Editorials


Saving the August Wilson Center: Disclosure and planning must follow the rescue

The public should get a better explanation of the funding that will make the takeover by local foundations possible.

about 4 hours ago


Breach of security: The Secret Service failed Obama and the public

No one needs to construct a “green zone” of protection around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The Secret Service just needs to do its job.

about 4 hours ago


Recurring recess: Congress takes five weeks off and now seven more

The nation is facing issues and problems that deserve its representatives’ attention.

about 4 hours ago


Uber stalled: The PUC should overrule its judges’ decision

And the Legislature should pass a law tailored to the new era of ride-sharing.

1 day ago


Hong Kong upheaval: China must honor its commitment to more freedom

China has never grasped that political freedom is the next logical step to economic freedom

1 day ago


New secession drive: Spain’s Catalonia seeks a breakaway referendum

With a long history of an internally divided Spain, this is a European phenomenon that bears watching

1 day ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Porn at work: Corbett, Kane must end a raunchy office culture

What kind of a knucklehead circulates nude photos and graphic videos of sex acts at work? Some state officials are providing an answer.

2 days ago


Sunshine block: The Pa. House mustn’t set back the right to know

Senate Bill 444, an attempt to amend Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law, is a step backward in terms of public access to government records.

2 days ago


To the rescue: An ambulance service worthy of all Pittsburghers

For eight years, the Freedom House Ambulance Service remained the primary medical rescue service for African-Americans in Pittsburgh.

2 days ago


Dubious data: DEP’s flawed records stir mistrust on drilling

It is impossible to get an accurate picture of how drilling is being regulated because of the error-ridden online Compliance Report.

3 days ago


Playing on fear: The state must step in on UPMC and Highmark

Highmark and UPMC are three months from their historic separation, yet disagreement and confusion still reign regarding patient treatment.

3 days ago


Asides: A bad winter, good bridges and Bucco bubbly

The almanacs predict tough sledding; PennDOT launches bridge repair; the Pirates market corks and bottles.

3 days ago


Holder’s time: The attorney general stirred passions all around

Eric Holder was respected by some and hated by others, and he led the way on a range of controversial issues.

4 days ago


Bucpology: The playoff-bound Pirates prove the fearful wrong

We’re glad the Pirates proved us wrong to think they were slipping into their old, losing ways.

4 days ago


Sound budget: Peduto seeks to recover the city’s financial footing

Mayor Peduto’s budget and accompanying 5-year fiscal plan are a much-desired attempt to set the city on sound, long-term financial footing.

5 days ago


Obama at the U.N.: The president spells out an active role for the U.S.

President Obama used his annual speech at the United Nations General Assembly to argue that, contrary to some reports, America is back.

5 days ago


Climate for change: The U.S., China and others must act together

120 world leaders attended a summit at the United Nations Tuesday.

6 days ago


Treat victims equally: Sen. Ferlo’s anti-hate crime push has a problem

We have been an opponent of discrimination, but at the same time uneasy with laws that impose enhanced penalties for so-called hate crimes.

6 days ago


Free to read: In America, challenging ideas deserve exposure

The American Civil Liberties Union of Greater Pittsburgh sponsored a reading Monday night of banned books at the Jewish Community Center.

6 days ago


 An initiative by U.S. Attorney David Hickton in the Western District of Pennsylvania would create a team of four prosecutors who, with the FBI’s help, will crack down on health care fraud.

Hidden costs: Health care surprises must come to an end

The United States spends almost twice as much of its gross domestic product on health care as other industrialized countries.

1 week ago


Risky business: Air attacks in Syria may harm instead of help

There are risks involved in escalating America’s military involvement in the confused and confusing Middle East fray.

1 week ago


A wonder above: NASA triumphs with Maven’s mission to Mars

When it comes to exploring the planet Mars, a half-billion-dollar investment can go a long way.

1 week ago


Better air: A consent order seeks to cut Clairton’s emissions

That's fine, but the whole process should have been transparent to the public.

1 week ago


Afghans agree: A settlement is approved for a new government

But it's still a mystery as to why the United States wants to troops there after this year.

1 week ago


Beyond death panels: A new report criticizes the American way of dying

The system for caring for dying Americans is itself chronically sick — costly and inefficient.

6 days ago


Wrong lesson: Teachers are not for reading, writing and shooting

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill to allow teachers to carry firearms on school property.

1 week ago


Riding Range: DEP slaps the shale driller with a record fine

Range Resources is the leader in state penalties for violations related to Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

1 week ago


Miner relief: A Senate bill would speed up black lung benefits

Since 1968, about 76,000 American miners have died because of medical conditions linked to black lung disease.

1 week ago


A right denied: The court should order state emails to be retained

Transparency in government is the political theme of the age, but apparently the Corbett administration did not get the memo.

1 week ago


Ripe for change: World leaders must take note of the climate march

Two days ahead of a U.N. climate summit, tens of thousands will gather today in New York City for a “people’s march” against climate change.

1 week ago


Asides: Heinz baby food, Pittsburgh computer use and the Pirates' winning ways

Heinz is bringing baby food production to the North Side; computers are less common in Pittsburgh; and the Bucs have a winning season.

1 week ago


Decisive outcome: The Scottish vote ends well for Great Britain

The results Thursday night were a clear 55 percent to 45 percent affirmation of the Scots’ desire to remain in the United Kingdom.

1 week ago


Self-borrowing: Corbett’s spending plan shouldn’t require a loan

The General Fund would be in better shape if Mr. Corbett had gone after more revenue from shale gas drillers.

1 week ago


 An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Thursday in Scranton.

An attack on all: The trooper ambush is an affront to Pennsylvania

The incident in Blooming Grove shows that our first responders face constant danger.

1 week ago


Ebola’s challenge: Containing it won’t be easy for the United States

The United States plans to send 3,000 military personnel to West Africa with a mission to train Liberian medical workers.

1 week ago


Discordant notes: The city’s musical gems struggle to keep shining

The Pittsburgh community must hope that creative marketing helps to sustain the PSO and the opera.

1 week ago


Back to Iraq?: Gen. Dempsey poses the return of U.S. troops

There are various interpretations of what Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

1 week ago


Just response: The DA should close the Leon Ford case

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is confronted with a choice: retry the East Liberty man on the remaining charges or cut bait.

1 week ago


Hayes’ genius: The work of a Pitt poet earns greater renown

Terrance Hayes is living the kind of life other poets would hesitate to dream.

1 week ago


 Douglas, left, and Kristen Barbour, right, leave the Allegheny County Courthouse after being sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Manning on Monday.

Lame justice: A couple’s child abuse deserved real punishment

In March 2012, two Ethiopian children came to this country to begin a new life, but what they got was sickening abuse and deprivation.

2 weeks ago


U.S. in Yemen: It’s hard to fathom a compelling national interest

It is difficult to identify which U.S. interests in Yemen require America to be involved there or Americans to care.

2 weeks ago


Rare company: Regional Catholic high schools make the grade

Eight Catholic high schools in the Pittsburgh region have made an elite national list of high performers.

2 weeks ago


 The Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg.

Season of stalemate: Time is running out for action in Harrisburg

At the top of the to-do-but-not-done list is pension reform.

2 weeks ago


Testing fails the test: Pittsburgh schools focus on more instruction

Clearly, testing had gotten out of hand in the district, which is to be congratulated for listening to critics and responding.

2 weeks ago


Free thinkers? U.S. policy groups must list their foreign backers

Consumers of these organizations’ reports have a right to demand that they reveal who gives them money, how much and for what purpose.

2 weeks ago


 Orangemen and women march during a pro-union parade, less than a week before voters go to the polls in a yes or no referendum on whether Scotland should become and independent country.

Say no, Scotland: Aye, history resonates but its interests are in the UK

Scots should not take the uncertain, risky path to independence.

2 weeks ago


 The Produce Terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Arranged marriage: Two-developer plan in Strip District may work

The URA gave two developers three months to work together on a plan for the historic produce terminal.

2 weeks ago


That’s all, folks: ToonSeum must carry on without its founder

Joe Wos recently announced that he is stepping down as the ToonSeum’s executive director to pursue his first love — cartooning.

2 weeks ago


On board: The PUC backs ride-share legislation

A powerful ally has joined the effort to legalize ride-share services in Pennsylvania.

2 weeks ago


Futility theater: Citizens United amendment denied a serious role

With time-wasting political theater by Congress, voters are invited to critique it on the strength of the plots.

2 weeks ago



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