Opinion


David M. Shribman: Mitt Romney’s non-campaign

The former governor’s team is ready to roll, but can he become the voice of GOP populism?

about 9 hours ago


Let teachers run the schools

Teacher-led schools are engaging students and showing results across the country.

about 9 hours ago


Nasty start: Gov. Wolf picks a fight that was unnecessary

The new governor fired the Office of Open Records head and recalled other executive nominations made by Gov. Tom Corbett in his 11th hour.

about 9 hours ago


Save the Ex-Im Bank: A frugal Congress must keep a revenue generator

Critics call it “the Bank of Boeing,” but the U.S. Export-Import Bank is also the Bank of Chuck -- Chuck’s Salsa of Baden.

about 9 hours ago


Asides: Making livers last longer, beating the flu, having Pittsburgh's health care

Pitt and UPMC stretch the life of donor livers; Allegheny County battles a nasty flu; Pittsburgh is the sixth-healthiest metro.

about 9 hours ago


Could Pa. politicians strike a grand bargain?

Perhaps Gov. Tom Wolf and House Speaker Mike Turzai could compromise on liquor privatization and a shale gas extraction tax.

about 9 hours ago


 A postcard showing the Westinghouse atom smasher in more upright days, most likely in the 1930s or 1940s, according to Denny Rice.

Brian O'Neill: With Forest Hills atom smasher's fall, part of history tumbles

The historic Van de Graaff generator isn’t up in the air anymore, but its future is.

about 9 hours ago


Keep shale spinoff businesses in Pennsylvania

The gas-industry supply chain should be built in the commonwealth.

about 9 hours ago


In the lifespan game, 100 is the new 80

Our lifespans have grown by three months a year since 1840. The smart money says that pace will continue for quite a while yet.

about 9 hours ago


The Next Page: Price of cyberattacks against America is like paying for 9/11 every year

Cybersecurity expert Christopher Mellon says that unless we do much better at prevention, the worst is yet to come.

about 9 hours ago


Sharia shakes up Southeast Asia

Nowhere is the tension between modernity and fundamentalist Islam more on display.

about 9 hours ago


Margaret Carlson: Obama avoids race again

Good thing we have Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’ to keep it real.

about 9 hours ago


Support for a severance tax ignores shale gas market realities

Shale development is incredibly capital-intensive, and recent market conditions have led many energy companies to slash spending and jobs.

about 9 hours ago


Perhaps the local level is where we can have hope in politics

Step outside of Washington for State of the Union common sense and camaraderie.

about 9 hours ago


Let's rebrand vegetables to have the same allure as problem pizza

Am I the only one who has been craving pizza nonstop since reading the front-page article “The Problem With Pizza” (Jan. 19)?

about 9 hours ago


Jack Kelly: Liberals exploit race and gender

When People magazine asked Michelle Obama last month about her “personal experience” with racism, she cited a 2011 visit to a Target store

about 9 hours ago


Enough said: U.S. CEOs are not going hungry

Facts that speak for themselves.

about 9 hours ago


 Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo, whose hard work is finally starting to show in games, grabs a rebound against Georgia Tech last weekend at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt walk-on Aron Phillips-Nwankwo has a story worth telling

Pitt's Aron Phillips-Nwankwo takes the same motivation he has on the court and uses it to forge a rare career path for a college athlete.

about 9 hours ago


Pot dependence article unfairly taints cannabis

Regarding the subhead “Yes, you can get addicted to marijuana”: Numerous scientific studies have disproven that statement.

about 9 hours ago


Paul Krugman: For the love of carbon

Republicans flip-flop to push the Keystone pipeline for their fossil-fuel buddies.

1 day ago


Happy trails: Pa. lawmakers must make the state’s roads safer

The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety say reinstate mandatory helmets for motorcyclists and tighten restrictions on teen drivers.

1 day ago


Not super: If they cheated, the Patriots deserve a real penalty

The NFL said that after nearly 40 interviews, it has found that the team used improperly inflated balls during the first half of the game.

1 day ago


Paterno was an accomplished coach, not a saint

Let’s stop the “god-devil” labeling of Joe Paterno and analyze him as a human being with great accomplishments and possible human frailty.

1 day ago


PSU hockey players' 409 stickers rekindled a cooling fire

Did the Penn State sports teams wear stickers condemning pedophiles when Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing boys?

1 day ago


Pa. needs a basic education funding formula for fairness and quality

Funds are allocated according to the wishes of the Legislature, which has resulted in broad and unfair disparities among schools.

1 day ago


 Pitt offensive linesman Artie Rowell during pre-game warmups before their game against Boston College at Alumni Stadium on Friday  Sept. 5, 2014 in Boston.

Ron Cook: Pitt's Artie Rowell puts student-athletes in a good light

The redshirt senior is heavily involved with issues on the Power 5 conference and NCAA levels, while on course to graduate in April.

1 day ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Charlie Hebd’ Overload: notes from the week that was.

1 day ago


Charles Krauthammer: Obama is acquiescing to Iran’s emerging empire

Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked.

1 day ago


Saturday Poem: Peace is Boring

No rousing anthem celebrates the commonplace. / The cyclic rhythm of birth and death exacts the doldrums ...

1 day ago


First Person: The importance of building character

A good education is about more than absorbing information.

1 day ago


Saturday Diary: West Coast Swingin’

There’s a revolution going on in a studio near East Liberty.

1 day ago


In Rebuttal: Taxing shale gas is not just about math

Here's why a severance tax would damage Pennsylvania's economy.

2 days ago


Stealth tuition hike: IUP creatively packages a double-digit increase

Tuition went up 16 percent yesterday for many undergraduates at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

2 days ago


House of cards: Boehner gives Netanyahu a stronger hand to play

Benjamin Netanyahu will address the House and Senate on Feb. 11, five weeks before Israeli elections set for March 17.

2 days ago


Risky business: Teens should be restricted on use of tanning beds

Indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer, particularly among frequent users and those who start at an early age.

2 days ago


Safer standards on ozone are necessary

The medical evidence is clear that ozone pollution is harmful.

2 days ago


The FOP and the Pittsburgh police chief must address racism together

It is time for people of all races to speak out.

2 days ago


How can the perils of pizza rate front-page treatment?

Is it necessary to point out the “evils” of pizza?

2 days ago


Stability of leadership is a key factor in Pittsburgh and other school districts

Teachers are a critical component in the educational experience.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Facts don’t support no-go zone fears

It’s hard to find real no-go zones, but don’t tell that to some in GOP.

2 days ago


Gail Collins: We are the walrus

And we want to raise the gas tax.

2 days ago


‘Class warfare’ returns

Republicans accuse Obama of leading the charge.

2 days ago


Shooting deer won’t solve the problem

The deer-killing methods to be used are understandably controversial.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama challenges Congress during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Damn the torpedoes

Obama isn’t giving ground to Republicans in advance of negotiations anymore.

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Wish list: Obama and Congress must work from the center

President Barack Obama will do what he can by working around Congress, but he could accomplish more if he worked with it.

3 days ago


Fee for support: For Allegheny County Dems, it’s the party way

The logo of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee shows a donkey kicking its rear legs.

3 days ago


Plagued by pizza: Pediatricians are right to flag the fatty food

A study in the journal Pediatrics suggested the prevalence of pizza figures into the nation’s troubling obesity rates.

3 days ago


Set aside the State of the Union rhetoric

Congress and the nation should continue the debate that began when the President’s comments were being previewed leading up to his speech.

3 days ago


Samantha Bennett: Plan for 'new me' is a lemon

A regimen of healthy, natural eating turns out to be a headache.

3 days ago


Montour school taxpayers were ripped off by a double-dipper

Fran Serenka was “double-dipping” by working as a director in Montour School District and associate professor at Duquesne University.

3 days ago



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