Better air: A consent order seeks to cut Clairton’s emissions

That's fine, but the whole process should have been transparent to the public.

Afghans agree: A settlement is approved for a new government

But it's still a mystery as to why the United States wants to troops there after this year.

Close the gap: Congress must address the gender gulf on pay

It should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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.



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.


Tony Norman

Tony Norman: Shonda Rhimes miscast as angry black woman

NYT TV critic Alessandra Stanley’s crude and baseless stereotyping of Ms. Rhimes as an “angry black woman” is just plain pernicious.


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...


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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