Op Ed Columns


Saturday Diary: My new car is smarter than me

But I’ll take my confusing new Forester over the white 2003 Buick LeSabre I removed from my 91-year-old father’s possession last August.

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First Person / My poor mother: Seven sons should merit sainthood

But does raising seven boys really qualify our mother for sainthood? Let’s look at the numbers.

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Saturday Poem: Sixteen and a Half Years Old

I engaged in all forms of stupidity —

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Paul Krugman / Pizza turns partisan

If you want to know what a political party really stands for, follow the money.

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Charles Krauthammer: Netanyahu issues a Churchillian warning about appeasement

This was not Churchill of the 1940s, but Churchill of the 1930s, the wilderness prophet. Will Benjamin Netanyahu be similarly ignored?

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This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

A thing just happened! What is your opinion?

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 Derailed oil-tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Feb. 16.

The rising risk of train explosions

Crude-oil rail shipments should be stopped until they are better regulated.

1 day ago


 Islamic scholar Zakir Naik has been banned from Britain because of his inflammatory comments.

The Saudis reward an extremist

The king celebrates an Islamic scholar who says 9/11 was an ‘inside job.’

1 day ago


Latin American delusions

Venezuela and Argentina stick with leftist policies as their economies fail.

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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before Congress Tuesday at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Bibi-Boehner coalition

Netanyahu trashes our president and offers no useful ideas.

2 days ago


George F. Will: Stop the corruption in the IRS

Lois Lerner & Co. have abused power to help Obama.

2 days ago


Seattle subsidizes transit for the poor

It’s one of the best ways for cities to address poverty and unemployment.

2 days ago


Obamacare should win this round in the Supreme Court

Congress clearly intended to make health insurance affordable on all exchanges.

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Remembering Selma ... and Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh had its own march and its own bridge to cross.

3 days ago


 A portrait of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader gunned down Friday near the Kremlin, sits atop a mound of flowers and remembrances left by supporters at the spot where he died.

Gwynne Dyer: Murder in Moscow

The likely suspects probably thought they were helping Putin, but they weren’t.

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Gail Collins: And now, homeland insecurity

The take-no-prisoners Republican right continues to torture John Boehner.

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Here's a GOP plan to replace Obamacare

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday about whether the Obama administration used the IRS to deliver health insurance

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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu, the Great Divider

U.S. leaders should take the prime minister’s advice with a large grain of salt.

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A gas severance tax is no substitute for environmental protections

The proposed severance tax is not a measure to safeguard Pennsylvania’s communities and environment from the adverse impacts of drilling.

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George F. Will: The Supreme Court will take up cases involving Congress’ and Arizona’s reading ability

One case involves language in the Affordable Care Act; the other is a case involving Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

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 The sun rises over the 'New Pittsburgh' (2003)

Parsing the ‘New Pittsburgh’ narrative

Chris Briem says the city’s rise-from-the-Rust-Belt story overstates how down we were — and how up we are.

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Violence is who we are

In Pittsburgh, in America, we accept that violence and death are part of our culture.

6 days ago


An electrifying story about men

Most of them would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

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Domestic drone dilemmas

Jamming or shooting down threatening drones poses a passel of problems.

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Obama the flirt

Yes, the president loves America, but he has carried on with other countries, too.

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Gail Collins: Bye-bye, Chris Christie

Now that his big achievement has turned to dust, all that’s left is bluster

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 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., fourth from right, links arms with other civil rights leaders as they begin the march to the state capitol in Montgomery from Selma, Ala., on March 21, 1965. The demonstrators are marching for voter registration rights for black residents. Second from right is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The marchers are wearing leis given by a Hawaiian group.

The Next Page: Footsteps to follow ... the-Selma-to-Montgomery-marches

Rabbi Aaron Bisno says the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches is a new call to action

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Saturday Diary: Heading west … because the price was right

A family trip brings together the generations for a lifetime.

1 week ago


 Actor John Goodman arrives  at the Lincoln Pharmacy in Millvale to shoot the upcoming movie "Let It Snow"

First Person / Christmas in February: Movie stars invaded our coffee shop and made it snow

“Let It Snow” came to our corner of Pittsburgh to film and generally take over the place. It’s hard not to be star-struck.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem: Smoke Rising

To see it as my grandfather saw it / when he was a man of my age / meant hope ...

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Paul Krugman: Knowledge isn’t power

Don’t blame the ‘skills gap’ for inequality.

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Charles Krauthammer: A sunset clause would be a fatal flaw in the Iran nuclear deal

The agreement thus would provide a predictable path to an Iranian bomb.

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This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Salutation, Sentients, and welcome back to Glox News!

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 Palestinian mourners carry the body of 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, who was shot dead by Israeli troops on Saturday. The military said soldiers fired toward the lower extremities of two men hurling firebombs and that the incident was being investigated.

Nicholas Kristof: Israel’s self-inflicted wound

It lessens its moral authority with the settlers’ land grab in the West Bank.

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George F. Will: Reversing course in Illinois

A new Republican governor is trying to clean a very dirty house.

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A severance tax would set back Pennsylvania

The natural gas industry has brought enormous economic benefits to the commonwealth

1 week ago


Jerome Bettis: Pittsburgh’s young people need to know the world of work

And you can help them learn and earn by supporting the summer youth jobs program.

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 Flag of the Islamic State group

Thomas L. Friedman: Off to conquer Rome

To defeat the Islamic State group, we must understand it.

1 week ago


Conservatives, don’t blame liberal bias for the Rudy Giuliani controversy

Media norms drive political stories, not ideology.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem / Purple Heart

In the dream I am a hero. / I save the world, and I alone / understand the apocalypse ...

1 week ago


How to improve police-community relations in Pittsburgh

Draw on our city's rich history of labor and social-justice activism.

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Homeland insecurity

Republicans still might run us aground on the shoals of a shutdown.

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 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani questions whether the president loves America.

Kathleen Parker: Rudy Giuliani and the GOP's love of litmus tests

Let’s assume the president loves his country and isn’t faking his Christianity.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: We would miss Obamacare

It’s helped millions of Americans get and keep health insurance.

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 Jeb Bush must assess the past.

Maureen Dowd: Jeb Bush’s family matters

His father and brother are not irrelevant to his ambitions.

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George F. Will: Tweeting against terrorism

The Obama administration devises empty gestures in response to atrocities.

1 week ago


Jonathan Bernstein: Big spending by outsiders might not affect elections as much as people fear

What if the fuss over big money in elections is mostly over nothing?

1 week ago


 Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks during a July 2014 news conference on Capitol Hill.

Gail Collins: A gun on every corner

Sen. John Cornyn’s bill would let people pack heat just about everywhere.

1 week ago


 This Man Ray photograph shows Leopold Gould Seyffert with his two sons, Peter, at left, and Richard, right.

The Next Page: Seyffert's vivid portraits of industrialists and grand dames shown at the Union League Club in New York

Standard Oil geologist launched Leopold Seyffert’s career as an artist by lending him tuition for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

1 week ago


Enough Said: Who pays in Pennsylvania

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago



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