Opinion


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First Person: Ode to America

Americans are weird, but they have been very nice to me.

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Destroying emails: Wolf’s inaction hurts the public’s right to know

The Wolf administration’s policy is that emails can be deleted after five days, never to be recovered by Pa.’s Right to Know law.

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Flag of liberty: Americans can celebrate the freedom to disagree

There may be red states and blue states, but red, white and blue means one thing: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one.

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PG gave redistricting-related ruling scant attention

I was disappointed with the brief and buried description of the Supreme Court decision to uphold Arizona’s impartial citizens’ commission.

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Racism was not isolated to the Confederacy in American history

Let us remember one of the most hideous massacres of Indians in American history under the American flag committed by Col. John Chivington.

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The White House should have only white illumination

I was shocked that the White House was illuminated with different colors last week after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

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The growing sport of Ultimate Frisbee deserves coverage

The Pittsburgh Thunderbirds clinched a playoff spot in their debut season and did so in a thrilling, come-from-behind overtime victory.

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This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Campaign 2016 the long, long, long race for the White House. This week: Jeb Bush! Or as we like to call him, John Ellis Bush-Bush!

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Paul Krugman: Europe’s economic disasters

If Greece votes ‘yes,’ the failed austerity mongers win.

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Saturday Poem: While There’s Still Time

With an open book on my chest, / like a butterfly or a moth / resting its wings, I drift off to sleep ...

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Saturday Diary: My country accepts me now, and so do I

It took a long time to come to terms with being gay, so having the Supreme Court legalize same-sex marriage feels like validation.

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Charles Krauthammer: The Iran deal is the worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

Mr. Obama will get his “legacy.” Mr. Kerry will get his Nobel. And Iran will get the bomb.

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And Christie makes 16

Why are so many people running for president this time?

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Open the doors: The AIU does too much public business in private

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is a public entity that must conduct its business in plain view of taxpayers, just like a school district.

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Managing Greece: Sunday’s vote could affect Europe’s next move

The next hurdle on the way to solving the Greek debt and eurozone problem is the country’s referendum on Sunday.

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Crowdfrauding: Online support gets a welcome look from the FTC

The FTC has delivered a punitive thwack to a man who raised $122,000 on Kickstarter to create a board game, then spent the money on himself.

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Palestinians in Israel endure daily humiliations

On a recent trip to Israel with four members of Congress organized by J Street, I saw for myself the “apartheid” situation on the ground.

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Gail Collins: Here's your Fourth of July all-American quiz!

Who the heck are all those people running for president anyway?

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The PG continues to show bias in coverage related to Israel

The recent action of the United Church of Christ against Israel was the subject of a lengthy, Page One story by the PG. Why?

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Cyclists should show some courtesy and give pedestrians a warning signal

At the Open Streets event, I couldn’t hear bikes approaching due to traffic noise on the 16th Street Bridge and from the Veterans Bridge.

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Speakers at S. Fayette meeting were far from clueless and out of touch

A letter writer resorted to personal attacks on the speakers at a South Fayette Planning Commission meeting and impugned their motives.

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 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praised hard work when he announced his presidential campaign, but will Republicans support policies that make hard work pay off?

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Do we really value work?

If so, we should make sure that it is justly rewarded

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Tony Norman: Sad words barely sum up loss of Leila

There’s nothing like a dog, and nothing like losing one.

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Let’s demand transparency in health care pricing

Can you imagine going to Wal-Mart and doing all your grocery shopping without having any idea at all of what the cost of each item might be?

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 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz

George F. Will: Unhinged by the Supreme Court

Ted Cruz’s cure for the judiciary is worse than the disease

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Kill the LCB: On liquor, Wolf can be progressive or a dinosaur

Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era mode of alcohol sales could soon be history, and Gov. Tom Wolf is the only obstacle in the way of progress.

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 Instructor Brandon Perpichof the Arthur Murray Dance Studio coaches Karen Lindsey on Penn Avenue during Open Streets Pittsburgh last year.

Jennifer Graham: Ban cars in Downtown Pittsburgh

Open Streets Pittsburgh is great. Let’s do it all the time.

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Broker a budget: On spending, both parties must seek compromise

Pennsylvanians want a deal that funds the state, not endless sniping from Republicans and Democrats.

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Southern flames: Investigators sort out the fires at black churches

So far no links have been established between the fires and the mass killings in Charleston, S.C., by a self-identified white supremacist.

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Focus on quality of life, not population growth

I have always questioned why city leaders are obsessed with growing the city’s population.

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The right of people to live must trump gun ownership rights

A homicidal white supremacist’s right to own a pistol doesn’t trump the right of nine souls to live their lives without being gunned down.

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Adjustments are necessary to speed the Customs process at Pittsburgh airport

Of 18 flights in June coming from Paris, Customs took more than an hour to process the passengers for six of the flights.

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Mt. Lebanon park offers protection against skin cancer but not Lyme disease

Does anyone else find it ironic that Mt. Lebanon has a park sunscreen dispenser, yet fails to effectively cull the deer population?

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Regarding Catholics and contraception, the pope cannot change morals

A letter said the church’s teaching is antiquated, irrational and harmful but gave no evidence. I would argue that contraception is harmful.

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 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford discusses a trade in which the team acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs at a press conference at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Kessel trade will determine Rutherford's legacy as Penguins GM

Phil Kessel is said to have great hands; now they are Jim Rutherford’s legacy as general manager of the Penguins.

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Feed the Future will help to provide food for millions

Please encourage members of Congress to support this successful program as part of the Global Food Security Act.

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The Next Page: Illustrations of life on the Appalachian Trail

As part of a package on the AT, we present these sketches of people and scenes encountered on a recent visit reprising our 1995 adventure.

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Brian O'Neill: Pension mess rooted in bad 2001 bill

Shortsighted pension boost 14 years ago set the stage for the mess that needs to be addressed in Harrisburg now.

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Elizabeth Echevarria: Stop human trafficking in Western Pennsylvania

We must recognize that women are suffering all around us by supporting HB 262.

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Welcome mat: Peduto rolls out a smart strategy on immigrants

Pittsburgh embarks on a plan to raise its population be welcoming more immigrants.

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Love thy planet: Pope Francis’ bully pulpit on climate change

The pope’s encyclical on global warming charges every human with sustaining the Earth.

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Assassin’s return: The man who ignited WWI gets a hero’s tribute

Gavrilo Princip, who murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, receives a monument in Belgrade.

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Pittsburgh’s Amtrak station needs attention

Many people desire to use trains to travel, whether for convenience, cost or green awareness, but the Pittsburgh station is a mess.

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Santorum shows hypocrisy regarding Catholic theology

Respect for God’s creation as manifested in the natural environment is an integral part of this theology.

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Alexander Hamilton deserves his place on the $10 bill

As the first Treasury secretary, he established our nation’s finances and provided the intellectual firepower for Washington’s presidency.

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Andrew Jackson is unworthy of being honored on our currency

Jackson forced the removal of the Cherokees from their lands in the Southeast in the “Trail of Tears” (in which about 4,000 died).

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 Manager Clint Hurdle asks the crew chief for a video replay during the first inning of the interleague game against the Tigers on June 30, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.

Gene Collier: Baseball's video reviews are many seconds we'll never get back

What could prompt more than one sports pundit to long for humans wrestling bears at a baseball game? Increased use of replay, that’s what.

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As Others See It: The SpaceX blowup is a useful failure

Recent failures of missions to resupply the International Space Station should be recognized as the cost of making progress in space flight.

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Reg Henry: Marriage decision timed to perfection

Court’s timing on gay marriage decision couldn’t have been better.

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If Greece exits the eurozone, catastrophe will await others

Greece’s governing radicals could transform a giddy exit from the eurozone into a rupture of Western collective security.

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