Letters


U.S. policies have led many veterans to despair

Veterans commit suicide because not living is better than living and our policies have made their lives that way.

about 14 hours ago


The U.S. must stop unwinnable military games

I wish everyone could read Dan Simpson’s April 29 column, “Please, No New Wars.”

about 14 hours ago


More tax dollars should go to military spending, which keeps us free and safe

Why would anyone want to take funds from the organization that protects this country?

about 14 hours ago


Drones are responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people

Rob Rogers’ April 26 cartoon, comparing gun deaths to drone deaths, could not be more misleading and offensive.

about 14 hours ago


Rob Rogers again offends law-abiding firearms owners

Mr. Rogers consistently ignores the fact that firearms could be left loaded on a table for eternity without harming anyone.

about 14 hours ago


Religious belief should trump social graces

Faith in God is not something you discard at the first hint of challenge. It defines how you think, how you act and who you are.

about 14 hours ago


The Mansion at Maple Heights operates in accordance with laws

The Mansion at Maple Heights is a licensed B&B. This license gives the holder the ability to do things as outlined in the zoning code.

1 day ago


Lynn Cullen will be missed on '4802'

Ms. Cullen, won’t you reconsider? Our family will greatly miss your vivacity and perspicacity!

1 day ago


People watch '4802' for the strong viewpoints

What makes “4802,” a weekend perspectives show by WQED most interesting is the profound difference of views of its outspoken panelists.

1 day ago


Thanks to James Grant, we were done in by bagpipes

Let Grant Street remain a reminder to present and future generations of the winner of the 18th-century’s Biggest Dum-Dum Award.

1 day ago


Black leaders, harness moms’ power and love

As Toya Graham demonstrated, there is no greater love than that of a mother’s.

2 days ago


The actions of Toya Graham's son might have been justified

Let’s focus on what is really happening. Injury and death at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve must end now.

2 days ago


When will Pennsylvania rid itself of an illogical alcohol-sales system?

According to a 2014 report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Pennsylvania is 33rd in alcohol consumption per

2 days ago


Parents, teach your children to have compassion toward those who are different

With 1 in 68 children on the autism spectrum, it is disappointing to read of adults’ and children’s lack of sensitivity on this matter.

2 days ago


 Running people

On Sunday, I will run for all the great things about Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is so much more than just rivers and bridges.

2 days ago


We must end defective police encounters

Once again we witness innocent black victims dying while in police custody and we hear the same tired excuses.

3 days ago


A student’s assent to sex with a teacher may not constitute consent

Pennsylvania law protects students from sexual advances of teachers regardless of the adult status of the student.

3 days ago


Pittsburgh Public Schools should accept Wilkinsburg students

We should not turn down a neighbor’s request for help. And it is Wilkinsburg’s young people who would be hurt if we do so.

3 days ago


Privatizing Medicare would be a bad idea

The latest flare-up between Highmark and UPMC involving Medicare Advantage is further evidence of that.

3 days ago


The governor’s budget makes drug programs a priority

Substance abuse and addiction have crippling impacts on individuals, families and society, and they create a heavy cost burden on taxpayers.

3 days ago


Consider the gas drilling pollution we can’t see

Photos of gas drilling violations don’t show invisible and harmful air pollution.

4 days ago


DEP must enact strong standards to regulate methane pollution from drilling

The only entity keeping an eye on methane pollution is the EPA, not our DEP and certainly not the drillers themselves.

4 days ago


PG editorial misinterprets Robert Frost's fences reference

The line “Good fences make good neighbors” in Robert Frost’s poem about mending fences means the opposite of the words.

4 days ago


The rise in alcohol abuse among women is disturbing

POWER’s doors are open to women who are struggling with alcoholism and other drug addictions.

4 days ago


Listen to veterans’ combat stories for invaluable perspective

World War II veterans, once reluctant to tell their stories, are now more willing to do so.

4 days ago


Religion has no place in public policy

There is an old saying that “your right to flail your fists about wildly ends where my nose begins.

5 days ago


Pennsylvania will suffer if bars can stay open until 4 a.m.

We need to extend bar hours until 4 a.m. so that we can attract more drunks to our area.

5 days ago


College adjunct instructors deserve better financial security

Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution has demonstrated the price a society must pay when its system turns against its intellectuals.

5 days ago


Frackers talk a good game in TV ads, but let's look at reality

Why we can’t have an honest conversation about fracking.

5 days ago


 FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference at Elementary School  n Thorndale, Pa.  Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in the state Friday, Feb. 13, calling the current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible."(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gov. Wolf’s measures are strides toward fairness in Pa.

Rather than trying to obstruct Gov. Wolf, Mr. Osborne and Ms. Stelle pressure our Legislature to tax Marcellus Shale extraction.

5 days ago


The Plum charges undermine trust at school

I am relieved that the DA is beginning an investigation into what appears to be an appalling culture of sex between students and teachers.

6 days ago


We've had poor service from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority over billing

For several months, PWSA has been giving us false hope that would not be tolerated in the “real world” of customer service.

6 days ago


Our Consol protest related to retiree benefits was confused by others

College-age kids appeared at the same time carrying nonsensical signs about energy use with the intent of neutralizing our message.

6 days ago


We see no advantage to Medicare Advantage over regular Medicare

Neither UPMC nor Highmark can restrict the medical care providers we use now and will use in the future.

6 days ago


We must focus more attention on safety for pedestrians

While we see some progress in Pittsburgh, many areas continue to pose hazards to those on foot.

6 days ago


Let’s reduce frustration for drivers and walkers

As a daily pedestrian commuter who also drives in town when needed, I can see the challenge from both sides.

1 week ago


Jack Kelly's column about college students is another one-note rant about 'the left'

I’m sure the free-speech champion won’t mind my pointing out that his diatribe “College Coddling” (April 19) reaches new heights of idiocy.

1 week ago


The GOP likes to focus on what it's against, rather than what it's for

This campaign will be reminiscent of most Republican campaigns; it will be solely about demonizing Hillary Clinton and what she proposes.

1 week ago


On WQED program, Heather Heidelbaugh said it all about the GOP

She did an awesome job articulating the Republican Party’s position for all of us voters.

1 week ago


We could use more of Lynn Cullen's clarity regarding the minimum wage

She gave what I think to be a most elegant and succinct argument for raising the minimum wage.

1 week ago


For better or worse, YouTube shows the need for connection

The article “YouTube Celebrates 10 Years” exposes human needs — to be wanted, recognized, not ignored, to be somebody.

1 week ago


Maple Heights residents want rulings enforced

I am responding to your editorial calling for mediation of the dispute between Chukky Okobi’s Mansion at Maple Heights and its neighbors.

1 week ago


Highmark is wasting our dollars on this glossy, useless book

Kudos, Meredith Dobson, for your exquisitely accurate description of the wasteful “Highmark Passport to Health” volume.

1 week ago


Highmark's Passport binder is a bust with us

Regarding Meredith Dobson’s letter “Highmark Wasteful” (April 15), I agree with her 100 percent.

1 week ago


We should entrust Sestak, not Toomey, with our national interests

On matters of foreign policy, Adm. Joe Sestak is clearly more capable in protecting our interests.

1 week ago


Home-care workers deserve representation and fairness

What is wrong with a group of low-paid health care workers uniting to hire an advocate?

1 week ago


Councilwoman Danko deserves another term

Barbara Daly Danko has been a dedicated public servant and has the experience and education to understand public policy issues.

1 week ago


Barbara Daly Danko is an independent-thinking, knowledgeable advocate for citizens

Barbara Daly Danko serves on the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission and the Local Government Academy board of directors.

1 week ago


Monroeville Mall security problems will deter customers

Weren’t there supposed to be extra Monroeville police on hand on the weekends?

1 week ago


Americans, have some pride and stop trashing our environment

Has anyone noticed our country’s landscape lately?

1 week ago



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