Op Ed Columns


Unhappy lessons from Ferguson

St. Louis County officials show how to outmaneuver a protest movement.

about 19 hours ago


‘Fairness Act’ would hurt small online businesses

They can't possibly keep track of sales taxes in 50 states.

about 19 hours ago


 Comedian Bill Cosby performs Friday in Melbourne, Florida.

Bill Cosby is not so funny anymore

The comedy icon has brushed off sex-assault accusations for years; now they’re sticking.

1 day ago


Welfare vs. human services in Pennsylvania

Here’s why a government name change makes a difference.

1 day ago


America in black & white

On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Rudy Giuliani asked why protesters upset about a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a young black man in

1 day ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Obama has called the GOP's bluff on immigration

The president has forced Republicans’ contradictions into the sunlight, and they don’t like it.

2 days ago


Petula Dvorak / A tribute to Vaclav Havel provides moral clarity

As we gear up for another political fight over immigration, it might be wise for our nation’s leaders to take a stroll to Statuary Hall.

2 days ago


George F. Will / Recalling Nelson Rockefeller

The progressive Republican’s story is instructive for today.

2 days ago


Will cutting carbon kill coal? Only if the industry fails to adapt

New cries of a “war on coal” have emerged in the wake of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules.

3 days ago


 Actress Shoshana Roberts, 24, who was sexually harassed on the streets of New York in a widely circulated video, is a Pittsburgh CAPA graduate.

The shame of the 'mashers': In the early 1900s, sexually harassing women in the streets was a crime

Law enforcement officials used disorderly-conduct and loitering laws to arrest and fine sexual harassers. And today?

3 days ago


How to defeat the Islamic State: A half-hearted U.S. effort will only strengthen the terrorists

President Barack Obama’s strategy in Syria and Iraq is not working.

3 days ago


Tough times for penguins and politicians

Scientists say that fur seals in the Antarctic are having sex with the penguins. This may have been going on for some time.

3 days ago


Cutting edge: Snow vs. global warming

New ideas / Sharp opinions.

3 days ago


Enough Said: Ebola outbreak 2014

Facts that speak for themselves.

3 days ago


The Next Page: How real-world troubles of NFL stars intrude on fantasy football leagues

Now “general managers” of fantasy teams make ethical decisions about fielding troubled players.

3 days ago


Paul Krugman / Today’s immigrants are just like my grandparents

And the least we can do is give already-Americans an opportunity to succeed.

4 days ago


First Person / Orphaned at 67

When I imagine an orphan, I do not see a 67-year-old woman with wrinkling skin and graying hair. I wouldn’t have thought I’d feel so lost.

4 days ago


 Let there be ... the Oglebay Festival of Lights.

Saturday Diary / Oglebay’s festival can light up your night

It’s a sentimental journey to West Virginia for the author, but a truly wonderful holiday experience for anyone.

4 days ago


Saturday Poem / estate

sunday is a wedding dress / in an attic window, hung / from the molding on wire hanger ...

4 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

“I don’t know why these feminists claim there’s so much ’sexual harassment’ everywhere!”

4 days ago


Charles Krauthammer / The climate pact swindle gives China a 16-year pass

If this sounds like the most one-sided deal since Manhattan sold for $24 in 1626, you heard right.

4 days ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / Do politicians love kids?

A poll over the summer found that 71 percent of voters supported a major federal investment in early education.

5 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Jeb Bush, savior?

The most important struggle in American politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party.

5 days ago


Robert F. Powelson and Pamela A. Witmer / Conditions for Uber

Uber will receive an experimental license once it shows it has complied with reasonable driver, vehicle and insurance safeguards.

5 days ago


 Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship

Indicted, finally: The law has caught up with Don Blankenship

Any advanced society needs its people and corporations to obey the law and honor legal commitments.

6 days ago


Kathleen Parker / Francis wants to firm up the family

The pope talks about improving society’s ‘ecology’.

6 days ago


Frank Bruni / From profits to politics

Voters this year go for governors with business experience.

6 days ago


 Sergei Magnitsky's mother, Nataliya Magnitskaya, holds a photo of her late son in 2009. Mr. Magnitsky insisted on speaking out about corruption in Vladimir Putin's Russia, and he paid the price.

Joe Nocera / Putin plays a mean game of hardball

He’ll keep going after anyone who tries to unmask his corruption.

1 week ago


Scott Walker waits his turn

The Wisconsin governor is wise to set aside presidential ambitions for now

1 week ago


Ross Douthat / Will Obama betray us?

Unilateral action on immigration would disgrace his presidency

1 week ago


Speaking freely in Pittsburgh

The campaign against Conflict Kitchen did not represent the entire Jewish community.

1 week ago


Alexandra Petri / Tips for new senators!

Welcome to the United States Senate; now cool it

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Obama and the other electorate

The president appears determined to make progress for the tens of millions who voted for him.

1 week ago


Pa. small businesses deserve e-commerce tax fairness

Congress must close a glaring loophole that hurts Main Street businesses.

1 week ago


George F. Will / A Nazi’s warped idealism

A newly translated book examines mass murderer Adolf Eichmann’s philosophy behind his actions.

1 week ago


Cleaning up the health-care mess

Professor of medicine Herbert L. Fred describes how and why our health-care system is failing.

1 week ago


Coal’s not about to die

In fact, it’s the fastest growing source of energy in the world, reports the Manhattan Institute’s ROBERT BRYCE.

1 week ago


The long road to the new Route 28

Former PG transportation writer Joe Grata looks back at the decades-long renovation of a major Pittsburgh artery.

1 week ago


Beware the charities amendment

This proposal on tax exemption would hamstring local governments in Pennsylvania, argues state Rep. Mike Hanna

1 week ago




Enough Said / Pittsburgh's lack of diversity

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


The Next Page: View from the 82 bus

Ryan Sheets shares his observations from a morning commute from Oakland, through the Hill and into town.

1 week ago


First Person / Two for the price of one! Confessions of a late-night TV addict

The variety of products available is amazing, running the gamut from soup to nuts, though I can’t recall either soup or nuts being offered.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / China, coal and the climate agreement

It was a good week for planet Earth.

1 week ago


 My grandfather, Stephen Magoc, on the day he retired from a long and proud career in Allegheny Ludlum's steel mills.

Saturday Diary / Blown away by Pittsburgh's working class

A few passing words, and I wondered, what did our grandfathers’ generation teach us?

1 week ago


Gail Collins / Washington's lame-duck dynasty

All the world’s a reality show, or at least a show.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem / Works in Progress

Once, I met a woman who had no bad habits. / If she found a stray, she fed it ...

1 week ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

In the final days of the most expensive midterm in history, Republicans made their best case to American voters.

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer / The Gruber confession about Obamacare vindicates the critics

Jonathan Gruber, a principal architect of Obamacare, admits that to get the law passed, it was made deliberately obscure and deceptive.

1 week ago


 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Say goodbye, Nancy and Harry

There comes a time when politicians should just fade away

1 week ago



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