Op Ed Columns


The coming revolution in college admissions

MOOCs (massive open online courses) can better predict college success than SATs.

about 19 hours ago


 A sunrise over Downtown Pittsburgh in 2012, seen from Mount Washington.

Smoke used to get in our eyes

Pittsburgh’s pollution-control initiatives offer lessons for the future of our planet.

about 19 hours ago


The U.S. war crime North Korea won’t forget

The Kims exploit memories of the carpet bombing of their country.

about 19 hours ago


‘Prisons without bars’

Gradually reintroducing inmates to society could reduce crime and the cost of locking people up.

about 19 hours ago


Gail Collins: When Nancy met Johnny

Today, concerned citizens, we will consider when we want our elected representatives to just throw in the towel and get something done.

about 19 hours ago


The Next Page: A quiet hero ... Edward A. Dvorchak Jr.

Bob Dvorchak writes about a Vietnam veteran who understood the brotherhood of war.

about 19 hours ago


 Allegheny Center: The North Side behometh, recently purchased by Faros Properties, holds mysteries.

Saturday Diary: Aziz of Allegheny Center

Looking at Pittsburgh’s bizarre North Side neighborhood through the eyes of a newcomer.

1 day ago


Paul Krugman: It's morning in blue America

Conservatives can’t admit that their most cherished beliefs are wrong.

1 day ago


Saturday Poem / Java

Forget the fact / that the fact that I pay / four dollars for a cup of coffee / would have killed my mother ...

1 day ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Highlights of the next two years.

1 day ago


First Person: Why I left the White House and returned to Pittsburgh

I'm still on the front lines as the Sprout Fund works to improve communities

1 day ago


Charles Krauthammer: The GOP racing form -- First edition

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

1 day ago


George F. Will: Inequality is a good thing

Lifestyles improve for all when the rich get richer

2 days ago


I've grown to appreciate the Common Core

It forces us teachers to think about how our students learn.

2 days ago


Democracy needs you

The only antidote to cynicism is participation in the political process.

2 days ago


Thomas L. Friedman: How to judge the Iran nuclear deal

Let’s see if it serves broader U.S. interests in the Middle East.

3 days ago


Kathleen Parker: Those Senate wacko birds

They roost on both sides of the aisle, confusing the issues.

3 days ago


Blackface in Belgium

The foreign minister dresses in a bad way for a good cause.

3 days ago


Companies are coming out about their politics

U.S. Steel joins the movement to disclose corporate campaign contributions.

4 days ago


Barack v. Bibi

Obama excoriates Israel, excuses Iran.

4 days ago


Fight climate change the way Ronald Reagan would

To insure against calamity, he would incentivize the entrepreneurs.

5 days ago


Gail Collins: Who will be Ms. $20?

It's time to kick off Andrew Jackson and replace him with a woman

5 days ago


 Paul Ryan and other Republicans should be honest about whom their budgets help.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Republicans' unserious budgets

The GOP House and Senate have no realistic plans to deal with inequality or debt.

6 days ago


George F. Will: Social inequality’s roots

Enhancing opportunities for all must not damage individual freedom and incentives for individual striving.

6 days ago


As Others See It: A Medicare ‘doc fix’ opportunity

Republicans and Democrats in the House seem close to agreeing on a new quality-oriented payment system for Medicare.

6 days ago


Hands up, don’t shoot! Michael Brown vs. Ferguson

The Michael Brown narrative was built on a lie, but the racism in Ferguson and across America is real.

1 week ago


We can't 'go back': From Pittsburgh to Paris, the Muslims living next door must live in fear

We American Muslims would like to be thought of as neighbors, friends and colleagues. We’re proud Americans, and this land is our land, too.

1 week ago


 A sign warns of radioactive material at the Parks Township Shallow Land Disposal Area, where it was dumped during the 1960 and '70s, primarily by the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp.

A cautionary tale for shale

My grandmother’s community near Pittsburgh was dosed with radiation during an earlier energy boom.

1 week ago


Amateur theologians tackle Islam

But the rise of murderous organizations like the Islamic State has more to do with globalization than faith.

1 week ago


Oregon stands up for democracy

Its new law making voter registration automatic is a model for the nation

1 week ago


Gail Collins: The Senate hits bottom

Republicans sabotage their own legislation to aid victims of human trafficking

1 week ago


 James “J” Laughlin in 1953.

The Next Page: Culture club | Intellectuals, diplomats and the U.S. government formed odd-couple alliances during the Cold War

Greg Barnhisel explains how a Pittsburgh steel scion got him interested.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: I no longer have enough

How exactly does one go about returning her sister to the sea?

1 week ago


First Person: The day the music died in Pittsburgh

Political babble now dominates the region’s radio airwaves.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: Trillion-dollar fraudsters

Republicans try to hide their assault on ordinary families.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem: Urban Balcony

... I sit on my balcony eating a soft-boiled egg / retired from the morning rush hour ...

1 week ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

JK (just kidding).

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: Netanyahu is not to blame for lack of peace in our time

This generation of Palestinian leadership will never sign its name to a final peace settlement dividing the land with a Jewish state.

1 week ago


 Ohio Gov. John Kasich keeps working door to door.

George F. Will: John Kasich is waiting in the wings

The Ohio governor and McKees Rocks native stands ready to rock the 2016 presidential election.

1 week ago


Thomas L. Friedman: Netanyahu turns to the dark side

His campaign is just the latest complication for the U.S. in a chaotic Middle East

1 week ago


Not to worry, the PSO is thriving

One small survey missed evidence of the orchestra’s vitality.

1 week ago


Billionaires dropping bombs

Presidential candidates can survive, at least for a while, with one big donor these days.

1 week ago


 Zionist Union party supporters react as the first exit polls are released at party election headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday.

All Israelis won in Tuesday’s election

Where else in our region can a melting pot of people vote for their leaders time and time again?

1 week ago


 Attorney General Kathleen Kane is the only woman now serving in office who was elected statewide in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has a dearth of female political leaders

So encourage a woman you know to run, and then help get her elected

1 week ago


 A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division patrols the perimeter of the White House grounds.

Obama doesn't understand the Secret Service

The agency badly needs a new director who is uncorrupted by its culture.

1 week ago


 Charles and David Koch, together worth more than $80 billion, finance a variety of conservative causes.

The Koch empire spreads to sports

Conservative moguls will share values as well as money with the NCAA.

1 week ago


The reckless ploy that is Lettergate

Lettergate reveals that Republicans are not ready to conduct American foreign policy.

1 week ago


Ed Rendell: Trade equals jobs

President Obama needs trade promotion authority for deals to help the middle class.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd: An open letter to hdr22@clintonemail.com

What is the trade-off that will be exacted by the Chappaqua Republic for that yearned-for moment of woman U.S. president?

1 week ago


The Koch brothers’ empire spreads to college sports

Rich, powerful, secretive and controversial: The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Koch brothers were made for each other.

1 week ago



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