Opinion


The coming revolution in college admissions

MOOCs (massive open online courses) can better predict college success than SATs.

about 17 hours ago


David M. Shribman: The pre-primaries are well underway

Nineteen months before the 2016 presidential election, the candidates are fully engaged.

about 17 hours ago


GOP, MIA: The city-county ballot has too few Republicans

Americans call it the two-party system, but in Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh it’s hard to see why.

about 17 hours ago


Prime problem: Bankers forget a lesson on high-risk lending

Subprime car loans are a problem, not only for the consumers who take them out, but for the banks that allow them.

about 17 hours ago


Asides: Robert Morris men's basketball, Pitt women's basketball and ALS fundraiser and fighter Neil Alexander

Local teams in NCAA’s March Madness finally lost but still came home winners, and ALS claims a local man who showed how to win at life.

about 17 hours ago


Brian O'Neill: On Allegheny County Council, the rubber stamp rules

The process, not the picks, should be the concern for any fan of democracy.

about 17 hours ago


Let’s recognize the benefits of historic properties

Let’s do away with the notion that any development is good development.

about 17 hours ago


 A street in East Liberty with houses developed by ELDI, with prototypes by Pfaffmann + Associates.

How did East Liberty become safer? Buying out homes that housed criminals

Whole Foods and Home Depot made East Liberty a destination, but a real estate strategy made it possible to get to sleep at night.

about 17 hours ago


 A sunrise over Downtown Pittsburgh in 2012, seen from Mount Washington.

Smoke used to get in our eyes

Pittsburgh’s pollution-control initiatives offer lessons for the future of our planet.

about 17 hours ago


The U.S. war crime North Korea won’t forget

The Kims exploit memories of the carpet bombing of their country.

about 17 hours ago


‘Prisons without bars’

Gradually reintroducing inmates to society could reduce crime and the cost of locking people up.

about 17 hours ago


Gail Collins: When Nancy met Johnny

Today, concerned citizens, we will consider when we want our elected representatives to just throw in the towel and get something done.

about 17 hours ago


NCAA players with hunger pangs should buy food like the rest of us

Did it ever occur to these students and their families that there may be some need to take care of themselves?

about 17 hours ago


The U.S. was in Vietnam before JFK

I was in Vietnam in 1958 with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Nha Trang. We were called “advisers” then.

about 17 hours ago


The test-taking culture in schools is having a negative impact

I had the opportunity to attend the “Test-In on High Stakes Testing” event organized by the grass-roots group Yinzercation.

about 17 hours ago


The Next Page: A quiet hero ... Edward A. Dvorchak Jr.

Bob Dvorchak writes about a Vietnam veteran who understood the brotherhood of war.

about 17 hours ago


Jack Kelly: Obamacare is still failing five years later

It's about time for Democrats to let it go

about 17 hours ago


Gun-rights advocate’s Rosa Parks comparison is deplorable

I can’t believe that the Post-Gazette would use valuable space writing a huge article talking up someone like Kim Stolfer.

about 17 hours ago


 Allegheny Center: The North Side behometh, recently purchased by Faros Properties, holds mysteries.

Saturday Diary: Aziz of Allegheny Center

Looking at Pittsburgh’s bizarre North Side neighborhood through the eyes of a newcomer.

1 day ago


In good faith: Local churches tackle the tough topic of racism

Maybe churches can do what Starbucks couldn’t: spark a genuine and voluntary dialogue that leads to reconciliation across racial lines.

1 day ago


Reader assault: Rolling Stone’s rape report was irresponsible

The report about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house now stands revealed as shoddy journalism.

1 day ago


America’s defense is a shared responsibility

Let the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of members of Congress serve in the front line.

1 day ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Highlights of the next two years.

1 day ago


Thanks, PG, for the contrasting George Will and E.J. Dionne columns on inequality

More such pairing of commentators could be useful in tempering partisan rhetoric.

1 day ago


Pakistan's persecution of minorities leads to religious strife and violence

The notorious anti-blasphemy laws, codified into the Pakistani penal code since the 1980s, have in effect empowered extremist clerics.

1 day ago


Increasing the tobacco tax is a popular idea with Pa. voters

A November 2014 poll of registered Pennsylvania voters showed that 72 percent of those surveyed favor increasing the state’s tobacco tax.

1 day ago


Charles Krauthammer: The GOP racing form -- First edition

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

1 day ago


Paul Krugman: It's morning in blue America

Conservatives can’t admit that their most cherished beliefs are wrong.

1 day ago


First Person: Why I left the White House and returned to Pittsburgh

I'm still on the front lines as the Sprout Fund works to improve communities

1 day ago


Saturday Poem / Java

Forget the fact / that the fact that I pay / four dollars for a cup of coffee / would have killed my mother ...

1 day ago


George F. Will: Inequality is a good thing

Lifestyles improve for all when the rich get richer

2 days ago


 Based on some recent, distasteful history, though, Pittsburgh is entitled to some skepticism about Heinz headquarters remaining in the city.

An uneasy feeling: Heinz should keep its headquarters in Pittsburgh

The parent of H.J. Heinz announced its intention to buy rival Kraft Foods Group, which is based in Chicago.

2 days ago


An incoherent strategy: Two new U.S. bombing campaigns defy logic

It is difficult to see policy coherence or prospects of success in America’s two new bombing campaigns, in Iraq and Yemen.

2 days ago


Budget trades: Wolf and the GOP must start brokering soon

At this early point in the budget season, it sounds as if both sides have dug in their heels and set the stage for acrimony and stalemate.

2 days ago


The next president shouldn’t be from government

As the time for a fresh face is narrowing, one has to wonder, isn’t there a person outside of government who could become a contender?

2 days ago


So Obama feels rebuked by Netanyahu? Too bad

Take a look at what is going on in the Middle East. Does it really look like the Muslims want peace?

2 days ago


The PLCB took eight weeks to send a case of wine from one store to another

My local store did not have a particular wine, but through the Web, I found a case in a store 34 miles away.

2 days ago


Under Gov. Wolf's plan, what will prevent school districts from raising taxes?

Perhaps legislation could be enacted so that any new tax would have to be voted on by referendum.

2 days ago


For additional revenue, Pa. should tax owners of unimproved land

Most owners of valuable or extensive land are wealthy.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Bravo for snitches that fight the power

Whistleblowers may have mixed motives sometimes. But from Eric Snowden to a Penn State frat, they help make the world a more honest place.

2 days ago


I've grown to appreciate the Common Core

It forces us teachers to think about how our students learn.

2 days ago


Democracy needs you

The only antidote to cynicism is participation in the political process.

2 days ago


Let's strike the R-word and replace it with respect

Using the word “retard” or “retarded” to describe anyone — especially a person with developmental disabilities — is classless and ignorant.

2 days ago


Thomas L. Friedman: How to judge the Iran nuclear deal

Let’s see if it serves broader U.S. interests in the Middle East.

3 days ago


 A great deal of time and money already has been devoted to figuring out how to solve the problem of sewer overflows during heavy rains in the region.

Stay on track: It’s important to push forward on sewer upgrades

Allegheny County still pumps raw sewage into its waterways because of outdated infrastructure.

3 days ago


A stalled withdrawal: Obama errs in keeping more troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama on Tuesday extended the presence of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan by a year.

3 days ago


Dress code: Gov. Wolf should stick with his police nominee

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the state police, Marcus Brown, has been the subject of a venomous campaign.

3 days ago


Starbucks, let’s see less froth and more action on race

I heard Starbucks was trying to start a dialogue on race relations, so I went to Homewood to find a barista; there wasn’t one there.

3 days ago


Ted Cruz kicks off 20 months of pious campaigning, and others will follow

One good thing is we should have a pretty good idea of what the conservatives’ worldviews are (if they actually have one beyond the pulpit).

3 days ago


Weighing in on the Iran negotiations is well within the Senate's purview

Those who have roundly criticized the 47 Republican senators who signed Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter should read the Constitution.

3 days ago



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