Opinion


 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence explains that he wants legislation to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.

David Brooks: Religious liberty vs. equality

Gay rights should be pursued with persuasion, not coercion.

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 High-profile residents such as Target have aided in East Liberty's revitalization.

A better East Liberty: A nonprofit group bought buildings to fight crime

East Liberty Development Inc. deserves kudos and continued support.

about 9 hours ago


Open the books: U.S. contractors should disclose political spending

President Obama could fix this piece of injustice easily with an executive order, but he hasn’t.

about 9 hours ago


A taxing problem: The IRS needs stronger measures to fight fraud

The IRS collects $2.4 trillion each year, and the agency fails taxpayers with every fraudulent refund it issues.

about 9 hours ago


After-school programs keep kids healthy

More than 10 million kids nationwide — and 321,296 kids in Pennsylvania — attend after-school programs.

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Allegheny County judge is right about alternative

Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus should be commended for efforts to provide an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders.

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Gun defense in Pennsylvania

I am writing in response to the March 29 letter “Gun-Rights Advocate’s Rosa Parks Comparison is Deplorable” from Wynona Hawkins Harper.

about 9 hours ago


A poor design for U.S. Steel site

Diana Nelson Jones’ March 24 column “No Room for Blandness with New U.S Steel Site” was spot on and well put.

about 9 hours ago


Banks should take care of customers first

A PG brief said PNC CEO William Demchak received a 42 percent increase in his compensation last year, which brings him to $11.3 million.

about 9 hours ago


Reg Henry: Ted Cruz and Co. do the time warp again

This stirring of old resentments, the rekindling of the culture war that seemed lost, amazes those of us with calendars.

about 8 hours ago


Dan Simpson: A strange start to April

The Ukrainian president heads for the Caymans as lions roam Mt. Lebanon

about 9 hours ago


The passing of Howard Johnson’s America

Those orange-roofed icons of an era are almost gone.

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 Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels and supporters take part in a demonstration in the southwestern city of Taez against the Saudi-led military intervention in the country on March 29.

An unsettling alliance: A joint force in Yemen could be trouble for the United States

U.S. officials should encourage Arab allies to talk to Yemen's Houthi rebels.

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Heed the sign: City council should adopt uniform naming rules

The new policy will ensure that those who have city features named in their honor are worthy.

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Long-distance checkup: An astronaut’s year in space will aid future trips

Comparing twin brothers living in radically different environments will help us send humans to the planets some day.

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Nursing homes are often the best option

No one should be in a nursing home if they don’t need the type of intensive care the centers provide.

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Beware the amendment on Pennsylvania charities

The commonwealth deserves a real debate on which organizations are tax-exempt.

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 Kris Letang is helped off the ice after receiving a hit from Arizona's Shane Doan during the second period Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Penguins wouldn't win Stanley Cup without Kris Letang

Even with veterans Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi, a Penguins defense corps minus star Kris Letang likely isn’t capable of winning it all.

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Tony Norman: The case for accepting all apologies with grace

Responding to any apology — public or private — with cynicism is one of the worst things a person can do to another human being.

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 The thwarted North Side gardeners: From left to right, Renee Rosensteel, Karen Fellabaum and Lisa Anderson.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Bureaucratic inanity blocks garden project for prison’s halfway house

A prison-community garden project on the North Side falls to bureaucratic interpretation of governor’s no-gift order.

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Margaret Carlson: Ellen Pao leaned in

And she got clobbered for it by the Kleiner boys club

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 Jeb Bush: his own man?

Maureen Dowd: The Bushworld tangle shows Jeb wants things both ways

He’s being yanked in a tug of war between his father’s side and his brother’s side, which publicly demands that Jeb go full-hawk.

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 The United States has opposed the new Chinese undertaking, in spite of President Barack Obama’s highly publicized 2012 “pivot to Asia.”

Bank on it: The U.S. should join China’s new Asian venture

The United States has unsuccessfully opposed some of its key allies’ decisions to join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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Historic find: A remnant of the past belongs in public hands

A time capsule found in the demolished Brashear Telescope Factory is at the center of an unseemly tug of war.

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Chokehold: The FDIC was off base in shutting bank accounts

Operation Choke Point should be shuttered. Prosecutorial authority extends only to crime, not its potential.

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Obamacare is full of expensive illusions

The Affordable Care Act remains a very, very expensive bill of goods forced on the American people.

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The Affordable Care Act has been a godsend to me

March 23 marked the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and has anyone noticed the sky has not fallen?

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See the truth of God and creation

Because God lives, we live, and he brings a special quality and meaning to our living and our being.

2 days ago


Port Authority, we have no buses to ride

Seniors get a free pass? There’s nothing to ride for free!

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Sharon Randall: Principal showed principles behind a life well lived

Former high school principal was one example of a life well lived.

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 Marc-Andre Fleury is congratulated after helping the Penguins pull out a shootout victory Sunday night.

Ron Cook: Chris Kunitz shows signs of shaking slump for Penguins

Veteran winger Chris Kunitz could be snapping out of his funk at just the right time for the Penguins.

2 days ago


Stop the barrel bombs: the deadliest weapons in Syria's civil war

Pushed from helicopters, the barrels -- packed with explosives, nails, glass, even axes -- explode onto markets, hospitals and homes.

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George F. Will: Time will tell if voters want more of the Clintons' troubling behavior

An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: In Indiana, let love and freedom ring

“We shouldn’t discriminate against people because of who they love,” said Hillary Clinton. I agree. But that’s happening to some people.

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Give the PSO a chance to update your perception

I’m writing in regard to the March 15 front-page article “Survey: PSO Out of Sync With Potential Audiences.”

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The coming revolution in college admissions

MOOCs (massive open online courses) can better predict college success than SATs.

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David M. Shribman: The pre-primaries are well underway

Nineteen months before the 2016 presidential election, the candidates are fully engaged.

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GOP, MIA: The city-county ballot has too few Republicans

Americans call it the two-party system, but in Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh it’s hard to see why.

3 days ago


Prime problem: Bankers forget a lesson on high-risk lending

Subprime car loans are a problem, not only for the consumers who take them out, but for the banks that allow them.

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Asides: Robert Morris men's basketball, Pitt women's basketball and ALS fundraiser and fighter Neil Alexander

Local teams in NCAA’s March Madness finally lost but still came home winners, and ALS claims a local man who showed how to win at life.

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Brian O'Neill: On Allegheny County Council, the rubber stamp rules

The process, not the picks, should be the concern for any fan of democracy.

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Let’s recognize the benefits of historic properties

Let’s do away with the notion that any development is good development.

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 A street in East Liberty with houses developed by ELDI, with prototypes by Pfaffmann + Associates.

How did East Liberty become safer? Buying out homes that housed criminals

Whole Foods and Home Depot made East Liberty a destination, but a real estate strategy made it possible to get to sleep at night.

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 A sunrise over Downtown Pittsburgh in 2012, seen from Mount Washington.

Smoke used to get in our eyes

Pittsburgh’s pollution-control initiatives offer lessons for the future of our planet.

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The U.S. war crime North Korea won’t forget

The Kims exploit memories of the carpet bombing of their country.

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‘Prisons without bars’

Gradually reintroducing inmates to society could reduce crime and the cost of locking people up.

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Gail Collins: When Nancy met Johnny

Today, concerned citizens, we will consider when we want our elected representatives to just throw in the towel and get something done.

3 days ago


NCAA players with hunger pangs should buy food like the rest of us

Did it ever occur to these students and their families that there may be some need to take care of themselves?

3 days ago


The U.S. was in Vietnam before JFK

I was in Vietnam in 1958 with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Nha Trang. We were called “advisers” then.

3 days ago


The test-taking culture in schools is having a negative impact

I had the opportunity to attend the “Test-In on High Stakes Testing” event organized by the grass-roots group Yinzercation.

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