Op Ed Columns


Opinion: UPMC’s costly divorce from Highmark

Pittsburghers need to know what will happen for them regarding charges after the split.

about 22 hours ago


Dan Simpson / Nations are in a state of flux

Humpty Dumpty states may never be put back together again.

about 22 hours ago


'Credit invisibles' would benefit from a bill enabling positive reports

In addition to HR 2538, financial literacy education would go a long way in helping young people.

about 22 hours ago


 Pedestrians walk past the August Wilson Center on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

Opinion: Saving the August Wilson Center

There’s no pretense involved, just a realistic new course.

1 day ago


Playing soldier in the suburbs

Ferguson shows that the SWAT mentality has gone too far.

1 day ago


Irish still fighting over the past

As Scotland is debating its future, Ireland is debating its past.

1 day ago


George F. Will / Corporate inversions are sensible

Far from being unpatriotic, these mergers with overseas corporations strengthen the U.S. economy.

2 days ago


Maureen Dowd / The Obama administration tries to suffocate the press

The president and Justice Department have proved to be stunning hypocrites regarding press freedom.

2 days ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / Nuns are the real superheroes for our time

We should all spend more time emulating them, rather than investigating or mocking them.

2 days ago


I cannot manage to die

Pitt health law pioneer Nathan Hershey explains why he wishes to die and how the law will not allow it.

3 days ago


The Ebola effect

West Africa is so much more than the sum of its troubles, explains returned Peace Corps volunteer Chris Merriman.

3 days ago


Fight climate change with natural gas

People don’t realize that shale gas has helped us reduce carbon emissions, writes petroleum geologist John J. Interval

3 days ago


Everything OK? In Israel, no.

We must apply our hopes and ingenuity to finding peace with the Palestinians, writes Rabbi Donniel Hartman

3 days ago


Cowboys don’t summer on Martha's Vineyard

Politicians are so out of touch, they don’t even know how to relax anymore

3 days ago


Ferguson, Missouri: Black city, white leaders

The issue boils down to who votes.

3 days ago




Enough Said / Urban ideologies

Facts that speak for themselves.

3 days ago


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The Next Page / 'Chutz-Pow': Ordinary superheroes of the Holocaust

The ToonSeum and Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh have produced “Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust.”

3 days ago


First Person / Having gone to war, I can’t enjoy a ball game anymore

I can no longer sit and enjoy such things because there will forever be a piece of me in Iraq.

4 days ago


Paul Krugman / Saving Lake Erie

Government regulations can be pretty helpful.

4 days ago


Saturday Poem / The Stairs at Dilworth School

A century’s stream of little feet / Has worn the black stone stairs at Dilworth School...

4 days ago


Charles Krauthammer / Hillary Clinton pinpointed the problem with Obama’s foreign policy

Leave it to Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: total absence of strategic thinking.

4 days ago


Saturday Diary / As I left my students behind, they called me a flower

My last day of school I received a handwritten card from one of my most difficult classes ...

4 days ago


Doyle McManus / Iraq war No. 4

Make no mistake, this intervention is no small thing

5 days ago


Keeping a digital eye on the cops

Citizens can hold police accountable by recording their actions.

5 days ago


Myths about the social safety net

Let me tell you who gets what from Uncle Sam.

5 days ago


 Followers of the ancient Yazidi religion pray in the mountains of northwest Iraq after being driven from their homes by fighters of the Islamic State.

George F. Will / The Islamic State fills the void

Obama’s diffidence and half measures are making the world more dangerous.

6 days ago


 Robin Williams

Maureen Dowd / It’s the loyalty, stupid

Robin Williams made us laugh; Hillary Clinton makes us wonder

6 days ago


PG editorial cartoon was anti-Semitic

It employed hateful stereotypes of Jews and Israel.

6 days ago


Sneaking up on the NCAA

College players keep gaining clout, one lawsuit at a time

1 week ago


Just call me Catherine Inc.

If corporations are people, why can’t people be corporations?.

1 week ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / Starting life on first base

Those who start on third often don’t recognize the advantages they enjoy.

1 week ago


When does a president go too far?

As the battle intensifies over how much authority President Barack Obama has to take executive measures in the face of congressional

1 week ago


Grant Oliphant / Turning the August Wilson Center into a hotel would be a grievous loss for Pittsburgh

Destroying the August Wilson Center would not save anything. It would just destroy, and we all would be the poorer.

1 week ago


George F. Will / Disease and danger: Ebola is a reminder of nature's devastating power

Although the Ebola virus might remain mostly confined to West Africa, it has infected the Western imagination.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd / Back to Iraq: That nation has a malignant hold on us

Just when Americans thought they could stop trying to figure out the difference between Sunnis and Shiites, we’re in a new war in Iraq.

1 week ago


Life in the not-so-fast lane

My mother used to say things just to make me mad. Like most teenagers, I thought I knew everything.

1 week ago


Shore up our electric grid

The federal government needs a comprehensive strategy to keep the lights on, argues the CEO of the Allegheny Conference.

1 week ago


'Not a mystery' why Republicans are blind facts on climate change

A PG/iMediaEthics poll finds political ideology shaping receptiveness to scientific fact.

1 week ago


The Next Page / Pittsburgh, the rising entertainment industry star

With interest already high, Carl Kurlander says, the city can become more of a capital for movies, TV and digital entertainment.

1 week ago


Pursuing the Rwandan Dream with online and low-cost learning

New methods of education are creating new middle classes around the world, reports La Roche College professor Jeff Ritter.

1 week ago


 We even have a geek in the White House: Barack Obama, son of Jor El, born not in Kenya but on Krypton.

Geeks and nerds have taken over the world: Resistance is futile

The leader of Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum suggests we all get used to it

1 week ago


Gail Collins / Let’s talk about pandas and politics

The do-nothing members of Congress have gone home to conduct do-little campaigns

1 week ago


New ideas / Sharp opinions

Help the Kurds

1 week ago


The latest food fad in Russia: the Soviet diet

Propaganda-resistant citizens have been stocking up on the last French cheese they’re going to see for a while ...

1 week ago


Enough Said / Ebola unleashed

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / Obama’s other success

Dodd-Frank financial reform, while far from perfect, is doing its job

1 week ago


Saturday Diary / Relax, Kate. Calm down. Adulthood can wait.

Since childhood, I’ve been champing at the bit to be an adult and start my “real life.” Then Spirit dies, and I’m growing more patient.

1 week ago


First Person / Finding magic in Pittsburgh

It’s easy; just go to the Gemini Children’s Theater

1 week ago


Saturday Poem / Original Sin

... Cain gorged on apple — / epidemics of killing, / fierce and everywhere — ...

1 week ago



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