Op Ed Columns


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First Person: Ode to America

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

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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 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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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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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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Dan Simpson: Americans have allowed guns to spread and unions to fail

Americans are acting against their own best interests by allowing unions to be smothered and by not controlling guns.

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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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 Clementa Pinckney, martyred pastor of Mother Emanuel.

Clementa / Clemente

The martyred pastor and the beloved Pirates star shared a name and a history.

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It's time to legalize polygamy

Yes, it's true; group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.

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 Robert E. Lee

The Confederates were Americans, too

They thought they were the ones upholding American values.

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Paul Krugman: Celebrate Obamacare

Ignore the naysayers; it’s working and it’s here to stay.

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Gay marriage decision is one for the ages

Justice Kennedy's ruling will stand with Brown v. Board of Education

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My fallen star

Patrick Risha was a Mon Valley football phenomenon, for which he paid a terrible price.

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 Leonardo da Vinci

If da Vinci designed our schools

He wouldn’t separate vocational students from the college-bound

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Guns, race and that flag

They’ve always been bound together in America.

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 "My grandmother, Stella, first appears in the Post-Gazette archives at age 13, in August 1922. There she is, knee deep in a swimming pool at Emma Farm camp, with her long hair tied up in a rag."

Almost kidnapped

PG archives bring old family adventures back to life.

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Assault weapons are fun

Gun-rights advocates push weighty constitutional arguments, but the lure of firearms can be pretty basic.

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Rachel Maddow: Two words: Supreme Court

The next president could remake our most disruptive branch of government for a generation

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 A woman crouches in the rubble of her home in Gorkha.

The Next Page: For 3 Pittsburgh friends, a trek in Nepal became more than a “gap year” adventure

They encourage people who want to help to invest in smaller, Nepali-led grass-roots movements and know exactly where your money is going.

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Jonathan Capehart: Marriage for all

Justice Kennedy recognizes a sea change in American life

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First Person: In Pittsburgh, of Pittsburgh

We feel a part of the place now, which comes as a surprise

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Saturday Diary: I need more data about me

Such as, what am I really passionate about?

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Saturday Poem: To the Refuse Collector Singing Gospel

Flanked by the roar of your truck / the scrape and clank of mechanisms / your morning lament cries out . . .

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 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the umpteen governors running for president.

Gail Collins: The governors are piling up

They’re running for president while competing with each for business.

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 Chief Justice John Roberts

George F. Will: Roberts over-reaches

The justices save Obamacare, damage the Constitution.

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Roberts’ Obamacare decision limits executive power

The Supreme Court rules that judges, not regulators, must interpret major laws like the Affordable Care Act.

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This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Item No. 1: We mustn’t politicize the tragedy.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: The right to be free from guns

We need an anti-tobacco-like PR strategy to explain the dangers of guns.

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Why fight climate change?

The world isn’t about to hit its carbon targets, but small steps add up.

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Breaking the cycle of poverty

It can be done, and great teaching is one of the ways.

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A hint of chaos to come

If Obamacare subsidies disappear, GOP members of Congress will be in a fix.

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Paul Krugman: Slavery’s long shadow

Racial politics still divides North and South.

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Who’s really white anymore?

African-American culture reaches every corner of the country.

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Ban gifts to legislators

As things stand, they can accept anything from anybody.

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 Antonee Martin, left, and her mother, Latrechia Jackson, visit a memorial in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed Wednesday. Among them was Ms. Jackson's aunt,  Susie Jackson.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The politics of evasion

Charleston shows how we refuse to deal with guns and race.

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Charles M. Blow: Jeb Bush and single mothers

Poverty is about being poor, not about being unwed

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It was a good day to fold up the Confederate flag

The Supreme Court let Texas ban the stars and bars from its license plates.

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Fight facism — buy Dad a gift

Father’s Day is rooted in the traditional concept of Dad as provider.

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Raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania

Don't listen to the doomsayers; it would do a lot more good than harm.

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A student's pursuit of happiness: Why I traded exclusive private education for a city high school

After attending elementary and middle school at a private school, I switched to the city’s Obama Academy. Best move I’ve ever made.

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Turning animals into weapons

‘Jurassic World’ is ahead of its time, but not by much.

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Postpartum depression hits fathers, too

But only a small percentage of depressed dads seek help.

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