Opinion


 A portrait of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader gunned down Friday near the Kremlin, sits atop a mound of flowers and remembrances left by supporters at the spot where he died.

Gwynne Dyer: Murder in Moscow

The likely suspects probably thought they were helping Putin, but they weren’t.

about 23 hours ago


 In December, Gallup reported that only 15 percent of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job.

Failure to govern: In the House, it’s another abdication of duty

The House of Representatives will think about funding the Department of Homeland Security for another week.

about 23 hours ago


Korea’s tension: Tempers over war exercises make a case for talks

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan Monday, the day that U.S.-South Korean military exercises began.

about 23 hours ago


Lame justice: A dog killer should have gotten years, not months

Judges in most criminal trials have flexibility in sentencing.

about 23 hours ago


Students need support, not suspensions

Suspensions in the public school system disproportionately impact people of color and young men.

about 23 hours ago


Too many students are suspended for minor misbehavior

Suspensions are not only used when students are “defiant, belligerent or violent.”

about 23 hours ago


Deer in Mt. Lebanon pay the price while humans do the real damage

The penned slaughter planned for the deer is no more appropriate as a population control measure than war.

about 23 hours ago


Mt. Lebanon commissioners should be commended for the deer cull

The PA Game Commission recommends a healthy deer population at under five head per square mile.

about 23 hours ago


 Patric Hornqvist dives into the net as the puck gets by Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney on a shot by Evgeni Malkin for a power play goal in the second period Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Power play returns to top form for Penguins

After slumping in February, the power play has scored at least one goal in the past four games, a good harbinger for the playoffs.

about 23 hours ago


Gail Collins: And now, homeland insecurity

The take-no-prisoners Republican right continues to torture John Boehner.

about 23 hours ago


Here's a GOP plan to replace Obamacare

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday about whether the Obama administration used the IRS to deliver health insurance

about 23 hours ago


Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

about 23 hours ago


Wind, a reliable part of the energy mix, deserves incentives

All energy sources, including nuclear, receive tax incentives.

about 23 hours ago


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu, the Great Divider

U.S. leaders should take the prime minister’s advice with a large grain of salt.

1 day ago


 The U.S. finances 75 percent of NATO expenditures with a defense budget of $585 billion for 2015

Indefensible: Europe cuts NATO spending while the U.S. pays

The United States bears a disproportionate share of NATO’s cost -- an old problem that is getting worse rather than better.

1 day ago


Rider appreciation: On the North Shore, the reward is free T service

Free rides have been fundamental to the success of the North Shore Connector, and it looks like they will continue.

1 day ago


Nimoy’s gift: A career embodied in a single, enduring character

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made Mr. Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer on “Star Trek” a household name, was an icon.

1 day ago


The visit by Israel’s Netanyahu is wrong

I’m amazed that some people are OK with a leader from another country injecting himself and his opinion into American politics.

1 day ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: What’s in a stray word? A needless distraction

Last week, I referred to “the lunatic left,” which some interpreted as the entire left-wing, rather than those who persist in angry slander.

1 day ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

1 day ago


Fracking, which is being done responsibly, helps with energy security

I have seen small towns revived, residents provided with new, family-sustaining jobs, farms and fracking coexisting and more.

1 day ago


Evolution is as much of a belief system as creationism

In this secular world today, people of faith are continually ridiculed if they believe in a Creator God.

1 day ago


We have so many helpers in our great nation

Look around and see how lucky we are to be citizens of this great country of ours. We take so much for granted.

1 day ago


 Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save in front of the Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen in the second period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Of all Penguins stars, Marc-Andre Fleury has shined brightest

With another sterling effort in a 5-3 win Sunday against Columbus, Marc-Andre Fleury keeps proving his rank among the NHL’s top goaltenders.

1 day ago


George F. Will: The Supreme Court will take up cases involving Congress’ and Arizona’s reading ability

One case involves language in the Affordable Care Act; the other is a case involving Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

1 day ago


A gas severance tax is no substitute for environmental protections

The proposed severance tax is not a measure to safeguard Pennsylvania’s communities and environment from the adverse impacts of drilling.

1 day ago


I'm looking to my bird feeder for signs of spring

We await the robin, bluebirds and hummingbirds.

1 day ago


 The sun rises over the 'New Pittsburgh' (2003)

Parsing the ‘New Pittsburgh’ narrative

Chris Briem says the city’s rise-from-the-Rust-Belt story overstates how down we were — and how up we are.

2 days ago


David M. Shribman: Barry Goldwater, a conservative icon cast in bronze

Principled but willing to listen, he returns to a Capitol where rivals no longer are respected.

2 days ago


Capitol moonlighting: Pa. legislators should stick to one full-time job

Rep. Anthony DeLuca is introducing a bill that would limit the income that senators and representatives could receive from second jobs.

2 days ago


End the monopoly: The House takes a big step on liquor privatization

For the second legislative session in a row, the Pa. House has passed a bill that would pull state government out of the liquor business.

2 days ago


Asides: Stressed-out polar bears, a Downtown food co-op, bikes for the disabled

Critics say polar bears are stressed by zoos, the East End Food Co-Op mulls PPG Place, disabled kids get adaptive bikes.

2 days ago


The middle class wants substance, not form

I found the article on Sen. Elizabeth Warren last Sunday to be a bit over the top (“A Passionate Voice Steering the Conversation,” Feb. 22).

2 days ago


An electrifying story about men

Most of them would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

2 days ago


Domestic drone dilemmas

Jamming or shooting down threatening drones poses a passel of problems.

2 days ago


Obama the flirt

Yes, the president loves America, but he has carried on with other countries, too.

2 days ago


Gail Collins: Bye-bye, Chris Christie

Now that his big achievement has turned to dust, all that’s left is bluster

2 days ago


 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., fourth from right, links arms with other civil rights leaders as they begin the march to the state capitol in Montgomery from Selma, Ala., on March 21, 1965. The demonstrators are marching for voter registration rights for black residents. Second from right is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The marchers are wearing leis given by a Hawaiian group.

The Next Page: Footsteps to follow ... the-Selma-to-Montgomery-marches

Rabbi Aaron Bisno says the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches is a new call to action

2 days ago


Andrew McCutchen's story shows how we can save our nation by saving our children

What a wonderful opinion piece from Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (“I Could Have Been Left Behind,” Feb. 22 Forum).

2 days ago


Let baseball be baseball

Why is Major League Baseball trying to shorten our good times with new rules?

2 days ago


Kudos to United Way for getting millennials involved in leadership

Too bad more organizations aren’t following United Way’s lead.

2 days ago


The question to Gov. Scott Walker about evolution was highly relevant

It is an indication of whether as a president his decisions would be guided by reality (scientific evidence) or ideology.

2 days ago


Jack Kelly: Whacking Scott Walker

Liberals don’t know it, but they’re helping him out.

2 days ago


 Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford.

Ron Cook: Rutherford can rest easy at deadline

General manager Jim Rutherford's work is done, but that of the Penguins' biggest stars is now just beginning.

2 days ago


 Pirates players Jung Ho Kang jokes with Gregory Polanco (middle) and Starling Marte at workouts at Pirate City in Bradenton Fla.

Gene Collier: Recalling the bizarre spring of 1995

The zany spring of 1995 was certainly one to remember in Bradenton, where the Pirates nearly threw a med school student behind the plate.

2 days ago


Brian O'Neill: How 'The Pittsburgh Gentleman' snagged and sold 19,397 baseball signatures

’Pittsburgh Gentleman’ built up an unparalleled collection of autographed baseballs.

2 days ago


Citizens deserve honest answers from politicians about beliefs

Jack Kelly’s Feb. 22 column (“Evolution? Gotcha!”) complains of left-leaning journalists asking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker about evolution.

2 days ago


Violence is who we are

In Pittsburgh, in America, we accept that violence and death are part of our culture.

2 days ago


Saturday Diary: Heading west … because the price was right

A family trip brings together the generations for a lifetime.

3 days ago


Guns to jobs: The Boilermakers’ program has a big payoff

In exchange for turning in their guns, no questions asked, people were given tokens to begin a six-month training program in welding.

3 days ago



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