Editorials


 City Council incumbent Rev. Ricky Burgess speaks during a candidate forum at the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library on April 16.

Burgess for District 9: A record of accomplishment

The Rev. Ricky Burgess’ opponents complain he isn’t sufficiently involved. His legislative record rebuts that claim.

about 14 hours ago


Expenses online: Wolf strikes a blow for government transparency

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf told members of his Cabinet to find ways to reduce expenses. On Thursday, he gave them more motivation to do so.

about 14 hours ago


Mercury rising: Knowledge of the planet grew with Messenger

With its fuel tank empty and NASA’s bag of tricks for keeping it aloft exhausted, the Messenger succumbed to Mercury’s gravitational grip.

about 14 hours ago


State Supreme Court choices for Democrats: Donohue, Lazarus and Wecht

On May 19, Pennsylvania voters will nominate candidates for a host of offices, but none higher than the state Supreme Court.

1 day ago


State Supreme Court choices for Republicans: Allen, Olson and Stevens

Republican voters have the same challenge in the May 19 primary as Democrats: Pick three nominees for Supreme Court from six candidates.

1 day ago


In praise of half: Let’s hear it for tomorrow’s other runners

Seventeen thousand people will run the UPMC Health Plan Half Marathon Sunday, nearly three times the number registered to run 26.2 miles.

2 days ago


Nepal’s distress: Government failures hurt the response effort

One of the difficulties that relief agencies cite in Nepal is a lack of centralized, coordinated direction of earthquake disaster response.

2 days ago


Deception on high: U.S. officials say and do two different things

What the government says to the American people and what it does should be the same.

3 days ago


Promoting trade: To make it truly free, end currency manipulation

Congress will vote soon on whether to authorize President Barack Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

3 days ago


Animal attraction: Victims of domestic violence need their pets

Any American fleeing a hurricane can be assured that there’s a place for their pets.

3 days ago


School board District 8: Kevin Carter would be a dedicated collaborator

In the May 19 primary, three candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination: Patricia Rogers, Rosemary Moriarty and Kevin Carter.

4 days ago


Vanishing water: California’s crisis should prompt new thinking

It’s a matter of time before the water crisis takes a toll on other Americans and the U.S. economy.

4 days ago


Not so sweet: Bad ice cream takes its toll on the unsuspecting

For the third time in five months, an ice-cream maker has recalled its products due to listeria, a hardy bacteria that can be fatal.

4 days ago


Strong medicine: UPMC and Highmark need a shot of arbitration

Gov. Tom Wolf and other state officials wasted no time in acting against the latest breach between UPMC and Highmark.

5 days ago


Baltimore’s riot: Looters hurt their city and their neighbors

Once again, the streets of a major city are smoldering because a criminal element exploited tension between minority residents and police.

5 days ago


A canal too far: China’s Nicaraguan venture is fraught with issues

The prospect of the Chinese building a canal across Nicaragua from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific has a number of people agitated.

5 days ago


 State Attorney General Kathleen Kane was the first Democrat and first woman to be elected to the state office.

Kane must go: The attorney general’s office has lost credibility

Kathleen Kane has no choice but to resign.

6 days ago


City controller: Lamb deserves renomination by the Democrats

Michael Lamb would be the better watchdog and he has earned the Post-Gazette endorsement.

6 days ago


Superior Court: Colville is the Democrats’ more experienced choice

Alice Beck Dubow of Philadelphia and Robert J. Colville of Ross face off in the May 19 primary.

1 week ago


Tragic strike: Answers are needed on the Pakistan drone attack

The deaths of an American aid contractor and an Italian health worker should put the issue of the program’s effectiveness in sharp focus.

1 week ago


Controller Wagner: For Allegheny County, she’s the better watchdog

Democratic voters should retain Chelsa Wagner as county controller in the primary race with Mark Patrick Flaherty.

1 week ago


Asides: More space for training, more help for troubled students, more canines helping veterans

The Trade Institute will rebuild lives, Pittsburgh schools will take a new approach to behavior, Canine Angels will help more veterans.

1 week ago


Feather bedding: Chickens may soon find a home in Pittsburgh

A proposed city zoning change would allow residents who have at least 2,000 square feet of property to own up to five chickens or ducks.

1 week ago


Off-color: How orange is your mac-and-cheese?

Kraft’s version, the quintessential mac-and-cheese, is about to undergo a radical change.

1 week ago


Size matters: Crowd numbers can have an impact on safety

How to prevent crime at Monroeville Mall has been a topic of discussions between shopping center officials, community leaders and police.

1 week ago


Needless giveaway: Now is not the time to expand the federal deficit

Republicans in Congress want to repeal the federal estate tax.

1 week ago


No free pass: Conventional drillers must obey standards, too

Industry advocates are right that it is not fair to judge all conventional drillers based on the misdeeds of a few bad operators,

1 week ago


Eisenreich for the GOP: She’s the better pick in county council District 2

Two capable candidates, Mary Anne Eisenreich and Cindy Kirk, are seeking the GOP nomination in the May 19 primary.

1 week ago


South Africa’s turmoil: The violence against immigrants must be stopped

Anti-immigrant violence in South Africa has reached the point that military forces are now being deployed in Johannesburg.

1 week ago


Rights for chimps? Respect and humane treatment, yes; freedom, no

A judge has ordered a New York university to justify its “detainment” of two chimpanzees used in research.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Council District 13 candidate Dan Connolly.

Connolly in District 13: He's the Democrats' better choice for county council

Both Dan Connolly and Denise Ranalli Russell want to succeed Amanda Green Hawkins, who decided not to seek re-election.

1 week ago


Egypt’s fate: A cruel prison sentence further dims democracy

Egypt continued its repressive approach to democracy with the sentencing of former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison.

1 week ago


Humane lending: Payday loans need stiff regulation from Congress

Payday lending is based on a business model to earn profit from making high-interest loans to poor Americans who often can’t pay them back.

1 week ago


 Gail Manker of Summer Hill and Betty Greer of the North Side prepare for voters in November's election.

2015 Primary Election: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board endorsements

A series of candidate endorsements by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board for contested races in the May 19 primary election.

1 week ago


 Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Blair, speaks at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In event in Washington on April 14.

Business or pleasure?: Rep. Shuster must separate work from romance

A PA congressman who heads the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is under fire for his close association with a lobbyist.

1 week ago


Pay, park and ride: Port Authority must read the market carefully

Everybody hates to pay for parking.

1 week ago


Investing in America: Japan replaces China in holding more U.S. debt

Japan has passed China as the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt.

1 week ago


Mitchell for District 11: The challenger is the better pick for county council

Both candidates are thoughtful and knowledgeable, but they part company on two key issues — gas drilling and restaurant health grades.

2 weeks ago


Bumpy ride: Airline satisfaction is down while profits are up

The resurgence of the industry is something Americans should celebrate, but only if flying again becomes something that people want to do.

2 weeks ago


Vapor trail: Rising teen use of e-cigarettes is a perilous trend

For the sake of healthy Americans, young and old, the FDA should regulate electronic cigarettes.

2 weeks ago


Michael Wojcik for the Dems: He’s the judicious pick for Commonwealth Court

Both candidates have solid credentials, but Todd Eagen’s predisposition to a specific class of petitioners should cause voters concern.

2 weeks ago


Favored donors: The Clintons make the foundation problem worse

The foundation said Thursday it would no longer take donations from many countries, just a few. (Australia’s OK, Qatar is not.)

2 weeks ago


Asides: A kidney chain of survival, a misguided plan for alcohol and extra service for water customers

Sixty-eight make kidney donation work, Rep. Jordan Harris wants later bar closings and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer customers get more help.

2 weeks ago


Dueling neighbors: It’s time for mediation in a Shadyside bed-and-breakfast dispute

Former Steelers lineman Chukky Okobi has a large tent on the property that he would like to continue offering for social events.

2 weeks ago


Celebrity meltdown: ESPN’s Britt McHenry got only a slap for vile behavior

She got a one-week suspension for an offense -- hurling insults at a towing company clerk -- that demands stiffer punishment.

2 weeks ago


Privacy matters: The RadioShack outcry offers a consumer lesson

RadioShack in its recent bankruptcy filings listed customer information among its assets up for auction.

2 weeks ago


O’Connor for District 5: The incumbent is the Democrats’ better choice

Because there is no Republican on the ballot, the winner of next month’s primary is all but assured election.

2 weeks ago


Tulsa tragedy: Was it pay to play cops and robbers

A reserve deputy in Tulsa County was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a suspected illegal gun dealer.

2 weeks ago


 Deb Gross

Deb Gross for City Council District 7

The Post-Gazette endorses Deb Gross for the Democratic nomination.

2 weeks ago


The view from Belgium: A top diplomat gives Pittsburgh the European perspective

Belgium’s ambassador to the U.S., Johan Verbeke, in a visit Tuesday refused to apply “declinism” to Europe, the U.S. or their relations.

2 weeks ago



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