Opinion


 Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis at the Vatican last November.

Thomas L. Friedman / Putin and the pope

One spreads tolerance, the other disorder.

about 19 hours ago


 The Canadian flag flies at half staff on top of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday.

Assault on Canada: Two assailants jolt America’s northern neighbor

Two unexpected attacks near Montreal and in Ottawa brought Middle Eastern developments and Canada’s role in them to the fore for Canadians.

about 19 hours ago


McClelland in the 12th: Government shutdown isn’t the people’s cup of tea

The 12th Congressional District winds its way across six counties.

about 19 hours ago


Fresh start:The Wilson center needs new leadership next

After defaulting on its mortgage last year, the August Wilson Center underwent the institutional equivalent of flat-lining.

about 19 hours ago


Corbett has handled shale development well

Gov. Corbett also signed new protections for pipeline safety and emergency response preparation.

about 19 hours ago


People should understand what they're really voting for

In this supposed very close election the Democrats are scared to death of the Republicans winning the U.S. Senate.

about 19 hours ago


The Barbour sentencing change sends a terrible message

Judge Manning’s decision to grant a convicted child abuser lenient sentencing sent a horrible message to everyone it touched.

about 19 hours ago


Thank you, Pittsburgh, for the touching 'O Canada' tribute

Thanks to the people of Pittsburgh for noticing Canada.

about 19 hours ago


The Pittsburgh Penguins' thoughtfulness amid tragedy was appreciated

It was the an amazing tribute to Canada from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the beginning of their hockey game.

about 19 hours ago


 Canadian flag

Canadians were moved by the Penguins' anthem gesture

I expect this letter will be but one of many expressing gratitude for the singing of “O Canada” prior to the Penguins-Flyers game.

about 19 hours ago


Tony Norman: August Wilson Center needs advice, so ...

Here’s some advice for the future CEO of the August Wilson Center.

about 19 hours ago


No one’s rich; no one's happy

I started asking around, and it’s kind of a bummer.

about 19 hours ago


Protect affordable health insurance for Pennsylvania's kids

Congress should act now to renew the CHIP program.

about 19 hours ago


 Benjamin C. Bradlee, 1921 - 2014

The big, bold life of Benjamin Bradlee

He led his paper to power and Pulitzers and looked back without regrets.

1 day ago


Unrealized promise: Pittsburgh’s scholarship program has a way to go

The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program has done a lot of good

1 day ago


19th House District: Rep. Jake Wheatley’s experience is hard to top

Democratic state Rep. Jake Wheatley is being challenged by school board member Mark Brentley Sr., running as an independent.

1 day ago


South African visitor: Pittsburghers get a post-apartheid update

Pittsburgh benefited from the visit of  Ebrahim Rasool, who is completing four years of assignment to the U.S. after a career at home.

1 day ago


Fight violence with problem solving, not guns

We have the ability to solve problems with a calm and reasoned approach.

1 day ago


The "Pass the Trash" law will help to restore trust in our schools

As a retired superintendent of schools, I view this as a significant step toward improving security for our children.

1 day ago


The mitigation of Kristen Barbour's child abuse sentence is appalling

Judge Manning ignored evidence presented by the district attorney’s office.

1 day ago


The GOP is holding back economic progress

Vote for the Democrat running in your district if you want to see government investing in America again.

1 day ago


Republicans have integrity and plan to keep their campaign promises

Republican candidates have a message that is positive, clear and on target.

1 day ago


So President Obama is responsible for all this and more?

He must truly be the axis of evil himself. He’s been called a socialist, communist, Nazi and the Antichrist.

1 day ago


Nixon’s on the line

One night he rang Ben Bradlee’s house.

1 day ago


The idea of robocars is splendid, but consider reality

We should trail-blaze this frontier with mine detectors.

1 day ago


Candor is missing in Ebola debate

We need to focus on research and protection, not politics.

1 day ago


Here's how to beat Ebola

What we need is a national strategy for all health care institutions

2 days ago


 Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice sidelined: Pa. would be better off if McCaffery resigned

Justice Seamus McCaffery has been suspended for some of the strangest, most unprofessional conduct alleged against Pa.’s highest court.

2 days ago


 A mourner holds a Kurdish flag at a funeral for four female Kurdish fighters killed in action against militants of the Islamic State in Kobani, Syria.

Dan Simpson: Stay out of Middle East wars

Let’s not fight for generals, politicians, oil companies and arms makers.

2 days ago


Security turnover: Turkey fails to make the cut at the United Nations

Security Council reform is a political minefield that no one wants to walk through during U.N. sessions.

2 days ago


 A towboat, and its load of coal, makes its way past the Hot Metal Bridge in September.

Ugly poll: Outsiders trash talk on Pittsburgh’s accent

According to a poll at Gawker.com, “Pittsburgh officially has the ugliest accent in America.”

2 days ago


Displacing Baathists led to this turmoil

I agree with professor Dennis Jett’s analysis of the Islamic State group.

2 days ago


GOP obstructionists need to get out of the way so Obama can lead

The Republicans say the U.S. needs leadership on Ebola, yet they’ve blocked the surgeon general nominee.

2 days ago


The media are acting as catalysts for Ebola hysteria

Ebola is bringing about a more prevalent and dangerous disease — panic.

2 days ago


Most Catholics who attend Mass are hopeful for change

My experience is that the bulk of frequent Mass attendees do not embrace many of the church’s teachings on the family and sexuality.

2 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Mason-Dixon Line subtly marks history

Mason-Dixon line is a lot more noticeable when in a group.

1 day ago


FDR signed the minimum wage law to help all workers

Mike Lisak claimed that “minimum wage is designed for students, teenagers, retired people and immigrants, not a head of a household.”

2 days ago


Reg Henry: The fear factor is one frightening trend

We have nothing to fear but not being afraid itself.

2 days ago


Royals Nation rises from the heartland

It’s a revolution: Kansas City fans no longer serve as objects of pity.

2 days ago


 Outside the White House Friday, Jeff Hulbert of Annapolis, Maryland, protests government handling of the Ebola crisis.

Ebola: We fear the sick stranger

America has a long history of seeing foreigners as diseased

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama nominated Ronald Klain as his Ebola czar.

Political fever: Obama’s Ebola czar lacks medical authority

With midterm elections so close, it was inevitable that Ebola would become another depressing political point of division.

3 days ago


39th House District: Rick Saccone’s knowledge makes him the better choice

Those who disagree with the St. Vincent College professor won’t find an equally capable opponent in Democrat Lisa Stout-Bashioum.

3 days ago


Indonesia’s prospects: A new leader begins in the key Asian democracy

Indonesia yesterday inaugurated a new president, Joko Widodo, who has a humble background.

3 days ago


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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.”

3 days ago


Tony Norman: Media and pols use Ebola for ill purposes

If our mass media have any shred of integrity left, there will be unprecedented bouts of soul-searching once this fever has broken.

3 days ago


 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries as he is defended by Texans lineman Jared Crick in the first quarter at Heinz Field Monday night.

Ron Cook: Le'Veon Bell continues to be 
Steelers’ difference-maker

Bell gave the Steelers a lift when they needed it most Monday night — several of them, actually.

3 days ago


 The Texans' DeAndre Hopkins fumbles the ball against the Steelers' Cortez Allen and Sean Spence in the fourth quarter Monday night at Heinz Field. Troy Polamalu recovered the fumble.

Gene Collier: Shocking doesn’t begin to describe Steelers' win against Texans

Take your pick on the most baffling part of the game: dramatic scoring bursts, Steelers big plays, on-field sickness or Texans play-calling.

3 days ago



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