Editorials


Unrealized promise: Pittsburgh’s scholarship program has a way to go

The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program has done a lot of good

about 12 hours ago


19th House District: Rep. Jake Wheatley’s experience is hard to top

Democratic state Rep. Jake Wheatley is being challenged by school board member Mark Brentley Sr., running as an independent.

about 12 hours ago


South African visitor: Pittsburghers get a post-apartheid update

Pittsburgh benefited from the visit of  Ebrahim Rasool, who is completing four years of assignment to the U.S. after a career at home.

about 12 hours ago


 Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice sidelined: Pa. would be better off if McCaffery resigned

Justice Seamus McCaffery has been suspended for some of the strangest, most unprofessional conduct alleged against Pa.’s highest court.

1 day ago


Security turnover: Turkey fails to make the cut at the United Nations

Security Council reform is a political minefield that no one wants to walk through during U.N. sessions.

1 day ago


 A towboat, and its load of coal, makes its way past the Hot Metal Bridge in September.

Ugly poll: Outsiders trash talk on Pittsburgh’s accent

According to a poll at Gawker.com, “Pittsburgh officially has the ugliest accent in America.”

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama nominated Ronald Klain as his Ebola czar.

Political fever: Obama’s Ebola czar lacks medical authority

With midterm elections so close, it was inevitable that Ebola would become another depressing political point of division.

2 days ago


39th House District: Rick Saccone’s knowledge makes him the better choice

Those who disagree with the St. Vincent College professor won’t find an equally capable opponent in Democrat Lisa Stout-Bashioum.

2 days ago


Indonesia’s prospects: A new leader begins in the key Asian democracy

Indonesia yesterday inaugurated a new president, Joko Widodo, who has a humble background.

2 days ago


 Reconstruction of Penn Avenue in Garfield has tied up traffic and frustrated businesses for months.

Perils of Penn: Contractors and the city messed up a major artery

Neighbors are calling it a comedy of errors, but there is nothing funny about the reconstruction of a section of Penn Avenue in Garfield.

3 days ago


35th House District: Gergely deserves re-election over a no-show

State Rep. Marc Gergely says he doesn’t want to be a lifer in the Legislature, but he does want another term.

3 days ago


School trash: A bipartisan bill cans classroom child abusers

A merger of bills targeting abusive teachers and staff is a rare case of bipartisan common sense in the often fractious General Assembly.

3 days ago


The NRA’s helpers: Legislators propose a late gift for the gun lobby

The end of legislative sessions can bring a rush to bad judgment and Harrisburg has served up a stunning example.

4 days ago


 A view of clouds and the Pittsburgh skyline coming out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel.

Parking for good: A new board sends what it owes the pension fund

It’s been three years since Pittsburgh City Council averted a state takeover of the city’s pension plan.

4 days ago


Asides

Every Oct. 13 since 1985, Pirates fans have gathered at the old Forbes Field wall to listen to a replay of the 1960 World Series.

4 days ago


Off track: The Port Authority’s real-time monitoring needs work

The Port Authority is making progress on its real-time bus tracking system, but it’s been slow.

5 days ago


Bolivia’s equalizer: Morales is buoyed by progress for the poor

Voters chose Evo Morales for a third five-year term, reflecting the economic success of the country under his leadership.

5 days ago


 Seamus McCaffery

Seamus’ shame: McCaffery must do the right thing and resign

It’s state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery’s turn to resign.

6 days ago


Sustaining Israel: Revived talks and less provocation are necessary

The Israelis are behaving as if they can disregard world opinion.

6 days ago


Climate wars: The Pentagon doesn’t need more global hotspots

Conservative members of Congress may not be ready to acknowledge the reality of climate change.

6 days ago


 Voters arrive to case ballots in May at the Simpson Voting House in Derry Township.

2014 Election: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board endorsements

A series of candidate endorsements by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board for contested races in the Nov. 4 election.

6 days ago


 In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a sign points to the entrance to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was treated.

Fierce Ebola: Hospitals get a wake-up call to be better prepared

The Ebola virus has proved a tough opponent even for the expertise of the American health system.

1 week ago


Turkey’s turmoil: U.S. actions are largely to blame for the instability

Turkey’s problems are jeopardizing its chance to play a useful role in the Middle East and in the Western-Muslim interaction in the world.

1 week ago


33rd House District: It would be hard to match Dermody’s skills

Voters in the 33rd House District have a tough choice on Nov. 4 — stick with a smart, senior lawmaker or take a chance on a newcomer.

1 week ago


 In this May 22, 2014, photo, empty train cars, front, sit in a yard after having their loads of coal unloaded at Norfolk Southern's Lamberts Point coal terminal in Norfolk, Va.

Rail revelation: Pittsburgh’s oil train volume is risky business

The people of Allegheny County now know how many trains carry volatile crude oil through their communities. The numbers aren’t comforting.

1 week ago


25th House District: It’s hard to top Markosek’s knowledge, experience

His Republican challenger this year gives voters no reason to make a change now.

1 week ago


 Gale Evans, a lifelong Hill District resident, listens to Travis Williams, chief operating officer of the Pittsburgh Penguins, speak about proposed development of the old Civic Arena Site at a public meeting Oct. 6.

Too much, too little: The Pens are up to handling the parking issue

The proposed construction near Consol center has raised the specter that eventually there won’t be enough parking spaces in the

1 week ago


 Highmark headquarters at Fifth Avenue Place as seen at sunset in February.

Promises broken? State regulators are right to challenge Highmark

Highmark’s actions subvert its assurance of access to UPMC for Medicare customers.

1 week ago


20th House District: For refreshing change, it’s Republican Tom Fodi

Mr. Fodi demonstrates a willingness to think outside the box, a skill sorely lacking in Harrisburg.

1 week ago


 Dance students take a ballet class at the George Rowland White Performance Center at Point State Park University. Mr. White and his wife, Kathleen, donated their $15 million estate to the university.

Neighborly gift: A bequest for the future of Point Park University

George Rowland White and his wife Kathleen have given their entire estate to the school

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Smooth sailing: Fitzgerald’s budget is careful and conservative

The county executive has given council a budget plan that doesn’t contain anything flashy and respects the taxpayers.

1 week ago


 Joan Orie Melvin

Orie Melvin, cont’d.: The high court must decide on her appeal swiftly

A ridiculous sentence for the former Pa. Supreme Court justice invited appeals that have set the scene for the latest stage of absurdity.

1 week ago


Dual honorees: A peace prize to advance the cause of education

The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to a Muslim Pakistani teenager and a Hindu activist in India, both of whom champion education.

1 week ago


The future is now: Corbett and legislators must deliver on Lyft and Uber

The Public Utility Commission, Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-controlled Legislature face a showdown with the 21st century.

1 week ago


Asides: Old stoves, new bridge, farmers' opera, grand pierogi

Recycling dirty stoves. bridging Morningside and Highland Park, singing opera at the market and breaking a pierogi record.

1 week ago


Get out of jail: The tough part for ex-inmates is how to stay out

Inmates who participated in one of two programs offered by the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative were less likely to be re-arrested.

1 week ago


Aiding treatment: Congress could reduce heroin addiction

New kinds of medication-assisted treatment offer the greatest hope for moving people who are addicted to opioids to long-term sobriety.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has been a proponent of the A-B-C grade plan.

Comfort food: Allegheny County diners deserve this restaurant grade plan

Allegheny County’s plan for posting health inspection grades at restaurant entrances is ready for public consumption now.

1 week ago


 Snow surrounds the Carnegie Science Center in February.

STEM appeal: The science center has a strong record with girls

The Carnegie Science Center is taking heat for offering Girl Scouts a program that critics claim is inferior to what is offered boys.

1 week ago


Path to the future: For many teens, it starts with a good mentor

The United Way of Allegheny County is offering Be a Middle School Mentor, which plans to match 430 students with caring volunteers.

1 week ago


Equality inaction: The high court passes and gay marriage spreads

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review rulings by appeals courts that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage.

2 weeks ago


Food for thought: Why not view Palestine in conflict with the U.S.?

Conflict Kitchen describes itself as one that “only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.

2 weeks ago


Rich in generosity: The recession sparked shifts in charitable giving

The Chronicle of Philanthropy found that Americans give on average 3 percent of their income to charity.

2 weeks ago


 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark in view with the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC.

High anxiety: The region’s health care tug-of-war drags on

As the Jan. 1 separation of UPMC and Highmark  approaches, their dealings with each other should become more clear.

2 weeks ago


46th House District: White the watchdog deserves another term

The Republican Party would really like to see that Democratic state Rep. Jesse White doesn’t get a sixth term.

2 weeks ago


Street video: Body cameras would help police and citizens

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has become a watershed for the criminal justice system.

2 weeks ago


Fair limits: Local leaders must revive campaign finance reform

Loading up their campaign coffers under the old rules, they are too complacent about changing the rules.

2 weeks ago


45th House District: Rep. Kotik is the experienced choice for voters

The district needs a lawmaker fully versed on the issues in Harrisburg.

2 weeks ago


Jobs rebound: America’s employment picture is finally improving

After a recovery that’s been too slow and inconsistent, September’s jobs report is a sign that the economy is making a robust comeback.

2 weeks ago


Fessing up: Don’t Pa. officials know how to say ‘I’m sorry’?

The fallout continues to disappoint from the attorney general’s investigation of the state’s pornographic email scandal.

2 weeks ago



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