Opinion


The Affordable Care Act helps to alleviate insurance worries

For the uninsured, the Affordable Care Act offers new opportunities to get covered.

about 15 hours ago


The Affordable Care Act has caused frustration

Thanks to the crazy “implementation” of the ACA, I just put yet another medical expense on my charge card.

about 15 hours ago


It's important to do the right exercise as you age

Regarding “Still Running After All These Years” (July 19 Saturday Diary): Running puts a lot of strain on knees.

about 15 hours ago


 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 15 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 15 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 15 hours ago


Saturday Poem / Courtship

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

about 15 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 15 hours ago


DEP is highly regarded in permitting of mines

The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection’s mine permitting process is extensive and regularly monitored.

about 15 hours ago


Time for a police chief: The stage is set and the city needs strong leadership

Mayor Bill Peduto says he will have a qualified chief in place sometime after Labor Day.

about 15 hours ago


Confronting Russia: Ukraine atrocity needs stout response short of war

The downing of MH17 shows that Russian aggression harms more than just Ukraine. Its actions should come at a cost.

about 15 hours ago


Democrats create problems by thinking government solves problems

As we can see, the bigger the government gets, the more problems we have.

1 day ago


Corbett has signed a bad budget for Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Corbett should have created a budget designed to generate revenue.

1 day ago


Enact a sales tax to fund education, including pensions

Brian O’Neill’s column “Corbett’s Legislative Attack Is on the Money” (July 17) was excellent.

1 day ago


Electronic building permitting is crucial for the city and contractors

An electronic permitting system and other changes to the process within the city’s Bureau of Building Inspection cannot come soon enough.

1 day ago


Congress must not put off funding solutions for infrastructure

Deferring a decision on America’s infrastructure deficit will only create greater economic uncertainty.

1 day ago


 A Lyft car takes to the road.

Here’s hoping: The PUC takes a step forward on ride sharing

It unanimously approved emergency licenses that allow ride-share companies Lyft and Uber to operate legally in Allegheny County.

1 day ago


Indonesia decides: World’s third-largest democracy picks a new chief

Indonesia has more or less completed the election of a new president, Joko Widodo.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Put the horror of executions on public view

Executions have become so appalling that everyone should be forced to watch them.

1 day ago


 Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters yet another training camp, but this time with a young defense and new faces on offense.

Ron Cook: Ben Roethlisberger eyes prize above deal

Ben Roethlisberger reports to Steelers camp today, thinking a lot more about winning another NFL title than settling on a new contract.

1 day 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


Mylan is responsibly abiding by corporate tax laws

Bashing Mylan Inc. for simply following the existing corporate tax laws and paying the taxes prescribed therein is uncalled for.

1 day ago


Improper probes: Report finds excesses in targeting terror suspects

Human Rights Watch has released a blistering report on investigative and prosecutorial abuses in American terrorism investigations.

1 day ago


People have valid concerns about fragrance ingredients

Women for a Healthy Environment hosts a campaign to raise consumer awareness about the potential health effects of fragranced products.

2 days ago


Yellow Cab should stop crying to the PUC about ride sharing

Yellow Cab for years has had egg on its face for not providing the right service.

2 days ago


Photo of Putin's visit with Patriarch Kirill was out of place in airliner news package

Vladimir Putin’s visit to a monastery was purely religious. Orthodox Christians found the photo placement offensive.

2 days ago


Will the Russian Orthodox Church offer Putin any criticism?

I pray for the conversion of the Russian Orthodox Church so that it will return to Gospel leadership.

2 days ago


Stage 62's "Side Show" is a wonderful production

“Come look at the freaks” begins one of the best local theater productions to hit Pittsburgh in a long time.

2 days ago


Supreme Court ruling means employers can control women's choices

Whose “right of freedom of choice” did the contraception ruling affect? Was it for the owner of a business or for the female worker?

2 days ago


 Ventriloquist Bob Rumba has a case full of characters and a closed mouth full of voices.

Brian O’Neill: Multi-faceted Rumba — one entertaining guy

’Twas late one afternoon during the Three Rivers Arts Festival that I first saw him

2 days ago


 Balloons

Hold off on flying garbage when marking special occasions

Thank you for the column by Linda Wilson Fuoco about helping birds survive the summer (“Pet Tales,” July 19).

2 days ago


Israel warns civilians before acting to stop Hamas missiles

Rob Rogers’ July 22 cartoon conveys the false message that Israel’s bombing in Gaza is a “heinous and cowardly” act.

2 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.

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


 An Israeli soldier prays in front of a tank at a military staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip today.

Safety first: Post-Ukraine, Tel Aviv flight ban makes sense

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, currently centered on Gaza, took on important implications for Americans Tuesday.

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


West Mifflin has a point: State shortchanges the district on Duquesne students

West Mifflin says it costs $15,000 to educate a child, but it only receives $10,655 for each Duquesne student.

2 days ago


Discrimination targeted: Obama signs an order to help federal workers

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

2 days ago


Alone with their watts: Research delivers a shock

Subjects would rather take an electric jolt than sit quietly without their toys.

2 days ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a home run from the left side of the plate

Gene Collier: Pirates lineup takes advantage of lefty-friendly dimensions

Pirates left-handed hitters combined for three home runs in a 12-7 win against the Dodgers -- finally putting PNC Park's landscape to use.

3 days ago


Rob Rogers' cartoon is unfair to Israel

Tuesday morning’s cartoon (“Which Is the More Heinous and Cowardly Act?” July 22) really bothered me.

3 days ago


America still has not learned its lessons about militarization

We should have paid attention to Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex.

3 days ago


Neither Obama nor Putin is showing accountability

President Obama declared “We have to make sure that the truth is out and that accountability exists” in response to the downing of MH17.

3 days ago


Holy Family Institute sees the face of Christ in immigrant children

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul — Diocesan Council of Pittsburgh lauds Holy Family for helping children caught in the border crisis.

3 days ago


President Obama is neglecting his duties to citizens

Mr. Obama wants additional billions to help the illegals, yet our veterans are dying from lack of proper medical care. Why?

3 days ago


Guest relations worker's help reflects well on the Pittsburgh Pirates

Our experience showed that handicapped fans can go to the games with confidence that the staff will accommodate their needs.

3 days ago


France on the march: More troops are being sent to former African colonies

France has decided to put a 3,000-strong force permanently in five of its former colonies, in a band across West and Central Africa.

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