Editorials


Up to code: Peduto’s building inspection plan rates approval

Navigating the thicket of city building and zoning codes, permits and licenses should be easier than it is today.

about 7 hours ago


Pregnancy bias: The UPS case shows the need for work flexibility

Feeling the pressure of public disapproval, UPS announced that light duties will be made available to pregnant employees.

about 7 hours ago


Pity the pit bull: More towns realize they’ve given the dog a bad rap

The entire breed developed an unwarranted reputation for unprovoked ferocity.

about 7 hours ago


Pass a law: It’s the best response to Obama on immigration

Most Americans want this issue to be addressed.

1 day ago


New learning gap: The performance between city schools is troubling

Thanks to the independent work of A+ Schools, the Pittsburgh district is better able to identify its challenges and develop action plans.

1 day ago


Asides: Eyes on the eagles, a break for commuters, Light Up festivities

Eagle security cameras will be installed, Route 28 construction detours come to an end, and Light Up Night ushers in the holidays.

1 day ago


Warm front: Young homeless adults need special attention

A recent report suggests that approximately 240 young people are homeless in Allegheny County.

2 days ago


Common ground: Congress can find some on prison sentence reform

Congress should pass the Smarter Sentencing Act and the Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act.

2 days ago


 Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, exits a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

The argument peaks when the case for Keystone XL wanes

The Keystone XL pipeline is one of the nation’s most vexing problems because whatever happens is not likely to be good.

3 days ago


 The minimal passenger train service available from Pittsburgh is being hamstrung by interference from the freight lines that own the tracks.

Passenger delay: Are freight trains the problem for Amtrak?

In most locales, passenger and freight trains must share the tracks, but passenger lines should not get second-class treatment.

3 days ago


Pivotal Jordan: Refugees pose new strains to Israel’s neighbor

The Israelis have had decent relations with Jordan, constrained as they are by the presence of many Palestinians in Jordan.

3 days ago


 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes the stage at his primary election party in Santander Stadium in York, Pa.

Keep Healthy PA: Then convert to a Medicaid expansion under Wolf

Under Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA program, the pool of residents eligible for insurance will expand on Dec. 1, when residents can apply.

4 days ago


 Kate Bazis walks her daughter Gaia Parrish's dog, Corazon, across Brereton Street in Polish Hill in April. The Peduto administration has revived an effort to require landlords to pay a fee and submit contact information for themselves or their property managers.

Charging landlords: Is the purpose better rentals or just more revenue?

Pittsburgh passed an ordinance requiring landlords to pay a fee and submit contact information for themselves or their property managers.

4 days ago


Human threat: Greed and oil take a toll on gorillas and elephants

A lethal combination of corrupt African officials, an oil company and Chinese consumers with little conscience are threatening many of

4 days ago


 President Barack Obama comments Tuesday on the terrorist attack on worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem.

A job for Congress: Obama executive orders can’t reform immigration

The political frost in Washington has descended again, thanks in large part to the defiance of President Barack Obama over immigration.

5 days ago


Getting Russia right: The U.S. and Europe won’t gain from hostility

Poisoned relations reached a crescendo at the just-completed G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.

5 days ago


 Acting Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay addresses people gathered Tuesday to attend a promotion ceremony for police at headquarters on the North Side.

Post-Ferguson: Is Pittsburgh’s police chief overreacting?

The best plans are those made without stirring fresh anxiety along the way.

5 days ago


 In this May 20, 2010, photo, Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

At last: Massey’s ex-CEO will answer for a mine disaster

Jurors said Don Blankenship overlooked "hundreds of safety violations every year."

6 days ago


Asian thaw? Japan and China work on improving relations

They apparently agree to stop provoking each other over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

6 days ago


Invest in renewables: Congress should revive the production tax credit

Public investment in basic infrastructure alleviates unemployment and aids newer industries

6 days ago


 The Old Main building on the Penn State Main campus.

The cost of college: Pennsylvania can do better on tuition charges

Prices for Pennsylvania students remain far higher than national averages.

1 week ago


Letter of shame: How the FBI tried to silence Martin Luther King

It was no secret that J. Edgar Hoover, the late director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, hated Martin Luther King Jr.

1 week ago


Car trouble: Fitzgerald takes the high road on county vehicle

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has let the air out of the tires regarding a complaint by Controller Chelsa Wagner.

1 week ago


Take out the ashes: The EPA needs to set a strong rule on coal waste

Coal ash impoundments, like Little Blue Run, have a witch’s brew of heavy metals with the potential to poison water sources.

1 week ago


Uber unbound: PUC gives welcome green light to ride-share firm

The Public Utility Commission on Thursday granted ride-share company Uber a two-year experimental license to operate in most of the state.

1 week ago


Asides: Tom Wolf's chief of staff, Pa. Senate leadership and a turnpike guilty plea

Gov.-elect Wolf taps Katie McGinty for a top job, GOP senators make a change at the top and an ex-turnpike official makes a sad statement.

1 week ago


Useful visit: Obama got more than a climate pact in China

President Barack Obama’s visit to China, which hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, served a number of useful purposes.

1 week ago


Shovel-ready: Be a Snow Angel and help your neighbor

Volunteers are paired with neighbors who have physical limitations and need help clearing their sidewalks.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama arrives at the Yangon airport on Friday.

Climate sense: Obama makes a historic agreement with China

The world at large understands that global warming constitutes the biggest threat to life on this planet.

1 week ago


Chief communicator: McLay bridges the gap between police and public

Chief McLay and officers are meeting with citizens in African-American neighborhoods to fulfill the Peduto’s pledge to improve relations.

1 week ago


After bankruptcy: A ‘grand bargain’ will help Detroit to rise again

A bipartisan coalition of politicians, philanthropists and citizens has given Detroit a new chance — if the city can make it work.

1 week ago


  President Barack Obama speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit plenary session at the International Convention Center in Beijing on Tuesday.

Doubling down: Obama’s troop boost in Iraq is hard to fathom

President Barack Obama said last week that he intends to double the number of American troops in Iraq from 1,500 to 3,000.

1 week ago


Fiscal acrimony: For the city, Peduto and the ICA need to get along

Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed 2015 budget is basically sound, but the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority has some well-founded concerns.

1 week ago


Comet captured: Another space first, this one by the Europeans

The European Space Agency became the first to achieve the soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet.

1 week ago


 U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch pauses as she speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Saturday, when President Barack Obama announced that he will nominate her to replace Eric Holder as attorney general.

Worthy choice: Obama picks a respected pro for attorney general

The test of Senate Republicans’ promise of cooperation comes with the president’s nomination of Loretta E. Lynch to be attorney general.

1 week ago


Courtroom target: Cities challenge a bad law that serves the NRA

This lawsuit is a pre-emptive strike but, if it doesn’t prevail, expect the NRA to sue every Pa. town with a gun law on its books.

1 week ago


Foreign exposure: At Pitt’s Model U.N., students take on the world

Who says young people aren’t interested in world affairs? Pitt’s 18th annual Model U.N. conference included 498 high school students.

1 week ago


No eye in the sky: The FAA had no business curbing the press

As Ferguson erupted, police didn’t want the news media — the public — to have a bird’s eye view.

1 week ago


Smoke out: The Legislature must fix the indoor tobacco law

And this should be at the top of its to-do list next year.

1 week ago


Veterans Day: Their patriotic service is eternally worth honoring

Now we know, there is no war to end all wars.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald speaks at a press conference Thursday.

On the road again: Fitzgerald needs to be scrupulous on vehicle use

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald should be more careful about using his county vehicle in the future.

2 weeks ago


Engaging Iran: The U.S. has a chance for diplomatic progress

An agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and cooperation in confronting the Islamic State would serve U.S. interests.

2 weeks ago


Wake-up call: Recalls argue for tighter regulations on auto safety

General Motors may be breathing a sigh of relief. It’s no longer the only car company embroiled in a recall controversy.

2 weeks ago


As the world turns: Local science facilities lag on climate change facts

If scientists agree on climate change, why isn't the subject covered in public science facilities?

2 weeks ago


IUDs and teens: Pediatricians recommend long-acting birth control

Trust the pediatricians: IUDs are the best birth control for teenagers.

2 weeks ago


Asides: Voters and choices, an honor for Mean Joe Greene, and Eric Frein's capture

Voters need more choices, the Steelers’ Mean Joe Greene still inspires and “survivalist” Eric Frein wasn’t so well-prepared.

2 weeks ago


Youthful victory: A WVU student offers hope for political newcomers

The election of Saira Blair to the West Virginia Legislature should encourage other young people to run.

2 weeks ago


Finding shelter: Homewood and Animal Rescue League work it out

In Homewood, residents and the Animal Rescue League settle their differences on a new shelter.

2 weeks ago


Hope for cooperation: But be braced for more division in Washington

Americans should cross their fingers that Democrats and Republicans will work together to find solutions to the nation’s problems.

2 weeks ago


Temporary setback: Companies should continue their space ventures

Last week, private-sector space exploration suffered a double blow.

2 weeks ago



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