how to win at life.

about 16 hours ago


In good faith: Local churches tackle the tough topic of racism

Maybe churches can do what Starbucks couldn’t: spark a genuine and voluntary dialogue that leads to reconciliation across racial lines.

1 day ago


Reader assault: Rolling Stone’s rape report was irresponsible

The report about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house now stands revealed as shoddy journalism.

1 day ago


 Based on some recent, distasteful history, though, Pittsburgh is entitled to some skepticism about Heinz headquarters remaining in the city.

An uneasy feeling: Heinz should keep its headquarters in Pittsburgh

The parent of H.J. Heinz announced its intention to buy rival Kraft Foods Group, which is based in Chicago.

2 days ago


An incoherent strategy: Two new U.S. bombing campaigns defy logic

It is difficult to see policy coherence or prospects of success in America’s two new bombing campaigns, in Iraq and Yemen.

2 days ago


Budget trades: Wolf and the GOP must start brokering soon

At this early point in the budget season, it sounds as if both sides have dug in their heels and set the stage for acrimony and stalemate.

2 days ago


 A great deal of time and money already has been devoted to figuring out how to solve the problem of sewer overflows during heavy rains in the region.

Stay on track: It’s important to push forward on sewer upgrades

Allegheny County still pumps raw sewage into its waterways because of outdated infrastructure.

3 days ago


A stalled withdrawal: Obama errs in keeping more troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama on Tuesday extended the presence of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan by a year.

3 days ago


Dress code: Gov. Wolf should stick with his police nominee

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the state police, Marcus Brown, has been the subject of a venomous campaign.

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama looks into the audience while speaking at the SelectUSA Investment Summit on Monday.

Helping Egypt: Obama faces a test of principles on military aid

The U.S. should withhold assistance until the Cairo government cleans up its act.

4 days ago


Curb service: Feeding a parking meter from a distance

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is smart to keep adapting to new technology.

4 days ago


For the record: Transparency has been a problem for Obama

The president promised the most transparent administration in history but has given us the least transparent.

4 days ago


 Sen. Pat Toomey speaks at the Allegheny County Courthouse last fall.

Protecting students: Toomey’s proposal deserves support in Congress

In 2014, 459 school workers were arrested in the United States for sexual misconduct, 26 of them in Pennsylvania.

5 days ago


Cost of fraud: BNY Mellon pays a big price for cheating clients

BNY Mellon obtained the best FX rates for itself, gave its customers the worst or close to the worst rates and kept the difference for

5 days ago


Hasty exit: As Yemen crumbles, the United States withdraws

The level of intra-Muslim fighting in Yemen has advanced so far that the U.S. was forced to withdraw its presence from the country.

5 days ago


 This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D.

Risky rails: In the short run, the best defense is smart response

The government can make sure that emergency teams and technical experts are fully trained to respond when an oil tanker derailment occurs.

6 days ago


Got coverage? That’s the biggest plus so far on Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act has meant significant change for the better for many Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

6 days ago


Unsettling: Target’s data theft case asks much of consumers

People can collect only if they can prove not just unauthorized use of their cards, but also time they spent cleaning up Target’s mess.

6 days ago


Save the courthouse: The Allegheny County landmark needs attention

The beauty and craftsmanship of the Henry Hobson Richardson-designed building hide some serious structural and mechanical problems.

1 week ago


Monstrous melt: Distant Antarctica glaciers have scientists worried

Rising sea levels will cause residents of the Northern Hemisphere to regret that climate change deniers were ever taken seriously.

1 week ago


Asides: Spring brings trail improvements, a tree climbing competition and intern opportunities

Montour trail users can expect detours, an Aspinwall arborist hopes to climb to great heights, and Pittsburgh offers summer intern slots.

1 week ago


Time served: Sentencing policy must be driven by public safety

Reducing prison populations to rational levels will take courage, foresight and fresh ideas.

1 week ago


Work opportunity: The entire community wins when people have jobs

Pittsburgh is behind its peers in spreading chances for employment around, with minorities performing only 11 percent of the region’s jobs.

1 week ago


Delay of Justice: The Senate should vote on Lynch, up or down

The Senate should stop stalling and vote Loretta Lynch up or down.

1 week ago


Jackpot dreams: Wolf should focus on a budget, not a wish list

Gov. Tom Wolf  promised the school districts an extra $400 million for basic education and $100 million for special education

1 week ago


Engaging the police: Sensible interaction can make all the difference

A new brochure for how citizens should deal with police has the potential to save lives, reduce tension and spare costly court judgments.

1 week ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto speaks Monday at a press conference announcing a new alliance between Pitt, UPMC and CMU.

Healthful alliance: UPMC, Pitt and CMU join forces in a big way

The alliance aims to marshal the strengths of all three institutions and “big data” on behalf of the public’s health and well-being.

1 week ago


Israel’s choice: Netanyahu’s win is likely to chill U.S. relations

The results mean Palestinians now have no early hope of negotiating for a state.

1 week ago


Patience: Drivers are getting the road repairs they wanted

An improved transportation funding law means more attention to deteriorating roads and bridges.

1 week ago


 Last season, just 57 percent of seats at Heinz Hall were sold; the rest were given away or unfilled.

PSO challenge: It’s not easy building the audience of the future

The findings of focus group interviews illuminate the challenges the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra faces as its audience ages and shrinks.

1 week ago


Saving Syria: A weary country has a chance to end its civil war

Syria can take a step next month toward ending its civil war at talks in Moscow among parties to the 4-year-old conflict.

1 week ago


Coffee talk: Race is a worthy subject, but with one’s barista?

Starbucks baristas are writing “Race Together” on their biodegradable cups and engaging customers in conversations about race.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama shakes hands with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald at the end of a meeting on veterans issues at the Phoenix VA Medical Center on March 13.

Bonuses unearned: Awards to dishonest VA workers must be retrieved

VA Secretary Robert McDonald can rescind bonuses and recoup payments from employees who contributed to poor veteran care.

1 week ago


Financial furies: Can Congress weather the next budget storms?

House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, needed last-minute Democratic help to avoid a shutdown of the agency.

1 week ago


Police and citizens: Pittsburgh should embrace a new pilot program

Pittsburgh is one of six cities chosen for a program to repair community-police relations.

1 week ago


 A Port Authority bus makes its way along Smithfield Street, Downtown.

Ridership woes: The Port Authority needs to be customer-friendly

Pittsburgh cannot consider itself a modern city without frequent, efficient, accessible transit.

1 week ago


Medical fog: Wolf must end the UPMC-Highmark confusion

Thanks for nothing. That’s got to be the attitude toward the Wolf administration of many Highmark customers.

1 week ago


 President Obama has proposed privacy standards, but even some Democrats denounced the proposal as weak.

Private property: Americans need control of their personal data

A long-awaited proposal to protect Americans from misuse of their personal data offers feeble protection to consumers.

2 weeks ago


Retirement shield: Savers deserve protection against crafty brokers

A Labor Department plan to regulate brokers who manage retirement accounts could protect millions of Americans from bad financial advice.

2 weeks ago


Asides: Super Bowl fans win, Pirates fans face more security, an old porn theater's sign may be back

Spurned Super Bowl fans get a payout, Pirates fans get walk-through metal detectors and the Garden Theater sign may get a restoration.

2 weeks ago


Nigeria’s hired help: The U.S. must resist the war with Boko Haram

The responsibility for bringing Boko Haram under control lies clearly with Nigeria, a rich country with a large army.

2 weeks ago


Activist rap: Jasiri X earns support for his work with youth

Jasiri Oronde Smith has become one of hip-hop’s most respected activists and politically astute lyricists.

2 weeks ago


 eBay headquarters is located in San Jose, Calif.

Online omission: America’s cybersales deserve to be cybertaxed

Nearly 20 years after the launch of Amazon and eBay, most online shoppers pay no tax on their purchases.

2 weeks ago


Overreaction: Obama’s sanctions on Venezuela could backfire

The idea that Venezuela poses a threat to America is just silly.

2 weeks ago


Taking aim: To the gun lobby, the answer is always more guns

Ordinary citizens, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, are sick of gun violence and the misguided policies that help perpetuate it.

2 weeks ago


Talks on Libya: The warring powers seek an agreeable way out

Talks between the two warring governments could lead to a road out of the deadly swamp the nation has become since Gadhafi’s overthrow.

2 weeks ago


World leader: Phipps’ commitment to nature deserves imitation

Today, a former Pittsburgh brownfield is home to one of the seven greenest buildings on the planet.

2 weeks ago


Ceres’ mystery: NASA’s Dawn seeks answers on a dwarf planet

NASA’s spacecraft is in orbit around what is without question the most fascinating denizen of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

2 weeks ago



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