Op Ed Columns


If the GOP falls short ...

There’s likely to be a bloody battle within the party.

about 13 hours ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Moderates rise up in Kansas

A Tea Party experiment appears to be backfiring.

about 13 hours ago


Make voting more fun!

Maybe more people would play if we turned it into a game

about 13 hours ago


 Georgia U.S. Senate candidates, Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn, talk after a debate.

George F. Will / Senate race in Georgia is all in the families

But please remember the good that politics can achieve.

1 day ago


Race for the Cure shouldn’t accept money from gas drillers

Komen should be sponsoring a Race for Prevention.

1 day ago


Democrats recoil in horror: Oh no, it’s the president!

Halloween arrives on the hustings.

1 day ago


Colleges do a lot around here to justify their nonprofit status

Think twice about taxing the educational institutions that already contribute so much to our region.

2 days ago


Hillary Clinton 2.0

The former secretary of state is still trying to figure out what happened to her political groove.

2 days ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / The American Dream is emigrating

The best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken.

3 days ago


Gail Collins / The scary world of the NRA

How can we still be arguing over background checks?

3 days ago


Spur innovation to help Pennsylvania manufacturers

The Senate should pass The Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act.

3 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / The secrets behind the 2014 midterms

These underappreciated facts will have an impact on the elections and beyond.

4 days ago


George F. Will / Done in by John Doe

The Milwaukee County district attorney has stained Wisconsin by using government to go after political foes.

4 days ago


 Protoplasmic Astrocytes, by Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

The Next Page / CMU Classroom innovator brought science and art under same roof

Elizabeth Finley credits CMU professor Patricia Maurides with bring art and science under the same roof.

5 days ago


Much ado about world disorder

Ebola and the Islamic State are terrible but probably won’t make a lasting imprint, suggests professor Stephen M. Walt.

5 days ago


 Lyndon  B. Johnson

David M. Shribman: Johnson vs. Reagan / Two visions collide

Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan set the terms of debate we're still having today.

5 days ago


Out of terror, stories of hope

The Islamic State’s beheadings say something good about the world, too, observes writer STEPHANIE SALDANA.

5 days ago


Our water can’t wait

Pennsylvania waterways need more protection from pollution, argue environmental advocates TOM HOFFMAN and KRISSY KASSERMAN.

5 days ago


Gail Collins / What do women want?

Whatever it is, they’re not getting a lot of it in this year’s campaigns

5 days ago


Margaret Carlson / Palin’s sun is setting in Alaska

Her influence may be felt on the national stage more than in her native state.

5 days ago




Enough Said / Toll roads proliferate

Facts that speak for themselves.

5 days ago


First Person / Ebola is low on my list of concerns

I have so many other worries; let me tell you about them.

6 days ago


Paul Krugman / Plutocrats vs. democracy

The rich don’t like it when the poor get to vote.

6 days ago


Saturday Diary / Pitt vs. Georgia Tech, my two alma maters

I learned a lot about race, and myself, from my time at Georgia Tech.

6 days ago


Saturday Poem / The Truth of Things

... What Ed Murrow said makes me think of it all: / most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them ...

6 days ago


Charles Krauthammer / Barack Obama continues to be a bewildered bystander

President Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.

6 days ago


 Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis at the Vatican last November.

Thomas L. Friedman / Putin and the pope

One spreads tolerance, the other disorder.

1 week ago


Protect affordable health insurance for Pennsylvania's kids

Congress should act now to renew the CHIP program.

1 week ago


No one’s rich; no one's happy

I started asking around, and it’s kind of a bummer.

1 week ago


Tony Norman: August Wilson Center needs advice, so ...

Here’s some advice for the future CEO of the August Wilson Center.

1 week ago


 Benjamin C. Bradlee, 1921 - 2014

The big, bold life of Benjamin Bradlee

He led his paper to power and Pulitzers and looked back without regrets.

1 week ago


Candor is missing in Ebola debate

We need to focus on research and protection, not politics.

1 week ago


Nixon’s on the line

One night he rang Ben Bradlee’s house.

1 week ago


Here's how to beat Ebola

What we need is a national strategy for all health care institutions

1 week ago


Royals Nation rises from the heartland

It’s a revolution: Kansas City fans no longer serve as objects of pity.

1 week ago


 Outside the White House Friday, Jeff Hulbert of Annapolis, Maryland, protests government handling of the Ebola crisis.

Ebola: We fear the sick stranger

America has a long history of seeing foreigners as diseased

1 week ago


Silence the ‘gamergates’ and end the misogyny in gaming culture

Women keep getting threatened online by cowardly boys and men.

1 week ago


Ellen Goodman / Talk to people about the end of your life

The assisted-suicide debate has little to do with the death most of us will face.

1 week ago


The robocars are coming: It won’t be long before we kick humans out of the driver’s seat

Self-driving cars won’t have our limitations. They will prevent tens of thousands of fatalities every year and better our lifestyles.

1 week ago


Panhandling in Pittsburgh: Bruce Kraus’ proposed ordinance would be unconstitutional

The legal and moral logic for Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus’ proposed panhandling ordinance is elusive.

1 week ago


Fans of politics: It’s hard to hear them over the hot air

There’s lots of real, serious news going on in the world. (There always is.) But last week, the Internet was set abuzz by “Fangate.”

1 week ago


High hopes shot down: We still dream big for our kids, even as they die in the streets

Two weeks ago my family was blessed by the birth of a new baby. My first grandchild, a boy, instantly filled me with unconditional love.

1 week ago


Could Pittsburgh hospitals contain Ebola?

Theoretically, yes, every U.S. hospital, doctor and nurse has been trained before graduation in blood-borne pathogen protocols.

1 week ago


A tipping point for Muslims: The ‘Islamic State’ has clarified for everyone the difference between Islam and barbarism

The rise, battlefield success and vainglorious propaganda of the so-called “Islamic State” may prove to be a moment of clarity for Muslims.

1 week ago


In Pennsylvania, what used to be considered corporal punishment is now child abuse

The latest debate continues, having been set off by Adrian Peterson beating his son with a branch to the point of bleeding and bruising.

1 week ago


Can Larry Pressler save the Democrats?

The former Republican just might help keep the Democrats in control of the Senate.

1 week ago


Cutting Edge: New ideas / Sharp opinions

Soft on Ebola; Black men in jail; Get rid of the methane; Overthrow Obama?

1 week ago


Enough Said / Mortal combat

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


 The first varsity baseball team of Oberlin College in Ohio in 1881 included Fleetwood Walker (No. 6 in the middle row) and his brother Weldy (No. 10).

The Next Page / Before Jackie Robinson, baseball had Moses 'Fleet' Walker

Craig Britcher says professional baseball had an opportunity to embrace integration years earlier with a great player from Steubenville

1 week ago



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