Letters


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.

about 20 hours 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.

about 20 hours ago


Monroeville Mall security problems will deter customers

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

about 20 hours ago


Americans, have some pride and stop trashing our environment

Has anyone noticed our country’s landscape lately?

about 20 hours ago


The Allegheny County controller’s office is well-functioning

Chelsa Wagner’s staff is responsive as ever. Candidate Mark Patrick Flaherty is trying to paint a picture that doesn’t exist.

1 day ago


The press must pay more attention to election issues important to the middle class

Instead, I have seen acres of newsprint devoted to Benghazi, where emails were sent and a multitude of other red herrings.

1 day ago


Our nation will continue to move forward with Hillary, not the GOP

The Republicans’ belief that Hillary Clinton is the candidate of yesterday is very disturbing because they are dismissing years of progress.

1 day ago


Pa. failed to meet its pension-contribution contractual obligations

Several administrations and the state Legislature kept finding reasons to delay the state’s share of payment.

1 day ago


 Musical mind

Orchestra festival shows music education joy and value

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Junior High District Orchestra Festival, hosted by Pine-Richland, was a newsworthy event.

1 day ago


Rep. Bill Shuster isn’t looking out for the public

His relationship with an airline industry lobbyist raises serious questions about who he is representing.

2 days ago


The gyrocopter pilot deserves a nation's thanks

Instead of prosecuting him, we should spank him and thank him for proving that our security system is not perfect.

2 days ago


PWSA is well aware of the billing frustration

We understand the inconvenience changes have caused for some and are working hard to resolve them.

2 days ago


Our "free-range" boundaries were described incorrectly

I grew up in Morningside but never walked to East Liberty (at age 10!) to catch a bus.

2 days ago


Gay Americans know all about hate crimes

Jack Kelly quotes the Rev. William Owens as saying regarding gays, “They have not been hung from trees or denied basic human rights.”

2 days ago


The U.S. should be a better friend to Canada

Too few of our legislators appreciate the relationship we share with our northern neighbors, friends and allies.

3 days ago


Gov. Wolf's budget delivers more in sales tax hikes than in property tax relief

Many Pennsylvanians across every income level stand to lose big under Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal.

3 days ago


Americans need a shorter workweek -- four days, six hours each

Instead of tempting the working person with a treadmill desk, how about we lessen the workday and even the work week?

3 days ago


Highmark is wasting money on its Passport binder for customers

Is Highmark trying to impress us with its services?

3 days ago


 A CSX freight train winds through Arbutus, Md.  Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Congress must make moving freight a high priority

The multimodal freight system needs dedicated federal infrastructure funds, reflecting its importance to local and national economies.

3 days ago


Wolf’s executive order serves to strengthen unions

The Wolf administration claims the home-care issue is only about “representation,” not “unionization” -- a distinction without a difference.

4 days ago


Furloughs don’t rid the schools of failing teachers

Linking furlough decisions to Pittsburgh’s evaluation system will do more harm than good for Pittsburgh students.

4 days ago


Educators have become scapegoats for all public ills

Hard-working educators fight daily uphill battles to ensure their students’ success and are beaten back by regular public evisceration.

4 days ago


Jack Kelly's column about religious freedom made some reprehensible comparisons

He says he won’t be “intimidated by the dime store Nazis” likening the left in this country to the Nazi regime in the 1930s.

4 days ago


The ZOA piece about the Students for Justice in Palestine event was shameful

The Holocaust was a terrible event for and disgraceful act for humanity; therefore, all humans have the right to mourn all the lost lives.

4 days ago


Let’s see a range of ideas to solve world problems

What alternatives to war are available in this turbulent, violent era?

5 days ago


We need alternatives to war, such as creating new nation-states

Only by trying new policies do we have a chance of ending our national paranoia regarding future terrorist attacks.

5 days ago


Jack Kelly must have forgotten the American ideals of liberty, justice and equality

Mr. Kelly says he respects the rabbi who refused to marry him and his beloved. Would he respect hoteliers who refused to host the reception?

5 days ago


Those who still discriminate against homosexuals are the societal outliers

Jack Kelly’s opening salvo last week was a familiar one from the right: Gay marriage is expressly forbidden by God as written in the Bible.

5 days ago


Pedestrian Nation, it’s better to be alive than right

Children of the Dark Ages (in the middle half of the last century) were taught to “Stop, look and listen” before crossing a street.

5 days ago


'This Modern World' cartoon’s depiction of white officers is wrong

I object to the disgusting depiction that all white police officers defend and support the actions involved in a hideous crime.

6 days ago


UPMC shows its arrogance by threatening to reject Highmark Medicare Advantage

Of course, our politicians are tripping over each other to bloviate about the unfairness of it all. But that hot air will only be temporary.

6 days ago


I have wonderful memories of Arsenal Park

I was born and raised across from the entrance on 40th Street.

6 days ago


Arsenal Park was a big part of adventures with my brothers

We always got to the top of the wall, walked down and sometimes back up. This was part of our playground.

6 days ago


Putin’s latest move should surprise no one

Is it really shocking to read that Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on Russian missile sales to Iran?

1 week ago


Russia might be trying to catch up to the U.S. in defense system sales

Arms exports are needed to help the U.S. arms industry maintain production levels at a time of decreasing U.S. military expenditures,

1 week ago


Candidates now actively seek LGBT endorsements, and that's real progress

Did anyone tried to unfairly influence the endorsement process of an LGBT political group?

1 week ago


Pittsburgh's bike lanes add to hassles for motorists

Enough of the bike lanes already.

1 week ago


The insurance industry brings only greed to the health care process

When will the richest country in the world adopt a single-payer system so we can get quality health care at a reasonable cost?

1 week ago


Pittsburgh residents should form a co-op for their energy needs

People form co-ops for housing and food, so why not energy?

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar).

Troy Polamalu: a class act on and off the playing field

Troy Polamalu has retired.

1 week ago


Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism

How can Brian Albert label as “anti-Semitic” a Holocaust remembrance with a Jewish survivor, co-sponsored by a Jewish peace organization?

1 week ago


Holocaust survivor Edith Bell brings answers to the Mideast struggle

Edith Bell is someone who survived the atrocities of the Holocaust and works to stop perpetuating systems of war and domination.

1 week ago


UPMC: serious for seniors?

Do Romoff’s future plans include cutting off UPMC care to subscribers of AARP, Humana or Aetna Medicare Advantage plans?

1 week ago


As a senator, military veteran Joe Sestak would best serve returning soldiers

We have a moral and legal obligation to provide the services and support veterans need to get through their own personal hells.

1 week ago


The East Liberty case: Crime doesn't easily move from one location to another

The overall benefit of smart reductions in crime in one area is likely to be an overall crime prevention benefit effect in nearby areas.

1 week ago


Congress must fix criminal justice imbalance

George F. Will (“When Everything Is a Crime,” April 9) is absolutely correct regarding significant problems in our criminal justice system.

1 week ago


Listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened won't help it

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing burdens businesses but does nothing to address the underlying problem, white-nose syndrome.

1 week ago


The black community must address violence among black males

When are the leaders of the black community going to step up and confront this problem?

1 week ago


Highmark's wasteful 'Passport' is infuriating

This expensive three-ring binder is an offensive and deplorable corporate waste of my health care dollars.

1 week ago


A State System tuition freeze will mean nothing to many

No longer will IUP charge a flat tuition rate; beginning next year, full-time students will be charged per credit.

1 week ago



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