Opinion


 First lady Michelle Obama hugs a group of Girl Scouts during a Lets Move! event on the South Lawn of the White House last Tuesday.

Kathleen Parker: Michelle Obama’s second term

The first lady has found a cause in girls’ education.

about 21 hours ago


Greek dance: With the vote over, the country must get realistic

The Greeks’ referendum can be seen as a dramatic and even expected expression of independence in the face of internationally imposed

about 21 hours ago


Top-flight fine: In Pennsylvania, killers of bald eagles should pay

The bald eagle was removed from the national endangered and threatened species list in 2007.

about 21 hours ago


Criminal acts: Hamas and Israel must account for Gaza violence

Investigators said Israel violated international law in its two-month offensive against Hamas.

about 21 hours ago


The Supreme Court has upended the intentions of the Constitution's framers

The framers of the Constitution created the legislative branch to create laws and also a mechanism to amend the Constitution.

about 21 hours ago


The Supreme Court got it right on same-sex marriage

The court did the right thing on same-sex marriage.

about 21 hours ago


Sen. Toomey should be pushing for Judge Restrepo's confirmation

It’s time to confirm the eminently qualified Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

about 21 hours ago


Religion should stay out of a woman's sexual right to choose

The pope and any religion should stay out of a woman’s sexual right to choose.

about 21 hours ago


Clinton's supporters aren't watching FoxNews

Who in the heck is in the 40 percent” of Pennsylvanians who trust Hillary Clinton?

about 21 hours ago


 Pirates closer Mark Melancon catches the final out May 27 against the Marlins.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Melancon most deserving of All-Star honor

The Pirates’ day started bad with Harrison’s injury, but ended on a high note with a victory and All-Star nods for Melancon and others.

about 21 hours ago


Tony Norman: Donald Trump’s bigotry offers the GOP a great chance to renounce him.

This performance art he’s engaging in has nothing to do with securing enough delegates to win the Republican nomination, Tony Norman writes.

about 21 hours ago


Let Greece go it alone

The EU cannot afford to cave in to deadbeat nations.

about 21 hours ago


 GTECH staffers Gavin White, left, and Lydia Kramer clear weeds in new Propel Northside charter school lot.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Grant program helps give vacant lots a future use

A weedy lot near the Propel Northside charter school will become a classroom when students return.

about 21 hours ago


 american civil war

Confederates made a choice to be un-American

It is not American to take up arms and leave the Union.

about 21 hours ago


Place your bets on climate change

Deny global warming all you want, but it might cost you

about 21 hours ago


George F. Will: The wrinkle in the ACA decision

Chief Justice John Roberts’ deference to clear purpose by Congress or the Framers gives conservatives hope.

1 day ago


Super goal: Hosting the NFL title game should be a priority

Pittsburgh would be an ideal place for the National Football League to hold its 2023 Super Bowl.

1 day ago


Island debtor: Congress must focus on helping Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico debt crisis, resolved for the moment but with $72 billion still to be addressed down the road, requires urgent action.

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Planet in peril: Humans must act against a new mass extinction

A study by researchers at respected universities concludes that species are disappearing 114 times faster than they would normally.

1 day ago


Citizens are sacrificed on the altar of guns

Accusations of heresy are aimed at those who dare to question unrestricted access to firearms or the beneficence of “job creators.”

1 day ago


Boycotters should consider entities that supply Hamas

The United Church of Christ’s legislative body voted to shun corporations that profit from Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

1 day ago


State liquor stores provide a revenue stream for Pennsylvania

Why shift this profit from the LCB into the bank accounts of those who already have too much of our nation’s wealth?

1 day ago


Does the PG forget job losses in its thirst for private liquor stores?

When comparing my personal thirst with the lives and well-being of 4,700 of my neighbors, the choice is obvious.

1 day ago


 With Pedro Alvarez and the offense on a roll, this season could go to some pretty nice places for the Pirates.

Ron Cook: Pirates have makings of something special

With their stellar pitching starting to get a whole lot of help lately from the offense, the Pirates’ future looks very bright.

1 day ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Black churches are liberated by grace

African-American Christians show others how to live the Gospel of love.

1 day ago


 A great spot for Super Bowl LVII.

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Dream about Super Bowl coming here in 2023

Bringing Super Bowl here is something worth dreaming about for the next eight years.

1 day ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Put up a Ferris wheel to top all others

Ferris wheel was great for a weekend, but why not permanently?

1 day ago


In rebuttal: The minimum-wage debate has two sides

Let’s understand the downside to a minimum-wage increase.

1 day ago


 A woman sells dogs and cats by a street in Yulin, in southern China's Guangxi province.  AFP/Getty Images

The dog meat festival in China must be stopped

They do not feed these dogs or give them water, for they are just going to be dinner, hit over the head or killed through other methods.

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David M. Shribman: The Joe Biden (mini-)boom

He’d have a hard time winning the presidency, but he could help Hillary Clinton.

2 days ago


Trade deals are no longer good deals

They enrich corporations and the top 1 percent, but they bust the rest of us.

2 days ago


Wolf vs. Pa.: Only the governor wants a state liquor monopoly

Now that Pennsylvania’s House and Senate have passed liquor privatization, only one person stands in the way: Gov. Tom Wolf.

2 days ago


Avoidable disease: For too many, all it takes is modern sanitation

A United Nations report shows millions of lives can be saved with modern toilet facilities.

2 days ago


Asides: University enrollment drops, the science center gains, diabetes retreats

Pennsylvania loses state university students, Chevron boost STEM education and a UPMC study shows bariatric surgery curbing diabetes.

2 days ago


Gov. Wolf’s budget addresses real problems

We can’t allow budget weaknesses to continue and watch our property taxes go up while our public schools and working families struggle.

2 days ago


Divorcing? Dial it down

Pennsylvania law should encourage couples to collaborate when they split up.

2 days ago


America’s Church of Self-Help

The poor aren’t reaching for the pitchforks because many think they’re to blame for their own poverty.

2 days ago


Christians and Jews must fight hate

Believers cannot let extremists define their religions

2 days ago


Dear U.S. banks,please protect us

You should join the rest of the world and adopt chip-and-PIN credit cards ASAP

2 days ago


Don't kill the LCB, which provides a revenue stream to the state

I don’t understand the economical reasoning behind the Republican push to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor sales.

2 days ago


Confederate rebels were traitors, not Americans

The “rebels” may have been born as Americans, but they forfeited that identity when the states that composed the Confederacy seceded.

2 days ago


Vocational education students shouldn't be segregated from others

The student who struggles with a quadratic equation (who didn’t?) might be great at any number of the other multiple intelligences.

2 days ago


 Friends and family surround Sylvia Wofford Burnett in her room at St. John's Specialty Care Center in Mars on Friday. From left are friend Chari Frederick, brother Gregory Wofford, Sylvia, and friends Wendy Volpe and her son Tino, 6.

Brian O'Neill: Sylvia Burnett dying to host one final blowout

She knows the best time to throw her last party — sometime before she dies. But don’t call it a “funeral party.”

2 days ago


Jack Kelly: Black lives should matter

But many liberalsdon’t seem to think so.

2 days ago


 Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke was much more than just a No. 5 starter Saturday against the Indians.

Gene Collier: History lesson unfurled in Pirates win at PNC Park

The Pirates pitching staff, especially the rotation, keeps proving itself as one of the very best in the majors — right down to Jeff Locke.

2 days ago


Why can’t people be civil to those with other opinions?

We are becoming prisoners of our own intransigence.

2 days ago


 Fireworks background for 4th of July

First Person: Ode to America

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

3 days ago


Destroying emails: Wolf’s inaction hurts the public’s right to know

The Wolf administration’s policy is that emails can be deleted after five days, never to be recovered by Pa.’s Right to Know law.

3 days ago


Flag of liberty: Americans can celebrate the freedom to disagree

There may be red states and blue states, but red, white and blue means one thing: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one.

3 days ago


PG gave redistricting-related ruling scant attention

I was disappointed with the brief and buried description of the Supreme Court decision to uphold Arizona’s impartial citizens’ commission.

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