Opinion


 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren the warrior

The fighting senator from Massachusetts actually has a chance to win

about 20 hours ago


 The latest budget deal in Congress was attained through compromise, even if arrived at grudgingly.

Budget fireworks: Politics aside, Congress shows an ability to agree

The government won't shut down but last-minute maneuvers revealed some of the sinkholes ahead.

about 20 hours ago


 Center Township's MRAP Vehicle

Military police: Local officers should resist Pentagon war vehicles

Law enforcement agencies should exercise caution in using military-style equipment and tactics.

about 20 hours ago


Moon junk: Do people really want to trash the lunarscape?

It’s a bit short-sighted to treat the moon as Earth’s very own cosmic attic

about 20 hours ago


It's time to just abandon football

Or at least require schools to fully insure their football playing students

about 20 hours ago


Wellness penalties are counterproductive

A little bit of carrot and a little bit of stick and maybe employers can nudge workers to be healthier.

about 20 hours ago


When is use of force by officer OK?

As a retired probation/​parole officer, I read the Dec. 10 David Brooks column “Cops See a Threatening World” with great interest.

about 20 hours ago


Pittsburgh needs better bicyclists

Require bike riders to take training to ride safely and adhere to the rules of the road. They should also pay for using the roads.

about 20 hours ago


Reg Henry: Playing sports can be an odd thing to do

There is no "i" in team or unusual

about 20 hours ago


End mandatory minimum sentences in Pennsylvania

They fill our prisons at great expense but do little to improve public safety.

about 20 hours ago


Dan Simpson: Torture is un-American

And it encourages enemies to torture our people

about 20 hours ago


Black and white worlds collide in tragedy

Brown and Garner deaths highlight differences over domain

1 day ago


 For months UPMC has run TV commercials and newspaper ads warning that Highmark insurance customers could lose access to in-network treatment at UPMC on Jan. 1.

UPMC’s messages: Highmark customers are feeling manipulated

All of sudden UPMC decides to charge Highmark customers in-network rates

1 day ago


Justice for Rocco: The killer of a police dog deserves a stiff sentence

John Rush was found guilty of 11 charges and ought to get the maximum penalty.

1 day ago


$1.1 trillion in spending? This is no way to run a U.S. finances

How absurd is it to have a single vote to appropriate $1.1 trillion in spending? No one could possibly grasp what is in that bill.

1 day ago


Let Pennsylvania nurse practitioners help ease care shortages

The shortage is about to get worse. Starting in January, more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians will be eligible for Medicaid through Healthy PA.

1 day ago


Red states seem to love getting welfare from the federal government

Nine of the top 10 “takers” are Republican-controlled states. Yet they attempt to eliminate unions, suppress the minimum wage, etc.

1 day ago


In the aftermath of Ferguson, Eric Garner case, call for better police

In these cases, there is a pattern of extreme brutality and the scales are tipping toward injustice.

1 day ago


Classical music matters: WQED-FM radio is a gem

WQED-FM is a vital resource for all of the classical music organizations, both professional and amateur, in Western Pennsylvania.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Bill Cosby issues curious call to black media

The comedy icon made a request of black media, who must cover his scandal thoroughly.

1 day ago


 A West Oakland Light Up Night event  at The Corner

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: The Corner is one special place for West Oakland

West Oakland’s The Corner plans to enhance amenities for little, cut-off neighborhood.

1 day ago


 Brett Keisel and Cameron Heyward celebrate after forcing Browns quarterback Jason Campbell to fumble during a game last season at Heinz Field on Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Ron Cook: Keisel molds Heyward into a force

Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward is turning into a star, but friend and mentor Brett Keisel saw that coming long before it happened.

1 day ago


Who’s been playing Caesar?

Obama's helping some immigrants; Bush and Cheney ran a secret torture program.

1 day ago


Gail Collins / This year, we get to talk about the cromnibus at our holiday parties!

Here's a primer on how to get the conversation going.

1 day ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama’s Boehner bailout

The president should be far more attentive to his allies in the future.

2 days ago


Pass the plan: The county’s restaurant grading system is ready

Restaurant owners are refusing to swallow the county health department’s proposed A-B-C grading plan.

2 days ago


Subdued Hong Kong: The protest retreats, with losses on both sides

The demonstrations in Hong Kong against Beijing rule that played out for some 75 days have been brought to an end by Chinese authorities.

2 days ago


Assault on the facts: Rolling Stone’s tale subverts public confidence

To say that Rolling Stone’s journalism was shoddy would be an understatement.

2 days ago


The health care situation continues to be a mess

I changed to UPMC so I could keep the hospitals near my home. Guess what? I don’t get to keep my excellent Allegheny Health Network doctor.

2 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Black officers who walked the thin blue line

Listening in as two retired city police detectives, both African-American, talked straight to a room of black teenage boys.

2 days ago


UPMC burdens citizens by not paying a fair share of taxes

It is a multibillion-dollar global corporation masquerading as a nonprofit.

2 days ago


Many in Allegheny County share the transit pain

The problem is nobody cares about communities like ours with large numbers of low-income individuals, families and elderly.

2 days ago


Fox News hardly sparkles with dim reporting

This busy holiday season, things will be a little calmer if you just turn off Fox “News.”

2 days ago


The weather in Pittsburgh was welcome for us

When I arrived in Welland, Ontario, Canada from Scotland in April 1955, my strappy, high heels sank into a foot of snow.

2 days ago


Climate incentives: Link aid to emissions progress by developing nations

The United Nations climate talks in Lima have highlighted two fundamental sticking points over how to deal with climate change.

2 days ago


George F. Will: Tax reform cheer

Departing U.S. Rep. Dave Camp believes sensible tax reform can be achieved.

2 days ago


 Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown stiff-arms Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant Sunday in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Antonio Brown the gift that keeps on giving for Steelers

Antonio Brown's statistics are staggering, but it's his work ethic and consistency that make him the tough call for Steelers MVP this year.

2 days ago


Purveyors of tolerance have been seeking LGBT justice

Justice arrives at a painfully slow pace, but on this issue it has arrived.

2 days ago


 MoonMail lets you "immortalize your keepsakes on the Moon." Forever.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Astrobotics' MoonMail: the gift that keeps on orbiting

The time has come to send something other then men to the moon, like locks of hair.

2 days ago


Is this the end of football?

A former federal administrative law judge explains how legal liability for long-term injuries and other challenges could kill football.

3 days ago


David M. Shribman: All is not calm

This holiday season is full of contention, including within the incoming Republican majority.

3 days ago


Gun absurdity: Laws can’t work when big loopholes invite abuse

It was illegal for convicted felon Jody Lee Hunt to purchase a firearm, but he did so via the Internet from an unsuspecting seller.

3 days ago


Taxes owed: A county audit finds underpayment by Hertz

Hertz told the county the underpayment was due to a computer error and has been fixed.

3 days ago


Asides: Honeck's Vatican Christmas, Officer Sciullo's honor and Chief McLay's swearing-in

PSO director receives a papal invitation, late Officer Sciullo rates a floral tribute and Pittsburgh Police Chief McLay becomes official.

3 days ago


Higher parking rates drive people away

Imagine the boost to the city if Pittsburgh became known nationally for low-cost, or even free, parking.

3 days ago


Marriage equality is good for the church

The Rev. Randy Bush of East Liberty Presbyterian Church describes how welcoming same-gender marriages has enriched his congregation.

3 days ago


Immigration reform is long overdue

Pittsburgh lawyer Joel Pfeffer says Pennsylvanians should support the president’s executive order and urge Congress to act.

3 days ago


Connie Schultz: The racists are ranting

But as long as the rest of us refuse to despair, they will lose in the end.

3 days ago


Are lefties better than the right-handed?

Being one, columnist Peter R. Orszag would like to say yes but the latest research doesn’t help.

3 days ago


Brian O'Neill: The city’s parking game takes a new, costlier turn

The higher street fees are expected to be part of the Monday budget. Let the games begin.

3 days ago



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