Op Ed Columns


E.J. Dionne Jr.: America’s new culture war

It is more about immigration and inequality than gays and abortion.

about 9 hours ago


Bribes for babies

Providing goods and services to deter abortions endangers unborn babies.

about 9 hours ago


Fill up now

The cheap gas might not last long

about 9 hours ago


Let teachers run the schools

Teacher-led schools are engaging students and showing results across the country.

1 day ago


Keep shale spinoff businesses in Pennsylvania

The gas-industry supply chain should be built in the commonwealth.

1 day ago


In the lifespan game, 100 is the new 80

Our lifespans have grown by three months a year since 1840. The smart money says that pace will continue for quite a while yet.

1 day ago


The Next Page: Price of cyberattacks against America is like paying for 9/11 every year

Cybersecurity expert Christopher Mellon says that unless we do much better at prevention, the worst is yet to come.

1 day ago


Sharia shakes up Southeast Asia

Nowhere is the tension between modernity and fundamentalist Islam more on display.

1 day ago


Margaret Carlson: Obama avoids race again

Good thing we have Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’ to keep it real.

1 day ago


Enough said: U.S. CEOs are not going hungry

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 day ago


Paul Krugman: For the love of carbon

Republicans flip-flop to push the Keystone pipeline for their fossil-fuel buddies.

2 days ago


First Person: The importance of building character

A good education is about more than absorbing information.

2 days ago


Saturday Poem: Peace is Boring

No rousing anthem celebrates the commonplace. / The cyclic rhythm of birth and death exacts the doldrums ...

2 days ago


Saturday Diary: West Coast Swingin’

There’s a revolution going on in a studio near East Liberty.

2 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Charlie Hebd’ Overload: notes from the week that was.

2 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: Obama is acquiescing to Iran’s emerging empire

Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked.

2 days ago


In Rebuttal: Taxing shale gas is not just about math

Here's why a severance tax would damage Pennsylvania's economy.

3 days ago


Gail Collins: We are the walrus

And we want to raise the gas tax.

3 days ago


‘Class warfare’ returns

Republicans accuse Obama of leading the charge.

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama challenges Congress during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Damn the torpedoes

Obama isn’t giving ground to Republicans in advance of negotiations anymore.

4 days ago


We do not ‘mass incarcerate’ in America

We imprison people one by one and we shouldn’t free inmates just to lower prison populations.

4 days ago


Obama vs. the 1 percent

The president’s tax plan would actually help reduce inequality.

4 days ago


Yemen’s divisions: The U.S. should reconsider its aid and presence

The failure is not due to U.S. miscalculations, but to the terrible, violent complexity of Yemen’s situation.

5 days ago


Coal still plays a big role in Pennsylvania

The EPA’s proposed carbon standards would damage the state’s economy.

5 days ago


Calling JoePa in the hereafter

Joe Paterno’s reputation is slowly being restored, as it deserves to be.

5 days ago


 Mitt Romney at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting Friday in San Diego.

George Will: On Romney, the GOP needs to look forward, not back

Mitt Romney might understandably think that a third try would have a happy ending in a successful presidency.

6 days ago


Paula Dwyer: Obama runs the risk of getting nothing from Congress

President Barack Obama was on a roll — until Sunday night, when the White House released a broad package of tax proposals.

6 days ago


 David Oyelowo, center, stars as Martin Luther King Jr. and Carmen Ejogo, right, as Coretta Scott King in  "Selma."

Maureen Dowd / The fiction of ‘Selma’: Why do directors take artistic license on historic events?

Artful falsehood is more dangerous than artless falsehood, because fewer people see through it.

6 days ago


Job 1 for Tom Wolf is unfettered access to health care

Our new governor must end the war between UPMC and Highmark.

1 week ago


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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Here's how we all help the 1 percent

America has a regressive tax system if you look at all levels of government

1 week ago


Barack Obama's emissions inflation

His goals to cut carbon and methane are fine, but his numbers are a little suspect

1 week ago


The Next Page: ‘The Ink That Gives the White Page a Meaning’

Amma Ababio, an immigrant from Ghana and winner of the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards, writes about identity and assimilation.

1 week ago


Sir Winston Churchill, 50 years gone

A half century ago, the wartime prime minister's wildly improbable life was celebrated with the largest state funeral in history.

1 week ago


 A Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig explores the Marcellus Shale outside Waynesburg.

Pennsylvania needs and can afford a shale gas severance tax

It would finance critical services and stimulate the economy while doing no damage to the natural-gas industry.

1 week ago


Yes, Cardinal Burke, women are terrifying

A recently demoted prelate speaks for the frightened men of the Catholic church.

1 week ago


Let’s move forward with Bus Rapid Transit in Pittsburgh

A BRT line from Downtown to Oakland would help revitalize the city, especially the Hill District.

1 week ago


Gail Collins: Governors, dropouts and cats

Dropping out of college is OK for a politician, but never getting over it? ...

1 week ago


 Clayton, the Frick family home in Point Breeze

First Person: Young people in Pittsburgh care about old buildings

All generations should work together to preserve our architectural heritage.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: A broken chest is better than a broken heart

They cracked me open and fixed my widowmaker -- with a cabbage.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem: Mike the bum

... He never talked, never begged. Before leaving the dock some drivers would toss him a couple bucks, loose pocket change ...

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: Francs, fear and folly -- a story of Switzerland

The sound-money Swiss economy is now in the ER.

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: Does Obama see this new phase in the war on terror?

First, we had 9/11; then we had the lone wolf. Now -- with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris -- we see the home-grown jihadist.

1 week ago


Nicholas Kristof: Everyone should support Islamic reformers

Our Saudi allies are among those fomenting extremist ideologies.

1 week ago


Corporate wellness programs shouldn't punish employees

Blaming and shaming people with obesity is not the way to a healthier workforce.

1 week ago


George F. Will: The Keystone catechism

Obama has closed his mind to evidence when it comes to the Keystone pipeline.

1 week ago


 French police officers pay their respects Tuesday to the three police officers killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Kathleen Parker: Hyping Obama’s Paris fail

Maybe the president should have gone to France, but it’s not the end of the world.

1 week ago


 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to veterans at the state Capitol.

Scott Walker,GOP wild card

The Wisconsin governor would make a credible presidential candidate.

1 week ago


 Demonstrators hold signs depicting the victims of the Paris terror attack during a rally of the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West in Dresden, Germany, on Monday.

Gwynne Dyer: What’s behind the Paris attacks?

It’s part of the war within Islam between modernizers and crusaders

1 week ago


Nicholas Kristof: Race, police and propaganda

Most police do great work; those who don’t must be held accountable.

1 week ago


No more tips? Restaurants should follow the lead of Bar Marco

The Strip District restaurant’s change also shifts the idea of servers from being auxiliary workers to being participants in the business.

1 week ago



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