Editorials


Feather bedding: Chickens may soon find a home in Pittsburgh

A proposed city zoning change would allow residents who have at least 2,000 square feet of property to own up to five chickens or ducks.

about 11 hours ago


Off-color: How orange is your mac-and-cheese?

Kraft’s version, the quintessential mac-and-cheese, is about to undergo a radical change.

about 11 hours ago


Size matters: Crowd numbers can have an impact on safety

How to prevent crime at Monroeville Mall has been a topic of discussions between shopping center officials, community leaders and police.

1 day ago


Needless giveaway: Now is not the time to expand the federal deficit

Republicans in Congress want to repeal the federal estate tax.

1 day ago


No free pass: Conventional drillers must obey standards, too

Industry advocates are right that it is not fair to judge all conventional drillers based on the misdeeds of a few bad operators,

1 day ago


Eisenreich for the GOP: She’s the better pick in county council District 2

Two capable candidates, Mary Anne Eisenreich and Cindy Kirk, are seeking the GOP nomination in the May 19 primary.

2 days ago


South Africa’s turmoil: The violence against immigrants must be stopped

Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa has reached the point that military forces are now being deployed in Johannesburg.

2 days ago


Rights for chimps? Respect and humane treatment, yes; freedom, no

A judge has ordered a New York university to justify its “detainment” of two chimpanzees used in research.

2 days ago


 Allegheny County Council District 13 candidate Dan Connolly.

Connolly in District 13: He's the Democrats' better choice for county council

Both Dan Connolly and Denise Ranalli Russell want to succeed Amanda Green Hawkins, who decided not to seek re-election.

3 days ago


Egypt’s fate: A cruel prison sentence further dims democracy

Egypt continued its repressive approach to democracy with the sentencing of former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison.

3 days ago


Humane lending: Payday loans need stiff regulation from Congress

Payday lending is based on a business model to earn profit from making high-interest loans to poor Americans who often can’t pay them back.

3 days ago


 Gail Manker of Summer Hill and Betty Greer of the North Side prepare for voters in November's election.

2015 Primary Election: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board endorsements

A series of candidate endorsements by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board for contested races in the May 19 primary election.

2 days ago


 Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Blair, speaks at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In event in Washington on April 14.

Business or pleasure?: Rep. Shuster must separate work from romance

A PA congressman who heads the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is under fire for his close association with a lobbyist.

4 days ago


Pay, park and ride: Port Authority must read the market carefully

Everybody hates to pay for parking.

4 days ago


Investing in America: Japan replaces China in holding more U.S. debt

Japan has passed China as the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt.

4 days ago


Mitchell for District 11: The challenger is the better pick for county council

Both candidates are thoughtful and knowledgeable, but they part company on two key issues — gas drilling and restaurant health grades.

5 days ago


Bumpy ride: Airline satisfaction is down while profits are up

The resurgence of the industry is something Americans should celebrate, but only if flying again becomes something that people want to do.

5 days ago


Vapor trail: Rising teen use of e-cigarettes is a perilous trend

For the sake of healthy Americans, young and old, the FDA should regulate electronic cigarettes.

5 days ago


Michael Wojcik for the Dems: He’s the judicious pick for Commonwealth Court

Both candidates have solid credentials, but Todd Eagen’s predisposition to a specific class of petitioners should cause voters concern.

6 days ago


Favored donors: The Clintons make the foundation problem worse

The foundation said Thursday it would no longer take donations from many countries, just a few. (Australia’s OK, Qatar is not.)

6 days ago


Asides: A kidney chain of survival, a misguided plan for alcohol and extra service for water customers

Sixty-eight make kidney donation work, Rep. Jordan Harris wants later bar closings and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer customers get more help.

6 days ago


Dueling neighbors: It’s time for mediation in a Shadyside bed-and-breakfast dispute

Former Steelers lineman Chukky Okobi has a large tent on the property that he would like to continue offering for social events.

1 week ago


Celebrity meltdown: ESPN’s Britt McHenry got only a slap for vile behavior

She got a one-week suspension for an offense -- hurling insults at a towing company clerk -- that demands stiffer punishment.

1 week ago


Privacy matters: The RadioShack outcry offers a consumer lesson

RadioShack in its recent bankruptcy filings listed customer information among its assets up for auction.

1 week ago


O’Connor for District 5: The incumbent is the Democrats’ better choice

Because there is no Republican on the ballot, the winner of next month’s primary is all but assured election.

1 week ago


Tulsa tragedy: Was it pay to play cops and robbers

A reserve deputy in Tulsa County was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a suspected illegal gun dealer.

1 week ago


 Deb Gross

Deb Gross for City Council District 7

The Post-Gazette endorses Deb Gross for the Democratic nomination.

1 week ago


The view from Belgium: A top diplomat gives Pittsburgh the European perspective

Belgium’s ambassador to the U.S., Johan Verbeke, in a visit Tuesday refused to apply “declinism” to Europe, the U.S. or their relations.

1 week ago


Rhino's hope: A rhinoceros in Kenya has a security detail befitting a rock star

The heroic efforts to protect him, including a fundraising drive to pay for armed guards, are tragically necessary.

1 week ago


Fix pensions: The Democratic mayors are right — it’s a crisis

When 10 Democratic mayors complain that the Legislature isn’t doing anything about pension reform, it’s beyond time for lawmakers to act.

1 week ago


Iran’s arms deal: Russia throws a curve at a precarious moment

Putin’s approval to sell an air defense missile system to Iran adds a new element to the talks to limit Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

1 week ago


Grounded: Airlines must remedy the low pay for pilots

No offense to cab drivers, but airline pilots should earn more than they do. Right now, many don’t.

1 week ago


Opening to Cuba: Obama and Castro take normalcy a step further

U.S. relations with its southern neighbors should now be able to move forward in many areas, including trade, investment and the

1 week ago


Terminal harmony: It’s more critical to rehab the Strip right than fast

Mayor Peduto was eager to see the 88-year-old PA Fruit Auction and Sales Building retain some of the activity of its historic heyday.

1 week ago


Tattooed warriors: The Army loosens up on a trend that’s skin-deep

Soldiers are still prohibited from having tattoos above the neckline, but no limit to the number or size of tattoos hidden by a uniform.

1 week ago


 Police in Castle Shannon are using automated license plate recognition devices, or ALPRs, which photograph license plates and run them through a database to determine whether they are known to be associated with illegal activity. The license plate number in this photograph has been blurred to protect the identity of the driver.

Drive-by data: Motorists deserve limits on plate camera collection

Motorists, say cheese as you pass that police car. It’s likely that a camera mounted on it photographed your license plate.

1 week ago


25 years on: Hubble remains a sophisticated eye on space

On April 24, 1990, the telescope left Earth in the bay of Space Shuttle Discovery.

1 week ago


Medical bully: UPMC is wrong to threaten older customers

UPMC doesn’t need to take the elderly hostage over a contract dispute with Highmark.

1 week ago


Tuition freeze: It’s a big presumption, given state budget discord

Gov. Tom Wolf is putting the cart way before the horse as he lauds a vote to freeze tuition at state-owned universities.

1 week ago


Asides: Pirates improvements, a new bike-sharing system and the Larimer neighborhood's transformation

PNC Park sports new control room equipment and food-drink options; the city announces Healthy Ride; Larimer gets a revitalization boost.

1 week ago


Home protection: Gilman has a good plan on water and sewer lines

City Councilman Dan Gilman’s proposal doesn’t carry the baggage that doomed an earlier line protection plan.

2 weeks ago


Curious auction: The Swiss offer bonds at a negative interest rate

Switzerland’s government caught the eye of investors Wednesday when it made them pay a premium to buy its 10-year-yield bonds.

2 weeks ago


 Democrat Tom Wolf’s administration has not changed the state's email policy.

Emails are records: The state policy on deleting them hurts the public

The open records law is supposed to give citizens access to information that shows how government conducts business on their behalf.

2 weeks ago


Keeping CHIP: Children’s health care is no political football

CHIP insures more than 7 million children nationwide and nearly 150,000 in Pennsylvania.

2 weeks ago


Multiparty: For British voters, a new kind of election unfolds

The United Kingdom will hold a national election May 7.

2 weeks ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf, right, speaks Wednesday during a question and answer session after touring Tech Shop in East Liberty. Standing alongside Mr. Wolf is Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Home care disorder: Wolf gives unions a gift at patients’ expense

The governor’s executive order on home health care workers is politics at its worst.

2 weeks ago


Syria’s suffering: Key powers must intervene to end a vicious war

An estimated 220,000 have died and 11 million of 21 million Syrians have been displaced.

2 weeks ago


Officer charged: A different result in a tragic police encounter

If not for a video shot by a bystander, would charges have been brought in South Carolina police shooting?

2 weeks ago


Herbal essence: Supplements deserve a harder look from the FDA

What consumers pay for isn’t necessarily what they get, according to an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

2 weeks ago


Wider war: Pakistan’s entry to Yemen would be a mistake

Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan to furnish aircraft, warships and ground forces for the fighting in Yemen.

2 weeks ago



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