Opinion


The great reclining seat wars

Let’s revolt against first class and the airlines, not each other.

about 12 hours ago


An attack on all: The trooper ambush is an affront to Pennsylvania

The incident in Blooming Grove shows that our first responders face constant danger.

about 12 hours ago


Ebola’s challenge: Containing it won’t be easy for the United States

The United States plans to send 3,000 military personnel to West Africa with a mission to train Liberian medical workers.

about 12 hours ago


Discordant notes: The city’s musical gems struggle to keep shining

The Pittsburgh community must hope that creative marketing helps to sustain the PSO and the opera.

about 12 hours ago


Corbett engages in climate policy obstructionism

Gov. Corbett joined a group of governors to quash the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to impose carbon cuts on power plants.

about 12 hours ago


The gas is here, so too are the money and jobs

The gas companies and the gas industry jobs are here to stay because that’s where the money is.

about 12 hours ago


Think tanks often have corporate agendas, not citizen agendas

Taxing the industry would benefit whom, exactly?

about 12 hours ago


ESPN's Cris Carter is to be commended for his child abuse comments

Cris Carter’s speech will be long remembered by many people who heard it and hopefully will be the start of ending child abuse.

about 12 hours ago


This Saturday, say thank you to a police officer

National Thank a Police Officer Day is Saturday.

about 12 hours ago


Tony Norman: Putting guns in schools is reason to recoil

Arming school employees seems like just one more American folly.

about 12 hours ago


Save the cereal!

We’re eating less and I don’t like it.

about 12 hours ago


Our church must end its LGBT prejudice

People of the LGBT community have been engaged in a historic struggle for equality.

about 12 hours ago


Medicare should treat small Pennsylvania pharmacies fairly

Rules now favor the big players when it comes to filling prescriptions.

about 12 hours ago


Let Pennsylvania doctors do their jobs

Lawmakers shouldn’t dictate what doctors tell their patients

about 2 hours ago


Defining success in Afghanistan

It’s not about achieving perfection; it’s about seeing real progress

1 day ago


Back to Iraq?: Gen. Dempsey poses the return of U.S. troops

There are various interpretations of what Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

1 day ago


Samantha Bennett: The cat-call's 'loud or raucous cry' is never appreciated

There’s been some buzz lately on the subject of cat-calling. It caught my attention because I have a cat.

about 22 hours ago


Just response: The DA should close the Leon Ford case

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is confronted with a choice: retry the East Liberty man on the remaining charges or cut bait.

1 day ago


Hayes’ genius: The work of a Pitt poet earns greater renown

Terrance Hayes is living the kind of life other poets would hesitate to dream.

1 day ago


Sen. Tom Coburn is right about the NFL and other issues

Sen. Coburn is one of the few senators or congressmen who possess the integrity to perform their jobs for the benefit of the public.

1 day ago


Council appeases the few by refusing to post "In God We Trust"

The gates of hell are opening before our eyes, and we are only troubled by using the name of God in the event it might repulse someone.

1 day ago


County council has helped to restore public trust with its vote on motto

The eight members of council who voted against the ill-advised “In God We Trust” proposal distinguished themselves by displaying integrity.

1 day ago


How would Andrew Carnegie vote in Scotland's referendum?

I wonder if he would be in favor of separating from Great Britain.

1 day ago


Our church was the spiritual home of Henry J. Heinz

Our church’s archives safeguard numerous original records documenting significant events in the life of this important Pittsburgh family.

1 day ago


Halt arms shipments to stop rebels from acquiring weapons

President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail the rebels in Iraq and elsewhere will not be solved with airstrikes.

1 day ago


Brian O'Neill: Hunters have bad aim to hike firepower

Some hunters want to go too far in the field with their firepower.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis, left, rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates banging away toward playoff bid

A win Wednesday night against Boston marked the 49th consecutive game in which the Pirates had a least one extra-base hit.

1 day ago


Preventive care can keep people out of the hospital

It comes as no surprise that one in five patients is being readmitted to the hospital within a 30-day period after being discharged.

1 day ago


As Others See It / Fracking is not the threat

Water problems are caused by faulty wells, which need to be better regulated.

1 day ago


 “No” voters campaign against independence for Scotland.

E.J. Dionne Jr. / For the love of Scotland

The Scots are more likely to vote with their heads than their hearts.

1 day ago


I’m being left behind

Small steps toward a living wage aren’t enough for low-paid workers like me.

1 day ago


It’s not just about Scotland

Nation-states are decaying all over the world as globalization takes its toll.

2 days ago


 Douglas, left, and Kristen Barbour, right, leave the Allegheny County Courthouse after being sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Manning on Monday.

Lame justice: A couple’s child abuse deserved real punishment

In March 2012, two Ethiopian children came to this country to begin a new life, but what they got was sickening abuse and deprivation.

2 days ago


U.S. in Yemen: It’s hard to fathom a compelling national interest

It is difficult to identify which U.S. interests in Yemen require America to be involved there or Americans to care.

2 days ago


Rare company: Regional Catholic high schools make the grade

Eight Catholic high schools in the Pittsburgh region have made an elite national list of high performers.

2 days ago


The time is right for Scotland’s independence

Your editorial “Say No, Scotland” (Sept. 15) misunderstands the drive for Scottish independence.

2 days ago


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.

2 days ago


Let's end the 'In God We Trust' religious nonsense

Rather than putting up more slogans supporting a belief and trust in superstition, we should take them down where they already are.

2 days ago


Keep God in church and out of government

The phrase “In God We Trust” was not intended by our Founding Fathers to be the national motto.

2 days ago


The Port Authority should change its strange bus fare system

In every other city, people pay when they get on and leave by the back door.

2 days ago


Why do so many drivers fail to use turn signals?

It’s an issue of courtesy and safety, but people seem to be too lazy or preoccupied to use them.

2 days ago


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy gardens are a gift to citizens

The considerable time, effort and funding put forth have resulted in a considerable enhancement of our city’s aesthetics.

2 days ago


Reg Henry: Politics, football both throw us for a loss

Kicking the political football is all the rage.

2 days ago


Capitalize on woods free of hunters with semiautomatics

A thinking politician would brand Pennsylvania, or Penn’s Woods, as a “classic” place to hunt without the use of these weapons.

2 days ago


David Brooks / Where’s the fire department?

There should be a medical emergency force ready to fight outbreaks like Ebola.

2 days ago


Ross Douthat / Christians in the Middle East are threatened with genocide

They need our help, yet many would-be allies carp about their own issues.

3 days ago


 The Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg.

Season of stalemate: Time is running out for action in Harrisburg

At the top of the to-do-but-not-done list is pension reform.

3 days ago


Testing fails the test: Pittsburgh schools focus on more instruction

Clearly, testing had gotten out of hand in the district, which is to be congratulated for listening to critics and responding.

3 days ago


Free thinkers? U.S. policy groups must list their foreign backers

Consumers of these organizations’ reports have a right to demand that they reveal who gives them money, how much and for what purpose.

3 days ago


Film tax credits create jobs in Pennsylvania

They help both taxpayers and workers, as well local hotels, restaurants, rental car companies and other businesses.

3 days ago



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