Op Ed Columns


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu, the Great Divider

U.S. leaders should take the prime minister’s advice with a large grain of salt.

about 22 hours ago


A gas severance tax is no substitute for environmental protections

The proposed severance tax is not a measure to safeguard Pennsylvania’s communities and environment from the adverse impacts of drilling.

about 22 hours ago


George F. Will: The Supreme Court will take up cases involving Congress’ and Arizona’s reading ability

One case involves language in the Affordable Care Act; the other is a case involving Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

about 22 hours ago


 The sun rises over the 'New Pittsburgh' (2003)

Parsing the ‘New Pittsburgh’ narrative

Chris Briem says the city’s rise-from-the-Rust-Belt story overstates how down we were — and how up we are.

1 day ago


Violence is who we are

In Pittsburgh, in America, we accept that violence and death are part of our culture.

1 day ago


An electrifying story about men

Most of them would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

1 day ago


Domestic drone dilemmas

Jamming or shooting down threatening drones poses a passel of problems.

1 day ago


Obama the flirt

Yes, the president loves America, but he has carried on with other countries, too.

1 day ago


Gail Collins: Bye-bye, Chris Christie

Now that his big achievement has turned to dust, all that’s left is bluster

1 day ago


 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., fourth from right, links arms with other civil rights leaders as they begin the march to the state capitol in Montgomery from Selma, Ala., on March 21, 1965. The demonstrators are marching for voter registration rights for black residents. Second from right is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The marchers are wearing leis given by a Hawaiian group.

The Next Page: Footsteps to follow ... the-Selma-to-Montgomery-marches

Rabbi Aaron Bisno says the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches is a new call to action

1 day ago


Saturday Diary: Heading west … because the price was right

A family trip brings together the generations for a lifetime.

2 days ago


 Actor John Goodman arrives  at the Lincoln Pharmacy in Millvale to shoot the upcoming movie "Let It Snow"

First Person / Christmas in February: Movie stars invaded our coffee shop and made it snow

“Let It Snow” came to our corner of Pittsburgh to film and generally take over the place. It’s hard not to be star-struck.

2 days ago


Saturday Poem: Smoke Rising

To see it as my grandfather saw it / when he was a man of my age / meant hope ...

2 days ago


Paul Krugman: Knowledge isn’t power

Don’t blame the ‘skills gap’ for inequality.

2 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: A sunset clause would be a fatal flaw in the Iran nuclear deal

The agreement thus would provide a predictable path to an Iranian bomb.

2 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Salutation, Sentients, and welcome back to Glox News!

2 days ago


 Palestinian mourners carry the body of 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, who was shot dead by Israeli troops on Saturday. The military said soldiers fired toward the lower extremities of two men hurling firebombs and that the incident was being investigated.

Nicholas Kristof: Israel’s self-inflicted wound

It lessens its moral authority with the settlers’ land grab in the West Bank.

3 days ago


George F. Will: Reversing course in Illinois

A new Republican governor is trying to clean a very dirty house.

3 days ago


A severance tax would set back Pennsylvania

The natural gas industry has brought enormous economic benefits to the commonwealth

3 days ago


Jerome Bettis: Pittsburgh’s young people need to know the world of work

And you can help them learn and earn by supporting the summer youth jobs program.

4 days ago


 Flag of the Islamic State group

Thomas L. Friedman: Off to conquer Rome

To defeat the Islamic State group, we must understand it.

4 days ago


Conservatives, don’t blame liberal bias for the Rudy Giuliani controversy

Media norms drive political stories, not ideology.

4 days ago


Saturday Poem / Purple Heart

In the dream I am a hero. / I save the world, and I alone / understand the apocalypse ...

4 days ago


How to improve police-community relations in Pittsburgh

Draw on our city's rich history of labor and social-justice activism.

5 days ago


Homeland insecurity

Republicans still might run us aground on the shoals of a shutdown.

5 days ago


 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani questions whether the president loves America.

Kathleen Parker: Rudy Giuliani and the GOP's love of litmus tests

Let’s assume the president loves his country and isn’t faking his Christianity.

6 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: We would miss Obamacare

It’s helped millions of Americans get and keep health insurance.

6 days ago


 Jeb Bush must assess the past.

Maureen Dowd: Jeb Bush’s family matters

His father and brother are not irrelevant to his ambitions.

1 week ago


George F. Will: Tweeting against terrorism

The Obama administration devises empty gestures in response to atrocities.

1 week ago


Jonathan Bernstein: Big spending by outsiders might not affect elections as much as people fear

What if the fuss over big money in elections is mostly over nothing?

1 week ago


 Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks during a July 2014 news conference on Capitol Hill.

Gail Collins: A gun on every corner

Sen. John Cornyn’s bill would let people pack heat just about everywhere.

1 week ago


 This Man Ray photograph shows Leopold Gould Seyffert with his two sons, Peter, at left, and Richard, right.

The Next Page: Seyffert's vivid portraits of industrialists and grand dames shown at the Union League Club in New York

Standard Oil geologist launched Leopold Seyffert’s career as an artist by lending him tuition for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

1 week ago


Enough Said: Who pays in Pennsylvania

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


Defend the faith and use it to stand up to extremists

In our day, the price of religious hatred is blood. Blood on the floor. Blood on the desert sands. Blood on the streets of our cities.

1 week ago


 Andrew McCutchen: “We need to find a better way to give those kids a chance at a way out”

I could have been left behind: McCutchen calls for a better system to help young, poor athletes get noticed

When you’re a kid from a low-income family who has talent, how do you get recognized?

1 week ago


 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Sochi Olympics in August.

The dictator’s dictator: Why Vladimir Putin is the leader other autocrats wish they could be

Vladimir Putin’s love affair with the thuggish separatists in eastern Ukraine has blotched his image across the democratic world.

1 week ago


 This Gutenberg Bible is owned by the University of Texas in Austin.

An ode to the printed book

Tomorrow is Printed Book Day, a day when endangered species the world ’round celebrate the advent of Gutenberg’s printing press.

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: The GOP should be bold and abolish the filibuster

Democrats have filibustered the homeland security funding bill in the Senate, where it will die.

1 week ago


First Person: The boys I know / What are we going to do to keep them safe?

These black boys I know, their faces float in front of me this night. I can see them smiling, crying, laughing, scared.

1 week ago


Cranking up for 2016: Jeb Bush courts the GOP’s economic charlatans

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: George Karl, miracle worker

Unless born with old eyes, only with time and distance do we come to appreciate and understand much of what we see when we’re young.

1 week ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

And then there was the time I stared death in the eye on a Chinook helicopter under heavy enemy fire in Iraq.

1 week ago


 A boy injured in a bomb attack Thursday by Islamic State group extremists lies on a mattress at his home in al-Baghdadi, northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.

Kathleen Parker: Back to the Middle Ages

The Islamic State group seeks to lure us into a new Crusade.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP’s Freudian moment

Republicans are following their baser instincts, at least for now.

1 week ago


Teething pains

Many children in Pennsylvania have dental benefits but don’t use them.

1 week ago


 Clementina Herrera and her son Luis Manuel Herrera, 6, at a rally in San Antonio, Texas, supporting the president's deferred-action immigration policy.

Judge misruled on Obama's immigration policy

It doesn't involve specifc rules that require a public hearing.

1 week ago


George F. Will: America goes to war again

Congress is supposed to limit a president’s prerogatives when it comes to war and peace

1 week ago


Dealing out death in Pennsylvania

It is not a punishment humans are equipped to administer.

1 week ago


David Brooks: The moral wounds of war

Warriors come home haunted by split-second decisions that meant life or death.

1 week ago


 Israeli journalist Zvika Klein wanders Paris being Jewish.

Walking while Jewish in the streets of Paris

He wore a kippah and took a stroll and it wasn't very pleasant.

1 week ago



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