Letters


May we provide comfort and understanding

In this season of holiday observance, let us be mindful of the toll that violence can take on our community.

about 4 hours ago


The pope has given Catholics a gift

Pope Francis raised the hopes of this Roman Catholic as I read “Pope Scolds Vatican’s Curia” (Dec. 23).

about 4 hours ago


Obama should show courage like that of Pope Francis

I admire and applaud Pope Francis (“Pope Scolds Vatican’s Curia,” Dec. 23).

about 4 hours ago


It's time to call out Congress for problems similar to the Vatican Curia's

How do we get the pope to deliver a similar message to our Congress?

about 4 hours ago


Ornaments remind me of what is real, flawed and strong

They’re cherished because they are not perfect; they’ve seen rough times.

about 4 hours ago


WQED program's French connection influenced my career

In 1954, my teacher would parade me around to other teachers to hear me speak French or sing some of the songs from “The Children’s Corner.

about 4 hours ago


The U.S. must foster a better environment for Cuba

Once Cubans see what money and free enterprise can do for them and their country the current government’s days will be numbered.

about 4 hours ago


Pitt’s firing of its athletic director is questionable

Is the athletic director not under contract to be paid through 2018?

1 day ago


Pitt should look for these qualities in an athletic director and football coach

Understanding Pitt’s great football tradition and appreciating Pittsburgh as a home would be a good start.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh has reason to be proud of its mayor

Mayor Bill Peduto represented the city with class and a special genuineness on “Undercover Boss.”

1 day ago


Peduto's appearance on "Undercover Boss" gave Pittsburgh a boost

Mayor Peduto and the television network gave this city a national Christmas present of positive energy.

1 day ago


"Undercover Boss" inadvertently exposed the sorry state of Pittsburgh schools

Did no one notice that two of the city workers were spending hard-earned money at great sacrifice to send their children to private school?

1 day ago


The system has failed John Rush

Unlike many people interested in animal welfare, I am unable to feel any satisfaction over his conviction for the death of police K-9 Rocco.

1 day ago


The public no longer trusts UPMC’s promises

It’s time for our new governor, state legislators or the attorney general to step up and compel UPMC’s deeds to match its words.

1 day ago


Expanding learning time generates results

It’s encouraging to see the results of this research by the Rand Corp.

2 days ago


Up against ‘ol’ boys’

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner should feel proud that the “ol’ boys” have targeted her. She has wonderful role models.

2 days ago


Google non-news

It was really disappointing to see a front-page story with invented news.

2 days ago


Negative leadership

It is time that congressmen and senators of either party realize that they are elected to serve the will of the people.

2 days ago


Put workers first when it comes to health care

Your series “Vitals: Building a Healthier Pittsburgh” notices that many patients do not “welcome” the confusing array of health care

2 days ago


The federal budget bill will weaken pensions

As a retiree, my future just became markedly less secure.

3 days ago


Minimum-wage increases destroy jobs

Some fast-food chains have announced plans to experiment with robots to replace workers.

3 days ago


President Obama has been a race relations failure

In the Dec. 6 lead editorial (“Police and Race”), the PG argues for a presidential commission to address community policing and race.

3 days ago


Roman Catholic Womenpriests are following Jesus' path

The Nov. 28 article on dissenting groups in the Catholic Church cries out for a response from a committed Catholic woman.

3 days ago


A shale gas severance tax is a better deal for Pa. citizens

A severance tax based on production will generate two to three times more revenue for Pa. than the current impact fee in the first year.

3 days ago


It was past time to restore relations with Cuba

Americans under the age of 55 have seen Cuba as an enemy of freedom.

4 days ago


The traditional, biblical worldview involves a holistic morality

The reaction to Bruce Barron’s commentary “Can Gays Extend an Olive Branch?” has been clarifying for me.

4 days ago


The Taliban's Peshawar massacre is an affront to Islam

The Quran clearly states, “whosoever kills an innocent person … it is as if they killed all of mankind.”

4 days ago


It would be wrong to tax charitable nonprofits

Tax relief enables charitable nonprofits to use limited financial resources to educate, treat, care for and support fellow Pennsylvanians.

4 days ago


West Mifflin P-cards are closely monitored

The cards have restricted purchasing capability, which is controlled and reviewed monthly.

5 days ago


The West Mifflin superintendent is a good leader

He has set the bar for all schools in Western Pennsylvania to provide a bully-free environment for children, parents and the community.

5 days ago


Attorney General Kathleen Kane again picks and chooses

She decides which laws she likes and therefore will enforce.

5 days ago


Pittsburghers have appreciated Reg Henry's wit

His take on modern politics is on target and never malicious.

5 days ago


Banks again get permission to risk your money

One month after the Republicans’ landslide victory, the GOP-controlled House finally passed a bill.

6 days ago


The budget bill betrays citizens and rewards banks

A handful of people in finance convinced their buds in government that less regulation equals more campaign dollars.

6 days ago


Voting and not voting has consequences

Think hard about who and what party you are supporting next election.

6 days ago


Poll workers, consider giving your pay to charity

Poll workers who set up the machines and record who voted are paid a nominal sum.

6 days ago


Protesters are not impressive people

Protesters don’t impress.

6 days ago


New grading won't hurt clean restaurants

Why restaurant owners are against A-B-C ratings.

6 days ago


Money used for MoonMail could be better spent on this planet

How many people would spend up to $25,800 to send something into space to a place called the Lake of Death?

6 days ago


The fossil fuel industry is ignoring the future

The fossil fuel industry should embrace renewable energies and include them, not campaign so heavily against them.

1 week ago


We welcome drilling in Frazer and West Deer

I have five natural gas wells on my property, all safely drilled and “fracked.”

1 week ago


'Sparkle Season' fulfills a purpose different from Christmas

It clearly defines the difference between shopping and celebrating Christmas.

1 week ago


After 9/11, enhanced interrogation was the best of bad options

Decisions had to be made comparing the costs of using enhanced interrogation with the risks of another major terrorist attack.

1 week ago


Imagine if Congress in 1941 passed such awful legislation

What do marijuana and derivatives sold by banks have to do with the federal budget?

1 week ago


It's time to just abandon football

Or at least require schools to fully insure their football playing students

1 week ago


Wellness penalties are counterproductive

A little bit of carrot and a little bit of stick and maybe employers can nudge workers to be healthier.

1 week ago


When is use of force by officer OK?

As a retired probation/​parole officer, I read the Dec. 10 David Brooks column “Cops See a Threatening World” with great interest.

1 week ago


Pittsburgh needs better bicyclists

Require bike riders to take training to ride safely and adhere to the rules of the road. They should also pay for using the roads.

1 week ago


$1.1 trillion in spending? This is no way to run a U.S. finances

How absurd is it to have a single vote to appropriate $1.1 trillion in spending? No one could possibly grasp what is in that bill.

1 week ago


Let Pennsylvania nurse practitioners help ease care shortages

The shortage is about to get worse. Starting in January, more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians will be eligible for Medicaid through Healthy PA.

1 week ago



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