Op Ed Columns


Paul Ryan’s new clothes

Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73

about 13 hours ago


Getting girls into school is the global civil rights issue of our time

We seek zero child labor, zero child marriage, zero discrimination against girls and zero exclusion from education.

about 13 hours ago


Local immigration policies proliferate

The kids are coming over the border but Congress still won’t be taking up immigration reform this year.

about 13 hours ago


Enough Said: Shrinking water supplies

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 day ago


Confessions of a phone monkey: Today's politicians spend most of their time dialing for dollars

They told me, here’s the the phone, now get busy, recalls one-time electoral candidate DAVID BOLING

1 day ago


Teach the three Rs … plus P for psychology

Children need to know how their minds and feelings operate, explains Pittsburgh psychiatrist Marnin E. Fischbach.

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Get finance reform right: The U.S. and Europe need to get on the same page

Last week marked the fourth anniversary of Dodd-Frank financial reform, the most sweeping since the Great Depression. To avoid another 2008-

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Rick Perry’s border showdown: The Texas governor turns himself into an action figure for the cameras

He deploys the Texas Natural Guard to ... do what exactly?

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Turn workers into capitalists; it's the only way to really tackle inequality

Raising taxes on the rich and other typical proposals aren't going to work, argues business professor JOSEPH R. BLASI.

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Yesterday’s future: Let's go back a half-century to the can-do dreamscape of the New York World’s Fair

Vast forces. Man’s work. Philosophy. Life. Knowledge. Power. Nothing was unreachable back then.

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 Pipes

Is the Pennsylvania health department fracking-phobic?

Its actions don’t instill confidence that it is protecting us, write nurses RUTH McDERMOTT-LEVY and NINA M. KAKTINS.

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 Smithfield Street Church, formerly the German Evangelical Protestant Church

The Next Page: How the outbreak of World War I affected Pittsburgh‘‍s Germans and their Downtown church

German Evangelical Protestant Church members tried to balance emotional connection to their homeland with loyalty to their new country.

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 American flag on California map.

Paul Krugman / Left Coast rising: California proves conservatives wrong

The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true.

2 days ago


First Person / The fabric of my life: I’m leaving my memories in a quilt, not in the Cloud

I’m old school, belonging to a generation that still likes to hold things in our hands.

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Charles Krauthammer / Inert Obama seems to think being on the right side of history is enough

From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached.

2 days ago


Saturday Poem / Courtship

The curtain hides one window, / the other bare. / Shade covers one eye ...

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 Photographic documentation that Lorri Drumm of Springboro, Pennsylvania, befriended a squirrel this summer.

Saturday Diary / My summer fling with a moocher

I was excited about the encounter, but also not completely comfortable that I had cozied up to an animal I never really cared for.

2 days ago


Politician stress us out

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation just released a wide-ranging survey on the prevalence and causes of stress in the United States. Overall,

3 days ago


Putin isn’t panicking: The downing of Flight 17 is just a misstep in his wider war on the West

If he has to cede a little on Ukraine, no big deal; he sees himself as winning.

3 days ago


Don't rely on defined benefit pension plans; demand defined contributions

Neither employers nor the government can take away retirement accounts you own.

3 days ago


 vintage books in a row

Reading should be a family affair

But parents can’t help their children learn to read if they can’t read well themselves.

4 days ago


How to save Gaza ... and keep Israel and Hamas from fighting yet another war

Israel must work with Abbas to control Hamas while Gaza is demilitarized.

4 days ago


George Will / Goldwater 2.0: California candidate Neel Kashkari could remake the GOP brand

He's a pro-choice, pro-same-sex-marriage Republican with fiscal common sense.

4 days ago


 Rui Chenggang, the former director and anchor of China Central Television.

Favored son falls in China

A media star is suddenly arrested and people wonder why.

5 days ago


We can hold down gas prices by requiring fuel to contain renewables such as ethanol

The Renewable Fuel Standard has reduced costs and our dependence on foreign sources of oil.

5 days ago


The crisis at the U.S. border is rooted in Central American poverty and violence

And the United States can help solve the fundamental problem at relatively little cost. Here‘‍s how ...

6 days ago


When the fighting in Gaza stops, it's time for Palestinian elections

The clearest route to peace is to see Hamas lose at the polls, as it surely will.

6 days ago


 blood analysis

Pennsylvania must do more to fight the epidemic of hepatitis C

The Legislature should approve a bill that provides screening for all.

6 days ago


Growth of people matters more to her than flowers now

Nurturing children feels a lot more important now than nature‘‍s growth.

1 week ago


Thomas L. Friedman / The sharing economy is powered by the people

Hyperconnectivity has led to rapid growth in the economy of sharing services, including Airbnb and Uber.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd / Bill Clinton, a popular president

With the drama now faded, our 42nd president has become an American favorite.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Will Flight 17 sober us up?

U.S. politicians, mired in the trivial, need to tackle serious issues.

1 week ago


Enough said: A history of executive orders

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


Those we train to think like scientists will always find new frontiers, writes the Buhl planetarium director

Those who gathered around their televisions on that extraordinary night will never forget the exuberance and pride that swept the nation.

1 week ago


Former Nixon adviser describes the view from the White House when humans set foot on the moon

It was 45 years ago, the astronauts of Apollo 11 were approaching their fateful and historic moon landing and I was in the Cabinet room.

1 week ago


UPMC-Highmark accord falls far short of what's needed

Employers remain in the dark about how the health system in southwestern Pennsylvania is going to work.

1 week ago


 Narcotic

I was born a heroin addict

I’ve been clean 20 years. But I now know that addiction is a physical and mental health disease and not a criminal justice problem.

1 week ago


Q: Who shot down Malaysian Airlines flight 17? And what next?

… and once the TAR (Target Acquisition Radar) has lock-on, this light will go green. Then just push this button here, and the rest’s

1 week ago


Cutting Edge / On the Uber-Lyft-Yellow Taxi war and race, Gaza death counts and more ...

What about the jitneys?  Death count is misleading and more ...

1 week ago


 Robert E. Lee

Confederates in the basement

I tuck away Robert E. Lee when the liberals come over, explains writer AMY C. BALFOUR

1 week ago


The Next Page / Thrifty business: A behind-the-scenes look at secondhand sales

Fred Just says you’ll be surprised by the reach and sophistication of the nonprofit resell trade.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / Conservatives are addicted to inflation; they need a monetary 12-step program

The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem / Midsummer, Vessel

My daughter’s wails wake me, / wails smiting the air from inside a dream, / a submerged place ...

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer / Hamas, in its depravity, wages war to create an ethical inversion

Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity.

1 week ago


First Person / Missiles are falling but we are not cutting short our family visit to Israel

Our time in Israel has nothing and everything to do with the hostilities along Israel’s border with and now inside Gaza.

2 days ago


Saturday Diary / Still running after all these years

I may pay the price down the road but I’ll feel a lot better for the journey that got me there.

1 week ago


Israel will never have a better partner with whom to seek peace than Mahmoud Abbas

But apparently the current Israeli government doesn't want peace, and Abbas will soon be gone.

1 week ago


 University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.

Op Ed: A renaissance requires investment, and Pa. falls far short in support of public higher education

Pennsylvania ranks 47th among the 50 states in terms of its support for public higher education.

1 week ago


Gail Collins / Rules to run by

Politicians keep finding new ways to self-destruct.

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