Letters


The U.S. should be a better friend to Canada

Too few of our legislators appreciate the relationship we share with our northern neighbors, friends and allies.

about 21 hours ago


Gov. Wolf's budget delivers more in sales tax hikes than in property tax relief

Many Pennsylvanians across every income level stand to lose big under Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal.

about 21 hours ago


Americans need a shorter workweek -- four days, six hours each

Instead of tempting the working person with a treadmill desk, how about we lessen the workday and even the work week?

about 21 hours ago


Highmark is wasting money on its Passport binder for customers

Is Highmark trying to impress us with its services?

about 21 hours ago


 A CSX freight train winds through Arbutus, Md.  Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Congress must make moving freight a high priority

The multimodal freight system needs dedicated federal infrastructure funds, reflecting its importance to local and national economies.

about 21 hours ago


Wolf’s executive order serves to strengthen unions

The Wolf administration claims the home-care issue is only about “representation,” not “unionization” -- a distinction without a difference.

1 day ago


Furloughs don’t rid the schools of failing teachers

Linking furlough decisions to Pittsburgh’s evaluation system will do more harm than good for Pittsburgh students.

1 day ago


Educators have become scapegoats for all public ills

Hard-working educators fight daily uphill battles to ensure their students’ success and are beaten back by regular public evisceration.

1 day ago


Jack Kelly's column about religious freedom made some reprehensible comparisons

He says he won’t be “intimidated by the dime store Nazis” likening the left in this country to the Nazi regime in the 1930s.

1 day ago


The ZOA piece about the Students for Justice in Palestine event was shameful

The Holocaust was a terrible event for and disgraceful act for humanity; therefore, all humans have the right to mourn all the lost lives.

1 day ago


Let’s see a range of ideas to solve world problems

What alternatives to war are available in this turbulent, violent era?

2 days ago


We need alternatives to war, such as creating new nation-states

Only by trying new policies do we have a chance of ending our national paranoia regarding future terrorist attacks.

2 days ago


Jack Kelly must have forgotten the American ideals of liberty, justice and equality

Mr. Kelly says he respects the rabbi who refused to marry him and his beloved. Would he respect hoteliers who refused to host the reception?

2 days ago


Those who still discriminate against homosexuals are the societal outliers

Jack Kelly’s opening salvo last week was a familiar one from the right: Gay marriage is expressly forbidden by God as written in the Bible.

2 days ago


Pedestrian Nation, it’s better to be alive than right

Children of the Dark Ages (in the middle half of the last century) were taught to “Stop, look and listen” before crossing a street.

2 days ago


'This Modern World' cartoon’s depiction of white officers is wrong

I object to the disgusting depiction that all white police officers defend and support the actions involved in a hideous crime.

3 days ago


UPMC shows its arrogance by threatening to reject Highmark Medicare Advantage

Of course, our politicians are tripping over each other to bloviate about the unfairness of it all. But that hot air will only be temporary.

3 days ago


I have wonderful memories of Arsenal Park

I was born and raised across from the entrance on 40th Street.

3 days ago


Arsenal Park was a big part of adventures with my brothers

We always got to the top of the wall, walked down and sometimes back up. This was part of our playground.

3 days ago


Putin’s latest move should surprise no one

Is it really shocking to read that Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on Russian missile sales to Iran?

4 days ago


Russia might be trying to catch up to the U.S. in defense system sales

Arms exports are needed to help the U.S. arms industry maintain production levels at a time of decreasing U.S. military expenditures,

4 days ago


Candidates now actively seek LGBT endorsements, and that's real progress

Did anyone tried to unfairly influence the endorsement process of an LGBT political group?

4 days ago


Pittsburgh's bike lanes add to hassles for motorists

Enough of the bike lanes already.

4 days ago


The insurance industry brings only greed to the health care process

When will the richest country in the world adopt a single-payer system so we can get quality health care at a reasonable cost?

4 days ago


Pittsburgh residents should form a co-op for their energy needs

People form co-ops for housing and food, so why not energy?

4 days ago


 Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar).

Troy Polamalu: a class act on and off the playing field

Troy Polamalu has retired.

4 days ago


Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism

How can Brian Albert label as “anti-Semitic” a Holocaust remembrance with a Jewish survivor, co-sponsored by a Jewish peace organization?

5 days ago


Holocaust survivor Edith Bell brings answers to the Mideast struggle

Edith Bell is someone who survived the atrocities of the Holocaust and works to stop perpetuating systems of war and domination.

5 days ago


UPMC: serious for seniors?

Do Romoff’s future plans include cutting off UPMC care to subscribers of AARP, Humana or Aetna Medicare Advantage plans?

5 days ago


As a senator, military veteran Joe Sestak would best serve returning soldiers

We have a moral and legal obligation to provide the services and support veterans need to get through their own personal hells.

5 days ago


The East Liberty case: Crime doesn't easily move from one location to another

The overall benefit of smart reductions in crime in one area is likely to be an overall crime prevention benefit effect in nearby areas.

5 days ago


Congress must fix criminal justice imbalance

George F. Will (“When Everything Is a Crime,” April 9) is absolutely correct regarding significant problems in our criminal justice system.

6 days ago


Listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened won't help it

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing burdens businesses but does nothing to address the underlying problem, white-nose syndrome.

6 days ago


The black community must address violence among black males

When are the leaders of the black community going to step up and confront this problem?

6 days ago


Highmark's wasteful 'Passport' is infuriating

This expensive three-ring binder is an offensive and deplorable corporate waste of my health care dollars.

6 days ago


A State System tuition freeze will mean nothing to many

No longer will IUP charge a flat tuition rate; beginning next year, full-time students will be charged per credit.

6 days ago


Gov. Wolf’s home care order gives protection

Caregiving can be difficult and emotionally taxing for family and loved ones.

1 week ago


Instead of a Keystone oil pipeline, why not a Keystone water pipeline to help California?

The new drought restrictions of California water prices indicate that water will be a more precious commodity than oil and gas.

1 week ago


Israel, with nuclear weapons, is a bigger security threat than Iran

The position of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the signers of Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran are a sham.

1 week ago


Thanks to the War on Drugs, Medicare and I paid high prices for routine medication

The high cost of medical treatment can be attributed to politics and stupidity.

1 week ago


Seniors, focus on the health insurance big picture

The insurance market in Western PA is increasingly competitive and innovative, and consumers have more options than ever before.

1 week ago


Failing teachers have no place in Pittsburgh schools

Local school districts, like the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and legislation from Harrisburg aren’t always on the same page.

1 week ago


Voters, go for better in the next presidential election

Mr. Obama — whether you like it or not — is the worst president since Jimmy Carter.

1 week ago


No luxury welfare

If you think poor people are living a life of luxury, you’re wrong.

1 week ago


Dismay in Beechview over senior center

The members of the Beechview Senior Center wish to take issue with the empty promises we have been getting for the last decade.

1 week ago


UPMC’s latest move creates new worries for many patients

As a stage 4, metastatic melanoma patient at Hillman Cancer Center, I am concerned about the threat by UPMC to cut off Medicare Advantage.

1 week ago


Mandated minimum-wage hikes can hurt workers

The Post-Gazette is misguided to think that a blanket increase is the solution to helping low-wage earners gain a firmer financial footing.

1 week ago


Black males in the U.S. appear to be in increasing danger

Is there a movement going on in this country to exterminate black males? Case in point: the unarmed black man shot in North Charleston, S.C.

1 week ago


Labeling should show consumers the country of origin of food ingredients

Recently I became sick from eating sunflower seeds. The package stated “Processed in the USA,” but the seeds were not from the U.S.

1 week ago


The Allentown neighborhood's renaissance is something to cheer for

I’ve never understood how such a blighted area could exist on an otherwise prosperous and beautiful hilltop.

1 week ago



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