Opinion


First Person / On the sandlot: I learned life lessons on a neighborhood field

It is said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.

about 17 hours ago


Shoot ’em up USA: Americans must rethink their attitudes on guns

If you get the feeling that a multiple shooting makes headlines every day, you’re right.

about 17 hours ago


Hackers’ helper: A young malware creator deserves stiff punishment

Morgan C. Culbertson pleaded guilty in federal court to designing and trying to sell Android phone hijacking malware on Darkode.

about 17 hours ago


Unease over homelessness should spur us to help

I am a Lutheran pastor. I felt very uneasy about the letter “Fans Feeling Uneasy” (Aug. 24).

about 17 hours ago


Put faith into action to assist the homeless

Perhaps some struggled to get to the ballpark on “Faith Night” in hopes that faith groups would feel responsive to their needs.

about 17 hours ago


Pittsburgh's parking enforcement is mean-spirited

I was certainly surprised to get a notice from Pittsburgh Parking Court saying I owed fees on top of fees for a parking ticket I received.

about 17 hours ago


Saturday Diary: Tooting his own horn

A high school musician debuts on the big stage, with lots of accompaniment.

about 17 hours ago


Paul Krugman: Crash-test dummies

The GOP candidates aren’t prepared for an economic crisis.

about 17 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer: What six years of ‘reset’ have wrought

Helped immensely by Mr. Obama’s epic misjudgment of Russian intentions, the balance of power has shifted — and America’s allies feel it.

about 17 hours ago


Saturday Poem: The Toolbox

I search for the red-handled /  Phillips-head among the clutter / of Dad’s Air Force toolbox ...

about 17 hours ago


The next GOP debate

Moderators should pose yes-or-no questions on the economy.

1 day ago


Hands off: A water diversion plan threatens the Great Lakes

A proposal by Waukesha, Wisc., to divert water from Lake Michigan could affect all other Great Lakes states, including Pennsylvania.

1 day ago


Parking smart: A phone app can soon buy drivers extra time

People who park in the city will soon have the option of using a downloadable app on their smartphones to pay for parking.

1 day ago


Falling prices: Take advantage of the cheaper oil and gas

The fall of oil and natural gas prices is a boon to U.S. consumers and the economy.

1 day ago


Many cannot get past Vick’s crimes against dogs

The Steelers signing Michael Vick is not only controversial.

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Michael Vick should not be denied opportunities that come with rehabilitation

The response to any outrage should be to work for a better justice system.

1 day ago


The Steelers could learn from the Pirates about how to treat fans

The Steelers and the NFL should spend some time studying how the Pirates do things.

1 day ago


Government must work for the average person, too

If our politicians don’t stand up for ordinary people, good jobs and safe, healthy neighborhoods, how will our state grow stronger?

1 day ago


Donald Trump is a problem of the GOP's making

GOP had it coming.

1 day ago


 Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter breaks up a pass intended for Steelers WR Martavis Bryant in the first half Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Timing of wide receiver's 4-game suspension could not be worse for Steelers

Selfish acts by Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant leave Steelers offense in the lurch for start of NFL regular season.

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Tony Norman: Latest killings should be tipping point

I can’t be the only one who feels real life has suddenly begun to resemble Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for “Network” a little too much.

1 day ago


Five leading indicators for the 2016 race

Will Republicans drop out and GOP leaders get behind one person? How are the economy and president doing? Will Hillary backers defect?

1 day ago


An immigrant in France

There are no guarantees for anyone, including Americans.

1 day ago


War is the most probable alternative to the Iran deal

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus traveled to Israel to seek Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s counsel on the Iran nuclear deal.

1 day ago


George F. Will: Trump wreaks havoc

Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency.

2 days ago


Compromise, already: Leaders in both parties are hurting Pennsylvania

With the Legislature’s latest attempt to enact a budget now fizzled, Pa.’s leaders should stop playing politics and pass a spending plan.

2 days ago


Vick’s redemption: The QB has paid his debt, so let the Steelers benefit

Like it or not, Michael Vick is a Steeler. Pittsburgh should welcome the quarterback’s talents and accept his assertion that he has changed.

2 days ago


Migratory burden: EU countries must decide how to share the load

The millions of migrants pouring into Europe are smothering the host countries’ absorptive capacities.

2 days ago


Death sentences rarely help victims’ families heal

My heart goes out to Paul Sciullo’s mother (“Lingering Execution Moratorium Pains Victim’s Mother,” Aug. 24). I have walked in her shoes.

2 days ago


Pa.'s death penalty moratorium is the right move

As a people we cannot allow understandable emotions in response to horrific crimes to define how we govern.

2 days ago


For better baseball in the postseason, change the playoff system

With the “one and done” game, the team with the second-best record — the Pirates — could be out of the playoffs before they get started.

2 days ago


 Will Mount Washington, seen in the background, someday have a hotel?

Brian O'Neill: Hope still rises for hotel atop Mount Washington

Another failed attempt to develop the key spot where The Edge restaurant once stood. But logic is with it, long-term.

2 days ago


 Zebras at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

The Zoological Association of America is committed to animal welfare and public safety

ZAA is proud to welcome Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as an accredited member.

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Jennifer Graham: Bring on the doomsday zombies

A global financial meltdown couldn’t come at a better time for people who spend their leisure readying for the collapse of society.

2 days ago


 Will Joe Biden run for president?

Albert R. Hunt: An unexpected option for Dems

Joe Biden can’t beat Hillary Clinton unless something dramatic and unexpected happens -- like choosing Elizabeth Warren as a running mate.

2 days ago


Joe Nocera: Reading the signs of China's financial crisis

One man, Jim Chanos, saw China’s financial crisis coming.

3 days ago


Cinema verite: Bag checks aren’t foolproof but will boost security

The largest chain of movie theaters in the U.S. will begin checking moviegoers’ bags in the wake of the theater shooting in Lafayette, La.

3 days ago


Team of heroes: The decision to intervene thwarted a massacre

French President Francois Hollande awarded the Legion of Honor to three Americans and a British businessman on Monday.

3 days ago


Fragile Lebanon: Lack of a government is not the worst problem

A crisis over garbage in Beirut threatens to reverse the course of recovery that Lebanon has seen since the end of its civil war in 1991.

3 days ago


The Iran deal is an alternative to endless conflict

The commentary by U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus about the Iran nuclear agreement is plainly just wrong.

3 days ago


Critics should stop comparing the Iran nuclear agreement with a mythical "better deal"

The world is moving ahead with or without us on this, and there is no assurance that sanctions will stand if we back out of the deal.

3 days ago


Why did the PG downplay the real story about Iran nuclear inspections?

I’m puzzled that the Post-Gazette would choose to give front-page coverage to an erroneous Associated Press story.

3 days ago


That rotten smell is all about money

When I moved here in 1980, people felt they needed to tolerate pollution for Pittsburgh to remain prosperous. Not enough has changed.

3 days ago


Finally, some necessary context regarding deer in Mt. Lebanon

Too many recent PG articles have focused on the small contingent of deer management opponents.

3 days ago


 Then-Jets quarterback Michael Vick looks for a receiver in the first half of a game against the Chiefs in November.

Ron Cook: Forget Michael Vick's past and think about his potential assets to Steelers

Instead of dwelling on his past, welcome Vick as the backup and hope that he can help the team win.

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As Others See It: Cruel and unusual punishment for the homeless

Jailing the homeless for sleeping outside might seem harsh, but according to the Justice Department, it’s also cruel and unusual punishment.

3 days ago


Is there an unlocked gun where your kids play?

There are guns in 36 percent of homes in Pennsylvania, and far too many children have access to them.

3 days ago


Reg Henry: Just grin and bear NYC’s topless

NYC officials need more of a grin-and-bear-it attitude about Times Square’s topless women.

3 days ago


Dan Simpson: Studying the Middle East

A weeklong forum at Chautauqua Institution provides illumination.

3 days ago


 The Shenango coke works at Neville Island: its compliance has now reached nearly 100 percent.

Industrial attraction: How Pittsburgh treats Shenango coke plant can hurt recruiting

A good first step in recruiting more metals manufacturers to the region: reassess our attitude toward the metals manufacturers already here.

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