Letters


After-school programs keep kids healthy

More than 10 million kids nationwide — and 321,296 kids in Pennsylvania — attend after-school programs.

about 5 hours ago


The judge is right

Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus should be commended for efforts to provide an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders.

about 5 hours ago


Gun defense

I am writing in response to the March 29 letter “Gun-Rights Advocate’s Rosa Parks Comparison is Deplorable” from Wynona Hawkins Harper.

about 5 hours ago


A poor design

Diana Nelson Jones’ March 24 column “No Room for Blandness with New U.S Steel Site” was spot on and well put.

about 5 hours ago


Banks should take care of customers first

A PG brief said PNC CEO William Demchak received a 42 percent increase in his compensation last year, which brings him to $11.3 million.

about 5 hours ago


Nursing homes are often the best option

No one should be in a nursing home if they don’t need the type of intensive care the centers provide.

1 day ago


Obamacare is full of expensive illusions

The Affordable Care Act remains a very, very expensive bill of goods forced on the American people.

2 days ago


The Affordable Care Act has been a godsend to me

March 23 marked the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and has anyone noticed the sky has not fallen?

2 days ago


See the truth of God and creation

Because God lives, we live, and he brings a special quality and meaning to our living and our being.

2 days ago


Port Authority, we have no buses to ride

Seniors get a free pass? There’s nothing to ride for free!

2 days ago


 Texture,  orchestra, Grayscale, Grouped elements

Give the PSO a chance to update your perception

I’m writing in regard to the March 15 front-page article “Survey: PSO Out of Sync With Potential Audiences.”

2 days ago


Let’s recognize the benefits of historic properties

Let’s do away with the notion that any development is good development.

3 days ago


NCAA players with hunger pangs should buy food like the rest of us

Did it ever occur to these students and their families that there may be some need to take care of themselves?

3 days ago


The U.S. was in Vietnam before JFK

I was in Vietnam in 1958 with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Nha Trang. We were called “advisers” then.

3 days ago


The test-taking culture in schools is having a negative impact

I had the opportunity to attend the “Test-In on High Stakes Testing” event organized by the grass-roots group Yinzercation.

3 days ago


Gun-rights advocate’s Rosa Parks comparison is deplorable

I can’t believe that the Post-Gazette would use valuable space writing a huge article talking up someone like Kim Stolfer.

3 days ago


America’s defense is a shared responsibility

Let the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of members of Congress serve in the front line.

4 days ago


Thanks, PG, for the contrasting George Will and E.J. Dionne columns on inequality

More such pairing of commentators could be useful in tempering partisan rhetoric.

4 days ago


Pakistan's persecution of minorities leads to religious strife and violence

The notorious anti-blasphemy laws, codified into the Pakistani penal code since the 1980s, have in effect empowered extremist clerics.

4 days ago


Increasing the tobacco tax is a popular idea with Pa. voters

A November 2014 poll of registered Pennsylvania voters showed that 72 percent of those surveyed favor increasing the state’s tobacco tax.

4 days ago


The next president shouldn’t be from government

As the time for a fresh face is narrowing, one has to wonder, isn’t there a person outside of government who could become a contender?

5 days ago


So Obama feels rebuked by Netanyahu? Too bad

Take a look at what is going on in the Middle East. Does it really look like the Muslims want peace?

5 days ago


The PLCB took eight weeks to send a case of wine from one store to another

My local store did not have a particular wine, but through the Web, I found a case in a store 34 miles away.

5 days ago


Under Gov. Wolf's plan, what will prevent school districts from raising taxes?

Perhaps legislation could be enacted so that any new tax would have to be voted on by referendum.

5 days ago


For additional revenue, Pa. should tax owners of unimproved land

Most owners of valuable or extensive land are wealthy.

5 days ago


Let's strike the R-word and replace it with respect

Using the word “retard” or “retarded” to describe anyone — especially a person with developmental disabilities — is classless and ignorant.

5 days ago


Starbucks, let’s see less froth and more action on race

I heard Starbucks was trying to start a dialogue on race relations, so I went to Homewood to find a barista; there wasn’t one there.

6 days ago


Ted Cruz kicks off 20 months of pious campaigning, and others will follow

One good thing is we should have a pretty good idea of what the conservatives’ worldviews are (if they actually have one beyond the pulpit).

6 days ago


Weighing in on the Iran negotiations is well within the Senate's purview

Those who have roundly criticized the 47 Republican senators who signed Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter should read the Constitution.

6 days ago


Politicians will do nothing about taxes and troubling deficits

Both parties drum on their efforts to reduce taxes, but there is always an increase.

6 days ago


Israel has an inclusive democratic election process

More than 1.5 million Arabs living peacefully in Israel today enjoy the right to vote.

6 days ago


 The entrance to the U.S. Steel Building on Grant Street.

Architectural character in U.S. Steel’s current building was important

I was a member of the Innovations Committee, which helped to explore design alternatives for U.S. Steel’s 600 Grant St. building.

6 days ago


Pennsylvania lawmakers: Set fair rules for nonprofits

The arguments raised at the public hearing are important for legislators to hear.

1 week ago


Help those in need and support social programs

But do we really want to return to a time when children as young as 8 and 10 worked in factories and mines for up to 12 hours?

1 week ago


A bad gun bill for Pennsylvania, nation

I believe that responsible gun ownership goes hand in hand with respect for the Second Amendment and is critical to keeping our communities

1 week ago


Democracy in Venezuela?

Although I disagree with President Barack Obama on almost everything, even he finally said “enough.”

1 week ago


Enact additional criteria for nonprofit tax breaks

Additional criteria should be used to qualify as a nonprofit.

1 week ago


Should legislators, like teachers, be furloughed for subpar performance?

All Pennsylvania professional public educators should be held accountable for their classroom performance.

1 week ago


The Legislature could fix the public employee pension problem if it had the will

Taxpayer subsidies (i.e., public aid) keep public pensions “magically infinite” after worker contributions run out.

1 week ago


Congress must end welfare, the kind that supports rich corporations

Many in Congress understand they are one step away from poverty and work assiduously to lower their taxes so they can scrape by.

1 week ago


Here's an idea: Use military spending to fix potholes

Use the military budget to fix potholes.

1 week ago


We must stop ignoring violence against women

Domestic violence against women is the great social secret that needs to be brought into the light.

1 week ago


The Port Authority misses the obvious in service

If the Port Authority wants to cultivate a culture of public transit, it needs to make taking the bus or T more convenient than driving.

1 week ago


The Port Authority should modernize with more light rail

When we connect areas that were previously thought of as unconnectable, the quality of service and ridership will rise.

1 week ago


The new U.S. Steel headquarters should have a green roof

Given the sheer size of the proposed U.S. Steel building roof, I am stunned that a green roof is not part of the building design.

1 week ago


Powerful centralized governments create problems in Ukraine and elsewhere

If Ukraine were a loose confederation of independent states, like Switzerland, it would be better off.

1 week ago


The Post-Gazette is courageous and right about guns

People everywhere are sick of gun violence.

1 week ago


If Pa. taxes must be raised, let’s choose the most sensible plan

Senate Bill 76 seeks to permanently eliminate school property taxes and increase sales and income tax.

1 week ago


This trade deal would be bad for America

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being negotiated behind closed doors, primarily for the benefit of large international companies.

1 week ago


The Trans-Pacific Partnership would mean more unfair trade

What I read in the March 16 Perspectives piece by Ed Rendell (“Trade Equals Jobs”) made me sick to my stomach and highly infuriated.

1 week ago



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