Letters


Our family loved Open Streets Pittsburgh

I was brought to tears watching my young son, who had learned to ride his bike the day before, ride from Market Square to Lawrenceville.

about 13 hours ago


The Open Streets event was bad for business in the Strip District

It’s a great event for a bike rider and a Pittsburgh lover; it is not a great event for a business owner with a great Sunday business.

about 13 hours ago


The planners chose a poor route for Open Streets

I was disappointed with the city’s decision to route the Open Streets bicycle event to Penn Avenue in the Strip District.

about 13 hours ago


The importance of the measles vaccine must be emphasized

Research is showing that measles can weaken the immune system for years after the virus, making the person susceptible to deadly infections.

about 13 hours ago


Jack Kelly column was misleading about Clinton foundation

Is Mr. Kelly so uninformed that he doesn’t know the difference between charitable grants and program expenses?

about 13 hours ago


Let’s be honest about Corbett’s DEP funding

The election is over and John Quigley should exhibit less partisanship and better math skills.

1 day ago


A Pittsburgh senior should be able to miss graduation practice for a vacation

Graduation means a lot to kids and is the last time many of them will see each other.

1 day ago


Republican presidential candidates are clones on most issues

Who can identify which of the roughly 18 declared or undeclared GOP presidential candidates stated their platform thusly?

1 day ago


Bush and Cheney should go on trial for a war crime -- the Iraq War

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should be on trial as war criminals in The Hague.

1 day ago


 Motorcycle riding

Motorcycles need to be seen, not heard, more widely

Anyone I have known despises noisy motorcycles, and it is a mystery to me why nothing is done about it.

1 day ago


Citizens need protection from fracking pollution

The people’s right to clean air and pure water is guaranteed by the Pennsylvania Constitution.

2 days ago


Why would Brian O'Neill column mention states' whiteness?

Brian O’Neill’s May 28 column (“Santorum’s Vested in Yet Another Run”) spurred me to write.

2 days ago


Pat Toomey puts partisan politics above national security

I’d like to respond to a May 5 letter stating that Sen. Pat Toomey is right about Congress approving foreign pacts.

2 days ago


Political campaigns and FIFA appear to have a lot in common

Having George F. Will’s “Campaigns vs. Elections” and Dave Zirn’s “Finish Off FIFA” appear side by side was a brilliant move.

2 days ago


 The dome of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.

Our leaders in Harrisburg are looking out for whom?

At this pace, is it possible they’ll privatize our liquor stores before we colonize Mars?

2 days ago


Whether pot is dangerous is not the point

The question is not whether abuse of marijuana is bad, but whether the current approach of criminalizing marijuana use is desirable.

3 days ago


Too much of anything is bad for young brains

It makes no sense to deny citizens the freedom to use marijuana, which is far less dangerous than substances that are already legal.

3 days ago


There's nothing admirable about Ayn Rand's philosophy

Ms. Rand declares we owe nothing to anyone, including our family members, and she characterizes the weak and poor as “parasites.”

3 days ago


Rick Santorum's 'Take Back America' theme is more apt for Native Americans

After all, that’s what Native Americans have wanted since 1492.

3 days ago


To distinguish is not necessarily to discriminate

Peter Gilmore joins the millions tripping over their feet to be fair to gays (“The Irish Vote Is a Victory for Christian Teachings,” May 26

3 days ago


We need candidates to run for the right reasons

Nothing will be accomplished for the good of this country until we have term limits.

4 days ago


Reduce or prevent flooding while helping drought-stricken areas

Piping water to drought areas might help prevent or alleviate flooding from excessive rainfall or snowfall.

4 days ago


Share good news about today's students by covering the English Festival

For more than two decades the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English has hosted this wonderful tribute to literacy.

4 days ago


Pennsylvania terrifies new ESL students with testing

For many immigrants, assimilation takes a long time.

5 days ago


Part of a movement standing against 'testing mania'

Mary King’s action in refusing to administer the state tests to her ESL students is unique, courageous and pioneering.

5 days ago


Any plan that doesn’t end property tax is a charade

Look at some of the safeguards that were put in place after the last reassessment so that no taxing authority would reap a windfall.

5 days ago


Our bright future represented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Again, great teens and some cutting-edge research.

5 days ago


‘Damping’ difference

It may be that the misuse entered common language because a “wet blanket” is said to “dampen one’s enthusiasm.”

5 days ago


My VA care here has been outstanding

Never have I seen or experienced a higher level of care, concern, patience and professionalism.

6 days ago


Kawthar Albe demonstrates love for Pittsburgh and the Sudans

Her love of her South Sudan homeland expresses itself not just in nostalgia but in action to bring about constructive change.

6 days ago


The real noise issue in neighborhoods is caused by motorcyclists

I wish the PG would investigate why the police do not enforce the law regarding blatantly illegal exhaust systems.

6 days ago


Pa. does have time to implement efficient, renewable energy technologies

The idea that the EPA requires 80 percent of emission reductions under the Clean Power Plan by 2020 is a fallacy.

6 days ago


We don’t need geoengineering; we need action from Congress

The May 20 commentary on climate geoengineering described a technique for controlling the warming climate that must never be used.

6 days ago


Impose stiff penalties for work zone speeding

Put up these cameras and put some teeth in the rule for drivers who threaten workers’ lives.

1 week ago


Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority leaks are costly

The PWSA needs to effectively identify areas where it might learn from other suppliers how to improve its operations.

1 week ago


PayPal and other companies should summarize the legalese

The vendor would have to supply a summary to allow users to quickly and easily understand their commitments and responsibilities.

1 week ago


Helping refugees makes our city diverse and saves lives

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh agrees there is a role for the U.S. in helping refugees, such as the Rohingya from Burma.

1 week ago


The Irish vote is a victory for Christian teachings

The overwhelming vote in Friday’s referendum to allow same-sex marriage may be Irish Christianity’s brightest hour.

1 week ago


Disgraceful behavior was on display at CCAC commencement

Screaming audience members made it impossible to hear those speaking at the podium.

1 week ago


Penn State football broadcaster Fran Fisher was a class act

I was privileged to have known Fran and saw him often at Penn State functions.

1 week ago


Thuggish bankers are getting off scot-free

None will face prison time and the public humiliation which they deserve. Is this why many people take consolation in the existence of hell?

1 week ago


PSBA’s Right-to-Know request for charter schools is a publicity stunt

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association has the information it requested at its fingertips.

1 week ago


Early life abuse must be addressed

We can’t wait until children enter school to try and correct the effect that abuse has on the developing brain.

1 week ago


Faith in bureaucrats would be misplaced

It’s a shame that Paul Buchheit is teaching economics when he seems so much better at rhetoric (“Why Not Privatize Everything?” May 17).

1 week ago


UPMC has another corporate tantrum in rejecting Highmark Medicare Advantage

Despite what it says, UPMC does have an obligation to this community.

1 week ago


Will the public ever see real accountability from banks?

A $5 billion fine for megabanks for rigging global markets is chump change for these institutions and plain silliness on enforcement’s part.

1 week ago


Forum commentary distorts Ayn Rand’s philosophy

Objectivism certainly defends individualism, but the defense is anything but mindless.

1 week ago


Ayn Rand believed government has a vital but limited role

Her political philosophy is wholly incompatible with any form of anarchism.

1 week ago


Privatizers forget that humans are deeply interconnected

Democracy means freedom — but as individual freedoms within a group environment.

1 week ago


Two thumbs up for a movie theater Downtown

Having a movie theater that would show first-run films would be a great addition to Downtown Pittsburgh.

1 week ago



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