Op Ed Columns


 Killer whales perform at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld can't help but mistreat killer whales

Captivity is cruel for such social, wide-ranging creatures.

about 11 hours ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Is democracy unraveling?

Fractured parties and partisanship are on the rise in both the U.S. and Europe.

about 11 hours ago


The VA does all it can to prevent veteran suicides

Vets need to know about our many mental health services.

about 11 hours ago


We need to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

President Obama routinely promises greater transparency within the federal government. Congress is making strides toward that critical goal.

1 day ago


Kathleen Parker: Songs in prisoners’ hearts

Music can transform forgotten people and places. Consider a program at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina.

1 day ago


George F. Will: With a dash of wit, Lindsey Graham espouses provocative policy

The South Carolina senator would enliven the Republican campaign trail.

1 day ago


The new heroin entrepreneurs

Mexico’s Xalisco Boys have reached into Pittsburgh and set up a nationwide distribution network that rivals Amway.

2 days ago


Why do we let slide bias against women?

What would happen if I refused to shake hands with Jews or sit next to black men?

2 days ago


 Women Rigts, Gavel, supreme court. Women symbol

Women, choose those justices carefully

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes decisions vital to women’s health.

2 days ago


  Pay Day Loans, cash, empty pockets, no money

Get tough on payday lending

New federal regulations should be as strong as Pennsylvania’s.

2 days ago


Sunnis vs. Shiites

In fact, they have not been fighting each other for centuries.

2 days ago


 The classic Rosie the Riveter poster for Westinghouse by J. Howard Miller.

The Next Page: How 'Rosie the Riveter' grew from the imagination of a Pittsburgh artist

The classic World War II morale booster, the work of a freelance artist named J. Howard Miller, was inspired by Pittsburgh workers.

2 days ago


First Person: Running with Bill

My dad will carry me through the Pittsburgh he loved.

3 days ago


Saturday Diary: My (short) cheerleading career

I could almost hear my thigh go ’sproing’ and now my daughter wants to try out.

3 days ago


Paul Krugman: The zombie election of 2016

Discredited GOP ideas just keep shambling along

3 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran

Obama’s wish that Iran become a “very successful regional power” — a nightmare for Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality.

3 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Entrepreneurial government

Each generation’s future is built on smart public investment.

4 days ago


Justice delayed, Lynch confirmed

In the end, even Mitch McConnell voted for the new attorney general.

4 days ago


Kathleen Parker: Women vs. women in 2016

Can Hillary Clinton attract both conservative and liberal women?

5 days ago


 Oskar Groening, a 93-year-old former guard and bookkeeper at Auschwitz, arrives for his trial in Lueneburg, Germany, on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Leonid Bershidsky: Holocaust crimes still matter

Just being a cog in the machinery of death is no excuse.

5 days ago


The PSSAs are hurting my kids

I have become a conscientious objector and will not administer them any more.

6 days ago


UPMC and Highmark are holding seniors hostage

They must reach an agreement soon on Medicare Advantage plans.

6 days ago


What Google tells us about working women

Search on CEO and see how many women show up.

1 week ago


Has the NRA won?

After mass shootings, support for gun rights goes up, not down.

1 week ago


The real Edith Bell

She believes in Israel and Palestinian rights, but not in bombing civilians.

1 week ago


 Hillary Rodham Clinton, in March, speaks to reporters at the United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Maureen Dowd: Granny get your gun

Hillary has once again overcorrected her campaign style.

1 week ago


George F. Will: Don’t seize the raisins

An old New Deal law highlights the silly and sinister in government.

1 week ago


As Others See It: Rebuilding in Africa after Ebola

The world responded slowly to the outbreak but eventually rallied. Now it is time to extend a hand for rebuilding.

1 week ago


Keeping an eye on Pittsburgh

We can learn a lot from other cities’ surveillance policies.

1 week ago


Why we freak out over free-range parenting

I can think of seven reasons, 24/7 cable TV news and the Internet among them.

1 week ago


Are race relations worse under Obama?

Perhaps, but the president has little to do with it.

1 week ago


Killer robots: Drones are one thing, autonomous killing machines are quite another

The real worry is how much easier it would be for a country to decide on war if it didn’t have to see lots of its own soldiers get killed.

1 week ago


Florida man strikes again

Campaign finance reform? Good luck with that.

1 week ago


Sardines on airplanes — not a good idea

Shrinking legroom is not only uncomfortable, it’s a safety issue, too.

1 week ago


 Australian troops arrive in Alexandria, Egypt, en route to the battlefield on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. Thousands died in the nightmare battle of World War I.

The Next Page: My father-in-law faced bullets, disease and thirst in Gallipoli campaign

Hazel Cope says he, like so many British soldiers, was involved in one of the worst disasters of World War I and lucky to get out of alive.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: That old-time economics

Keynes’ theories have worked where they’ve been tried.

1 week ago


First Person: A primer on autism

My son has autism and a lot of people just don’t get it.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: To the gentleman who offered me some skunk

As I was buying aromatic cigars, a fellow customer said, “Want some skunk, man?” I apologize for my befuddlement. Rodents are not my thing.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem: We make movies in Pittsburgh

The Pirates win all summer long. / Their poets write so gladly. / Polish weddings are designated / by tonnage of cabbage rolls ...

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: Hillary the queen travels by van

There’s something surreal about Hillary Clinton’s Marie Antoinette tour, sampling cake and commoners. But what else can she do?

1 week ago


Reviving the middle class

It’s going to take more than nice words and good intentions, Ms. Clinton.

1 week ago


Smeared by the ZOA

Zionists should applaud the Holocaust event at Pitt

1 week ago


Adjuncts on welfare

Many part-time professorsrely on public assistance.

1 week ago


 Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Boao Forum for Asia.

Thomas L. Friedman: China’s big gamble with the world economy

Xi Jinping is betting that repression won’t kill innovation.

1 week ago


George F. Will: Sustainability gone wild

Liberals are sticking the label on just about everything.

1 week ago


 Abraham Lincoln on the $5 bill

Abraham Lincoln, American saint

His death was seen as redeeming the nation, but the work goes ever on among the living.

1 week ago


David Brooks: Put cameras on cops

Though we will pay a price in privacy and the quality of our relationships.

1 week ago


Anti-Semitism 101 at University of Pittsburgh

Pitt shouldn’t support groups that paint Israelis as modern-day Nazis

1 week ago


Free-range kids

They are the victims in a pathetic fight over parenting.

2 weeks ago


Paul Krugman: It takes a party

Yes, Hillary Clinton is running, but 2016 is about the parties, not the personalities

2 weeks ago



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