Opinion


People have valid concerns about fragrance ingredients

Women for a Healthy Environment hosts a campaign to raise consumer awareness about the potential health effects of fragranced products.

about 5 hours ago


Yellow Cab should stop crying to the PUC about ride sharing

Yellow Cab for years has had egg on its face for not providing the right service.

about 5 hours ago


Photo of Putin's visit with Patriarch Kirill was out of place in airliner news package

Vladimir Putin’s visit to a monastery was purely religious. Orthodox Christians found the photo placement offensive.

about 5 hours ago


Will the Russian Orthodox Church offer Putin any criticism?

I pray for the conversion of the Russian Orthodox Church so that it will return to Gospel leadership.

about 5 hours ago


Stage 62's "Side Show" is a wonderful production

“Come look at the freaks” begins one of the best local theater productions to hit Pittsburgh in a long time.

about 5 hours ago


Supreme Court ruling means employers can control women's choices

Whose “right of freedom of choice” did the contraception ruling affect? Was it for the owner of a business or for the female worker?

about 5 hours ago


 Ventriloquist Bob Rumba has a case full of characters and a closed mouth full of voices.

Brian O’Neill: Multi-faceted Rumba — one entertaining guy

’Twas late one afternoon during the Three Rivers Arts Festival that I first saw him

about 5 hours ago


 Balloons

Hold off on flying garbage when marking special occasions

Thank you for the column by Linda Wilson Fuoco about helping birds survive the summer (“Pet Tales,” July 19).

about 8 hours ago


Israel warns civilians before acting to stop Hamas missiles

Rob Rogers’ July 22 cartoon conveys the false message that Israel’s bombing in Gaza is a “heinous and cowardly” act.

about 8 hours ago


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Reading should be a family affair

But parents can’t help their children learn to read if they can’t read well themselves.

about 5 hours ago


How to save Gaza ... and keep Israel and Hamas from fighting yet another war

Israel must work with Abbas to control Hamas while Gaza is demilitarized.

about 5 hours ago


George Will / Goldwater 2.0: California candidate Neel Kashkari could remake the GOP brand

He's a pro-choice, pro-same-sex-marriage Republican with fiscal common sense.

about 5 hours ago


Safety first: Post-Ukraine, Tel Aviv flight ban makes sense

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, currently centered on Gaza, took on important implications for Americans Tuesday.

about 8 hours ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Mo­tor­cy­clists de­liv­ered twice in help­ing out a lost mo­tor­ist

On a driv­ing tour on July 6, we got lost. We saw two mo­tor­cy­clists about to leave a gas sta­tion.

about 6 hours ago


West Mifflin has a point: State shortchanges the district on Duquesne students

West Mifflin says it costs $15,000 to educate a child, but it only receives $10,655 for each Duquesne student.

about 8 hours ago


Discrimination targeted: Obama signs an order to help federal workers

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

about 8 hours ago


Alone with their watts: Research delivers a shock

Subjects would rather take an electric jolt than sit quietly without their toys.

about 5 hours ago


 Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hits a home run from the left side of the plate

Gene Collier: Pirates lineup takes advantage of lefty-friendly dimensions

Pirates left-handed hitters combined for three home runs in a 12-7 win against the Dodgers -- finally putting PNC Park's landscape to use.

1 day ago


Rob Rogers' cartoon is unfair to Israel

Tuesday morning’s cartoon (“Which Is the More Heinous and Cowardly Act?” July 22) really bothered me.

1 day ago


America still has not learned its lessons about militarization

We should have paid attention to Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex.

1 day ago


Neither Obama nor Putin is showing accountability

President Obama declared “We have to make sure that the truth is out and that accountability exists” in response to the downing of MH17.

1 day ago


Holy Family Institute sees the face of Christ in immigrant children

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul — Diocesan Council of Pittsburgh lauds Holy Family for helping children caught in the border crisis.

1 day ago


President Obama is neglecting his duties to citizens

Mr. Obama wants additional billions to help the illegals, yet our veterans are dying from lack of proper medical care. Why?

1 day ago


Guest relations worker's help reflects well on the Pittsburgh Pirates

Our experience showed that handicapped fans can go to the games with confidence that the staff will accommodate their needs.

1 day ago


France on the march: More troops are being sent to former African colonies

France has decided to put a 3,000-strong force permanently in five of its former colonies, in a band across West and Central Africa.

1 day ago


Reg Henry: Mother Goose and chicks visit home nest

When you write a newspaper column, it is advisable to read as much as you can. This week my reading included “Mother Goose.”

1 day ago


Israel has always accepted a two-state solution

What is wrong with your editorial board? Are you just badly uninformed about the Middle East or do you have an inherent anti-Israel bias?

1 day ago


 Rui Chenggang, the former director and anchor of China Central Television.

Favored son falls in China

A media star is suddenly arrested and people wonder why.

1 day ago


Citizens pay the price when campaign cash thwarts issues

We should be more aware of what individuals and special interest groups are donating because they probably expect a return of favors.

1 day ago


We can hold down gas prices by requiring fuel to contain renewables such as ethanol

The Renewable Fuel Standard has reduced costs and our dependence on foreign sources of oil.

1 day ago


Dan Simpson / Where is America’s heart?

Compassion seems lacking on nearly every front: immigration, unemployment, the Middle East ...

about 13 hours ago


 Neil Armstrong leads Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins out of the space center on the Apollo 11 space mission.

Out of this world: Moon landing 45 years ago remains a magic moment

Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins wagered their lives on NASA’s technical ingenuity.

1 day ago


Beyond horrible: The case of a starved boy is a shock to basic values

Antonio Rader, now 8, looked like a Holocaust victim, according to Mercer County Detective John J. Piatek.

1 day ago


 The Pirates' Jordy Mercer is mobbed after hitting a game winning single against the Rockies in the 11th inning at PNC Park on Saturday.

Ron Cook: Shortstop Jordy Mercer cannot be overlooked in contributing to the Pirates’ recent resurgence

After Andrew McCutchen, Mercer has been the team’s most consistent player for nearly two months

2 days ago


Gaming revenue, not taxes, pay for Consol bond payments

Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund is funded from slot machine revenue and not by taxpayers.

2 days ago


Holy Family Institute is doing the right thing in helping immigrant children

Children fleeing violence in Central America.

2 days ago


Lyft, Uber applications raise complicated legal issues

Lyft and Uber are seeking permission from the Public Utility Commission to operate.

2 days ago


UPMC goes too far with worker smoking ban

UPMC’s employee smoking ban is criticized.

2 days ago


The crisis at the U.S. border is rooted in Central American poverty and violence

And the United States can help solve the fundamental problem at relatively little cost. Here‘‍s how ...

2 days ago


When the fighting in Gaza stops, it's time for Palestinian elections

The clearest route to peace is to see Hamas lose at the polls, as it surely will.

2 days ago


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Pennsylvania must do more to fight the epidemic of hepatitis C

The Legislature should approve a bill that provides screening for all.

2 days ago


The Democrats are misstating Gov. Corbett's funding levels for education

Gov. Corbett did not cut education spending by $3 billion.

2 days ago


A new state law will improve the understanding of Down syndrome

Expectant mothers are provided the most current information about Down syndrome at the time of diagnosis.

2 days ago


Holy Family is showing compassion by welcoming immigrant children: Holy Family’s aid to refugee children needs support

Holy Family Institute will house unaccompanied migrants no older than 12 while they await the outcomes of their immigration proceedings.

2 days ago


 From left, Israel Centeno, Gisela Romero and Carolina Arnal, who carries words for installation on houses.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Words, art and homes merge in appealing display on North Side

One day last week, I heard people speaking Spanish outside my screen door and bounded to the sidewalk for an opportunity to practice.

2 days ago


 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif address the media with European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Saturday.

Extending the nuclear talks with Iran was a sound step forward

An agreement was reached between members of the United Nations Security Council, German and Iran to extend talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Comics make issue out of dealing with news

It can be a lot easier to deal with cultural change through comics characters than real life.

2 days ago




 Pirates closer Mark Melancon has been lights-out since being promoted to the role after the struggles of Jason Grilli.

Ron Cook: Mark Melancon firmly belongs as Pirates closer

There's no need for the Pirates to trade for a big-name closer; they already have one who is plenty capable in Mark Melancon.

3 days ago


Pittsburgh had a connection to the Grand Canyon air collision

My uncle, Jack Barry, was on assignment for the government to build a bridge.

3 days ago



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