Work-zone threat: It’s time that speeders faced stiffer penalties

Eighty-five people have died in state work zones over the past decade, many after being struck by a speeding vehicle.

Louisiana’s lesson: A once-favored political powerhouse goes down

The victory of Democrat John Bel Edwards over Republican David Vitter in Louisiana’s gubernatorial election poses a few intriguing thoughts.

Matter of trust: Americans show disdain for their government

In 1958, more than three-quarters of Americans trusted their government all or most of the time. Today, only 19 percent do.

Taking stock: A city needs to know the condition of its structures

Pittsburgh counts more than 300 structures in its inventory, with many of them constructed more than 70 years ago.

On thin ice: Allegheny County rethinks how to dispose of old skates

Allegheny County’s ice rink in South Park has been burying worn-out skates. Yes, burying them -- since the 1980s.


Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill: Fifty years on, Barbie's still cooking at Nied's

Barb Kline, at 71, is still on the job at Nied’s in Lawrenceville. What’s her secret to good health? “I drink a lot of water and I pray.”


Tony Norman

Tony Norman: Trump's dark carnival of lies and vulgarity

Mr. Trump’s relationship to facts has always been tenuous. He recently “recalled” seeing Muslims in New Jersey support the 9/11 attacks.


Reg Henry

Reg Henry: Nothing to fear except fearful common sense

Common sense suggests we defeat Islamic terrorism with the help of decent Muslims who want to be our friends.


Dan Simpson

Dan Simpson: You have to laugh

Or our politics and foreign policies will make you cry.


Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly: Good guys with guns

Mass shootings almost always end with shooters getting shot.


Ruth Ann Dailey

Ruth Ann Dailey: Refugees need compassion; Americans deserve respect

Our fear is not hysterical. It is completely rational. Rhetoric that asserts the contrary is not only illogical, it is bullying.