Letters


We need candidates to run for the right reasons

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

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours ago


Pennsylvania terrifies new ESL students with testing

For many immigrants, assimilation takes a long time.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day ago


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

Again, great teens and some cutting-edge research.

1 day ago


‘Damping’ difference

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

1 day ago


My VA care here has been outstanding

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

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days ago


Disgraceful behavior was on display at CCAC commencement

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

4 days 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.

4 days 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?

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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).

5 days ago


UPMC has another corporate tantrum in rejecting Highmark Medicare Advantage

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

5 days 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.

5 days ago


Forum commentary distorts Ayn Rand’s philosophy

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

6 days ago


Ayn Rand believed government has a vital but limited role

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

6 days ago


Privatizers forget that humans are deeply interconnected

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

6 days 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.

6 days ago


Trade Promotion Authority would support job growth

Trade and manufacturing create jobs and a strong economy. Congress is considering legislation key to negotiating trade agreements.

6 days ago


Voters sent a message by choosing Barbara Daly Danko

She fell out of favor with proponents of drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport for questioning the wisdom of a decadeslong gas lease.

1 week ago


Danko was the driving force behind the naming of the David McCullough Bridge

A relative newcomer to county council at the time, Barbara Daly Danko clearly saw the importance of my proposal to honor Mr. McCullough.

1 week ago


It's not enough to talk about science; students must do science

If the U.S. wants to compete in the STEM area, public schools must participate in science and engineering fairs.

1 week ago


Pa. shouldn’t lag behind on medical marijuana

The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for myriad ailments.

1 week ago


Improved training for security guards makes Pittsburgh buildings safer

Training leads to a better equipped workforce, professionalizes the industry and reduces turnover.

1 week ago


 A view of the Hill District and Pittsburgh skyline from the Herron Hill Reservoir.

My love for Pittsburgh -- weather and all -- has grown strong over the years

As I grew older I came to find out how much there is going on in Pittsburgh at any given time of the year.

1 week ago


The game of football inherently lacks integrity

The problem is that nobody can knock a person to the ground with integrity.

1 week ago


Be sure to pause and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day

We should take time to remember the fallen heroes from all wars past who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can live free.

1 week ago


A Qatar Airways route here seems unrealistic

I have a difficult time believing that the possibility of a route between Pittsburgh and Doha is little more than a pipe dream.

1 week ago


Independents should be permitted to vote in primaries

Since we did not endorse any single party doesn’t that mean we represent both sides and should be allowed to vote in the primaries?

1 week ago


Is the FEC just giving up regarding campaign finance abuses?

The leader of the commission stated she has given up hope of “reining in abuses” in the 2016 presidential campaign.

1 week ago


The referees should have noticed a problem with the football

The referees handle the football as much as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

1 week ago


Pittsburgh delivered a fine first impression

My son and I were very impressed with your Downtown waterfront park area.

1 week ago


Liquor prices are the main issue with the state store system

I bought some wines on sale for $4 in Florida that are $9 in Pennsylvania state stores.

1 week ago


Let’s continue the war on litter for another 100 years

Len Barcousky’s article “Eyewitness 1915: City Made a Celebration Out of Cleanup Campaign” was actually about Pittsburgh’s first “Redd Up.”

1 week ago


These student achievers show the future is in good hands

With all the problems and demands our schools face, they are still able to encourage and inspire the brightest students in our history.

1 week ago


Math and science have artistic beauty

Science and math are replete with beautiful proofs, beautiful experiments and beautiful theories.

1 week ago


Not all meat is alike when it comes to a healthy diet

Differentiation should be made between fast-food meat and organically raised grass-fed beef from humanely treated cattle.

1 week ago


Can we trust state lawmakers to adequately fund education?

Local control of public education could be in serious trouble if the property tax reform proposals being pushed in Harrisburg become law.

1 week ago



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