Op Ed Columns


 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.

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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

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 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

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Out of terror, stories of hope

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

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Our water can’t wait

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

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Gail Collins / What do women want?

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

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Margaret Carlson / Palin’s sun is setting in Alaska

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

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Enough Said / Toll roads proliferate

Facts that speak for themselves.

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First Person / Ebola is low on my list of concerns

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

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Paul Krugman / Plutocrats vs. democracy

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

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

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

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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 ...

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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.

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 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.

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Protect affordable health insurance for Pennsylvania's kids

Congress should act now to renew the CHIP program.

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No one’s rich; no one's happy

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

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

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

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 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.

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Candor is missing in Ebola debate

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

3 days ago


Nixon’s on the line

One night he rang Ben Bradlee’s house.

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Here's how to beat Ebola

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

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Royals Nation rises from the heartland

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

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 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

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

Women keep getting threatened online by cowardly boys and men.

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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.

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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.

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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.

6 days 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.”

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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.

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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.

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 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

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Saturday Diary / Reconciling with my father, seven years too late

We often didn't get along when he was alive, but then he came for a visit.

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Paul Krugman / No, it’s not the market’s will

And watch out when you hear someone make this claim.

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First Person / You are not your test scores

Tests cannot sum up who people are or what they can do.

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Saturday Poem / Sweet Comes and Goes

We know she has early dementia ... / My hope for her, now, is a life of reminders ...

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer / Recalibrating civil liberties is necessary to stop Ebola

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus.

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 This 2011 photo shows Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, at a wedding in Ghana. He died in Dallas Oct. 8.

My uncle didn’t have to die of Ebola

Let me tell you the story of Thomas Eric Duncan.

1 week ago


Thomas L. Friedman / War is being waged with oil prices

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are taking on Russia and Iran.

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Freeze your eggs, boost your career?

Watch out, women, it could backfire.

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 Tom Wolf speaks at a rally Wednesday in Philadelphia.

E.J. Dionne Jr. / Tom Wolf points out that government used to work

He's betting that Pennsylvania voters will let him show that it still can get things done.

1 week ago


Excuse me, but we never ‘won’ in Iraq

Don’t blame Obama for the rise of the Islamic State; its roots go deeper than that.

1 week ago


Kathleen Parker / In the face of Ebola, panic might help

Let's quarantine possible Ebola carriers.

1 week ago


 Pope Francis talks with Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the Vatican Friday during a two-week synod of bishops on family issues.

Catholics and the modern family

The pope is hosting a caring conversation, not a confrontation.

1 week ago


Obama's war on coal

The Democrats will be suffering casualties at the ballot box.

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