Letters


We must change the tone of our national debates

Every issue or story does not have a black-and-white, right-and-wrong answer; the gray area in these debates is abundant.

about 8 hours ago


Protest should be productive, not destructive

I doubt that torching police cars and businesses will lessen the odds of a future Michael Brown-type tragedy.

about 8 hours ago


Discuss the artwork with children

Several years ago my grandniece was visiting my home and asked why I had a picture of a naked woman on my wall.

about 8 hours ago


Our teen worker will be missing from our table

Recently, many businesspeople made the decision that making money on Black Friday was not enough.

about 8 hours ago


Obama should be lauded for immigration action

Thank goodness we have a president who is willing to accept the responsibilities of his elected office.

1 day ago


Let's consider how immigration was handled in the past

Can’t we have a conversation about legal and illegal immigration and find out why the government seemed to control it better then than now?

1 day ago


The tragic accident on Route 28 didn't have to be

The sad but interesting fact is that Mr. Lofink was killed in an accident involving a man who police say is an illegal immigrant.

1 day ago


The Pirates have created a void by failing to keep Russell Martin

As it stands now, this organization will go into the next season with a serious question mark at a critical position.

1 day ago


Why not let the terminally ill choose a peaceful, less expensive death?

I am pleased Brittany Maynard’s peaceful death is causing legislators nationwide to relook at right-to-die laws.

1 day ago


Americans are in for a rough ride with the Republican-led Congress

Hatred of President Barack Obama and his agenda is one of the reasons the GOP will not compromise on anything for the next two years.

1 day ago


Iraq: Fight determined enemies on their turf

It’s said that 1 percent of the people defend the other 99 percent. Thank goodness for that 1 percent.

1 day ago


Unjustified attack

An unjustified attack on old, white, male voters was launched in Charles M. Blow’s column.

1 day ago


Physician-assisted suicide? Keep up the fight

I cannot say that I understand what she and her family went through, but I do think Brittany Maynard should have kept up the fight.

1 day ago


 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Other people who want to foment revolution are out there

Wake up, people, indeed. There appear to be many more Eric Freins out there.

1 day ago


Wrong about UPMC

UPMC offered Anthem the opportunity to contract directly with UPMC to maintain in-network access for their members living in Western

1 day ago


Pittsburgh cyclists, buy a bell!

I don’t mind sharing the walkway with bicyclists, as it is the only safe way for all of us to cross the Monongahela.

1 day ago


This is what the president's immigration action is really about

This is part of a wider political struggle to rid the “administrative state” from the burdens of constitutional constraint.

3 days ago


Immigrants enrich our nation and our lives

I feel fortunate to have lived my life in a marble cake-like mix of fellow Americans.

3 days ago


Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield customers are affected, too

Like many others, I am losing access to UPMC facilities and physicians on Jan. 1.

3 days ago


We need better enforcement of elder abuse laws

There are laws in place that are supposed to punish or penalize caretakers who neglect or abuse the elderly in all settings.

3 days ago


Pa. should have a lottery fund specifically to fight cancer

Pennsylvania could become a trailblazer by adding an annual lottery in which all proceeds fund cancer research.

3 days ago


Sen. Toomey needs to work for citizens, not banks

It was shocking to read that Sen. Pat Toomey is looking forward to a Republican agenda that includes rolling back bank regulations.

4 days ago


Let's dispel another myth about the Affordable Care Act

The medical devices tax apparently is not costing Americans jobs.

4 days ago


President Obama is disrespecting the Constitution

Editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers is like many other liberals who deflect President Obama’s acts of lawlessness to criticism of the GOP.

4 days ago


Immigration whiners should be glad they're not in Europe

Many of us are getting tired of hearing people’s complaints about immigration.

4 days ago


Gov.-elect Wolf should exercise caution on gas drilling

We can again harbor hope that our environment will have some protection after the wanton disregard of it under our present governorship.

4 days ago


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Our Daily Bread provides more than food for its customers

It is with a sad heart that we write regarding the planned changes at Our Daily Bread.

4 days ago


Nonviolent efforts are the only way to end hatred

“Conflict” is not a goal, and highlighting conflicts is not an end in itself.

5 days ago


Synagogue attack puts support for Palestinians in a different light

Will Conflict Kitchen now be adding “Blood of Innocents” to its menu?

5 days ago


We should not be promoting IUD use by teens

The American Academy of Pediatrics is either ignorant of data related to breast cancer or not being transparent.

5 days ago


This ‘art’ at the Carnegie should have come with a warning

I was appalled at a display considered “artwork” and felt responsible for exposing an innocent 10-year-old to vulgar language.

5 days ago


The 21st Century Cures Initiative gives our family hope

An event held by Rep. Tim Murphy focused on barriers to medical innovation and potential solutions.

5 days ago


Pennsylvania schools must make better use of test results

I challenge our schools to truly examine these standardized test results, or why bother with them?

6 days ago


Prudent changes to Pennsylvania's school performance assessment are needed

The Pennsylvania school performance score was designed as an indicator of school quality but has had unintended consequences.

6 days ago


With a GOP-controlled Legislature, school districts should brace for hard times

I wish I could share Larry Buckwalter’s optimism that Tom Wolf’s election as governor will enhance funding for public education.

6 days ago


I look forward to Fridays with WQED's '4802' show

As a news junkie, I recommend the show, which appears Friday nights.

6 days ago


 PSU's president promises a review of the Freeh report.

Media shouldn’t have accepted the Freeh report findings about Penn State without scrutiny

Penn State President Eric Barron has rightly announced that he will initiate a thorough review of the Freeh report and its conclusions.

6 days ago


Health care relationships shouldn’t end like this

Who do I break up with … Highmark or UPMC? Why should I have to “break up” with any of these doctors?

1 week ago


Highmark and UPMC are health care bullies

If you have a very special primary care doctor and the bully says you can’t go there or the cost will be a lot more, then what do you do?

1 week ago


The stupidity of officials who engaged in Obamacare duplicity is now apparent

Jonathan Gruber, the “architect” of Obamacare, has been outed by film clips showing his tirades about the stupidity of the American public.

1 week ago


Farewell to Sen. Jim Ferlo, a public official with integrity

Overlooked in this past election was the loss of one of the best and most progressive elected officials to serve Western Pennsylvania.

1 week ago


Thanks to voters who wrote in my name in the 18th District

On behalf of the Progressive Political Movement of Southwestern Pa., my write-in campaign sponsor, I congratulate Tim Murphy on his victory.

1 week ago


Winter happens, and Pa. could do a better job with its roadways

I moved from New York to Pa. many years ago and noticed immediately the difference in attitude about winter weather between the two states.

1 week ago


The Route 28 merge point at Millvale is still dangerous

We were shocked and remain very upset by the crazy white-knuckle left merge at the Millvale entrance to 28.

1 week ago


These employees stood up to UPMC, unlike our politicians

Maybe some of these brave folks would consider running for the state Legislature next time around.

1 week ago


Raise the Jolly Roger -- A.J. Burnett is coming back to Pittsburgh

A pirate’s treasure had persuaded him to jump ship last year, but all’s forgiven now.

1 week ago


The news of Burnett's return to the Pirates is thrilling

He made the Pirates a much better team when he was here.

1 week ago


 "Frank Coonelly can keep his 20-game plan for the people who don’t have to get up the next day and drag themselves to work."

The Pirates are penalizing loyal fans who had 20-game plans

Unfortunately the success of the Bucs has gone to the owners’ heads.

1 week ago


 November 12, 2014, Ralph Musthaler/Post-Gazette, Conflict Kitchen Re-opens, Local Customers line up outside of Conflict Kitchen in Oakland after a brief closure due to a death threat.

Attempts to silence criticism of Israel are appalling

We stand for our essential and hard-won right to speak our minds no matter whom our words might offend.

1 week ago


What was lost by rescuing Wilson Center?

The sheriff’s sale of the August Wilson Center offers an opportunity to examine the significance of its purchase by Pittsburgh foundations.

1 week ago



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