Op Ed Columns


First Person: Advent of customer service

Here’s a story of a college sophomore earning some extra money by working at the local Home Depot.

about 4 hours ago


Saturday Diary: Do my wife and I have a parenting philosophy? Not sure

WARNING: This diary contains annoying parental bragging. Not to mention it steps all over the third-rail of social conversation: parenting.

about 4 hours ago


Putin’s bubble bursts: Plunging oil prices aren’t the sole problem

If you’re the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy.

about 4 hours ago


An Urban Christmas

A poem by Romella Kitchens

about 4 hours ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

A 500-page summary of the torture report reminded Americans of things they had chosen to forget.

about 4 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf terrorist

There are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

about 4 hours ago


 Pakistani student Mohammad Baqair, who survived Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, poses holding a photograph of his mother, a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school.

Meet the Taliban killer of schoolchildren

That would be Maulana Fazlullah, radical broadcaster turned military chieftain.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh goes to Cuba

‘Deliberative democracy’ could be one of our most valuable exports.

1 day ago


Facing up to race

Celebrating diversity is no substitute for addressing racial disparities.

1 day ago


Barack Obama takes on the Cuba lobby

He’s looking for legacy points and doesn’t have much to lose.

2 days ago


George F. Will: No offense, but …

The Constitution guarantees that no one gets through life unoffended.

2 days ago


As others see it: U.S.-Cuba reconciliation is long overdue

We’ve tried isolating the island for more than 50 years, and it hasn’t worked.

2 days ago


 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren the warrior

The fighting senator from Massachusetts actually has a chance to win

3 days ago


End mandatory minimum sentences in Pennsylvania

They fill our prisons at great expense but do little to improve public safety.

3 days ago


Black and white worlds collide in tragedy

Brown and Garner deaths highlight differences over domain

4 days ago


Gail Collins / This year, we get to talk about the cromnibus at our holiday parties!

Here's a primer on how to get the conversation going.

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Who’s been playing Caesar?

Obama's helping some immigrants; Bush and Cheney ran a secret torture program.

4 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama’s Boehner bailout

The president should be far more attentive to his allies in the future.

5 days ago


George F. Will: Tax reform cheer

Departing U.S. Rep. Dave Camp believes sensible tax reform can be achieved.

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Climate incentives: Link aid to emissions progress by developing nations

The United Nations climate talks in Lima have highlighted two fundamental sticking points over how to deal with climate change.

5 days ago


Is this the end of football?

A former federal administrative law judge explains how legal liability for long-term injuries and other challenges could kill football.

6 days ago


Marriage equality is good for the church

The Rev. Randy Bush of East Liberty Presbyterian Church describes how welcoming same-gender marriages has enriched his congregation.

6 days ago


Immigration reform is long overdue

Pittsburgh lawyer Joel Pfeffer says Pennsylvanians should support the president’s executive order and urge Congress to act.

6 days ago


Connie Schultz: The racists are ranting

But as long as the rest of us refuse to despair, they will lose in the end.

6 days ago


Are lefties better than the right-handed?

Being one, columnist Peter R. Orszag would like to say yes but the latest research doesn’t help.

6 days ago


Cutting Edge: New ideas / Sharp opinions

Key findings in the torture report, prosecute those responsible and more ...

6 days ago


Enough Said: Cities and their poor

Facts that speak for themselves.

6 days ago


 The USS Somerset, docked in San Diego.

The Next Page: Aboard the USS Somerset, daily inspiration from Flight 93

Walter G. Meyer visits sailors aboard the USS Somerset, surrounded by reminders of the Flight 93 heroes

6 days ago


First Person: Pennsylvania wouldn’t let me help my father die

Ed Boito’s father succumbed to ALS as his lungs filled with fluid across eight days in an Altoona nursing home.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: Christmas Village 2014 is life as it should be instead of as it is

Unsure of what to make it, Ann Belser’s Christmas Village is still boxed in the attic, less than two weeks before Dec. 25.

1 week ago




Paul Krugman: Mad as Hellas

It’s no wonder that Greece is rebelling against austerity.

1 week ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Right wing lessons learned.

6 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: The Senate report on CIA interrogation is a travesty

The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality.

1 week ago


Gail Collins / It’s cruel. It’s useless. It’s the CIA

Even prisoners who’d already been cooperating were tortured.

1 week ago


What about Congress' role in the torture program?

The Senate didn’t examine how Congress often turned a blind eye.

1 week ago


Gov.-elect Tom Wolf should complete the Mon-Fayette Expressway

Cost-effective plans have been offered to revitalize the Mon Valley.

1 week ago


Joni Rabinowitz and John Detwiler: Don't expand fracking in county parks until impact on Deer Lakes is known

As citizens and owners of the parks, we need to see how county government uses its powers on this first deal before we entrust it with more.

1 week ago


Thomas L. Friedman / A backlash is growing

The Islamic State has visibly attracted young Muslims from all over the world to its violent movement to build a caliphate in Iraq and

1 week ago


Gail Collins / Aiding pregnant workers

Today, let’s take a look at the Little Bill That Couldn’t.

1 week ago


David Brooks / Cops see a threatening world

There is no excuse for racism or brutality, but we must realize how police think.

1 week ago


Big political donors are in denial

They have a lot less control of the GOP nomination process than they think

1 week ago


How to read the Rolling Stone UVA rape story

We should focus on eradicating campus rape culture, not just on Jackie’s story

1 week ago


Joe Nocera / Big Uber vs. little uber

Why do some companies really not want to hear from their customers?

1 week ago


Coy is not credible when it comes to Hillary Clinton

Does anybody think she is undecided about running for president?

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Big Data in action for better government

A bipartisan effort seeks evidence to evaluate if government programs are working.

1 week ago


George F. Will / Progressives and future government power

An economic growth agenda will displace the goals of the “Clerisy.”

1 week ago


Smarter crime policy in Texas

Both crime and incarceration rates have fallen in the Lone Star State.

1 week ago


Being poor, hoping rich: ‘Hand to Mouth’ takes us on an insiders’ tour of impoverished America

Now that we’ve enjoyed the latest jobs report, let’s visit with the invisible people.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania should consider the value of natural gas when levying property taxes

In Pennsylvania most of the money to pay our children’s school teachers and fund our local governments comes from taxes on real estate.

1 week ago



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