Letters


Let’s recognize the benefits of historic properties

Let’s do away with the notion that any development is good development.

about 2 hours ago


NCAA players with hunger pangs should buy food like the rest of us

Did it ever occur to these students and their families that there may be some need to take care of themselves?

about 2 hours ago


The U.S. was in Vietnam before JFK

I was in Vietnam in 1958 with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Nha Trang. We were called “advisers” then.

about 2 hours ago


The test-taking culture in schools is having a negative impact

I had the opportunity to attend the “Test-In on High Stakes Testing” event organized by the grass-roots group Yinzercation.

about 2 hours ago


Gun-rights advocate’s Rosa Parks comparison is deplorable

I can’t believe that the Post-Gazette would use valuable space writing a huge article talking up someone like Kim Stolfer.

about 2 hours ago


America’s defense is a shared responsibility

Let the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of members of Congress serve in the front line.

1 day ago


Thanks, PG, for the contrasting George Will and E.J. Dionne columns on inequality

More such pairing of commentators could be useful in tempering partisan rhetoric.

1 day ago


Pakistan's persecution of minorities leads to religious strife and violence

The notorious anti-blasphemy laws, codified into the Pakistani penal code since the 1980s, have in effect empowered extremist clerics.

1 day ago


Increasing the tobacco tax is a popular idea with Pa. voters

A November 2014 poll of registered Pennsylvania voters showed that 72 percent of those surveyed favor increasing the state’s tobacco tax.

1 day ago


The next president shouldn’t be from government

As the time for a fresh face is narrowing, one has to wonder, isn’t there a person outside of government who could become a contender?

2 days ago


So Obama feels rebuked by Netanyahu? Too bad

Take a look at what is going on in the Middle East. Does it really look like the Muslims want peace?

2 days ago


The PLCB took eight weeks to send a case of wine from one store to another

My local store did not have a particular wine, but through the Web, I found a case in a store 34 miles away.

2 days ago


Under Gov. Wolf's plan, what will prevent school districts from raising taxes?

Perhaps legislation could be enacted so that any new tax would have to be voted on by referendum.

2 days ago


For additional revenue, Pa. should tax owners of unimproved land

Most owners of valuable or extensive land are wealthy.

2 days ago


Let's strike the R-word and replace it with respect

Using the word “retard” or “retarded” to describe anyone — especially a person with developmental disabilities — is classless and ignorant.

2 days ago


Starbucks, let’s see less froth and more action on race

I heard Starbucks was trying to start a dialogue on race relations, so I went to Homewood to find a barista; there wasn’t one there.

3 days ago


Ted Cruz kicks off 20 months of pious campaigning, and others will follow

One good thing is we should have a pretty good idea of what the conservatives’ worldviews are (if they actually have one beyond the pulpit).

3 days ago


Weighing in on the Iran negotiations is well within the Senate's purview

Those who have roundly criticized the 47 Republican senators who signed Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter should read the Constitution.

3 days ago


Politicians will do nothing about taxes and troubling deficits

Both parties drum on their efforts to reduce taxes, but there is always an increase.

3 days ago


Israel has an inclusive democratic election process

More than 1.5 million Arabs living peacefully in Israel today enjoy the right to vote.

3 days ago


 The entrance to the U.S. Steel Building on Grant Street.

Architectural character in U.S. Steel’s current building was important

I was a member of the Innovations Committee, which helped to explore design alternatives for U.S. Steel’s 600 Grant St. building.

3 days ago


Pennsylvania lawmakers: Set fair rules for nonprofits

The arguments raised at the public hearing are important for legislators to hear.

4 days ago


Help those in need and support social programs

But do we really want to return to a time when children as young as 8 and 10 worked in factories and mines for up to 12 hours?

4 days ago


A bad gun bill for Pennsylvania, nation

I believe that responsible gun ownership goes hand in hand with respect for the Second Amendment and is critical to keeping our communities

4 days ago


Democracy in Venezuela?

Although I disagree with President Barack Obama on almost everything, even he finally said “enough.”

4 days ago


Enact additional criteria for nonprofit tax breaks

Additional criteria should be used to qualify as a nonprofit.

5 days ago


Should legislators, like teachers, be furloughed for subpar performance?

All Pennsylvania professional public educators should be held accountable for their classroom performance.

5 days ago


The Legislature could fix the public employee pension problem if it had the will

Taxpayer subsidies (i.e., public aid) keep public pensions “magically infinite” after worker contributions run out.

5 days ago


Congress must end welfare, the kind that supports rich corporations

Many in Congress understand they are one step away from poverty and work assiduously to lower their taxes so they can scrape by.

5 days ago


Here's an idea: Use military spending to fix potholes

Use the military budget to fix potholes.

5 days ago


We must stop ignoring violence against women

Domestic violence against women is the great social secret that needs to be brought into the light.

5 days ago


The Port Authority misses the obvious in service

If the Port Authority wants to cultivate a culture of public transit, it needs to make taking the bus or T more convenient than driving.

6 days ago


The Port Authority should modernize with more light rail

When we connect areas that were previously thought of as unconnectable, the quality of service and ridership will rise.

6 days ago


The new U.S. Steel headquarters should have a green roof

Given the sheer size of the proposed U.S. Steel building roof, I am stunned that a green roof is not part of the building design.

6 days ago


Powerful centralized governments create problems in Ukraine and elsewhere

If Ukraine were a loose confederation of independent states, like Switzerland, it would be better off.

6 days ago


The Post-Gazette is courageous and right about guns

People everywhere are sick of gun violence.

6 days ago


If Pa. taxes must be raised, let’s choose the most sensible plan

Senate Bill 76 seeks to permanently eliminate school property taxes and increase sales and income tax.

6 days ago


This trade deal would be bad for America

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being negotiated behind closed doors, primarily for the benefit of large international companies.

1 week ago


The Trans-Pacific Partnership would mean more unfair trade

What I read in the March 16 Perspectives piece by Ed Rendell (“Trade Equals Jobs”) made me sick to my stomach and highly infuriated.

1 week ago


The Secret Service could be renamed the Secret Circus

The Keystone Cops would be no comedic match for today’s Secret Service.

1 week ago


Hospice angels help people have a 'good death'

Ann Neumann’s “Their Dying Wishes” (Forum) evoked memories of both my parents and the tender, loving care they received from hospice staff.

1 week ago


We can nurture appreciation for symphonies in our children

I read with great interest the story about symphonies and their “growing problems” (“Survey: PSO Out of Sync With Potential Audiences”).

1 week ago


Congress is slim on firsthand knowledge of war

It annoys me to hear politicians speak of boots on the ground when most of them have never served in the military.

1 week ago


My father had foresight about interfering in the Middle East

Thanks to Dick Cheney and George W. Bush we upset the proverbial apple cart.

1 week ago


Arab audiences would probably frown upon Zakir Naik's lectures

I have yet to see him hold a single “about Islam” question/​answer session in the Middle East to an audience that is predominantly Arabs.

1 week ago


People can separate their actions from media violence

To think of violence as something ingrained in who we are makes it seem as if we don’t have a choice.

1 week ago


Health executive salaries must be re-examined

The tax-exempt statuscontributes to enabling the outrageous salaries and bonuses raked in by executives at “nonprofit” organizations.

1 week ago


Hospitals do not always provide charitable care for the needy

If the Senate Bill 4 referendum is on the ballot in November, Ohio Valley Hospital has created two votes against it in my home.

1 week ago


Pa. beer sales still haven't entered the 21st century

A Pennsylvania bar can afford to stock 100 beers.

1 week ago


Protesters should be involved in fundraising for deer solutions

If the protesters won’t contribute for a more humane way to lower the deer population, they should let the commissioners do their job.

1 week ago



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