Editorials


 A Lyft car takes to the road.

Here’s hoping: The PUC takes a step forward on ride sharing

It unanimously approved emergency licenses that allow ride-share companies Lyft and Uber to operate legally in Allegheny County.

about 15 hours ago


Indonesia decides: World’s third-largest democracy picks a new chief

Indonesia has more or less completed the election of a new president, Joko Widodo.

about 15 hours ago


Improper probes: Report finds excesses in targeting terror suspects

Human Rights Watch has released a blistering report on investigative and prosecutorial abuses in American terrorism investigations.

about 15 hours ago


 An Israeli soldier prays in front of a tank at a military staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip today.

Safety first: Post-Ukraine, Tel Aviv flight ban makes sense

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, currently centered on Gaza, took on important implications for Americans Tuesday.

1 day ago


West Mifflin has a point: State shortchanges the district on Duquesne students

West Mifflin says it costs $15,000 to educate a child, but it only receives $10,655 for each Duquesne student.

1 day ago


Discrimination targeted: Obama signs an order to help federal workers

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

1 day ago


France on the march: More troops are being sent to former African colonies

France has decided to put a 3,000-strong force permanently in five of its former colonies, in a band across West and Central Africa.

2 days ago


 Neil Armstrong leads Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins out of the space center on the Apollo 11 space mission.

Out of this world: Moon landing 45 years ago remains a magic moment

Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins wagered their lives on NASA’s technical ingenuity.

2 days ago


Beyond horrible: The case of a starved boy is a shock to basic values

Antonio Rader, now 8, looked like a Holocaust victim, according to Mercer County Detective John J. Piatek.

2 days ago


Holy Family is showing compassion by welcoming immigrant children: Holy Family’s aid to refugee children needs support

Holy Family Institute will house unaccompanied migrants no older than 12 while they await the outcomes of their immigration proceedings.

3 days ago


 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif address the media with European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Saturday.

Extending the nuclear talks with Iran was a sound step forward

An agreement was reached between members of the United Nations Security Council, German and Iran to extend talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

3 days ago




 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark in view with the U.S.Steel Tower offices of UPMC in Downtown Pittsburgh.

What’s going on? UPMC-Highmark deal leaves public confused

Stuck in the middle of their acrimonious breakup are Highmark’s Western Pennsylvania subscribers.

4 days ago


In the public interest: Bill would make good rules for doing official business

Fewer measures are more effective in keeping government agencies honest than open records and open meeting laws.

4 days ago


That’s all? Citigroup eludes real punishment on securities

Not a single banker has gone to jail for the mortgage-backed securities meltdown.

4 days ago


Asides : An uplifting moment at a trial, and decrepit cemeteries

A victim shows kindness and wisdom toward his attacker, and forgotten grave sites get a call for attention.

5 days ago


Fixing pensions: Tax relief won’t come soon under Corbett’s plan

Gov. Tom Corbett has done a disservice to Pennsylvanians by reducing the complicated issue of public employee pensions to a campaign slogan.

5 days ago


Freedom’s inspiration: Gordimer’s words shook the foundation of apartheid

Nadine Gordimer was not just an accomplished wordsmith, but she was also a leading crusader against one of the world’s cruelest oppressions.

5 days ago


Tragedy in Ukraine: International probe needed for downed plane

Eastern Ukraine is a war zone, and it is tantamount to a lack of wisdom for civilian airlines and pilots to fly over it

6 days ago


Blindness in Gaza: Leaders of Israel and Hamas make innocents suffer

Opportunistic politicians on both sides have only brought pain and stagnation to their people.

6 days ago


Republican move to slash IRS funding would be counter-productive: Republicans would add to deficit by starving the IRS

Even as the IRS’ duties have grown with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the agency has had to do more with less.

1 week ago


Portraits of legislative leaders receive new plaques noting their crime: Portrait plaques note the crimes of lawmakers

Every picture tells a story, but sometimes words are needed for a caption to tell the whole story

1 week ago


Nigeria faces many challenges that require urgent action: Several problems conspire to make its future dicey

Nigeria is a major country and it is headed for a train wreck unless it changes course rapidly.

1 week ago


Speeding it up: Bus Rapid Transit plan is given a welcome boost

Thanks to action by the Port Authority, plans for a modern, rapid transit system linking Downtown and Oakland can keep moving forward.

1 week ago


A rival to U.S. leadership: BRICS nations start an alternative World Bank

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have created The New Development Bank to rival the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

1 week ago


Big spenders: The FTC blames Amazon for sales to children

The agency sued the online retail giant last week for failing to install sufficient protections against online purchases made by children.

1 week ago


Afghan recount: The country’s fate hangs on a new tally of the ballots

The latest chapter in U.S. efforts to nation-build in Afghanistan is the attempt by John Kerry to salvage the presidential election.

1 week ago


America’s goal: The U.S. team won respect for its World Cup play

If a team in any sport is going to be defeated in a tournament, there’s something to be said for being beaten by the eventual winner.

1 week ago


Riding high: Pittsburghers can gain from car service competition

There now is incentive for Yellow, Lyft, Uber and any other companies that want to enter the market to do a better job to win customers.

1 week ago


Lorin Maazel led the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra into a golden age: Lorin Maazel’s death is our loss and the world’s

Lorin Maazel accrued many honors and today Pittsburgh’s loss is also the world’s.

1 week ago


The Israelis and Palestinians must call an end to the bombing: A ceasefire is necessary in the Middle East

The duel between the Palestinians in Gaza and Israel has lasted more than a week and claimed the lives of at least 175 Gazans.

1 week ago


David Cameron threatens British civil liberties by going after more private records: Cameron seeks more access to citizen phone records

David Cameron had to compromise with opposition parties and accept major reviews by Parliament.

1 week ago


Covert ally: Germany recoils at spying by the United States

A new low in deterioration of relations occurred Thursday when the Germans requested that the senior CIA official there leave.

1 week ago


 The exterior of the Moon Area High School.

Mutual merger: Cornell should give serious thought to Moon’s idea

School district mergers are a tough sell in Pennsylvania.

1 week ago


Heavy toll: Land mines meant to deter troops still kill civilians

For 15 years, the United States has not signed the Ottawa Treaty banning antipersonnel land mines.

1 week ago


Corbett’s choice: The governor spurns those he needs to get results

What can Gov. Corbett accomplish by alienating the Republicans who run the Legislature?

1 week ago


Asides: Goats munch on Polish Hill; Pennsylvania teens don't buckle up; Allegheny County moves closer to grading restaurants

To get your goat is the common expression for being very irritated, but this is a libel on goats.

1 week ago


Deadly strains: Recent scares at bio labs are a cautionary tale

Three bio lab scares bring a swift response from the Centers for Disease Control.

1 week ago


A hero honored: Russia’s Putin should open the Wallenberg files

The world needs to know the truth about the death of WWII hero Raoul Wallenberg.

1 week ago


It’s criminal: Police repeatedly fail to collar an assault suspect

A Swissvale man accused of assault slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice system three times.

1 week ago


 This June 6, 2013, file photo shows a sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.

NSA overreach: Its latest spying recalls the days of J. Edgar Hoover

A report by The Intercept revealed that the National Security Agency monitored five politically active Muslim-Americans.

2 weeks ago


Mixed signals: Amid conflicting messages, the economy sputters

Job creation is probably first among the measures Americans use to assess the state of the economy.

2 weeks ago


 Kathy Hecker, Animal Friends chief humane officer, demonstrates how to scan for a microchip on Beauty, being held by Animal Control officer Gina Secreet.

Lost and scanned: Police get the high-tech tools to identify pets

Microchips embedded under the skin of pets can be scanned to retrieve information to reunite animals with their owners.

2 weeks ago


 President Barack Obama.

Border crisis: Obama’s request to Congress can’t be dismissed

Illegal immigrants have long crossed the Mexican border, but never like this. By the thousands, children arrive unaccompanied by parents.

2 weeks ago


 Cleveland will host the 2016 GOP National Convention.

Lost opportunity: Cleveland wins the GOP, while Pittsburgh sits it out

Cleveland put together an enticing package and was selected Tuesday as the site for the Republican national convention in June 2016.

2 weeks ago


Follies of youth: Young nonviolent offenders deserve a second chance

America’s experiment with harsh punishment for nonviolent offenders has proved to be self-defeating.

2 weeks ago


 Lyft cars line up to prepare to parade around town Sunday in a showing of solidarity after the PUC ordered the ride-share service to cease and desist.

Two-pronged attack: Fontana’s plan is the right way to free Lyft and Uber

State Sen. Wayne Fontana wants Pennsylvania consumers to have the transportation choices they’ve been demanding.

2 weeks ago


Comeback region: A town meeting explores Pittsburgh’s resurgence

The Pittsburgh of 2014 succeeds because of a diversity of industrial strengths.

2 weeks ago


Dodd-Frank delay: America is vulnerable to a lack of financial rules

The American economy remains at risk from another catastrophic episode of over-speculation and bailouts.

2 weeks ago


Secrecy by rail: PEMA says the public has no right to oil train info

The PEMA denied the P-G’s requests for information that freight railroads provide about their shipments of crude oil through the state.

2 weeks ago



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