Op Ed Columns


Paul Krugman: That old-time economics

Keynes’ theories have worked where they’ve been tried.

about 17 hours ago


First Person: A primer on autism

My son has autism and a lot of people just don’t get it.

about 17 hours ago


Saturday Diary: To the gentleman who offered me some skunk

As I was buying aromatic cigars, a fellow customer said, “Want some skunk, man?” I apologize for my befuddlement. Rodents are not my thing.

about 17 hours ago


Saturday Poem: We make movies in Pittsburgh

The Pirates win all summer long. / Their poets write so gladly. / Polish weddings are designated / by tonnage of cabbage rolls ...

about 17 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer: Hillary the queen travels by van

There’s something surreal about Hillary Clinton’s Marie Antoinette tour, sampling cake and commoners. But what else can she do?

about 17 hours ago


Reviving the middle class

It’s going to take more than nice words and good intentions, Ms. Clinton.

1 day ago


Smeared by the ZOA

Zionists should applaud the Holocaust event at Pitt

1 day ago


Adjuncts on welfare

Many part-time professorsrely on public assistance.

1 day ago


 Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Boao Forum for Asia.

Thomas L. Friedman: China’s big gamble with the world economy

Xi Jinping is betting that repression won’t kill innovation.

2 days ago


George F. Will: Sustainability gone wild

Liberals are sticking the label on just about everything.

2 days ago


 Abraham Lincoln on the $5 bill

Abraham Lincoln, American saint

His death was seen as redeeming the nation, but the work goes ever on among the living.

2 days ago


David Brooks: Put cameras on cops

Though we will pay a price in privacy and the quality of our relationships.

3 days ago


Anti-Semitism 101 at University of Pittsburgh

Pitt shouldn’t support groups that paint Israelis as modern-day Nazis

3 days ago


Free-range kids

They are the victims in a pathetic fight over parenting.

4 days ago


Paul Krugman: It takes a party

Yes, Hillary Clinton is running, but 2016 is about the parties, not the personalities

4 days ago


Take a stand at work (at your desk)

Get a standing desk; sitting down all day is going to kill you.

4 days ago


Selling to children: YouTube Kids should leave preschoolers alone

Some groups say the “family-friendly” version of YouTube made by Google uses “unfair and deceptive practices” in marketing to children.

5 days ago


The United States has become addicted to war

We keep repeating the same mistakes in our failing war against terror

6 days ago


 Neil Alexander at his home in O'Hara, July 2013

Ever onward, Pittsburgh: Neil Alexander showed that charitable giving is more than check writing

Stricken with ALS in his 40s, Neil Alexander of O’Hara did even more than put on a brave fight: He rallied donors and inspired everyone.

6 days ago


R.I.P. in Pittsburgh: Notes of a pedestrian

I would like to apologize now to the driver who kills me.

6 days ago


Our booze is too cheap

And the low price of beer, wine and spirits is literally killing us.

6 days ago


Mark Bittman: McDonald’s turns ‘progressive’

But its pay raise looks like just another half-measure as more nimble competitors eat the company’s lunch.

6 days ago


 In January 2003, Betty Lane of Larimer, joined other "Raging Grannies" in singing on the steps of the Software Engineering Institute in Oakland to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The Next Page: A century after Thomas Merton’s birth, the center celebrates his life and rededicates itself to his lifelong mission

The Merton Center has provided inspiration to Pittsburghers engaged in social justice issues, all-embracing and nonsectarian.

6 days ago


First Person: Hanging out with Africa's elephants

It is heartbreaking to see them die and watch them mourn.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: Where government excels

Social Security and Medicare are good examples.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem: Falls

I trip on the curb, fall on my face. Blood flows / from my nose and lip, making a trail ...

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: The play’s the thing — but not the only thing

Taking part in high school musicals can be a transformative experience.

1 week ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Officer friendly! Another unarmed black man has been killed by a police officer.

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: This Iran deal would trigger nuclear proliferation

The proposed agreement is so clearly a pathway to an Iranian bomb, the Saudis are signaling that the deal would impel them to go nuclear.

1 week ago


 Daniel Patrick Moynihan

E.J. Dionne Jr.: I'm missing Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Our polarized politics needs politicians who focus on what needs doing.

1 week ago


Pittsburgh needs immigration reform

Highly skilled immigrants can help us build a brighter future.

1 week ago


College coaches dangle women as bait

It's reprehensible to use girlfriends or prospects of sex to recruit athletes.

1 week ago


 Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

Margaret Carlson: Rand Paul’s Trojan horse

He’s trying to wheel his eclectic self into a small GOP tent.

1 week ago


George F. Will: When everything is a crime

We are all ham sandwiches waiting to be indicted.

1 week ago


Read what the Founding Fathers had to say

Our schools are failing us when it comes to civics education.

1 week ago


 HPV

Get your kids vaccinated against HPV

Vaccinations can prevent cervical and other terrible cancers

1 week ago


Kraft couldn’t cut it

So now it’s the junior partner in a deal with Heinz.

1 week ago


Pankaj Mishra: Iran’s quest for respect

Within a few months of his U.N. speech, Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a joint Anglo-American coup.

1 week ago


Ross Douthat: Interview with a Christian

After watching the debate about religious freedom unfold over the past week or two, I decided to subject myself to an interview by an

1 week ago


Jeffrey Brenner / James Schuster: Health care’s best hope

For most health care systems, the primary focus is the treatment of acute medical conditions.

1 week ago


 Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the United Nations March 10.

Hillary’s email is a story that shouldn't go away

The former secretary of state has shown disrespect for the law, and that should matter to everyone if she runs for president.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: How to read the Iran debate

We can acknowledge uncertainties and still have reason to bet on hope.

1 week ago


Kathleen Parker: Born-again parenting on the topic of drinking

I wish I had been a better role model because history tends to repeat itself in families.

1 week ago


 Honus Wagner, who picked off plenty of base runners as a star shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, vowed to take down criminals when he was named an Allegheny County deputy sheriff in 1942.

Honus Wagner, would-be sheriff

Baseball’s greatest shortstop was Pittsburgh’s most popular personality, but he couldn’t get elected.

1 week ago


 Dan LaCouture, Pittsburgh Penguins (2001-2003).

The NHL must be held accountable

My career was cut short because the NHL encouraged violence and ignored the consequences,

1 week ago


The Iran deal looks pretty good

But it’s not yet signed, and it includes some worrisome provisions.

1 week ago


The IRS is actually a model of efficiency

It gets a great return on investment, but Republicans still love to hate it.

1 week ago


Wage earners take the hit as investors get rich

For decades now, our tax system has been tilting more and more in favor of the wealthy.

1 week ago


Five myths about Google

It may not be Big Brother, but it certainly has big ambitions.

1 week ago


 Kenneth Carl Crawford III, with Keith and Cindy Sanford.

The Next Page: Dreaming of freedom

Gary Gately says Kenneth Carl Crawford, convicted of murdering two people at 15, is sustained by friendship and hope in the U.S. Supreme

1 week ago



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