Editorials


Pay now or later: Investing in pre-K can head off costlier problems

Advocates and law-enforcement officials present compelling evidence that these investments pay off.

about 8 hours ago


Military burden: Obama warns of a new climate change worry

President Barack Obama last week declared climate change an “immediate risk” to the country’s security.

about 8 hours ago


Customer abuse: UPMC and Highmark refuse to work it out

The people who make up Western Pennsylvania’s dominant health systems have talents. The art of negotiation evidently is not one of them.

1 day ago


Clean waters: EPA’s new streams rule is for the greater good

The new “Waters of the United States” rule will bring under federal regulation the water that supplies 117 million Americans.

1 day ago


Hate speech: A provocateur seeks to inflame with D.C. buses

Pamela Geller is running out of places to run her anti-jihad ads.

1 day ago


FIFA’s mess: The U.S. pursues corruption in world soccer

Pursuit of corruption within FIFA, on various grounds including the choice of venues for World Cups, has long been called for.

2 days ago


North Side revival: Allegheny Center’s transformation could be huge

The enormous property with its sprawling underground garage became a 1960s redevelopment failure.

2 days ago


Painful diagnosis: Doctors must be frank, even when the news is bad

A troubling case before the state Supreme Court asks if parents can sue their doctor for not telling them about a fetus’ birth defects.

2 days ago


Bad medicine: The county had no choice but to dump Corizon

It’s been obvious for a long time that the private health care company hired to run the jail’s infirmary has not been up to the task.

3 days ago


Texting trouble: Teachers should stick to school-based platforms

School districts must write and enforce strict policies governing off-campus communication.

3 days ago


Congress’ struggles: Even when led by one party, resolution is elusive

One would have thought, with all of Congress in the hands of the GOP, there would be more coherence in the legislative branch of government.

3 days ago


Pollution source: The lung association’s air report deceives again

The American Lung Association’s presentation again misleads the public on pollution in the three-state, 12-county Pittsburgh metro region.

4 days ago


Gates’ warning: The Boy Scouts must treat leaders equally, too

The organization should end the illogical policy that permits gays to be Scouts but not troop leaders.

4 days ago


Democracy on hold: One year later, Thailand’s military keeps control

For many reasons, a return to democracy in Thailand is badly needed.

4 days ago


Rough country: Pennsylvania’s rural roads need more attention

Rural Pennsylvania roads and bridges rank among the most perilous in the country, according to a report issued last week.

5 days ago


Escape clause: Bankers, not just banks, should be prosecuted

Americans have to wonder why their government allows these abuses to be carried out without individuals having to pay a stiff price.

5 days ago


Honor the fallen: America owes thanks to those who gave their all

Please offer a moment for the nation’s fallen service members, and let us hope the day will come when no others will join their ranks.

5 days ago


Tidal shift: Pennsylvania is on track to reducing school taxes

The state House has advanced historic changes to Pennsylvania’s system of taxing its residents.

6 days ago


Airport gamble: Pittsburgh needs passengers, not players

Democratic Rep. Nick Kotik said profits from slots played by waiting passengers could help Pittsburgh International Airport.

6 days ago


Asides: A trolley for Daniel Tiger, an adventure for the science center, insurance for your vacation

Idlewild's trolley belongs to Daniel Tiger; the Carnegie offers an 'Anatomy Adventure'; the Insurance Department provides vacation tips.

6 days ago


War games: Obama is right to curb military gear for police

His move is an important step toward building trust between law enforcement units and the communities they protect.

1 week ago


Bad bounce: Reckless overdrafts are getting more painful

Raise your hand if you read the 40 pages of small print from the bank when you opened a checking account.

1 week ago


Airbag threat: The key safety device must be replaced ASAP

It’s been six years since a Virginia woman bled to death in front of her children after the airbag in her Honda Accord exploded.

1 week ago


For students’ sake: The DA’s probe in Plum must be expeditious

Allegations of teachers having improper sexual relations with students, if true, are egregious violations of law and ethics.

1 week ago


Meaty battle: Canada, Mexico want to rob consumers of info

Increasingly consumers look to labels for assurance of quality, and they trust products made, grown and raised in the United States.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, left, and Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Primary lessons: Fitzgerald and Wagner should work it out

The primary election’s over. Have a drink.

1 week ago


Yemen’s plight: U.S. arms do the damage in a poor country

A conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms.

1 week ago


Consumer sting: The further decline of honeybees could hit home

More than 40 percent of honeybees in managed colonies died during the past year.

1 week ago


Act of relief: Medical marijuana deserves state House support

As passed, the bill would allow patients who have a recommendation from their doctor to buy and use a medical strain of cannabis.

1 week ago


Asia’s migrants: More boat people deserve help from those nearby

The two countries that are the source of the migrants are Bangladesh and Myanmar. Although both are poor, they have functioning governments.

1 week ago


Stupid host tricks: Anarchy was the key to Letterman’s longevity

David Letterman’s brand of humor has inspired many imitators who mimic its ironic distance but completely miss the sincerity at its heart.

1 week ago


College crisis: Americans need leaders to solve the cost problem

In a world of new technology and global competition, a college education must be made more affordable and post-college debt more bearable.

1 week ago


Vote today: Casting a ballot is the American thing to do

The eventual winners in November will set tax rates, enact ordinances, choose textbooks and decide on other matters large and small.

1 week ago


Ramadi’s fall: The loss is a timely reminder of failed Iraq policy

For Americans to see Ramadi fall into the hands of the Islamic State is painful, given our losses there back in 2006.

1 week ago


Papal recognition: Francis boosts the cause of Palestinian statehood

The Vatican announced last Wednesday that it will soon sign a treaty that will recognize Palestinian statehood.

1 week ago


Password fatigue: The goal of safer online access remains elusive

According to Microsoft research, the average American has 25 accounts requiring passwords and accesses about eight of them every day.

1 week ago


Brainiacs rule: Student scientists hit new heights at the Intel fair

Watching carefully, listening intently and collaborating instead of competing — that’s a recipe for success in the sciences.

1 week ago


Prime choices: A recap of Post-Gazette endorsements for Tuesday

For Republicans and Democrats in Pennsylvania, the May 19 primary is an important election with plenty to vote for.

1 week ago


Asides: A Picklesburgh party and PPG fountain repairs

Pittsburghers can look forward to a festival devoted to pickles July 17-18 and the return of the PPG Place Plaza fountain after repairs.

1 week ago


Danko’s seat: Voters, not party insiders, should do the choosing

The move by some to nominate Barbara Daly Danko posthumously subverts democracy.

2 weeks ago


Blues master: B.B. King made his brand of music mainstream

B.B. King brought a sinewy, muscular spirit to blues that was sophisticated, listener-friendly and devoid of bad vibes.

2 weeks ago


Fair trade: Obama must be supportive of American workers

President Barack Obama says progress on expanded trade is a priority and that TPP would open more markets to U.S. goods.

2 weeks ago


Common ground: The U.S. and Russia must deal with each other

Russia and the United States need to be on the side of order and not use disorder in risky situations as occasions to provoke each other.

2 weeks ago


Arctic oil: Shell’s permit for drilling is risky business

Environmentalists are reeling from the Obama administration’s decision to give approval for Shell Gulf to drill for oil and gas in the

2 weeks ago


 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before Super Bowl XLIX in February.

Patriot games: NFL cheaters must accept the league’s penalties

The NFL had no choice but to hold quarterback Tom Brady responsible.

2 weeks ago


Vying for Greece: The nation is caught in a Cold War-style squeeze

The U.S. has so far stayed out of the Greek debt crisis, but it appears to be changing course by pushing a pipeline project, as is Russia.

2 weeks ago


Joyous arrival: It’s about time hospitals offered ‘gentle C-sections’

Pittsburgh hospitals want to improve the C-section experience, with procedural tweaks to make it less like a surgery, more like a birth.

2 weeks ago


Fair hiring: Pittsburgh needs police who reflect Pittsburgh

A 2012 case revealed that Pittsburgh has unfairly hired white police candidates with blemished backgrounds while rejecting black candidates.

2 weeks ago


Broken scale: Two CIA leakers receive two kinds of justice

Disproportionate penalties given to two CIA employees who leaked secrets raise a question about the fairness of American justice.

2 weeks ago


Marathon effort: A runner survives because of first-rate attention

Every year a handful of deaths are reported among the more than 2.5 million people who run marathons or half-marathons in the United States.

2 weeks ago



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