Opinion


Making it in Pittsburgh: Leveraging the spirit of our forebears through new technologies

As we celebrate Labor Day 2014, the old-fashioned idea of “making” is becoming new again.

about 22 hours ago


Waiting for water: DEP and drillers must respond more quickly

Imagine how nerve-wracking it would be to wait a year or more for the promise of a permanent supply of clean water.

about 22 hours ago


Labor dishonored: Congress snubs U.S. workers on the minimum wage

More than a parade, more than a picnic, if there’s one thing many American workers want today it’s a raise.

about 22 hours ago


Ghost wings: 100 years ago the last passenger pigeon died

Have we truly learned from this slaughter in the natural world unparalleled in the nation’s history?

about 22 hours ago


Tom Corbett in the Labor Day parade would be hypocrisy

The governor’s misguided agenda has sought to tear down social and economic protections for workers.

about 22 hours ago


Union leaders bully members while backing an anti-labor candidate

Top union leaders in Western Pa. have trumped some union members’ Labor Day parade invitation to a sitting governor.

about 22 hours ago


A weapon of war shouldn't have been in young hands

What could be more moronic than allowing a 9-year-old child to handle an Uzi submachine gun?

about 22 hours ago


Stop anti-gun blather and get to the key questions in Uzi shooting

As for this 9-year-old girl, how might this affair affect her?

about 22 hours ago


Nothing on radio now is comparable to WJAS' former format

May I echo Rich Campbell’s feelings (“Soulless Radio,” Aug. 23 letters) regarding the demise of WJAS?

about 22 hours ago


Sharon Randall / Today’s assignment: Name 10 interesting facts about yourself

I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind.

about 21 hours ago


 Josh Harrison singles Sunday against the Reds at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Pirates’
 resiliency is 
remarkable

After all the injuries, slumps and losing streaks, the Pirates have stepped up. With the playoff race intensifying, expect more of the same.

about 22 hours ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / When whites just don’t get it

Many are delusional about the state of race relations.

about 22 hours ago


Policy must be changed for the sake of all homeless kids

Congress should end the de facto U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ban on helping homeless children.

about 22 hours ago


Unions' Labor Day message for Pennsylvanians

We want to expand the middle class and rebuild main street communities.

about 22 hours ago


David M. Shribman: The world is changing fast and the United States seems stuck

Perhaps only a few times before have world leaders returned to their posts to so dangerous a mix of global conditions.

1 day ago


Expanded coverage: Corbett’s Healthy PA still comes with questions

No one will know the impact of Gov. Corbett's health plan until it takes effect.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania must stay competitive and increase its film tax credits

Movie productions create good-paying jobs and stimulate every segment of the Pennsylvania economy.

1 day ago


Compromise: It’s the only way to save the August Wilson Center

The foundations and a developer should come to terms on the August Wilson Center.

1 day ago


Asides: Bad Pittsburgh drivers, good Pittsburgh living and elite Pittsburgh bees

Here’s a headline that civic boosters don’t want to see in the Post-Gazette: “Pittsburgh Drivers at Bottom of Pile of Accidents.”

1 day ago


Public-private partnerships hold great promise for Pennsylvania and America

Governments at all levels face immense pressure to improve public services and infrastructure while saving public taxpayer money.

1 day ago


What kind of Pittsburgh do you want?

This economist hopes that economic inequality will give way to a strong middle class — with the health care sector leading the way.

1 day ago


Our geography, ourselves

Where we live has a lot to do with who we are, this neuroscientist and author explains.

1 day ago


A bucketful of ALS myths

Lou Gehrig’s disease may not be what you thought but the challenge is worthy, this neurologist writes.

1 day ago


 Ricki Wertz lip-synching "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" outside the WENS studios.

The Next Page: The behind-the-camera love story of Pittsburgh TV pioneers Tom Borden and Ricki Wertz

“We fell in love at Channel 16,” recalled Ricki Wertz.  “Several of the WENS staff members got married, including Tom and I.”

1 day ago


The promise of tenure reform

A historic California court case will shape schools across the nation, says this education writer.

1 day ago


A Labor Day tribute to Job Corps

The 50-year-old program gives society’s most disconnected young people a chance, says the U.S. labor secretary.

1 day ago


Natural gas is another dirty fuel: Pennsylvania needs renewable energy

Natural gas, which is methane, is a highly potent greenhouse gas.

1 day ago


From deep mining to strip mining to gas drilling, workers have made a living

Each of these methods of energy exploration has been needed over generations for families’ livelihoods.

1 day ago


Jack Kelly's Rick Perry column was light on facts

In the column he tries to make the case that the recent indictment of Gov. Perry is a result of a partisan witch hunt.

1 day ago


Americans need help with future decisions on health care and end-of-life issues

Who is going to help us rethink untenable positions and make changes in the kind of humane society we wish to live in?

1 day ago


Listen up, men: A strong voice for women emerges, from the 1700s

Women can be marginalized even in the very forums that rely on them to share their experiences.

1 day ago


Brian O’Neill: Something stinks about how people act in public now

This page regularly runs “Random Acts of Kindness.” Might we get just as many letters if we went with “Random Acts of Rudeness”?

1 day ago


George F. Will / Paul Ryan points the way forward

In his new book he says something few politicians say: Mr. Ryan says he was wrong.

1 day ago


Megan McArdle / Time to review airline etiquette

It’s hard to sympathize with anyone in the “knee defender” episode.

1 day ago


First Person / The NFL hits the wrong note

It’s high time the league pay musicians at the Super Bowl.

2 days ago


Obama cools it: He has the right approach to foreign hot spots

President Obama should be praised for careful strategizing on Ukraine and Syria.

2 days ago


9-year-old killer: Some Americans’ gun lust has no bounds

Careless parents and weak laws put the public at risk when letting a child fire an Uzi.

2 days ago


Saturday Diary / Yes, you can go home again

I’m savoring this moment, when all is right with the world because my daughters are home -- until life’s next adventures.

2 days ago


Accountability starts with elected officials’ character, not their emails

They should pass righteous laws and never ever favor anyone, either rich or poor.

2 days ago


Saturday Poem / Girl with Dog in the Time-to-Wash Parking Lot

Wilkinsburg, Pa. Which of us can say what exactly it was that / made it such a stunning image? But both of us / caught it  ...

2 days ago


Tom Wolf flip-flops on Gov. Corbett's transportation achievement

If you try to follow the flip-flopping and hypocrisy coming from Tom Wolf on the transportation bill, your head is likely to spin.

2 days ago


A fairer analysis of bad driving would look at regional statistics

A recent study putting Pittsburgh among the cities averaging the most accidents may have been skewed by suburban motorists.

2 days ago


The Post-Gazette showed an anti-Israel bias on a recent Gaza editorial

It is curious that you refer to the demilitarization of “the Gazans” in your editorial “Timely Truce” (Aug. 28).

2 days ago


Rob Rogers' much-criticized Gaza cartoon was not anti-Semitic

The struggle against anti-Semitism is undermined when the charge is thrown around as a cheap political epithet.

2 days ago


WJAS, please switch format back to music

WJAS erred in switching formats and dropping Jack Bogut and Bill Cardille.

2 days ago


Paul Krugman / The fall of France under Hollande

The French president is also failing Europe as a whole.

2 days ago


Charles Krauthammer / The U.S. must act now to lower corporate tax rates

Everyone knows why inversions are happening. America’s 35 percent corporate tax rate is absurdly uncompetitive.

2 days ago


Charles Lane / Obama’s wedge issue

Golf may be less a diversion than an obsession.

3 days ago


Jurassic Legislature: As gays marry, lawmakers won’t protect their rights

The Legislature has no excuse for still thinking some Pennsylvanians don’t deserve the same protections as others.

3 days ago


UPMC in China: The health care system has valued expertise to share

If local companies and institutions are valued outside the region, that respect accrues to Pittsburgh.

3 days ago



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