Editorials


Heinous act: The Islamic State will suffer for the murder of a U.S. journalist

The killing of  James Foley by the Islamic State was brutal and counterproductive.

about 15 hours ago


Negativity wins: Pittsburgh police failed to cooperate on an anti-gang plan

Pittsburgh police officials missed an opportunity by being hostile to the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime.

about 15 hours ago


False promises: More homeless aid eligibility requires more funds

Under the proposed Homeless Children and Youth Act an estimated 900,000 young adults and families would become eligible for assistance.

1 day ago


Sorry chapter: Library thieves deserve to be booked

Libraries are reporting that thousands of dollars worth of books are walking out the doors.

1 day ago


Last step: The county and city complete their 911 merger

Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh are finally completing a long-awaited merger of their 911 emergency call centers.

1 day ago


 Former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Unfinished business: The public deserves more from Ravenstahl probe

At a minimum, authorities should say whether this important case is closed.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House on Monday.

Account for Iraq: Congress can’t give President Obama a blank check

The accountability that congressional oversight of what is occurring might introduce to the new U.S. role in Iraq has been missing.

2 days ago


Solitary error: The state pays for the mistreatment of an inmate

While criminals should not be coddled, solitary confinement is an affront to human rights and to liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

3 days ago


Armed to the hilt: Military hardware should get only rare police use

How did America get from the more user-friendly police forces of yesteryear to the military-style, 21st-century version?

3 days ago


Price hike ill-advised: The solution to a costlier LCB is private stores

An internal LCB proposal to jack up the surcharge on wine and spirits provides one more strong argument for ending the state monopoly.

3 days ago


 Sophie Masloff at the Byham Theater for the Off The Record show in October 2008.

Favorite grandmother: Mayor Sophie Masloff captured the city’s heart

Pittsburgh will bid goodbye today to the city’s own beloved grandmother, Sophie Masloff.

4 days ago


Worker support: Pittsburgh deserves to have the same Act 47 options

Why are some legislators treating Pittsburgh like an outcast when it comes to Act 47?

4 days ago


Ghana not so golden: Government salaries threaten economic growth

Ghana has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.

4 days ago


Colleges and cash: A judge’s NCAA ruling is justified but problematic

The NCAA talked a good game on amateurism, but colleges can blame themselves for turning their sports into quasi-professional operations.

5 days ago


Warhol on film: Digitization will give Andy a wider audience

Andy Warhol was the kind of artist who knew how to stretch his 15 minutes of fame for all it was worth.

5 days ago


Egypt’s hypocrisy: Cairo mediates peace talks but bars a rights group

Egypt cannot broker a humanitarian cease-fire with any semblance of authority while refusing to answer for its own abuses.

5 days ago


A caution on P3s: Let elected officials and the public beware

When it comes to public-private partnerships, so-called “P3s,” the old adage — let the buyer beware — needs to be updated.

6 days ago


Mine fallout: As coal jobs disappear, gas jobs may beckon

With the Emerald Mine closure, workers will face the hardships of unemployment. They might find opportunities in the natural gas industry.

6 days ago


Asides: Politicians joke, candidates debate and Pittsburgh pitches itself

Politics is usually no laughing matter, but politicians were yucking it up Wednesday night.

6 days ago


A turn in Iraq: Maliki’s departure creates new possibilities

Nouri al-Maliki’s decision to step down as Iraq’s prime minister and to endorse Haider al-Abadi as his successor are positive developments.

1 week ago


Insult upon injury: Too many black-lung claims are caught in a backlog

Due to a shortage of judges, the black lung program has seen an 18 percent jump over nine years in the number of pending cases.

1 week ago


Questions remain: Corbett aide’s exit won’t make the case go away

The Corbett administration has been having a tough time explaining what Ron Tomalis did in the last year to earn a $139,542 salary.

1 week ago


Ferguson’s fury: The community needs answers on a tragic shooting

It would help if police were forthcoming with information about the tragic death of an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri.

1 week ago


Europe’s rumbles: In some corners of the EU, the economy is not good

Negative economic developments in the European Union are prompting concern over several countries’ state of health.

1 week ago


 Anita K. Kozy performs a microscopic examination of a biological sample in the Allegheny County Crime Lab.

Good police work: The state should fund the county crime lab

For Harrisburg to risk crippling police efforts that ensure public safety would be a crime of its own.

1 week ago


End the aid: The U.S. must not subsidize war in South Sudan

The U.S. and other donors are feeding the South Sudanese people while their leaders spend the country’s revenues fighting each other.

1 week ago


Belated justice: Cambodia settles a score with the Khmer Rouge

Even though Pol Pot died without being brought to trial, his top lieutenants will die in their jail cells

1 week ago


 The Rivers Casino

A bet pays off: The Rivers Casino has defied the worst fears

When casino gambling was first contemplated in Pittsburgh, critics predicted a litany of woe.

1 week ago


Libya unravels: The U.S. is not good at repairing broken countries

Developments in Libya continue to underline sharply the foreign affairs catastrophe in which the United States participated.

1 week ago


 This March 27, 2010 file photo shows actor Robin Williams speaking at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Matt Damon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Williams died in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

When laughter dies: Robin Williams’ tragic end belies his amazing gift

There will be tears for Robin Williams, but let them be tears of joy and gratitude for his immense talent.

1 week ago


 Workers have their temperature taken Monday before entering the Freeport area, an important commercial port facility, in Monrovia, Liberia.

Ebola’s spread: The U.S. and the world must act fast to contain it

The outbreak and spread of ebola in West Africa should serve as a warning to Americans.

1 week ago


Far-flung office: GSA makes a relocation hard on immigrants

Wilkins had such an identity crisis that it enacted an ordinance requiring businesses to say so in their advertisements.

1 week ago


Comet close-up: Europe’s craft prepares for a historic ride-along

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is closing in on the ancient space traveler nicknamed Comet C-G.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Manager William McKain.

County cost-cutter: An office merger saves dollars and makes sense

Allegheny County’s Office of Property Assessment and Department of Real Estate are inextricably linked, so it makes sense to combine them.

1 week ago


Bad cover: USAID uses an HIV program for political purposes

Agents tasked with recruiting dissident Cubans intent on toppling the regime of Raul Castro assumed the cover of HIV prevention workers.

1 week ago


Dog catcher: Biometrics becomes the rescuer of lost pets

An online application is relying on facial recognition technology to help owners find their lost dogs.

1 week ago


Sloppy screed: A report faults a group seeking better shale practices

This is the second flimsy report Public Accountability Initiative has issued against the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

1 week ago


Gluten-free? A new FDA standard protects the health of millions

From now on foods labeled gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million gluten.

1 week ago


Asides: Steelers, a skeleton and Yellow Cab

Steelers fans can visit a returned trophy, a 6,500-year-old human skeleton turns up at Penn, and cab charges might take a costly turn.

1 week ago


Return to Iraq: The U.S. must guard against re-intervention

Apart from Americans’ humanitarian concern, it is hard to see why President Obama is re-engaging the United States in Iraq’s wars.

2 weeks ago


Sticker fixer: A restaurant pays a price for hiding a health alert

That egregious act showed a lack of respect for the dining public, who rely on health inspectors to ensure meals are safely prepared.

2 weeks ago


 The Chevron gas well fire in Dunkard, Greene County, on Feb. 11 killed  Ian McKee, 27.

Tragedy dissected: A fatal well fire holds lessons for the future

The state Department of Environmental Protection released its “After Action Review” of the fatal Chevron gas well fire in  Greene County.

2 weeks ago


African summit: Obama plays catch-up in opening U.S. opportunities

As a way to connect American CEOs with African leaders, President Barack Obama hosted a summit involving most of Africa’s 54 states.

2 weeks ago


Terror watch: A growing list should be based on fact, not prejudice

The Intercept reports a classified government database of confirmed or suspected terrorists has doubled in size since a March 2010 listing.

2 weeks ago


 Afghanistan National Army soldiers stand guard at a gate of Camp Qargha, west of  Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.

Hostile ally: Danger grows for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

The killing of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene by an Afghan soldier calls into question why the United States maintains a presence there.

2 weeks ago


Back on track: The city’s inspection bureau kicks off the cobwebs

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection was faced with a swelling backlog of inspection requests due to mismanagement of resources.

2 weeks ago


Gun sense symbol: James Brady’s second act built a movement

His greatest accomplishment was struggling through his impairments to become a symbol of a movement that works to strengthen weak gun laws.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

No year’s delay: Bring in the mayor to broker a deal on the arena site

The Penguins and community leaders in the Hill District have been stuck for more than a year on details of a plan for the 28 acres.

2 weeks ago


House farce: It wasted precious time on the Obama lawsuit vote

Congress left for the summer last week after more bickering and poor results.

2 weeks ago


Changing Putin: The U.S. and Europe must find something that works

The Obama administration has not yet mastered the art of obtaining civilized behavior from Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin.

2 weeks ago



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