Editorials


Case closed: District Attorney Zappala was right not to retry Leon Ford

Sitting in a wheelchair to which he’ll likely be confined for the rest of his life, Leon Ford can finally exhale.

about 4 hours ago


Obamacare reality: Despite its detractors, the plan is helping millions

If the latest enrollment numbers are any indicator, 2015 promises to be even better for Obamacare than last year.

about 4 hours ago


Medicinal purpose: Pa. patients can be hopeful about marijuana

The Medical Cannabis Act passed the state Senate last year but died in the House.

1 day ago


Rescuing refugees: The answer to a complex problem is not so simple

Angelina Jolie toured refugee camps in Iraq earlier this month, then chastised the world for inaction in a column in The New York Times.

1 day ago


Aerial intruder: The White House drone highlights a danger

A quadcopter drone purchased at a store crashed on the White House lawn at 3 a.m. Monday.

1 day ago


Field of security: Should a sheriff’s officer be in the Steelers’ lineup?

Officers in the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department can work up to 30 hours a week at a second job.

2 days ago


Extreme reach: Islamic militants spread a plague of violence

Everyone knows that Libya has been in chaos.

2 days ago


Empty pipeline: The Keystone debate is symbolic, not substantive

President Barack Obama is getting flak on the left and right for his failure to take decisive action on the Keystone XL pipeline.

2 days ago


 Edward McDonald, center, who lived in an apartment on East Eighth Avenue where the blaze began in Homestead, is charged with arson and causing a catastrophe.

The fire next time: Homestead’s loss is a warning on mental health

There are no easy answers, but there is one comprehensive remedy on the table that deserves attention from Congress.

3 days ago


Balancing act: Obama must be careful on relations with India

President Obama’s trip was another candle on the cake of improved relations between the United States and India.

3 days ago


Beat the clock: Scientists sound a new doomsday warning

Global catastrophe and humanity’s extinction are three “minutes” away, according to the scientists who set the symbolic Doomsday Clock.

3 days ago


 A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday.

Reversal in Greece: An anti-austerity prime minister takes over

Greece’s elections produced a strong victory for populist-left party Syriza, shocking in its ramifications but not a surprise for Greeks.

4 days ago


To the rescue: A couple who save big dogs win in court again

The Kohls’ venture is a registered nonprofit, not a commercial kennel.

4 days ago


Show’s over: Heinz Hall should cancel Cosby’s appearance

In light of yet another damning allegation against the former TV star and comedian, the Downtown venue should cancel the booking.

4 days ago


Lame warning: Public safety demands that alert systems be tested

Wireless Emergency Alert systems must be reliably tested for real-time use.

5 days ago


Arabian turmoil: The peninsula must cope with two emergencies

The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and the collapse of the government in Yemen have raised the level of uncertainty in the region.

5 days ago


Feline feat: Americans can save untold cats from euthanasia

Two veterinarians have launched the “Million Cat Challenge” to dramatically reduce the number of healthy cats euthanized in shelters.

5 days ago


Nasty start: Gov. Wolf picks a fight that was unnecessary

The new governor fired the Office of Open Records head and recalled other executive nominations made by Gov. Tom Corbett in his 11th hour.

6 days ago


Save the Ex-Im Bank: A frugal Congress must keep a revenue generator

Critics call it “the Bank of Boeing,” but the U.S. Export-Import Bank is also the Bank of Chuck -- Chuck’s Salsa of Baden.

6 days ago


Asides: Making livers last longer, beating the flu, having Pittsburgh's health care

Pitt and UPMC stretch the life of donor livers; Allegheny County battles a nasty flu; Pittsburgh is the sixth-healthiest metro.

6 days ago


Happy trails: Pa. lawmakers must make the state’s roads safer

The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety say reinstate mandatory helmets for motorcyclists and tighten restrictions on teen drivers.

1 week ago


Not super: If they cheated, the Patriots deserve a real penalty

The NFL said that after nearly 40 interviews, it has found that the team used improperly inflated balls during the first half of the game.

1 week ago


Stealth tuition hike: IUP creatively packages a double-digit increase

Tuition went up 16 percent yesterday for many undergraduates at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

1 week ago


House of cards: Boehner gives Netanyahu a stronger hand to play

Benjamin Netanyahu will address the House and Senate on Feb. 11, five weeks before Israeli elections set for March 17.

1 week ago


Risky business: Teens should be restricted on use of tanning beds

Indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer, particularly among frequent users and those who start at an early age.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Wish list: Obama and Congress must work from the center

President Barack Obama will do what he can by working around Congress, but he could accomplish more if he worked with it.

1 week ago


Fee for support: For Allegheny County Dems, it’s the party way

The logo of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee shows a donkey kicking its rear legs.

1 week ago


Plagued by pizza: Pediatricians are right to flag the fatty food

A study in the journal Pediatrics suggested the prevalence of pizza figures into the nation’s troubling obesity rates.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders, one banning gifts for executive branch employees and one increasing transparency in the hiring of outside legal counsel at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf: His inaugural message challenges both parties

Open minds and open dialogue are essential because the state faces monumental hurdles.

1 week ago


Family matter: The Census should keep asking about marriage

Marriage in the United States is on the decline and this affects our children. We need to keep track of what’s going on.

1 week ago


 Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died in 2012.

Let’s not pretend: What the Penn State deal does and does not do

As the result of an unprecedented legal settlement announced Friday, Joe Paterno once again is the winningest coach in college football.

1 week ago


Fighting returns: Outside forces must end the conflict in Ukraine

The trouble in Ukraine continues after a year of bloodshed, with the latest fighting near the already leveled airport of Donetsk.

1 week ago


Reliable record: The U.S. needs uniform reports on police fatalities

Attorney General Eric Holder decried the lack of statistics on the use of deadly force by police and officers killed in the line of duty.

1 week ago


 The latest chapter in the UPMC-Highmark dispute involves Magee-Womens Hospital.

Mothers-to-be? The bitter UPMC-Highmark feud has gone too far

Highmark says delivering a baby at Magee isn’t covered by the continuity of care agreement for women with independent obstetricians.

1 week ago


Time for talks: It’s the only way to save Libya and Syria

However, the United States should stay out of the way in both sets of talks.

1 week ago


A merit society: Americans must recall Martin Luther King’s hope

Today is the holiday celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King, a civil rights icon. Yet recent events have sent Americans reeling backward.

1 week ago


Disturbing data: Pittsburgh must get to work on racial disparities

The report “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities” was released by Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

1 week ago


Running on empty: Congress must raise the gas tax to fix highways

The tax was last raised to 18.4 cents a gallon in 1993, when gas prices were roughly a dollar a gallon.

1 week ago


Asides: Candy-man Toomey, Garfield's Bottom Dollar, beer on wheels

Sen. Toomey inherits the candy desk, shoppers get Aldi's ear on a closed Bottom Dollar, and the LCB likes beer delivered with pizza.

1 week ago


Money for nothing: Allegheny County shouldn’t charge job applicants

To apply for a job as a 911 dispatcher in Allegheny County, you’ll need to pay a $30 application fee.

2 weeks ago


Altered reality: A newspaper photo subs men for the women

HaMevaser, an ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel, edited out female leaders from a photo of the rally in Paris.

2 weeks ago


 An architect's rendering of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Coming attraction: Point Park has done its best on historic facades

If the Pittsburgh Planning Commission approves its plan, Point Park will showcase the facades inside the complex.

2 weeks ago


Cyberstandard: A single rule is good for companies and consumers

Hackers commandeered the Twitter account of the U.S. Central Command on Monda.

2 weeks ago


Sri Lanka’s progress: After a big election, the island receives a papal visit

Sri Lanka has had two positive experiences this month, successful democratic elections and a visit by Pope Francis.

2 weeks ago


 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday.

Talks on Iran: The world can be hopeful for an agreement

China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and the U.S. will seek an agreement on a pact to put constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.

2 weeks ago


 David L. Donahoe is resigning as executive director of RAD effective June 30.

Mr. RAD: Donahoe worked to sustain the region’s assets

David L. Donahoe was named executive director of the Allegheny Regional Asset District 20 years ago.

2 weeks ago


Free MLK: The family feuds over the rights leader’s artifacts

If Martin Luther King Jr. hadn’t been assassinated in 1968, he could have turned 86 today, Jan. 15.

2 weeks ago


Open and shut: Corbett has named a good public records chief

The governor’s last-minute appointment is better than it looks.

2 weeks ago


Nigeria’s suffering: No one will help a country that won’t help itself

Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and killed perhaps thousands.

2 weeks ago


Saudi brutality: A U.S. ally gives 1,000 lashes for a religious insult

The oil-rich nation holds a top spot among U.S. friends despite a dubious human rights record.

2 weeks ago



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