Op Ed Columns


 Clementa Pinckney, martyred pastor of Mother Emanuel.

Clementa / Clemente

The martyred pastor and the beloved Pirates star shared a name and a history.

about 20 hours ago


It's time to legalize polygamy

Yes, it's true; group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.

about 20 hours ago


 Robert E. Lee

The Confederates were Americans, too

They thought they were the ones upholding American values.

1 day ago


Paul Krugman: Celebrate Obamacare

Ignore the naysayers; it’s working and it’s here to stay.

1 day ago


Gay marriage decision is one for the ages

Justice Kennedy's ruling will stand with Brown v. Board of Education

1 day ago


My fallen star

Patrick Risha was a Mon Valley football phenomenon, for which he paid a terrible price.

2 days ago


 Leonardo da Vinci

If da Vinci designed our schools

He wouldn’t separate vocational students from the college-bound

2 days ago


Guns, race and that flag

They’ve always been bound together in America.

2 days ago


 "My grandmother, Stella, first appears in the Post-Gazette archives at age 13, in August 1922. There she is, knee deep in a swimming pool at Emma Farm camp, with her long hair tied up in a rag."

Almost kidnapped

PG archives bring old family adventures back to life.

2 days ago


Assault weapons are fun

Gun-rights advocates push weighty constitutional arguments, but the lure of firearms can be pretty basic.

2 days ago


Rachel Maddow: Two words: Supreme Court

The next president could remake our most disruptive branch of government for a generation

2 days ago


 A woman crouches in the rubble of her home in Gorkha.

The Next Page: For 3 Pittsburgh friends, a trek in Nepal became more than a “gap year” adventure

They encourage people who want to help to invest in smaller, Nepali-led grass-roots movements and know exactly where your money is going.

2 days ago


Jonathan Capehart: Marriage for all

Justice Kennedy recognizes a sea change in American life

3 days ago


First Person: In Pittsburgh, of Pittsburgh

We feel a part of the place now, which comes as a surprise

3 days ago


Saturday Diary: I need more data about me

Such as, what am I really passionate about?

3 days ago


Saturday Poem: To the Refuse Collector Singing Gospel

Flanked by the roar of your truck / the scrape and clank of mechanisms / your morning lament cries out . . .

3 days ago




 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the umpteen governors running for president.

Gail Collins: The governors are piling up

They’re running for president while competing with each for business.

4 days ago


 Chief Justice John Roberts

George F. Will: Roberts over-reaches

The justices save Obamacare, damage the Constitution.

4 days ago


Roberts’ Obamacare decision limits executive power

The Supreme Court rules that judges, not regulators, must interpret major laws like the Affordable Care Act.

4 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Item No. 1: We mustn’t politicize the tragedy.

3 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: The right to be free from guns

We need an anti-tobacco-like PR strategy to explain the dangers of guns.

5 days ago


Why fight climate change?

The world isn’t about to hit its carbon targets, but small steps add up.

5 days ago


Breaking the cycle of poverty

It can be done, and great teaching is one of the ways.

6 days ago


A hint of chaos to come

If Obamacare subsidies disappear, GOP members of Congress will be in a fix.

6 days ago


Paul Krugman: Slavery’s long shadow

Racial politics still divides North and South.

1 week ago


Who’s really white anymore?

African-American culture reaches every corner of the country.

1 week ago


Ban gifts to legislators

As things stand, they can accept anything from anybody.

1 week ago


 Antonee Martin, left, and her mother, Latrechia Jackson, visit a memorial in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed Wednesday. Among them was Ms. Jackson's aunt,  Susie Jackson.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The politics of evasion

Charleston shows how we refuse to deal with guns and race.

1 week ago


Charles M. Blow: Jeb Bush and single mothers

Poverty is about being poor, not about being unwed

1 week ago


It was a good day to fold up the Confederate flag

The Supreme Court let Texas ban the stars and bars from its license plates.

1 week ago


Fight facism — buy Dad a gift

Father’s Day is rooted in the traditional concept of Dad as provider.

1 week ago


Raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania

Don't listen to the doomsayers; it would do a lot more good than harm.

1 week ago


A student's pursuit of happiness: Why I traded exclusive private education for a city high school

After attending elementary and middle school at a private school, I switched to the city’s Obama Academy. Best move I’ve ever made.

1 week ago


Turning animals into weapons

‘Jurassic World’ is ahead of its time, but not by much.

1 week ago


Postpartum depression hits fathers, too

But only a small percentage of depressed dads seek help.

1 week ago


 Jordan Johnson is hugged by a supporter after being acquitted of rape charges in 2013.

The Next Page: The real scandal in Missoula is what kept the full truth from coming out

Caelin Miltko says a firestorm of emotion erupted over a spate of sexual assaults in the Montana college town.

1 week ago


First Person: Real love = respect

This Father’s Day, let’s take action against domestic violence

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: I’m black, but that doesn’t mean you know me

And I don’t need to prove to anyone that I care about black issues.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: Voodoo economics, Jeb! style

George Sr. knows what to call his son’s economic promises.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem: A Mother’s Hair

My mother was born in a farmhouse. / The women present at her birth / all marveled at how much hair / she had . . .

1 week ago




This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Once there was a peace-loving administration, whose members wanted nothing more that to realize their full potential as human beings.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: The green pope

Francis invokes his namesake in calling on us to defend the Earth.

1 week ago


 Renowned editor John Carroll died Sunday in Lexington, Ky.

John Carroll, 1942-2015

He taught a generation of journalists how to serve their communities

1 week ago


Yes, let’s put a woman on the $10 bill

But then we should move Hamilton to the $20 bill and kick off Andrew Jackson.

1 week ago


 President Obama speaksat TechShop Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s latest makeover

Our city has become a center of the national maker movement.

1 week ago


Trump trouble for the GOP

Saying nasty things about Mexicans is exactly what Republicans do not need.

1 week ago


 One point Jeb Bush is making is that most of his GOP opponents are big talkers who've never run anything.

Six things about Jeb Bush

One of which is, he’s running as a full-spectrum conservative.

1 week ago


The Republicans get Trumped

Yes, it’s official: Donald Trump plans to ruin the GOP debates.

1 week ago



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