Op Ed Columns


 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.

about 9 hours 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.

about 9 hours ago


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.

about 9 hours ago


Saturday Poem / Courtship

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

about 9 hours ago


 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.

about 9 hours 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,

1 day 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.

1 day ago


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

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

1 day 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 days ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Mo­tor­cy­clists de­liv­ered twice in help­ing out a lost mo­tor­ist

On a driv­ing tour on July 6, we got lost. We saw two mo­tor­cy­clists about to leave a gas sta­tion.

2 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.

3 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.

3 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 ...

4 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.

4 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.

4 days ago


Growth of people matters more to her than flowers now

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

5 days 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.

5 days ago


Maureen Dowd / Bill Clinton, a popular president

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

5 days ago


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

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

5 days ago


Enough said: A history of executive orders

Facts that speak for themselves.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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

6 days 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 ...

6 days ago


 Robert E. Lee

Confederates in the basement

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

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

about 15 hours 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.

1 week ago


Thomas L. Friedman / Order in the Middle East doesn’t come easy

Moderation must be built from the ground up.

1 week ago


Margaret Carlson / The Rand Paul vs. Rick Perry show

There’s a battle going on over the foreign-policy soul of the Republican Party.

1 week ago


 An Israeli girl in a shelter near Beersheba Saturday as a siren warns of rockets incoming from Gaza.

If rockets rained on Pittsburgh

How would you feel if missiles were raining down on Pittsburgh?

1 week ago


 Chelsea Clinton

Let Chelsea Clinton make what the market will bear

After all, look what Kim Kardashian commands to talk about ... what?

1 week ago


Israeli and Palestinian leaders are too small to break out of the bloody status quo

Jews should study the Nakba. Arabs should study the Holocaust. That might be a first step toward two-state coexistence.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: Obamacare fails to fail

The good news isn’t getting out there, but people are starting to catch on.

1 week ago


 German Chancellor  Angela Merkel celebrates Germany’s World Cup victory with members of the national soccer team.

Germany's World Cup victory reflects a nation on the rise

Berlin, not Brussels, is the center of power in Europe now.

1 week ago


The not-sharing economy: Pennsylvania should set standards for Lyft and Uber, too

There is no reason that Lyft, Uber and taxis can’t compete to the benefit of riders. All we need is a common set of rules.

1 week ago


Sharon Randall: Be sure to treasure the sort of friends who’ll last forever

If lucky, you find the sort of friends worth keeping and keeping in touch with, no matter what happens.

1 week ago


Distance is no issue when family learns to love one another

Aunt and uncle find it's all relative when it comes to bonds within family despite miles apart.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd / Chelsea joins the Clintons' cashing-in franchise

Chelsea was a classy first daughter, so it‘‍s strange to see her joining her parents in feeding the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / The response to the children at the border is bordering on heartless

A U.S. law to protect Central American child immigrants from sex-trafficking has suddenly become inconvenient.

1 week ago



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