Letters


Let’s reduce frustration for drivers and walkers

As a daily pedestrian commuter who also drives in town when needed, I can see the challenge from both sides.

about 4 hours ago


Jack Kelly's column about college students is another one-note rant about 'the left'

I’m sure the free-speech champion won’t mind my pointing out that his diatribe “College Coddling” (April 19) reaches new heights of idiocy.

about 4 hours ago


The GOP likes to focus on what it's against, rather than what it's for

This campaign will be reminiscent of most Republican campaigns; it will be solely about demonizing Hillary Clinton and what she proposes.

about 4 hours ago


On WQED program, Heather Heidelbaugh said it all about the GOP

She did an awesome job articulating the Republican Party’s position for all of us voters.

about 4 hours ago


We could use more of Lynn Cullen's clarity regarding the minimum wage

She gave what I think to be a most elegant and succinct argument for raising the minimum wage.

about 4 hours ago


For better or worse, YouTube shows the need for connection

The article “YouTube Celebrates 10 Years” exposes human needs — to be wanted, recognized, not ignored, to be somebody.

about 4 hours ago


Maple Heights residents want rulings enforced

I am responding to your editorial calling for mediation of the dispute between Chukky Okobi’s Mansion at Maple Heights and its neighbors.

1 day ago


Highmark is wasting our dollars on this glossy, useless book

Kudos, Meredith Dobson, for your exquisitely accurate description of the wasteful “Highmark Passport to Health” volume.

1 day ago


Highmark's Passport binder is a bust with us

Regarding Meredith Dobson’s letter “Highmark Wasteful” (April 15), I agree with her 100 percent.

1 day ago


We should entrust Sestak, not Toomey, with our national interests

On matters of foreign policy, Adm. Joe Sestak is clearly more capable in protecting our interests.

1 day ago


Home-care workers deserve representation and fairness

What is wrong with a group of low-paid health care workers uniting to hire an advocate?

1 day ago


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.

2 days 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.

2 days ago


Monroeville Mall security problems will deter customers

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

2 days ago


Americans, have some pride and stop trashing our environment

Has anyone noticed our country’s landscape lately?

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.”

4 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.

5 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.

5 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?

5 days ago


Highmark is wasting money on its Passport binder for customers

Is Highmark trying to impress us with its services?

5 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.

5 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 days ago


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

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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?

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


I have wonderful memories of Arsenal Park

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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



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