Op Ed Columns


A climate-change stopgap measure: trees

Action on global warming is stymied, so let’s at least save the forests

about 11 hours ago


Ross Douthat / Grand illusion in Syria

Finding ‘moderates’ to support is a fool’s errand

about 11 hours ago


Protect families in Pittsburgh

Volunteers, including some Steelers, are working to curtail child abuse here.

about 11 hours ago


George F. Will / Cashing in at the polls in LA

Los Angeles should learn that more voting doesn’t mean better voting.

1 day ago


Maureen Dowd / Lessons from Willie Nelson about legal pot

When Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go.

1 day ago


Ramesh Ponnuru / Not all social issues are alike

The politics of pot and same-sex marriage have changed; abortion is different.

1 day ago


End 'Pittsburgh's Shame'

Racism has plagued Black Pittsburgh, but so too have divided leadership and missed opportunities.

2 days ago


Three ‘caliphates’ and counting

The one declared in Iraq and Syria is not the only one

2 days ago


Five myths about the NFL

For instance, it’s not socialist, but it is a monopoly more than willing to exert its power.

2 days ago


 Yamma Brown's story of her turbulent life as the daughter of soul icon James Brown was published this month by Chicago Review Press.

This marriage is over

The daughter of soul singer James Brown describes the day in 2007 she snapped and left her abusive husband

2 days ago


Stop the corporate extortion

“Job creators” wring tax breaks from states at the expense of everyone else, laments Richard Florida

2 days ago


Cutting Edge: New ideas / Sharp opinions

Give the homeless homes, the U.S. found moderate rebels in Syria (!) and more ...

2 days ago


Enough Said / Wringing out the rock

Facts that speak for themselves.

2 days ago


 “The chase” by Baron Batch

The Next Page / Former Steeler Baron Batch: 'Art found me'

After leaving the NFL, a former Steelers running back has found a new and better calling

2 days ago


First Person: Goodbye, Terrible Towel

If the NFL can’t support a 4-year-old, this writer is done with the league.

3 days ago


Saturday Diary / The upsides of stuttering

Things like a stutter that threaten to break us in life don’t exist for a reason, but they can serve a purpose.

3 days ago


Paul Krugman / We can cool Earth on the cheap

Action on climate change needn’t slow economic growth.

3 days ago


Saturday Poem / Harvest Soup

Dice and saute one medium onion; / add enough mild broth to cook ...

3 days ago


Charles Krauthammer / Show terrorists that drawing us into combat is a big mistake

Their strategy is simple: Draw in the world’s great superpower, create the ultimate foil and achieve supreme stature in radical Islam.

3 days ago


The great reclining seat wars

Let’s revolt against first class and the airlines, not each other.

4 days ago


Medicare should treat small Pennsylvania pharmacies fairly

Rules now favor the big players when it comes to filling prescriptions.

4 days ago


Save the cereal!

We’re eating less and I don’t like it.

4 days ago


Let Pennsylvania doctors do their jobs

Lawmakers shouldn’t dictate what doctors tell their patients

4 days ago


Defining success in Afghanistan

It’s not about achieving perfection; it’s about seeing real progress

5 days ago


 “No” voters campaign against independence for Scotland.

E.J. Dionne Jr. / For the love of Scotland

The Scots are more likely to vote with their heads than their hearts.

5 days ago


I’m being left behind

Small steps toward a living wage aren’t enough for low-paid workers like me.

5 days ago


As Others See It / Fracking is not the threat

Water problems are caused by faulty wells, which need to be better regulated.

5 days ago


It’s not just about Scotland

Nation-states are decaying all over the world as globalization takes its toll.

6 days ago


David Brooks / Where’s the fire department?

There should be a medical emergency force ready to fight outbreaks like Ebola.

6 days ago


Ross Douthat / Christians in the Middle East are threatened with genocide

They need our help, yet many would-be allies carp about their own issues.

1 week ago


Catherine Rampell / Atlantic City blues

The get-rich-quick town is going broke … again

1 week ago


George F. Will / Scotland’s epic vote

The desire of many in Scotland to separate from the United Kingdom affects much more than economics. It’s a matter of ethnic pride.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd / What lesson did Roger Goodell take from his dad’s courage?

To his political detriment, Sen. Charles Goodell tried to force Richard Nixon to withdraw troops faster from Vietnam.

1 week ago


Sometimes a watch should just be a watch

No, Apple. This time you have gone too far.

1 week ago


 A historical plague near the William Pitt Union in Oakland, site of the founding convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1914.

Pittsburgh: birthplace of the VFW

The largest veterans advocacy organization in the country was founded here 100 years ago, recounts historian JONATHAN NEU.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania legislators: Stop the overdoses

I’ve lost two brothers to drug addiction. Our lawmakers can help other families avoid this fate, writes consultant JASON SNYDER.

1 week ago


 An artist's rendering of the new bike lanes on Penn Avenue Downtown. (Not shown: opinion of driver of car.)

Enough about the bikes, bikes, bikes

Sure, make more bike lanes, but Pittsburgh has bigger transportation issues to deal with.

1 week ago


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Birth control for the well-to-do

Conservative candidates are coming out for birth control, but not for everybody, explains the American Prospect’s PAUL WALDMAN.

1 week ago


Gail Collins / A man with a plan

At the least the president appears to believe he’s on the right track

1 week ago


Cutting Edge: New ideas / Sharp opinions

On race-shaming, teacher fantasies and more ...

1 week ago


Enough Said / Donations vs. Diseases

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


The Next Page: A Chippewa woman’s legal fight with Pittsburgh’s leading men

Lawrenceville historian Jude Wudarczyk unearths the details of a 19th-century battle with an unlikely plaintiff.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary / The tragic life of Tyke the elephant

I covered her first escape from the circus, but there was another one ...

1 week ago


First Person / The poor state of our teeth

We need to make sure everyone has good dental care.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / Scots, don’t do it

Independence would be fiscal folly.

1 week ago




Charles Krauthammer / President Obama sounds an uncertain trumpet, again

Mr. Obama’s reluctance and ambivalence to taking on the Islamic State are obvious.

1 week ago


Restore the NFL’s reputation?

If you can throw, catch or punt or otherwise assist down the field a leather spheroid 11 inches across and 22 around, you are set for life.

1 week ago


Recipes for terror: An Islamic State computer reveals the making and training of a terrorist

The laptop makes clear that its owner has one huge passion: destruction.

1 week ago


Putting politics over policy: Obama turns autocratic while Democrats delay action

Obama wanted to try another experiment in unilateral government, was persuaded it would hurt Democrats in the coming election and backed up.

1 week ago



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