Opinion


Boosting business: A higher county hotel tax could lure bigger events

The region’s leading tourism agency says it needs more revenue to compete for conventions and other big-money events.

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Egypt in disarray: The military regime faces growing opposition

Egypt, under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. policy, could be headed downhill toward the chaos of nearby Libya, Syria and Yemen.

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Pluto’s close-up: New Horizons zeroes in on its celestial target

For 90 minutes, New Horizons lost contact with Earth. Fortunately, the probe is still fully operational and on course for its Pluto flyby.

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Consider why the GOP passed liquor bills now

The “success” had a lot more to do with wary Republicans being assured the legislation would be vetoed than with any stampede of support.

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We were unable to make a rum run for our Fourth of July mojitos

It was very irritating that because we live in Pennsylvania, there was no place to make such a purchase.

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We must consider the many good points of the PLCB

Regarding the future of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, please, let us proceed with caution before we kill the golden goose.

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The governor must think his interference is helpful to liquor consumers

The governor is trying to protect us from the rapacious, greedy private companies that would allow us to buy whatever liquor we want.

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As Others See It: Another crackdown in China

The Communist Party would rather hinder help for the Chinese people than countenance criticism of its policies.

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A cineplex Downtown wouldn’t impact traffic much

The best thing would be for those coming into the city to use the fine public transportation we have.

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Reg Henry: The hottest thing about men is grilling

When the heat gets hot, the men get grilling.

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Dan Simpson: France, always fascinating

It’s hard to figure out the French, but it is worth the effort.

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 First lady Michelle Obama hugs a group of Girl Scouts during a Lets Move! event on the South Lawn of the White House last Tuesday.

Kathleen Parker: Michelle Obama’s second term

The first lady has found a cause in girls’ education.

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Greek dance: With the vote over, the country must get realistic

The Greeks’ referendum can be seen as a dramatic and even expected expression of independence in the face of internationally imposed

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Top-flight fine: In Pennsylvania, killers of bald eagles should pay

The bald eagle was removed from the national endangered and threatened species list in 2007.

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Criminal acts: Hamas and Israel must account for Gaza violence

Investigators said Israel violated international law in its two-month offensive against Hamas.

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The Supreme Court has upended the intentions of the Constitution's framers

The framers of the Constitution created the legislative branch to create laws and also a mechanism to amend the Constitution.

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The Supreme Court got it right on same-sex marriage

The court did the right thing on same-sex marriage.

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Sen. Toomey should be pushing for Judge Restrepo's confirmation

It’s time to confirm the eminently qualified Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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Religion should stay out of a woman's sexual right to choose

The pope and any religion should stay out of a woman’s sexual right to choose.

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Clinton's supporters aren't watching FoxNews

Who in the heck is in the 40 percent” of Pennsylvanians who trust Hillary Clinton?

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 Pirates closer Mark Melancon catches the final out May 27 against the Marlins.

Ron Cook: Pirates' Melancon most deserving of All-Star honor

The Pirates’ day started bad with Harrison’s injury, but ended on a high note with a victory and All-Star nods for Melancon and others.

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Tony Norman: Donald Trump’s bigotry offers the GOP a great chance to renounce him.

This performance art he’s engaging in has nothing to do with securing enough delegates to win the Republican nomination, Tony Norman writes.

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Let Greece go it alone

The EU cannot afford to cave in to deadbeat nations.

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 GTECH staffers Gavin White, left, and Lydia Kramer clear weeds in new Propel Northside charter school lot.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Grant program helps give vacant lots a future use

A weedy lot near the Propel Northside charter school will become a classroom when students return.

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 american civil war

Confederates made a choice to be un-American

It is not American to take up arms and leave the Union.

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Place your bets on climate change

Deny global warming all you want, but it might cost you

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George F. Will: The wrinkle in the ACA decision

Chief Justice John Roberts’ deference to clear purpose by Congress or the Framers gives conservatives hope.

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Super goal: Hosting the NFL title game should be a priority

Pittsburgh would be an ideal place for the National Football League to hold its 2023 Super Bowl.

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Island debtor: Congress must focus on helping Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico debt crisis, resolved for the moment but with $72 billion still to be addressed down the road, requires urgent action.

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Planet in peril: Humans must act against a new mass extinction

A study by researchers at respected universities concludes that species are disappearing 114 times faster than they would normally.

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Citizens are sacrificed on the altar of guns

Accusations of heresy are aimed at those who dare to question unrestricted access to firearms or the beneficence of “job creators.”

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Boycotters should consider entities that supply Hamas

The United Church of Christ’s legislative body voted to shun corporations that profit from Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

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State liquor stores provide a revenue stream for Pennsylvania

Why shift this profit from the LCB into the bank accounts of those who already have too much of our nation’s wealth?

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Does the PG forget job losses in its thirst for private liquor stores?

When comparing my personal thirst with the lives and well-being of 4,700 of my neighbors, the choice is obvious.

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 With Pedro Alvarez and the offense on a roll, this season could go to some pretty nice places for the Pirates.

Ron Cook: Pirates have makings of something special

With their stellar pitching starting to get a whole lot of help lately from the offense, the Pirates’ future looks very bright.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Black churches are liberated by grace

African-American Christians show others how to live the Gospel of love.

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 A great spot for Super Bowl LVII.

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Dream about Super Bowl coming here in 2023

Bringing Super Bowl here is something worth dreaming about for the next eight years.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: Put up a Ferris wheel to top all others

Ferris wheel was great for a weekend, but why not permanently?

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In rebuttal: The minimum-wage debate has two sides

Let’s understand the downside to a minimum-wage increase.

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 A woman sells dogs and cats by a street in Yulin, in southern China's Guangxi province.  AFP/Getty Images

The dog meat festival in China must be stopped

They do not feed these dogs or give them water, for they are just going to be dinner, hit over the head or killed through other methods.

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David M. Shribman: The Joe Biden (mini-)boom

He’d have a hard time winning the presidency, but he could help Hillary Clinton.

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Trade deals are no longer good deals

They enrich corporations and the top 1 percent, but they bust the rest of us.

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Wolf vs. Pa.: Only the governor wants a state liquor monopoly

Now that Pennsylvania’s House and Senate have passed liquor privatization, only one person stands in the way: Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Avoidable disease: For too many, all it takes is modern sanitation

A United Nations report shows millions of lives can be saved with modern toilet facilities.

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Asides: University enrollment drops, the science center gains, diabetes retreats

Pennsylvania loses state university students, Chevron boost STEM education and a UPMC study shows bariatric surgery curbing diabetes.

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Gov. Wolf’s budget addresses real problems

We can’t allow budget weaknesses to continue and watch our property taxes go up while our public schools and working families struggle.

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Divorcing? Dial it down

Pennsylvania law should encourage couples to collaborate when they split up.

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America’s Church of Self-Help

The poor aren’t reaching for the pitchforks because many think they’re to blame for their own poverty.

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Christians and Jews must fight hate

Believers cannot let extremists define their religions

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Dear U.S. banks,please protect us

You should join the rest of the world and adopt chip-and-PIN credit cards ASAP

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