Editorials


Tidal shift: Pennsylvania is on track to reducing school taxes

The state House has advanced historic changes to Pennsylvania’s system of taxing its residents.

about 13 hours ago


Airport gamble: Pittsburgh needs passengers, not players

Democratic Rep. Nick Kotik said profits from slots played by waiting passengers could help Pittsburgh International Airport.

about 13 hours ago


Asides: A trolley for Daniel Tiger, an adventure for the science center, insurance for your vacation

Idlewild's trolley belongs to Daniel Tiger; the Carnegie offers an 'Anatomy Adventure'; the Insurance Department provides vacation tips.

about 13 hours ago


War games: Obama is right to curb military gear for police

His move is an important step toward building trust between law enforcement units and the communities they protect.

1 day ago


Bad bounce: Reckless overdrafts are getting more painful

Raise your hand if you read the 40 pages of small print from the bank when you opened a checking account.

1 day ago


Airbag threat: The key safety device must be replaced ASAP

It’s been six years since a Virginia woman bled to death in front of her children after the airbag in her Honda Accord exploded.

2 days ago


For students’ sake: The DA’s probe in Plum must be expeditious

Allegations of teachers having improper sexual relations with students, if true, are egregious violations of law and ethics.

2 days ago


Meaty battle: Canada, Mexico want to rob consumers of info

Increasingly consumers look to labels for assurance of quality, and they trust products made, grown and raised in the United States.

2 days ago


 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, left, and Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Primary lessons: Fitzgerald and Wagner should work it out

The primary election’s over. Have a drink.

3 days ago


Yemen’s plight: U.S. arms do the damage in a poor country

A conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms.

3 days ago


Consumer sting: The further decline of honeybees could hit home

More than 40 percent of honeybees in managed colonies died during the past year.

3 days ago


Act of relief: Medical marijuana deserves state House support

As passed, the bill would allow patients who have a recommendation from their doctor to buy and use a medical strain of cannabis.

4 days ago


Asia’s migrants: More boat people deserve help from those nearby

The two countries that are the source of the migrants are Bangladesh and Myanmar. Although both are poor, they have functioning governments.

4 days ago


Stupid host tricks: Anarchy was the key to Letterman’s longevity

David Letterman’s brand of humor has inspired many imitators who mimic its ironic distance but completely miss the sincerity at its heart.

4 days ago


College crisis: Americans need leaders to solve the cost problem

In a world of new technology and global competition, a college education must be made more affordable and post-college debt more bearable.

5 days ago


Vote today: Casting a ballot is the American thing to do

The eventual winners in November will set tax rates, enact ordinances, choose textbooks and decide on other matters large and small.

5 days ago


Ramadi’s fall: The loss is a timely reminder of failed Iraq policy

For Americans to see Ramadi fall into the hands of the Islamic State is painful, given our losses there back in 2006.

5 days ago


Papal recognition: Francis boosts the cause of Palestinian statehood

The Vatican announced last Wednesday that it will soon sign a treaty that will recognize Palestinian statehood.

6 days ago


Password fatigue: The goal of safer online access remains elusive

According to Microsoft research, the average American has 25 accounts requiring passwords and accesses about eight of them every day.

6 days ago


Brainiacs rule: Student scientists hit new heights at the Intel fair

Watching carefully, listening intently and collaborating instead of competing — that’s a recipe for success in the sciences.

6 days ago


Prime choices: A recap of Post-Gazette endorsements for Tuesday

For Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania, the May 19 primary is an important election with plenty to vote for.

1 week ago


Asides: A Picklesburgh party and PPG fountain repairs

Pittsburghers can look forward to a festival devoted to pickles July 17-18 and the return of the PPG Place Plaza fountain after repairs.

1 week ago


Danko’s seat: Voters, not party insiders, should do the choosing

The move by some to nominate Barbara Daly Danko posthumously subverts democracy.

1 week ago


Blues master: B.B. King made his brand of music mainstream

B.B. King brought a sinewy, muscular spirit to blues that was sophisticated, listener-friendly and devoid of bad vibes.

1 week ago


Fair trade: Obama must be supportive of American workers

President Barack Obama says progress on expanded trade is a priority and that TPP would open more markets to U.S. goods.

1 week ago


Common ground: The U.S. and Russia must deal with each other

Russia and the United States need to be on the side of order and not use disorder in risky situations as occasions to provoke each other.

1 week ago


Arctic oil: Shell’s permit for drilling is risky business

Environmentalists are reeling from the Obama administration’s decision to give approval for Shell Gulf to drill for oil and gas in the

1 week ago


 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before Super Bowl XLIX in February.

Patriot games: NFL cheaters must accept the league’s penalties

The NFL had no choice but to hold quarterback Tom Brady responsible.

1 week ago


Vying for Greece: The nation is caught in a Cold War-style squeeze

The U.S. has so far stayed out of the Greek debt crisis, but it appears to be changing course by pushing a pipeline project, as is Russia.

1 week ago


Joyous arrival: It’s about time hospitals offered ‘gentle C-sections’

Pittsburgh hospitals want to improve the C-section experience, with procedural tweaks to make it less like a surgery, more like a birth.

1 week ago


Fair hiring: Pittsburgh needs police who reflect Pittsburgh

A 2012 case revealed that Pittsburgh has unfairly hired white police candidates with blemished backgrounds while rejecting black candidates.

1 week ago


Broken scale: Two CIA leakers receive two kinds of justice

Disproportionate penalties given to two CIA employees who leaked secrets raise a question about the fairness of American justice.

1 week ago


Marathon effort: A runner survives because of first-rate attention

Every year a handful of deaths are reported among the more than 2.5 million people who run marathons or half-marathons in the United States.

1 week ago


 At a community forum last week, Helena Wilkins, left, voices her frustrations with sending her son, Troy Patterson, 10, right, to private school and therefore not being able to save for his college education because of the poor quality of the Wilkinsburg School District.

Teachable moment: Wilkinsburg students need the help of a neighbor

Wilkinsburg informally sought help from Penn Hills and Woodland Hills, which border it to the east, but the entreaties were rebuffed.

1 week ago


Mixed grades: The jobs report card offers little to brag about

223,000 jobs were created last month, while the unemployment rate ticked down by one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent.

1 week ago


High and dry: Water bottlers should leave California alone

Some environmental activists want to get rid of single-serving water bottles altogether.

1 week ago


City school District 6: Kaleida excels in her knowledge of the district

Three candidates — Moira B. Kaleida, Tracy Link and Samuel Hurst — are cross-filed for the Republican and Democratic nominations.

1 week ago


Frail coalition: Israel faces the future with a new combination

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded last week in crafting a coalition government with a one-vote margin in parliament.

1 week ago


Unjust delay: Toomey is to blame for a stalled nomination

Critics say the Pennsylvania Republican is stalling the nomination to punish the Obama administration for its immigration stance.

2 weeks ago


Bankrupt notion: College tuition should not be seized to settle debts

When people file for bankruptcy, they relinquish their assets to a trustee who decides how best to divide them among creditors.

2 weeks ago


Asides: Reflections for Mother's Day

Today is Mother’s Day and since all moms deserve to be pampered, go ahead — flick on the air conditioning. Sure, it’s only May 10.

2 weeks ago


Tory victory: Cameron’s Conservatives at least offer stability

The British election campaign period, unlike America’s, is short, the rules are tight and the money that flows is limited.

2 weeks ago


Chicago justice: A city fund will make amends to police victims

The fact that Jon Burge can’t be punished for torture or the costly lawsuits his actions generated is infuriating.

2 weeks ago


County travesty: Council puts restaurant interests over the public’s

Council’s vote will have no effect on the process that health inspectors use to assess restaurant compliance with food-handling standards.

2 weeks ago


School board District 4: In a tough call, Lynda Wrenn has the edge

Kirk Burkley of Shadyside and Lynda Wrenn of Point Breeze are running in the May 19 primary.

2 weeks ago


 Darlene Harris

City council District 1: Darlene Harris is the Democrats’ best choice

Councilwoman Darlene Harris is tight with taxpayers’ dollars, a fierce advocate for neighborhoods, and not shy about speaking her mind.

2 weeks ago


Mind games: A military exercise feeds paranoia in Texas

Although military exercises within U.S. borders are routine, some Texans believe something more sinister may be afoot.

2 weeks ago


Burundi’s chaos: Violent protests mount over a bid to hold power

The situation in Burundi is becoming more explosive with presidential elections seven weeks away.

2 weeks ago


Punitive ban: Felons deserve more access to health care jobs

the longer a person goes without a repeat offense, the more likely it is that he has turned his life around permanently.

2 weeks ago


Blessed peacemakers: Low-key talks offer hope in Afghanistan, Syria

All sides in both conflicts should put humanitarian concerns ahead of political interests.

2 weeks ago



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