Op Ed Columns


On campaign finance, the zealots win again

The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.

about 9 hours ago


'Sometimes it snows in April'

You think you are safe because it’s April, but don’t forget the prairie blizzards over a hundred years ago.

about 9 hours ago


The Squirrel’s Nest

I swore off books until I found this nook

about 9 hours ago


Three expensive milliseconds

We’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return.

about 9 hours ago


 Al Donalson, a.k.a. Al Don

Begging to differ

Al Donalson, a.k.a. Al Don, was an irreverent and beloved news editor for The Pittsburgh Press and the Post-Gazette for nearly 30 years.

about 9 hours ago


Great news! The end is nigh!

Let’s take a few minutes to look at the bright side of the apocalypse.

1 day ago


Sugar’s getting a bad rap

All-natural sugar consumption has been going down and has little to do with America's obesity epidemic.

1 day ago


Where the GOP gets it right

Republicans are fine at diagnosing social problems, but their prescriptions don't work.

1 day ago


 Soldiers from the Ukrainian Army sit atop combat vehicles after being blocked by people on their way to confront pro-Russian insurgents in the town of Kramatorsk Wednesday.

Ukraine: stupidity in action

The government should stop playing Putin’s game and avoid giving him a pretext to invade.

2 days ago


 warning drones above sign

Game of drones

What happens when the tech giants launch their own air forces?

2 days ago


 Horizontal banners of hills coniferous wood.

Corbett plan is good for parks

Extracting gas can help improve state parks and forests.

2 days ago


Stop picking on Lois Lerner

If Republicans really want to examine tax exemptions, they should check out the churches.

3 days ago


Punished for getting married

Those who moralize about marriage should help make it easier.

3 days ago


 Mozilla co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich left the company following protests over his support of a ban on gay marriage in California.

Diversity and dishonesty

Liberal institutions should recognize their own dogmatism.

4 days ago


 A protester holds a Palestinian flag at a checkpoint closed by Israeli soldiers after demonstrations against the expansion of the Jewish settlement Halamish in the West Bank.

The peace process paradox

When the U.S. pushes the process, less peace results.

4 days ago


Fight obesity with Medicare

Obesity drugs should be covered to slow the rate of chronic diseases.

4 days ago


A program conservatives should love

Paul Ryan can trump the president in expanding the budget for volunteerism.

5 days ago


A counter for hysterics

In Michigan’s Senate race, Democrats’ ‘war on women’ theme won’t play.

5 days ago


 Actor Stephen Colbert

A wit for all seasons

Soon we'll need to get to know a new Stephen Colbert in late night.

5 days ago


Enough Said: Air pollution vs. human beings

Facts that speak for themselves.

6 days ago


More moms are staying at home

And it’s not because more rich women are choosing not to work, reports JESSICA GROSE

6 days ago


The jury is in on preschool

Recent studies confirm that quality preschool helps children do better in life, explains Pitt’s Robert B. McCall

6 days ago


 August Wilson: a talent honed by books

August Wilson was a reader first

Turn the Wilson Center into a celebration of literature, suggests former Post-Gazette book editor Bob Hoover.

6 days ago


 The author of "The Silent Spring" in 1963.

Rachel Carson's silence

Biographer Linda Lear says the outspoken environmentalist was heroic partly for what she didn't talk about.

6 days ago


Voters prefer sunny-side up

Jeb Bush hopes to run an optimistic campaign — if he runs.

6 days ago


Afghans prove they deserve our support

They have shown in great numbers that they want a democratic future.

6 days ago


Tap the gas under Deer Lakes

Allegheny County can bean energy leader while protecting the environment, writes attorney Andrea Geraghty

6 days ago


Fear of Russia, fear of fracking

Let’s find a way to produce more independent information about fracking, urges energy writer Kate Galbraith.

6 days ago


Saturday Poem / The Library and the Museum

It was here that I / Had my first kiss / Sat at my first bedside / Summited my first peak ...

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / Health care nightmares

It’s the GOP that’s inflicting them on us.

1 week ago


First Person / Pretty close by

I heard the sirens ... multiple stabbings, Twitter said ...

1 week ago


Saturday Diary / It’s pothole city out there, but I’ve seen worse

You wouldn't believe what it was like in the 1970s

1 week ago


The thought police on the left want to stop debate altogether

The totalitarian attitude of the left makes for declarations that certain debates, such as global warming and gay marriage, are over.

1 week ago


Russia’s endangered liberals

The real patriots are watching their freedoms wither away

1 week ago


It's time to stamp out sexting

Teens will be teens, but parents must be parents.

1 week ago


Real liquor reform, please

Small steps won’t cut it in Pennsylvania

1 week ago


A solution to money in politics

If you don't like someone's speech, the solution isn't to silence the person (or corporation). It's more and louder speech of your own.

1 week ago


 Kevin and Tracy Keegan at their daughter Marina's graduation from Yale.

Her first, and last, book

Marina Keegan, who died five days after graduating from Yale, took the time to explore the meaning of life.

1 week ago


What are community schools?

Pittsburgh is exploring Cincinnati's; here's how they work.

1 week ago


Let us fly and phone at the same time

The United States is an outlier when it comes to allowing cell calls in flight.

1 week ago


Protect our kids from predators

All school employees need thorough background checks.

1 week ago


 A Rwandan child arrives by bus Monday for a 20th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

Moderates are first to go when extremists get out of hand

The voices that can pull a country back from the brink are the easiest ones to silence.

1 week ago


 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

George F. Will / Rolling the rock of tax reform

Sen. Ron Wyden knows it’s not simple to simplify the tax code.

1 week ago


Gail Collins / Campaign mishaps, 2014 edition

If it's photogenic, so what if it shows Paris or Pittsburgh?

1 week ago


 Billionaire Sheldon Adelson

Thomas L. Friedman / Iran’s best friend, Sheldon

Israel's right-wing allies work against Israel's interests.

1 week ago


Sharon Randall: Go ahead, talk to strangers on the plane

The benefit of being unplugged, 35,000 feet above earth: you can meet the nicest people

1 week ago


Demonizing the Kochs

The billionaire brothers, the face of the 'Haves,' deserve an apology from Sen. Harry Reid for calling them "un-American."

1 week ago


Supreme oligarchy

The Republican justices undercut millions while giving a wealthy sliver unlimited influence.

1 week ago


The real box score

Today’s metrics don’t measure what colleges really do.

1 week ago


Charity can’t replace the safety net

It dries up when it’s most needed, explains economics writer JORDAN WEISSMANN

1 week ago



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