Letters


Pa.’s Supreme Court is again tainted by scandal

Courtesy of Justice Seamus McCaffery, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has become a laughingstock anew, a comedian’s punchline.

about 7 hours ago


The "map man" is helping to provide green solutions for water flow issues

The story about Matt Graham shows that there is a road map to maximizing green infrastructure and making that strategy a reality.

about 7 hours ago


We now know firsthand the problem of unreliable cab service

After 10 years in Pittsburgh, my husband and I have finally had that quintessential Pittsburgh experience: the no-show taxi.

about 7 hours ago


Write in this progressive candidate for the 18th District seat

On Nov. 4, those who are tired of Tim Murphy’s representation and Washington gridlock should write in “Sheila Griffin.”

about 7 hours ago


If UPMC is truly nonprofit it shouldn’t fear competition

UPMC enjoyed success from its beginning via in-network participation by many of the patients whom it will now exclude.

about 7 hours ago


A gas extraction tax simply doesn’t make sense

The impact fee says, “You mess it up, you pay for it.” That’s fair. The extraction tax says, “You’ve got something we want; gimme!”

1 day ago


Familylinks provides shelter and a path for homeless youth

Regarding the Post-Gazette’s Oct. 14 article about a report commissioned by the DHS discussing the many obstacles homeless youth face...

1 day ago


Fighting Pittsburgh poverty will take new ideas

But it will take reviving some old ones, too.

1 day ago


In Highmark-UPMC divide, it's profits over patients

I was overcome with sadness one recent morning as I waited at Magee for my annual screening mammogram.

1 day ago


No, sometimes you shouldn't listen to the generals

Regarding the letter by Mike Vargo: As I see it, Mr. Vargo fell flat on his face trying to scare Post-Gazette readers.

1 day ago


The governor backs responsible ride-sharing

The Post-Gazette’s editorial on Uber and Lyft fails to recognize the challenges faced by those upholding the law.

2 days ago


Most members of Congress don’t personally know veterans’ needs

In 1973, the percentage of veterans in the U.S. House and Senate was 73.8 percent. Now, the percentage is down to 20 percent.

2 days ago


Ebola care factor

I wonder if these Republican fellows are aware of the revelations from the family of the “index patient” that he did not have insurance.

2 days ago


Ebola isn’t winning

A guy with Ebola entered the country, died, and two nurses who treated him contracted the disease and are still alive.

2 days ago


Obama and coal

Former Sen. John E. Sununu’s remarks that President Barack Obama’s “war on coal” will hurt Democrats at the polls are pretty disturbing.

2 days ago


Is wildlife really their concern about wind power?

Conservative Pennsylvania legislators have little credibility when worrying about wind energy impacts on land use and wildlife populations.

3 days ago


Real family and household incomes have been stagnant

Letter writer Mike Lisak’s take on minimum wage is interesting (“Tom Corbett Is Quietly Doing a Great Job for Pennsylvania,” Oct. 10).

3 days ago


Let's clarify the issue of Pennsylvania payroll taxes

In response to Mike Lisak’s Oct. 10 letter about minimum wage, corrections are in order.

3 days ago


Re-elect Gov. Tom Corbett, who is tackling issues head-on

His opponent, Tom Wolf, only talks off a script or talking points and dodges questions asking for details on his platform.

3 days ago


Gay people won’t see real Catholic change

Bishops are gathering to express their opinions about the current state of the church.

4 days ago


Married couples are obliged to grow together and endure

Marriage is a matter of endurance in the sense that it is a continuing process.

4 days ago


Worse abuse cases are irrelevant to the Barbour abuse case

Robert E. Stewart is quoted as saying that he found the level of media coverage the Kristen and Douglas Barbour case has received “absurd”.

4 days ago


Allegheny Co. must recognize the risky air quality resulting from the Shenango works

People living in Allegheny County have a cancer risk from air toxics more than twice that of those living in surrounding rural areas.

4 days ago


Voters want to see results, which Rep. Nick Kotik has not provided

Nick Kotik and Gov. Tom Corbett squandered their opportunity to address important issues like tax reform and school funding.

4 days ago


 Gavel

The PUC makes decisions based on the law, not opinions

PUC commissioners are nominated by the governor and approved by the state Senate.

4 days ago


Highmark’s UPMC-free plans should be allowed

The state should not be dragging Highmark into court when consumers want and understand these plans.

5 days ago


Judge Paul Simmons has left a giant legal legacy

Judge Simmons was part of the Western Pennsylvania connection to the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education.

5 days ago


Conflict Kitchen missed the mark this time

Contrary to what the kitchen is asserting by this choice, the United States is not in conflict with Palestine.

5 days ago


Conflict Kitchen is serving up only one side of the Palestinian issue

This goes against the spirit of academic freedom expected from a university-affiliated project.

5 days ago


Football itself is devoid of integrity

Gene Collier takes a break from analyzing college and professional games and instead provides a litany of infractions by players.

5 days ago


The governor is urging shared-ride action

This is the time for the General Assembly to pass the legislation necessary to increase consumer choice and access.

6 days ago


I see the benefits of prescribing Suboxone for opioid addiction

I strongly support the view of the editorial board that the availability of this treatment should be expanded.

6 days ago


For their own safety, fine those who cycle in darkness without lights or reflectors

I fear that they might become yet another victim of the epidemic of car-vs.-bike accidents in Pittsburgh.

6 days ago


Those who worked to improve Route 28 deserve thanks

The engineers and workers did a great job of keeping traffic moving very well considering what a huge undertaking it was.

6 days ago


The Conflict Kitchen lunch event provided balanced views

As a Palestinian local, I was disturbed by the article “Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian Dishes Leave Bitter Taste” (Oct. 7).

6 days ago


Woodland Hills’ history shows parents can demand quality

I look for my inspiration to the families who fought for the original desegregation order.

6 days ago


Another sad chapter for the August Wilson Center

The financial mess created by the administrators of the place gets worse every moment.

1 week ago


August Wilson Center is a shiny money pit

The center remains a model of mishap and malfeasance.

1 week ago


Conflict Kitchen controversy overshadows special menu

Pittsburghers have a rare opportunity to sample from multiple authentic Palestinian culinary traditions.

1 week ago


Conflict Kitchen must address Israel if it addresses Palestine

It is meant to share not just food and culture, but also academic exploration and dialogue.

1 week ago


Allegheny County tax appeal deadlines are unfair

No other county in Pennsylvania forces you to pay taxes before your tax assessment appeal is resolved.

1 week ago


The PG got it wrong in the 46th District race

Jason Ortitay is a mature, intelligent and serious young man who is dedicated to good government, family values and serving his community.

1 week ago


We must demand a better outcome regarding the UPMC-Highmark standoff

It is evident that our elected officials don’t have the backbone to stand up to these companies and act in the best interest of the public.

1 week ago


The UPMC-Highmark consent agreement is worthless to affected patients

Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane should be embarrassed to acknowledge their participation in crafting this agreement.

1 week ago


Those who can't afford diapers can't afford to have a child

Might I suggest that we have a classic case of not being able to see the forest for the trees?

1 week ago


Eric Holder's stances on voting and other civil rights issues have been gutsy

I am sorry that he is stepping down as U.S. attorney general.

1 week ago


Columbus revisionists are misinformed

As an American of Italian descent, I am proud to celebrate the life of Christopher Columbus, a native of Genoa, Italy.

1 week ago


Be thankful for Obama’s measured responses

President Bush’s powers of prediction admired by one letter writer never included Mr. Bush’s irresponsible rush to war in the wrong country.

1 week ago


The UPMC-Highmark divorce is proving costly for insurance purchasers

How do we pay for 300 percent and 500 percent premium increases with 3 percent to 4 percent cost-of-living increases?

1 week ago


My anger toward UPMC will turn to action in finding new doctors

I am furious with UPMC for the ad telling Highmark customers that they will no longer have access to any doctor on the list of 1,600.

1 week ago



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