Wrong lesson: Teachers are not for reading, writing and shooting

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill to allow teachers to carry firearms on school property.

Riding Range: DEP slaps the shale driller with a record fine

Range Resources is the leader in state penalties for violations related to Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

Miner relief: A Senate bill would speed up black lung benefits

Since 1968, about 76,000 American miners have died because of medical conditions linked to black lung disease.

A right denied: The court should order state emails to be retained

Transparency in government is the political theme of the age, but apparently the Corbett administration did not get the memo.

Ripe for change: World leaders must take note of the climate march

Two days ahead of a U.N. climate summit, tens of thousands will gather today in New York City for a “people’s march” against climate change.



David Shribman

David M. Shribman / We’re in a war, but not at war

The fight against the Islamic State is one in which most Americans can keep their distance.


Brian O'Neill

Brian O’Neill: Poet Terrance Hayes’ way with words enriches many besides him

The poet who teaches at Pitt, and studied there too, just won a $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship. “Creativity is work,” he says.


Sally Kalson

Health care sabotage 101

The GOP, not a botched website, is the real obstacle.


Dan Simpson

Dan Simpson / Don’t sweat the small stuff

The president should focus on China, India, Russia, Germany — not Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, the world equivalent of double-A baseball.


Ruth Ann Dailey

Ruth Ann Dailey: The metaphysics of our newfangled parking meters

The new pay-by-license-plate kiosks are bringing in more bucks for the city. The question is whether this gain makes up for what we lost...


Diana Nelson Jones

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Paramount building’s sequel is a new start Uptown

The sturdy building, where theater owners saw previews of films, was vacant for years. Saved and restored, it’s filled with new businesses.


Gary Rotstein

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: On the road with Gidget, the dog, discovering America

The Jack Russell terrier, missing from its Philadelphia home for five months, showed up in Oregon. Wonder what she was thinking ...


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