Opinion


Saturday Poem: Mama Hands

She’s a calligrapher and her hands are her tools. She grasps the quill pen as gently as a dancer’s hip, feather moving high ...

about 7 hours ago


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.

about 7 hours ago


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.

about 7 hours ago


We need candidates to run for the right reasons

Nothing will be accomplished for the good of this country until we have term limits.

about 7 hours ago


Reduce or prevent flooding while helping drought-stricken areas

Piping water to drought areas might help prevent or alleviate flooding from excessive rainfall or snowfall.

about 7 hours ago


Share good news about today's students by covering the English Festival

For more than two decades the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English has hosted this wonderful tribute to literacy.

about 7 hours ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Once there was a peace-loving administration, whose members wanted nothing more than to realize their full potential as human beings.

about 7 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer: Doctors want to help patients, not do data entry

Physicians are experiencing an incessant interference with their work and a deep erosion of their autonomy and authority.

about 7 hours ago


Paul Krugman: America’s national insecurity

Political elites don’t know how Americans live.

about 7 hours ago


Saturday Diary: Tracking down Bullwinkle

I followed a rocky trail looking for the elusive former mafia informant for the DEA.

about 7 hours ago


First Person: The road I traveled

Teaching has taught me how to handle life.

about 7 hours ago


Finish off FIFA

It’s long past time for someone else to run world soccer.

1 day ago


Any plan that doesn’t end property tax is a charade

Look at some of the safeguards that were put in place after the last reassessment so that no taxing authority would reap a windfall.

about 18 hours ago


Part of a movement standing against 'testing mania'

Mary King’s action in refusing to administer the state tests to her ESL students is unique, courageous and pioneering.

1 day ago


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

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

1 day ago


Our bright future represented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Again, great teens and some cutting-edge research.

1 day ago


‘Damping’ difference

It may be that the misuse entered common language because a “wet blanket” is said to “dampen one’s enthusiasm.”

1 day ago


 Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage watches pitchers during workouts on the second day of camp for pitchers and catchers in February at Pirates City in Bradenton, Fla.

Ron Cook: Pirates pitching coach knows what buttons to push

Ray Searage is an outstanding coach who “drives the bus every now and then and grinds the gears.”

1 day ago


Samantha Bennett: Hand-me-downs from the up-and-coming

The furnishings of college dorm rooms have shed the stains of days gone by.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania terrifies new ESL students with testing

For many immigrants, assimilation takes a long time.

1 day ago


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.

1 day ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: If UPMC and Highmark could meet ...

Well, if someone’s got to get UPMC and Highmark together ...

1 day ago


 Frank Sinatra

I’m Frank Sinatra’s cousin!

And you probably are, too!

1 day ago


George F. Will: Campaigns vs. elections

We shouldn’t regulate what people say about candidates.

1 day ago


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.

1 day ago


 Jockey Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah celebrates after winning the 140th Preakness Stakes May 16.

Jennifer Graham: Flogging here, flogging there

Saudi Arabia treats bloggers worse than we treat horses.

2 days ago


FIFA’s mess: The U.S. pursues corruption in world soccer

Pursuit of corruption within FIFA, on various grounds including the choice of venues for World Cups, has long been called for.

2 days ago


North Side revival: Allegheny Center’s transformation could be huge

The enormous property with its sprawling underground garage became a 1960s redevelopment failure.

2 days ago


Painful diagnosis: Doctors must be frank, even when the news is bad

A troubling case before the state Supreme Court asks if parents can sue their doctor for not telling them about a fetus’ birth defects.

2 days ago


My VA care here has been outstanding

Never have I seen or experienced a higher level of care, concern, patience and professionalism.

2 days ago


Kawthar Albe demonstrates love for Pittsburgh and the Sudans

Her love of her South Sudan homeland expresses itself not just in nostalgia but in action to bring about constructive change.

2 days ago


The real noise issue in neighborhoods is caused by motorcyclists

I wish the PG would investigate why the police do not enforce the law regarding blatantly illegal exhaust systems.

2 days ago


Pa. does have time to implement efficient, renewable energy technologies

The idea that the EPA requires 80 percent of emission reductions under the Clean Power Plan by 2020 is a fallacy.

2 days ago


 Jung Ho Kang singles and drives in two runs against the Marlins Wednesday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: When it comes to playing baseball, Kang needs no interpreter

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang continues to win over fans and teammates with his bat, glove, arm, smile and sense of humor.

2 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Ireland’s social revolution

Marriage vote elicits two reactions from Catholic leaders.

2 days ago


Direct from Houston

Natural gas is remaking the Pittsburgh regional economy.

2 days ago


 Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for president at Penn United Technologies in Cabot, Pa., near his boyhood home in Butler County.

Brian O’Neill: Santorum’s vested in yet another run

Rick Santorum returns to what he does best — running for office.

2 days ago


We don’t need geoengineering; we need action from Congress

The May 20 commentary on climate geoengineering described a technique for controlling the warming climate that must never be used.

2 days ago


David Brooks: New-age immigration

Immigrants today are not like the immigrants of yesteryear.

3 days ago


Bad medicine: The county had no choice but to dump Corizon

It’s been obvious for a long time that the private health care company hired to run the jail’s infirmary has not been up to the task.

3 days ago


Texting trouble: Teachers should stick to school-based platforms

School districts must write and enforce strict policies governing off-campus communication.

3 days ago


Congress’ struggles: Even when led by one party, resolution is elusive

One would have thought, with all of Congress in the hands of the GOP, there would be more coherence in the legislative branch of government.

3 days ago


Impose stiff penalties for work zone speeding

Put up these cameras and put some teeth in the rule for drivers who threaten workers’ lives.

3 days ago


Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority leaks are costly

The PWSA needs to effectively identify areas where it might learn from other suppliers how to improve its operations.

3 days ago


PayPal and other companies should summarize the legalese

The vendor would have to supply a summary to allow users to quickly and easily understand their commitments and responsibilities.

3 days ago


 Jeff Locke became the consecutive Pirates starter to earn a victory Tuesday night against the Marlins at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Nice to see Pirates take what's given to them

The streaking Pirates got the job done again Tuesday night, both in the field and at the plate, which can be a beautiful sight to behold.

3 days ago


Reg Henry: Honor the fallen but not follies of war

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

3 days ago


Helping refugees makes our city diverse and saves lives

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh agrees there is a role for the U.S. in helping refugees, such as the Rohingya from Burma.

3 days ago


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.

3 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Conformity on the right

GOP candidates are being forced to march in lockstep.

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