Letters


France should remove press restrictions

The press in France is not allowed to publish incitements to hatred and racial insults, among other things, so some push the boundaries.

about 4 hours ago


In America, we really are not Charlie

Many Americans, including theater owners and government officials, could take a lesson from the French in courage.

about 4 hours ago


HPV vaccines should be more widely administered

Despite vaccines against HPV being available since 2006, these cancer-preventing vaccines have unfortunately found a limited market.

about 4 hours ago


Inspiring essay is a tribute to writer's beloved Ghana

I read Amma Ababio’s inspiring essay, which brought me to tears.

about 4 hours ago


A+ gives opportunities for citizens to help advance schools

A+ Schools offers many chances to learn about Pittsburgh’s public schools.

about 4 hours ago


Could Pa. politicians strike a grand bargain?

Perhaps Gov. Tom Wolf and House Speaker Mike Turzai could compromise on liquor privatization and a shale gas extraction tax.

1 day ago


Support for a severance tax ignores shale gas market realities

Shale development is incredibly capital-intensive, and recent market conditions have led many energy companies to slash spending and jobs.

1 day ago


Perhaps the local level is where we can have hope in politics

Step outside of Washington for State of the Union common sense and camaraderie.

1 day ago


Let's rebrand vegetables to have the same allure as problem pizza

Am I the only one who has been craving pizza nonstop since reading the front-page article “The Problem With Pizza” (Jan. 19)?

1 day ago


Pot dependence article unfairly taints cannabis

Regarding the subhead “Yes, you can get addicted to marijuana”: Numerous scientific studies have disproven that statement.

1 day ago


Paterno was an accomplished coach, not a saint

Let’s stop the “god-devil” labeling of Joe Paterno and analyze him as a human being with great accomplishments and possible human frailty.

2 days ago


PSU hockey players' 409 stickers rekindled a cooling fire

Did the Penn State sports teams wear stickers condemning pedophiles when Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing boys?

2 days ago


Pa. needs a basic education funding formula for fairness and quality

Funds are allocated according to the wishes of the Legislature, which has resulted in broad and unfair disparities among schools.

2 days ago


Safer standards on ozone are necessary

The medical evidence is clear that ozone pollution is harmful.

3 days ago


The FOP and the Pittsburgh police chief must address racism together

It is time for people of all races to speak out.

3 days ago


How can the perils of pizza rate front-page treatment?

Is it necessary to point out the “evils” of pizza?

3 days ago


Stability of leadership is a key factor in Pittsburgh and other school districts

Teachers are a critical component in the educational experience.

3 days ago


Shooting deer won’t solve the problem

The deer-killing methods to be used are understandably controversial.

3 days ago


Set aside the State of the Union rhetoric

Congress and the nation should continue the debate that began when the President’s comments were being previewed leading up to his speech.

4 days ago


Montour school taxpayers were ripped off by a double-dipper

Fran Serenka was “double-dipping” by working as a director in Montour School District and associate professor at Duquesne University.

4 days ago


The family feud over Martin Luther King's possessions is obscene

Sadly, Martin Luther King Jr.’s sons’ actions do indeed bespeak the content of their character.

4 days ago


Penn State fans' celebration on Paterno wins was shameful

The late coach Joe Paterno knew there was a problem with Jerry Sandusky, his long-time assistant.

4 days ago


Help us help local young people

The Ward Home hopes community members will partner with them to empower the teens.

4 days ago


Corbett failed in UPMC-Highmark fight

The UPMC-Highmark problems faced by maternity patients rest solely with the outgoing Corbett administration. Last July, I and others met

5 days ago


Allegheny County facilities for jurors

“I apologize for the negative juror experience Ms. Epstein had in the courtroom of Allegheny County Common Pleas Administrative Judge David

5 days ago


Proposed fracking permit in Ligonier Township could impact Loyalhanna Watershed

I urge the public to examine proposed zoning maps and hold Ligonier officials accountable for creating a responsible and well-informed plan.

5 days ago


Unworthy topic in Post-Gazette

It’s as if the Post-Gazette sees the two events as being equivalent.

5 days ago


State of denial: Climate change

The chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works, Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma, has called climate change

6 days ago


Unfair to Allegheny County job seekers

What working-class man or woman would throw away $30 on the mere chance to get a job with so many other applicants?

6 days ago


Charlie Hebdo controversy: Who’s irreverent?

Why would one risk life itself for this democracy or any other when being snarky is the “only” way to ensure it?

6 days ago


Bolster U.S. defenses against North Korea

Missile defense gives our diplomats the freedom to take a tough stand against nuclear threats — and protects us from the worst if all else

6 days ago


Ignoring climate change warnings is dangerous

As the Earth is much more crowded and infrastructures much more fragile today, the resulting starvation and violence could be much worse

6 days ago


Appeasement only serves to embolden extremists

The Jan. 11 column by Jack Kelly is an excellent description of how French appeasement helped to create the current situation.

1 week ago


Long ago I learned that the Quran calls for mercy

It was accepting of the Ten Commandments — most certainly “thou shall not kill.”

1 week ago


Workers need job training and they also need to eat

Gene Barr of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry thinks raising the minimum wage would harm the economy.

1 week ago


A+ Schools takes the long view to improving education

Thank you for drawing attention to the good work of A+ Schools in Pittsburgh (“A+ Schools Looking to Strengthen Advocacy Role,” Jan. 4).

1 week ago


A nuclear fusion challenge would be a bold step to save our planet

Nuclear fusion, which produces no greenhouse gases and little waste, could replace fossil fuels as the major source of electricity.

1 week ago


Lawmakers continue to cower to the NRA

Our lawmakers at every level of government are terrified of the NRA and so refuse to pass common-sense legislation to control gun violence.

1 week ago


NRA hysteria about local laws destroying the Second Amendment is hogwash

It is suing to overturn local firearm ordinances passed by municipalities that want some restraint against our “anything goes” gun culture.

1 week ago


PG columnist should have checked facts about NRA and gun manufacturers

Dan Simpson claimed the National Rifle Association serves as a front to increase sales for manufacturers.

1 week ago


 Luke Maeding, 13, of Nazareth, Pa., shares a moment with special education teacher Joy Rzecznik after completing multiplication tables during the Hospital School Program at Children's Hospital.

Credit the Pittsburgh Public Schools for the school program at Children's

For many years the district has provided teachers to serve students from around the world during their lengthy stays in Children’s Hospital.

1 week ago


 A deadly pileup on I-80

Use today’s technology to warn drivers of winter hazards

With the arrival of winter, we see the return of an all-too common occurrence: large, chain-reaction collisions caused by lake-effect snow.

1 week ago


Unions are a natural partner for Peduto’s workforce development plan

The Pittsburgh mayor should include unions in the program announced on “Undercover Boss.”

1 week ago


Wind chill factor is not a real temperature

It is becoming more and more difficult to hear an actual temperature in the winter by listening to TV weather reports.

1 week ago


The Allegheny County jury room conditions are unsafe

The room is only accessible through a narrow, winding, steep staircase. I fear this is a tragedy waiting to happen.

1 week ago


The 'religious freedom' crusade is bigotry against same-sex couples

Do so-called “Christian” businesses ask opposite-gender couples if they drink or do drugs before they gladly take their money?

1 week ago


Pa. must stop health care conflicts of interest

If there was a law prohibiting hospital systems from owning insurance companies, and vice versa, it would eliminate the infighting going on.

1 week ago


Does UPMC understand patients' stress from the insurance battle with Highmark?

UPMC says you can continue to see the same doctors.

1 week ago


Citing Ilan Pappe as a source diminishes letter writer's opinion about Israel

Ilan Pappe is an open supporter of Hamas.

1 week ago


Ilan Pappe is part of the fringe New Historians, who are inventing a new Israeli history

The Israeli policy on settlements construction is certainly a topic that is an integral part of the peace process.

1 week ago



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