Pay now or later: Investing in pre-K can head off costlier problems

Advocates and law-enforcement officials present compelling evidence that these investments pay off.

Military burden: Obama warns of a new climate change worry

President Barack Obama last week declared climate change an “immediate risk” to the country’s security.

Customer abuse: UPMC and Highmark refuse to work it out

The people who make up Western Pennsylvania’s dominant health systems have talents. The art of negotiation evidently is not one of them.

Clean waters: EPA’s new streams rule is for the greater good

The new “Waters of the United States” rule will bring under federal regulation the water that supplies 117 million Americans.

Hate speech: A provocateur seeks to inflame with D.C. buses

Pamela Geller is running out of places to run her anti-jihad ads.


David Shribman

David M. Shribman: ‘The Building of the Ship’

Longfellow’s classic poem inspired statesmen and reads especially well on Memorial Day.


Reg Henry

Reg Henry: Honor the fallen but not follies of war

Memorial Day brings grim reminders of the what’s wrong with the present.


Dan Simpson

Dan Simpson: The U.S. has few options in the Middle East

It’s hard to find factions in Iraq or Syria worthy of support.


Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly: Stop blaming George Bush

Obama’s failures have created chaos in Iraq.


Ruth Ann Dailey

Ruth Ann Dailey: David Letterman, the inner voice of an era

From the first time he crossed my path — as a weatherman predicting hail “the size of canned hams” — Letterman has been part of my life.


Jennifer Graham

Jennifer Graham: Flogging here, flogging there

Saudi Arabia treats bloggers worse than we treat horses.