Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's budget looks like a solid foundation for 2016.
Annie Ma/Post-Gazette
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's budget looks like a solid foundation for 2016.

Responsible budget: Fitzgerald would keep county spending in check

The 2016 preliminary budget that Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented to council this week looks largely routine.

Russia’s prowess: The U.S. must attempt to re-engage an old rival

Is there any reason to believe that other American and Russian contemporaries were great personal friends?

Good to great: The Pirates’ progress needs an extra push

Pittsburgh’s dream of its next World Series is not dashed, only delayed.

Education adrift: A tough audit says Pennsylvania has much to do

The auditor general’s review of five years of records called out the state Education Department for a long list of failures.

How bad a deal? The Pacific trade pact deserves tough scrutiny

Although all of its details have yet to be released, there is plenty wrong with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


David Shribman

David M. Shribman: It’s amateur hour, again

Every once in a while, Americans look to nonpoliticians to transform our political system.


Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill: Health care legal squabble is just sick

Lawyers forget someone in local health care debate -- the vulnerable ones affected.


Tony Norman

Tony Norman: Carson’s gunning for a scary America

Ben Carson’s vision of a well-armed American population is pretty scary.


Dan Simpson

Dan Simpson: The GOP tail is wagging the dog

If the anti-government types take over, the party and country are in big trouble.


Jennifer Graham

Jennifer Graham: The shooter's father says he didn’t know

Harper-Mercer assembled an arsenal before the slaughter began at Umpqua Community College.


Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly: First-rate health care

I’m getting it, as should more Americans.


Ruth Ann Dailey

Ruth Ann Dailey: Perfect Pittsburgh story revolves 'round Jelly Roll

Pianist Tom Roberts and kids’ author Jonah Winter magically came together over a passion for Jelly Roll Morton. Go see the results.