Op Ed Columns


 Doris Fuller with her daughter Natalie in 2004, soon after the publication of their book, "Promise Me You Won't Freak Out."

Demons stole my daughter

Think of mental illness as cancer; it is a disease, and it can kill.

about 17 hours ago


Dick Thornburgh: The disabilities revolution

Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act began to transform the lives of millions and the minds of millions more

about 17 hours ago


 The Rieck family store at 1809 Jane St. in the South Side in the 1880s. The young man at the left is thought to be Edward E. Rieck.

Welcome home to Pittsburgh, Kraft Foods

Before Kraft became Kraft, its name was National Dairy Products Corp. One of the millionaires it created was Pittsburgh’s Edward E. Rieck.

about 17 hours ago


Pennsylvania needs to listen to home care workers

Tom Wolf isn’t trying to set up a union; he’s trying to help Pennsylvania’s elderly and disabled citizens

about 17 hours ago


Gail Collins: A teeny, tiny victory for judicial independence

The Supreme Court issues a lauded ruling barely worth lauding.

about 17 hours ago


The Next Page: Teacher Amy Yam says aim high, aim real to the class of 2015

She urges graduates to be agents of change and to brace themselves for life’s ups and downs (from her recent speech to the senior class).

about 17 hours ago


Saturday Diary: Magic moments collected on vinyl

“This Magic Moment” by the Drifters. We sang it endlessly that summer ...

1 day ago


First Person: Living on the fringe

Writing a play is not the same as acting in it.

1 day ago


Paul Krugman: Ideology and integrity

Let’s elect leaders who can admit when they are wrong.

1 day ago


Saturday Poem: The Congressional Committee

The committee meets . . . / Time definite . . . / Place precise . . .

1 day ago


Charles Krauthammer: Historical revisionism can produce fine entertainment

The novel “Wolf Hall” -- about Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More -- is now a maddeningly good TV series.

1 day ago


 Toya Graham slaps her son Michael for taking part in the Baltimore protests.

America celebrates a beating as a Baltimore mom whacks her son

But we should be attacking racism, not black children

2 days ago


Gov. Wolf's tax hikes ignore the main problem

Pennsylvania must address its deepening pension crisis

2 days ago


Dressing up the apocalypse

Relax, radio talkers, ‘promposals’ will not end civilization

2 days ago


Nepal’s real nemesis

It’s not earthquakes or giant mythological fish; it’s the politicians.

3 days ago


Thomas L. Friedman: Obama’s right about trade

World order, not just economic growth, is at stake.

3 days ago


Fix Baltimore? End the drug war

David Simon of ‘The Wire’ says it’s driven a wedge between police and the black community.

3 days ago


Freddie Gray’s neighborhood in Baltimore

Blighted and joyless, no wonder it’s where the city ignited.

4 days ago


Martin O’Malley to the rescue?

The former Maryland governor might help Hillary Clinton appear more moderate

4 days ago


 Killer whales perform at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld can't help but mistreat killer whales

Captivity is cruel for such social, wide-ranging creatures.

5 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Is democracy unraveling?

Fractured parties and partisanship are on the rise in both the U.S. and Europe.

5 days ago


The VA does all it can to prevent veteran suicides

Vets need to know about our many mental health services.

5 days ago


We need to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

President Obama routinely promises greater transparency within the federal government. Congress is making strides toward that critical goal.

6 days ago


Kathleen Parker: Songs in prisoners’ hearts

Music can transform forgotten people and places. Consider a program at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina.

6 days ago


George F. Will: With a dash of wit, Lindsey Graham espouses provocative policy

The South Carolina senator would enliven the Republican campaign trail.

6 days ago


The new heroin entrepreneurs

Mexico’s Xalisco Boys have reached into Pittsburgh and set up a nationwide distribution network that rivals Amway.

1 week ago


Why do we let slide bias against women?

What would happen if I refused to shake hands with Jews or sit next to black men?

1 week ago


 Women Rigts, Gavel, supreme court. Women symbol

Women, choose those justices carefully

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes decisions vital to women’s health.

1 week ago


  Pay Day Loans, cash, empty pockets, no money

Get tough on payday lending

New federal regulations should be as strong as Pennsylvania’s.

1 week ago


Sunnis vs. Shiites

In fact, they have not been fighting each other for centuries.

1 week ago


 The classic Rosie the Riveter poster for Westinghouse by J. Howard Miller.

The Next Page: How 'Rosie the Riveter' grew from the imagination of a Pittsburgh artist

The classic World War II morale booster, the work of a freelance artist named J. Howard Miller, was inspired by Pittsburgh workers.

1 week ago


First Person: Running with Bill

My dad will carry me through the Pittsburgh he loved.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: My (short) cheerleading career

I could almost hear my thigh go ’sproing’ and now my daughter wants to try out.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: The zombie election of 2016

Discredited GOP ideas just keep shambling along

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran

Obama’s wish that Iran become a “very successful regional power” — a nightmare for Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Entrepreneurial government

Each generation’s future is built on smart public investment.

1 week ago


Justice delayed, Lynch confirmed

In the end, even Mitch McConnell voted for the new attorney general.

1 week ago


Kathleen Parker: Women vs. women in 2016

Can Hillary Clinton attract both conservative and liberal women?

1 week ago


 Oskar Groening, a 93-year-old former guard and bookkeeper at Auschwitz, arrives for his trial in Lueneburg, Germany, on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Leonid Bershidsky: Holocaust crimes still matter

Just being a cog in the machinery of death is no excuse.

1 week ago


The PSSAs are hurting my kids

I have become a conscientious objector and will not administer them any more.

1 week ago


UPMC and Highmark are holding seniors hostage

They must reach an agreement soon on Medicare Advantage plans.

1 week ago


What Google tells us about working women

Search on CEO and see how many women show up.

1 week ago


Has the NRA won?

After mass shootings, support for gun rights goes up, not down.

1 week ago


The real Edith Bell

She believes in Israel and Palestinian rights, but not in bombing civilians.

1 week ago


 Hillary Rodham Clinton, in March, speaks to reporters at the United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Maureen Dowd: Granny get your gun

Hillary has once again overcorrected her campaign style.

1 week ago


George F. Will: Don’t seize the raisins

An old New Deal law highlights the silly and sinister in government.

1 week ago


As Others See It: Rebuilding in Africa after Ebola

The world responded slowly to the outbreak but eventually rallied. Now it is time to extend a hand for rebuilding.

1 week ago


Keeping an eye on Pittsburgh

We can learn a lot from other cities’ surveillance policies.

2 weeks ago


Why we freak out over free-range parenting

I can think of seven reasons, 24/7 cable TV news and the Internet among them.

2 weeks ago


Are race relations worse under Obama?

Perhaps, but the president has little to do with it.

2 weeks ago



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