Editorials


Brighter outlook: The CBO has good news for the health care act

In politics as in roulette, it is not advisable to place all your bets on one number.

about 3 hours ago


People connector: A park over Crosstown Blvd. is worth a look

If you build it, they will come — but it would be better if they could come on foot.

about 3 hours ago


 President Barack Obama, right, and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday at CCAC West Hills Center.

Costly compliment: A campus closes to give Obama a political prop

It’s nice the president has noticed Pittsburgh’s revival. It’s welcome that CCAC’s efforts are recognized. It’s all good except what isn’t.

1 day ago


Latin test: America’s southern neighbors deserve attention

Either the U.S. takes the region’s 26 countries for granted or it prefers to obsess about the Middle East, China or now Russia and Ukraine.

1 day ago


Deer Lakes drilling: Credit county officials for giving people a say

Not everyone believes Allegheny County should let Range Resources drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park in Frazer and West Deer.

1 day ago


Consequences of hate: Homegrown terror takes its toll in Kansas

The suspect in the murder of three people Sunday near Kansas City is a reminder that the United States has a domestic terrorism problem.

2 days ago


Syria’s challenge: After the war, can the country be put together?

There appears to be little movement toward democracy or the departure of President Bashar Assad.

2 days ago


DEP access: The state should not be barred from drill sites

For two days after a gas well exploded in Greene County, Chevron refused to allow DEP emergency response investigators onto the site.

2 days ago


Worthy honor: Reporting on NSA surveillance draws a Pulitzer

No reporting was more deserving than the revelations about the National Security Agency’s widespread secret surveillance program at home

3 days ago


African adventure: The Pentagon pursues a costly, risky expansion

The Defense Department’s Africa Command, created in 2008, continues to expand U.S. military activities in Africa.

3 days ago


Reverse course: Yellow Cab seeks to join the ride-share business

The company is seeking PUC approval for what is referred to as “call and demand” taxi service.

3 days ago


Back to the future: The Heinz Endowments recruits an old friend

Pittsburgh has one great advantage that many cities lack — a strong stable of philanthropic organizations.

3 days ago


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Talks on track: The Iran negotiations must keep moving forward

The talks in which America is involved on Iran’s nuclear program and economic sanctions are proceeding well despite some opposition

3 days ago


Elusive compliance: Allegheny County must stay on top of Shenango

The Allegheny County Health Department and Shenango Inc., reached a consent agreement to force the chronic polluter to curb its emissions.

3 days ago


Lots of growth: The land bank could boost city neighborhoods

Pittsburgh's approval of a land bank would help deal with the problem of city-held vacant properties.

5 days ago


Late-night churn: The ‘real’ Colbert will follow Letterman

Stephen Colbert will bring fresh energy to David Letterman's spot, but isn't it time for a woman to host a late-night show?

5 days ago


Hungary’s tilt: Right-wing parties gain in the latest election

The recent rise of right-wing parties goes beyond Hungary to other countries in a Europe mired in recession.

5 days ago


Sebelius exits: Her departure serves Obama and the health law

The resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be good for President Obama and good for Obamacare.

6 days ago


Asides

WQED has an anniversary, the Fred Rogers Center has a Legacy Award winner (Yo-Yo Ma) and Mayor Peduto has a night out -- with constituents.

6 days ago


Bench pressed: Activists go political against a prospective judge

Liberal activists are mounting a partisan challenge to David J. Porter, a lawyer who is a prospective nominee for U.S. District Court.

6 days ago


Record progress: VA patients’ care will improve with file sharing

Giving Pittsburgh-area hospitals electronic access to medical records of Veterans Affairs patients will speed and improve their care.

1 week ago


GM’s shame: The automaker needs to conduct a purge

General Motors, after the ignition switch fiasco that led to more than a dozen deaths, must purge the workers who were responsible.

1 week ago


Valid sanctions: A court questions the Penn State deal to help children

A Commonwealth Court panel has reopened the debate over whether sanctions against the university were legal in the first place.

1 week ago


Heartless House: The GOP must compromise on jobless benefits

Speaker John Boehner insists that any extension of benefits must include provisions that he says would promote job growth.

1 week ago


Critical vote: India’s elections could bring major change

National elections, which started Monday and continue until May 12, are predicted to bring about a major change in the party in power.

1 week ago


Why? Violence hits home in a Franklin Regional attack

This is the question that hangs over the mass stabbings at Franklin Regional High School by suspect 16-year-old Alex Hribal.

1 week ago


Civil society: Four presidents mark an equal-rights milestone

In marking the first half-century of the Civil Rights Act, Americans must focus on the discrimination that remains.

1 week ago


Afghan triumph: The war-torn country holds a successful election

Afghanistan democracy has acquitted itself well, so far, in its first presidential election in five years.

1 week ago


Reliable lieutenant: Pa. needs a better way to ensure a strong No. 2

Gubernatorial nominees should choose their lieutenant governor running mate for a strong second-in-command.

1 week ago


Foundation of hope: A rescue may come for the August Wilson Center

The brightest sign for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture may be a bid from local foundations to buy the property.

1 week ago


Elusive reform: House Republicans resist action on immigration

The United States needs immigration reform. Doing nothing is not good for the economy.

1 week ago


Logic runs through it: An EPA rule will clarify its authority on water

It makes sense that the Environmental Protection Agency has long sought to recognize that pollution is carried between waterways.

1 week ago


Running in place: Women still have much ground to gain in politics

In Pennsylvania, old political habits are hard to break and ol’ boy networks are hard to beat.

1 week ago


True access: Health care works only if one gets to the doctor

The best health insurance is worthless if patients can’t get to the doctor’s office.

1 week ago


The good and bad: DEP must tell the full story on drilling’s impact

Pennsylvanians deserve to know the whole story -- the benefits and the risks, the energy tapped and the environment spoiled.

1 week ago


African trap: Global aid only enables South Sudan fighting

The United States and other nations should no longer tolerate South Sudan's leaders' bad behavior.

1 week ago


Off course: The navigator bill isn’t about helping consumers

Republican lawmakers in Pa. want to make life difficult for so-called navigators to advise residents about the Affordable Care Act.

1 week ago


Worthy of support: Murphy’s mental health bill faces the critics

Congressman Tim Murphy's bill on mental health faced a round of critics at a hearing last week, but the plan deserves support not scorn.

1 week ago


Asides

The Pirates' return is proof of spring, Pittsburgh's three eaglets signal new birth and local hoarders need to do some spring cleaning.

1 week ago


Cashing out: The state needs a comprehensive gift ban law

It's not enough for the Pa. House or Senate to have a rule banning cash gifts -- the state needs a law that applies to all public employees.

1 week ago


Potholes aplenty: Despite the tight budget, city roads need a fix

Pittsburgh's budget is tight, but Mayor Bill Peduto must find a way to fix more of the city's roads.

2 weeks ago


Healthy response: Americans give Obamacare’s prospects a boost

The enrollment of 7 million Americans in Obamacare is proof, despite its critics, that the program is a good deal.

2 weeks ago


Floodgate folly: The Supreme Court issues a new Citizens United

The Supreme Court cast aside reason and prudence under the guise of free speech and gutted an important rule on how much the rich can give.

2 weeks ago


 Editorial icon, globe, international

A test for Turkey: The crossroads nation faces severe challenges

Based on sheer geography, Turkey could pay dearly from any heightening of hostilities over Ukraine.

2 weeks ago


Pedal plan: Downtown’s bike lane must be chosen carefully

Mayor Peduto announced Tuesday that he hopes to have a dedicated lane for bicyclists in place in the city’s core neighborhood by September.

2 weeks ago


Deal breakers: Israelis and Palestinians are losing their chance

Developments in the Middle East suggest that prospects of success for the Israeli-Palestinian talks are weakening.

2 weeks ago


Clipping the NSA: Obama attempts to curb surveillance excess

The Obama administration is finally moving to end the National Security Agency’s overreach in collecting phone records in bulk.

2 weeks ago


 A view of the Monongahela River and Downtown Pittsburgh. Could the rivers be used to generate clean power?

Rivers of power: Pittsburgh could use its waterways for electricity

Free Flow Power would like to build 10 small hydropower stations near existing locks and dams on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers.

2 weeks ago


Time to heal: This verdict should be the end of the Miles case

The city now must repair the damage from the Jordan Miles case by building better relations between the police and citizens.

2 weeks ago


Diplomatic route: Negotiation is the best way to defuse Ukraine

The drama proceeds among the elements in Ukraine, Russia, the rest of Europe and the United States with hope that it leads away from war.

2 weeks ago



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