Op Ed Columns


Defining success in Afghanistan

It’s not about achieving perfection; it’s about seeing real progress

about 22 hours ago


 “No” voters campaign against independence for Scotland.

E.J. Dionne Jr. / For the love of Scotland

The Scots are more likely to vote with their heads than their hearts.

about 22 hours ago


I’m being left behind

Small steps toward a living wage aren’t enough for low-paid workers like me.

about 22 hours ago


As Others See It / Fracking is not the threat

Water problems are caused by faulty wells, which need to be better regulated.

about 22 hours ago


It’s not just about Scotland

Nation-states are decaying all over the world as globalization takes its toll.

1 day ago


David Brooks / Where’s the fire department?

There should be a medical emergency force ready to fight outbreaks like Ebola.

1 day ago


Ross Douthat / Christians in the Middle East are threatened with genocide

They need our help, yet many would-be allies carp about their own issues.

2 days ago


Catherine Rampell / Atlantic City blues

The get-rich-quick town is going broke … again

2 days ago


George F. Will / Scotland’s epic vote

The desire of many in Scotland to separate from the United Kingdom affects much more than economics. It’s a matter of ethnic pride.

3 days ago


Maureen Dowd / What lesson did Roger Goodell take from his dad’s courage?

To his political detriment, Sen. Charles Goodell tried to force Richard Nixon to withdraw troops faster from Vietnam.

3 days ago


Sometimes a watch should just be a watch

No, Apple. This time you have gone too far.

3 days ago


 A historical plague near the William Pitt Union in Oakland, site of the founding convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1914.

Pittsburgh: birthplace of the VFW

The largest veterans advocacy organization in the country was founded here 100 years ago, recounts historian JONATHAN NEU.

4 days ago


Pennsylvania legislators: Stop the overdoses

I’ve lost two brothers to drug addiction. Our lawmakers can help other families avoid this fate, writes consultant JASON SNYDER.

4 days ago


 An artist's rendering of the new bike lanes on Penn Avenue Downtown. (Not shown: opinion of driver of car.)

Enough about the bikes, bikes, bikes

Sure, make more bike lanes, but Pittsburgh has bigger transportation issues to deal with.

4 days ago


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Birth control for the well-to-do

Conservative candidates are coming out for birth control, but not for everybody, explains the American Prospect’s PAUL WALDMAN.

4 days ago


Gail Collins / A man with a plan

At the least the president appears to believe he’s on the right track

4 days ago


Cutting Edge: New ideas / Sharp opinions

On race-shaming, teacher fantasies and more ...

4 days ago


Enough Said / Donations vs. Diseases

Facts that speak for themselves.

4 days ago


The Next Page: A Chippewa woman’s legal fight with Pittsburgh’s leading men

Lawrenceville historian Jude Wudarczyk unearths the details of a 19th-century battle with an unlikely plaintiff.

4 days ago


Saturday Diary / The tragic life of Tyke the elephant

I covered her first escape from the circus, but there was another one ...

5 days ago


First Person / The poor state of our teeth

We need to make sure everyone has good dental care.

5 days ago


Paul Krugman / Scots, don’t do it

Independence would be fiscal folly.

5 days ago




Charles Krauthammer / President Obama sounds an uncertain trumpet, again

Mr. Obama’s reluctance and ambivalence to taking on the Islamic State are obvious.

5 days ago


Restore the NFL’s reputation?

If you can throw, catch or punt or otherwise assist down the field a leather spheroid 11 inches across and 22 around, you are set for life.

6 days ago


Recipes for terror: An Islamic State computer reveals the making and training of a terrorist

The laptop makes clear that its owner has one huge passion: destruction.

6 days ago


Putting politics over policy: Obama turns autocratic while Democrats delay action

Obama wanted to try another experiment in unilateral government, was persuaded it would hurt Democrats in the coming election and backed up.

6 days ago


 A picture of the original World Trade Center towers is reflected in a window of the National September 11 Museum through which stands 1 World Trade Center in New York.

Looking back at more innocent times before 9/11

The World Trade Center was always in my life, until it wasn’t anymore

1 week ago


The beheaders are trying to steal my beautiful faith

Radical Islamism has declared war on Islam.

1 week ago


Thomas L. Friedman / It takes a mentor to make a difference

The college you go to doesn’t matter as much as the experience you have there.

1 week ago


Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment

Tim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions.

1 week ago


Catherine Rampell / Only college graduates need apply

Employers often require applicants to have more schooling than they really need.

1 week ago


Let Condi Rice run the NFL

She has expressed interest in the job and Roger Goodell has blown it.

1 week ago


Healthy PA is good for all Pennsylvanians

It will expand access to health care while saving taxpayers money.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Moderates fight back

The cost of turning rightward might be high for the Republican Party

1 week ago


Twitter should leave our feeds alone and let us use our own news filters

It should not go the way of Facebook.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd / Is it WW III or just Twitter?

Social media or not, the president must deal with the world’s messy reality.

1 week ago


Will Scotland break free from the United Kingdom?

Scots have always gone their own way and soon could have their own country.

1 week ago


Pollinator policy: The federal honeybee fixation might just be overstated

The feds’ new Pollinator Health Task Force seems like a bureaucratic flight of fancy.

1 week ago


 Wreckage from USAir flight 427. It took more than five years to determine the cause of the crash.

Lessons from Flight 427

The 1994 crash in Beaver County left behind one of the greatest mysteries in American aviation.

1 week ago


American nihilists join up with the Islamic State

U.S. citizens used to enlist in foreign armies out of idealism; those fighting for the Islamic State, not so much

1 week ago


Turn more workers into capitalists

A Duquesne business professor offers one way to help close the income gap.

1 week ago


 Fearless Eyes

Exactly where are the gates of hell?

It's hard to say, but we will chase the Islamic State to them wherever they are.

1 week ago


I can read your mind

Well, not really, but I may be able to sooner than you think, writes professor Noah Smith

1 week ago




Germany, the reluctant leader, remains mired in the past

Europe is led by a country that doesn’t want the job.

1 week ago


 A photo taken in 2002 of the 1860 barn and 1906 frame house Louise McClenathan visited in the 1930s.

Halcyon days at a Washington County farm (pre-fracking)

Long before the Yeager Impoundment became a source of controversy, the site was part of Louise McClenathan family’s peaceful homestead.

1 week ago


Enough Said / The new white minority

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / The Medicare miracle

Costs are going down, in part due to Obamacare

1 week ago


First Person / The Kevorkian conundrum

As our loved ones decline, we muddle through.

1 week ago



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