Op Ed Columns


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Rebel science: Studying physics can give wayward teens a cause

Physics is for those who reject all authority, those who know in their bones that the world is not what it seems.

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Ferguson’s lessons: Pittsburgh should heed the instruction

We came very close to having our own Michael Brown situation when Jordan Miles was viciously beaten by Pittsburgh police in 2010.

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Catherine Rampell / Naming rights: The one fight to have before your wedding

Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands’ names.

about 10 hours ago


Making it in Pittsburgh: Leveraging the spirit of our forebears through new technologies

As we celebrate Labor Day 2014, the old-fashioned idea of “making” is becoming new again.

1 day ago


Unions' Labor Day message for Pennsylvanians

We want to expand the middle class and rebuild main street communities.

1 day ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / When whites just don’t get it

Many are delusional about the state of race relations.

1 day ago


Sharon Randall / Today’s assignment: Name 10 interesting facts about yourself

I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind.

1 day ago


What kind of Pittsburgh do you want?

This economist hopes that economic inequality will give way to a strong middle class — with the health care sector leading the way.

2 days ago


Our geography, ourselves

Where we live has a lot to do with who we are, this neuroscientist and author explains.

2 days ago


A bucketful of ALS myths

Lou Gehrig’s disease may not be what you thought but the challenge is worthy, this neurologist writes.

2 days ago


The promise of tenure reform

A historic California court case will shape schools across the nation, says this education writer.

2 days ago


A Labor Day tribute to Job Corps

The 50-year-old program gives society’s most disconnected young people a chance, says the U.S. labor secretary.

2 days ago


 Ricki Wertz lip-synching "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" outside the WENS studios.

The Next Page: The behind-the-camera love story of Pittsburgh TV pioneers Tom Borden and Ricki Wertz

“We fell in love at Channel 16,” recalled Ricki Wertz.  “Several of the WENS staff members got married, including Tom and I.”

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George F. Will / Paul Ryan points the way forward

In his new book he says something few politicians say: Mr. Ryan says he was wrong.

2 days ago


Listen up, men: A strong voice for women emerges, from the 1700s

Women can be marginalized even in the very forums that rely on them to share their experiences.

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Megan McArdle / Time to review airline etiquette

It’s hard to sympathize with anyone in the “knee defender” episode.

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First Person / The NFL hits the wrong note

It’s high time the league pay musicians at the Super Bowl.

3 days ago


Saturday Diary / Yes, you can go home again

I’m savoring this moment, when all is right with the world because my daughters are home -- until life’s next adventures.

3 days ago


Saturday Poem / Girl with Dog in the Time-to-Wash Parking Lot

Wilkinsburg, Pa. Which of us can say what exactly it was that / made it such a stunning image? But both of us / caught it  ...

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Paul Krugman / The fall of France under Hollande

The French president is also failing Europe as a whole.

3 days ago


Charles Krauthammer / The U.S. must act now to lower corporate tax rates

Everyone knows why inversions are happening. America’s 35 percent corporate tax rate is absurdly uncompetitive.

3 days ago


Charles Lane / Obama’s wedge issue

Golf may be less a diversion than an obsession.

4 days ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / Is everyone a little bit racist?

Unconscious attitudes are worth examining after the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

4 days ago


George F. Will / Uncharted waters

What is the Navy’s mission with China on the rise?

4 days ago


Organic farming and gas infrastructure don’t mix

Innumerable interrelationships exist between environmental factors, living organisms on all levels, and plants or human health.

5 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / The 2014 elections will reveal the limits of rage

Governors races will show whether Tea Party feelings are fading.

5 days ago


Maureen Dowd / Obama becomes the outsourcer-in-chief

The weary president hands off race relations to Al Sharpton.

5 days ago


Matt Smith / Let’s reform education funding

The opportunity to come up with a fair formula for schools must be seized.

6 days ago


In Rebuttal / Jared Cohon’s fracking role raises concern

The PG attacks our work while ignoring CSSD ethical questions.

6 days ago


Thomas L. Friedman / It’s a world of order versus a world of disorder

If it feels as though the world of disorder is expanding against order, it’s not your imagination. There’s an unfortunate logic to it.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / Does Gov. Rick Perry really know the secrets to job growth?

The idea of Mr. Perry running for president raises one of my favorite subjects: interregional differences in economic and population growth.

1 week ago


Erin C. Molchany / Unfinished business marks the 19th amendment’s anniversary

It is clear that women’s equal right to vote, established 94 years ago, has not yet translated into equal representation in government.

1 week ago


Mike Dillon / Terrorists' ghastly photo op

What should the media do when terrorists pose victims?

1 week ago


George F. Will / In defense of the defenders

The federal criminal justice system is flawed but still effective.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama returns clubs to the cart while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama is taking a two-week summer vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Maureen Dowd / Obama’s Golf Address

With tense situations at home and abroad, the president takes refuge on the links.

1 week ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: In tyranny’s assault, we're all together now?

A lot of time, energy and lives have been wasted while we citizens of the still-free Western world bicker bitterly while Mosul burns.

1 week ago


Riverlife: Antique sewage system cannot persist in Pittsburgh

In dealing with dirty water, the Strip District could be our secret weapon, says Riverlife’s president and CEO.

1 week ago


 Lesley McSpadden, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, with Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holding up a family picture of himself, his son,  and a young child during a news conference  Aug. 11.

Michael Brown could have been me

All young black males are suspect in the eyes of the law.

1 week ago


Philadelphia riots, 50 years later

As events in Ferguson remind the nation, police killings of African-Americans continue to spark unrest.

1 week ago


In praise of placebos

Often the best medicine is simply having someone care, says a psychologist.

1 week ago


A vision of North America

A Canadian ambassador says Reagan’s hopes for a greater role for a power bloc of the United States, Canada and Mexico has dimmed.

1 week ago


Enough Said / Faith building

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


The Next Page: Cartooning Sophie

Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers remembers the city’s colorful 56th mayor, Sophie Masloff, who died last Sunday.

1 week ago


Spousal abuse, legal style

Gov. Bob McDonnell has, apparently, mistaken Judge James R. Spencer for his marriage counselor.

1 week ago


Cutting Edge, Aug. 24: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions

On Pittsburgh’s supposed brain drain, children playing unsupervised, the trustworthiness of polls, and sleep problems.

1 week ago


Uncle Sam on the couch

Uncle Sam is talking to his psychiatrist, Dr. Poppy Pill, about Sam’s propensity to get involved in unhealthy relationships.

1 week ago


First Person / A market for Pittsburgh goods waiting for a taker

If you have an ounce of marketing savvy, I have a can’t-miss proposition for you.

1 week ago


Peter McKay: Despite family sizes, house always had room for love

The house that was too big when we moved in, then was too small, is too big again as we send off the last of our five kids to college.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary / The soprano who sang me to success

The Metropolitan Opera’s Licia Albanese, who died Aug. 15 at age 105, was an icon of my formative years.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem / Extra Burden

As I enter a room / And view the crowd / I feel alone ...

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