Editorials


Nasty start: Gov. Wolf picks a fight that was unnecessary

The new governor fired the Office of Open Records head and recalled other executive nominations made by Gov. Tom Corbett in his 11th hour.

about 16 hours ago


Save the Ex-Im Bank: A frugal Congress must keep a revenue generator

Critics call it “the Bank of Boeing,” but the U.S. Export-Import Bank is also the Bank of Chuck -- Chuck’s Salsa of Baden.

about 16 hours ago


Asides: Making livers last longer, beating the flu, having Pittsburgh's health care

Pitt and UPMC stretch the life of donor livers; Allegheny County battles a nasty flu; Pittsburgh is the sixth-healthiest metro.

about 16 hours ago


Happy trails: Pa. lawmakers must make the state’s roads safer

The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety say reinstate mandatory helmets for motorcyclists and tighten restrictions on teen drivers.

1 day ago


Not super: If they cheated, the Patriots deserve a real penalty

The NFL said that after nearly 40 interviews, it has found that the team used improperly inflated balls during the first half of the game.

1 day ago


Stealth tuition hike: IUP creatively packages a double-digit increase

Tuition went up 16 percent yesterday for many undergraduates at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

2 days ago


House of cards: Boehner gives Netanyahu a stronger hand to play

Benjamin Netanyahu will address the House and Senate on Feb. 11, five weeks before Israeli elections set for March 17.

2 days ago


Risky business: Teens should be restricted on use of tanning beds

Indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer, particularly among frequent users and those who start at an early age.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Wish list: Obama and Congress must work from the center

President Barack Obama will do what he can by working around Congress, but he could accomplish more if he worked with it.

3 days ago


Fee for support: For Allegheny County Dems, it’s the party way

The logo of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee shows a donkey kicking its rear legs.

3 days ago


Plagued by pizza: Pediatricians are right to flag the fatty food

A study in the journal Pediatrics suggested the prevalence of pizza figures into the nation’s troubling obesity rates.

3 days ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders, one banning gifts for executive branch employees and one increasing transparency in the hiring of outside legal counsel at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf: His inaugural message challenges both parties

Open minds and open dialogue are essential because the state faces monumental hurdles.

4 days ago


Family matter: The Census should keep asking about marriage

Marriage in the United States is on the decline and this affects our children. We need to keep track of what’s going on.

4 days ago


 Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died in 2012.

Let’s not pretend: What the Penn State deal does and does not do

As the result of an unprecedented legal settlement announced Friday, Joe Paterno once again is the winningest coach in college football.

5 days ago


Fighting returns: Outside forces must end the conflict in Ukraine

The trouble in Ukraine continues after a year of bloodshed, with the latest fighting near the already leveled airport of Donetsk.

5 days ago


Reliable record: The U.S. needs uniform reports on police fatalities

Attorney General Eric Holder decried the lack of statistics on the use of deadly force by police and officers killed in the line of duty.

5 days ago


 The latest chapter in the UPMC-Highmark dispute involves Magee-Womens Hospital.

Mothers-to-be? The bitter UPMC-Highmark feud has gone too far

Highmark says delivering a baby at Magee isn’t covered by the continuity of care agreement for women with independent obstetricians.

6 days ago


Time for talks: It’s the only way to save Libya and Syria

However, the United States should stay out of the way in both sets of talks.

6 days ago


A merit society: Americans must recall Martin Luther King’s hope

Today is the holiday celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King, a civil rights icon. Yet recent events have sent Americans reeling backward.

6 days ago


Disturbing data: Pittsburgh must get to work on racial disparities

The report “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” was released by Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

1 week ago


Running on empty: Congress must raise the gas tax to fix highways

The tax was last raised to 18.4 cents a gallon in 1993, when gas prices were roughly a dollar a gallon.

1 week ago


Asides: Candy-man Toomey, Garfield's Bottom Dollar, beer on wheels

Sen. Toomey inherits the candy desk, shoppers get Aldi's ear on a closed Bottom Dollar, and the LCB likes beer delivered with pizza.

1 week ago


Money for nothing: Allegheny County shouldn’t charge job applicants

To apply for a job as a 911 dispatcher in Allegheny County, you’ll need to pay a $30 application fee.

1 week ago


Altered reality: A newspaper photo subs men for the women

HaMevaser, an ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel, edited out female leaders from a photo of the rally in Paris.

1 week ago


 An architect's rendering of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Coming attraction: Point Park has done its best on historic facades

If the Pittsburgh Planning Commission approves its plan, Point Park will showcase the facades inside the complex.

1 week ago


Cyberstandard: A single rule is good for companies and consumers

Hackers commandeered the Twitter account of the U.S. Central Command on Monda.

1 week ago


Sri Lanka’s progress: After a big election, the island receives a papal visit

Sri Lanka has had two positive experiences this month, successful democratic elections and a visit by Pope Francis.

1 week ago


 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday.

Talks on Iran: The world can be hopeful for an agreement

China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and the U.S. will seek an agreement on a pact to put constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.

1 week ago


 David L. Donahoe is resigning as executive director of RAD effective June 30.

Mr. RAD: Donahoe worked to sustain the region’s assets

David L. Donahoe was named executive director of the Allegheny Regional Asset District 20 years ago.

1 week ago


Free MLK: The family feuds over the rights leader’s artifacts

If Martin Luther King Jr. hadn’t been assassinated in 1968, he could have turned 86 today, Jan. 15.

1 week ago


Open and shut: Corbett has named a good public records chief

The governor’s last-minute appointment is better than it looks.

1 week ago


Nigeria’s suffering: No one will help a country that won’t help itself

Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and killed perhaps thousands.

1 week ago


Saudi brutality: A U.S. ally gives 1,000 lashes for a religious insult

The oil-rich nation holds a top spot among U.S. friends despite a dubious human rights record.

1 week ago


Cloud over Petraeus: Holder must decide quickly on whether to indict

The former CIA director and four-star general may have provided his mistress with classified material.

1 week ago


Missing marcher: President Obama should have joined the Parisians

World leaders gathered to support the French while the United States sent its ambassador.

1 week ago


Zoning matters: Without it, communities can be very vulnerable

Many Pennsylvania communities lack land-use regulation, which allows anybody to build almost anywhere.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania’s handling of mentally ill prisoners triggered the lawsuit from the Disability Rights Network and a stinging rebuke from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prisoner patients: Pa. switches to treatment for mentally ill inmates

Jails and prisons now house 10 times more people with serious mental illness than mental hospitals do.

1 week ago


Rising economy: Jobs and other factors point to a growing recovery

December’s positive job figures, released Friday, had to warm President Barack Obama’s heart.

1 week ago


A reporter’s word: James Risen stands strong for confidential sources

Our sympathies as a news organization that prizes the First Amendment are clear — we decry the Obama administration’s war on the press.

1 week ago


First, do no harm: Yet confusion reigns from UPMC and Highmark

The state of doubt in the state of affairs brought by the Jan. 1 parting of UPMC and Highmark is an affront to patients.

2 weeks ago


Bad faith: Now it’s Hill leaders hurting the neighborhood

The Penguins’ development efforts will be stymied if every step forward meets bureaucratic and legal resistance.

2 weeks ago


France responds: The terrorists die as murderers, not martyrs

Two of the men told interviewers before they were shot that they wanted to die as “martyrs.” They did not get their wish.

2 weeks ago


Penn State proud: The women’s volleyball team epitomizes success

A Penn State University community long proud of its football team has a women’s volleyball program to brag about, too.

2 weeks ago


Assault on the press: All Americans should share France’s grief

The attack in Paris that killed 12 people at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo should be taken personally in the United States.

2 weeks ago


Emissions reporting: Drillers have the same duty as other industries

The natural gas industry assures the public that its operations are safe and that it’s committed to environmentally sound practices.

2 weeks ago


Drone waste: The U.S. has better methods to secure the border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses drones to spot undocumented individuals attempting to cross the border illegally from Mexico.

2 weeks ago


 Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are sworn in Tuesday in Harrisburg.

Back to work: The Legislature and Tom Wolf have much to do

Tom Wolf will take the governor’s chair while Republicans hold solid majorities in both chambers of the Legislature.

2 weeks ago


Congress returns: And there may be cause for cautious optimism

Americans can afford to be cautiously optimistic in looking at the new Congress.

2 weeks ago


Helping hand: A robotic arm will give disabled people a lift

Jorgen Pedersen wants to give people with disabilities a robotic arm.

2 weeks ago


 Allegheny Health Network's new urgent care center in Braddock opened Monday.

Backing Braddock: AHN’s health care center is a humane response

Five years ago, the long-suffering former steel town lost its anchor with the closing of the former UPMC Braddock Hospital.

2 weeks ago



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