Opinion


Paul Krugman / Today’s immigrants are just like my grandparents

And the least we can do is give already-Americans an opportunity to succeed.

about 5 hours ago


Warm front: Young homeless adults need special attention

Early this week Pittsburgh got a taste of winter, but the cold is not an equal opportunity affliction. It falls hardest upon the homeless.

about 5 hours ago


Common ground: Congress can find some on prison sentence reform

Congress should pass the Smarter Sentencing Act and the Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act.

about 5 hours ago


Nonviolent efforts are the only way to end hatred

“Conflict” is not a goal, and highlighting conflicts is not an end in itself.

about 5 hours ago


Synagogue attack puts support for Palestinians in a different light

Will Conflict Kitchen now be adding “Blood of Innocents” to its menu?

about 5 hours ago


We should not be promoting IUD use by teens

The American Academy of Pediatrics is either ignorant of data related to breast cancer or not being transparent.

about 5 hours ago


This ‘art’ at the Carnegie should have come with a warning

I was appalled at a display considered “artwork” and felt responsible for exposing an innocent 10-year-old to vulgar language.

about 5 hours ago


The 21st Century Cures Initiative gives our family hope

An event held by Rep. Tim Murphy focused on barriers to medical innovation and potential solutions.

about 5 hours ago


First Person / Orphaned at 67

I wouldn’t have thought I’d feel so lost.

about 5 hours ago


Saturday Diary / Oglebay’s festival can light up your night

It’s a sentimental journey to West Virginia for the author, but a truly wonderful holiday experience for anyone.

about 5 hours ago


Saturday Poem / estate

sunday is a wedding dress / in an attic window, hung / from the molding on wire hanger ...

about 5 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer / The climate pact swindle gives China a 16-year pass

If this sounds like the most one-sided deal since Manhattan sold for $24 in 1626, you heard right.

about 5 hours ago


Nicholas D. Kristof / Do politicians love kids?

A poll over the summer found that 71 percent of voters supported a major federal investment in early education.

1 day ago


 Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, exits a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

The argument peaks when the case for Keystone XL wanes

The Keystone XL pipeline is one of the nation’s most vexing problems because whatever happens is not likely to be good.

1 day ago


 The minimal passenger train service available from Pittsburgh is being hamstrung by interference from the freight lines that own the tracks.

Passenger delay: Are freight trains the problem for Amtrak?

In most locales, passenger and freight trains must share the tracks, but passenger lines should not get second-class treatment.

1 day ago


Pivotal Jordan: Refugees pose new strains to Israel’s neighbor

The Israelis have had decent relations with Jordan, constrained as they are by the presence of many Palestinians in Jordan.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania schools must make better use of test results

I challenge our schools to truly examine these standardized test results, or why bother with them?

1 day ago


Prudent changes to Pennsylvania's school performance assessment are needed

The Pennsylvania school performance score was designed as an indicator of school quality but has had unintended consequences.

1 day ago


With a GOP-controlled Legislature, school districts should brace for hard times

I wish I could share Larry Buckwalter’s optimism that Tom Wolf’s election as governor will enhance funding for public education.

1 day ago


I look forward to Fridays with WQED's '4802' show

As a news junkie, I recommend the show, which appears Friday nights.

1 day ago


 Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon calls a play out to his team in a game last season at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Jamie Dixon puts Pitt in right places

Panthers basketball coach Jamie Dixon has his players and program where they want to be in more ways than one.

1 day ago


 Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards on Wednesday

Tony Norman: Author Ursula Le Guin puts publishing’s ills into words

Ms. Le Guin says all the right things about what what’s wrong with publishing landscape.

1 day ago


Robert F. Powelson and Pamela A. Witmer / Conditions for Uber

Uber will receive an experimental license once it shows it has complied with reasonable driver, vehicle and insurance safeguards.

1 day ago


E.J. Dionne Jr. / Jeb Bush, savior?

The most important struggle in American politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party.

1 day ago


 PSU's president promises a review of the Freeh report.

Media shouldn’t have accepted the Freeh report findings about Penn State without scrutiny

Penn State President Eric Barron has rightly announced that he will initiate a thorough review of the Freeh report and its conclusions.

1 day ago


 Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship

Indicted, finally: The law has caught up with Don Blankenship

Any advanced society needs its people and corporations to obey the law and honor legal commitments.

2 days ago


 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes the stage at his primary election party in Santander Stadium in York, Pa.

Keep Healthy PA: Then convert to a Medicaid expansion under Wolf

Under Gov. Tom Corbett’s Healthy PA program, the pool of residents eligible for insurance will expand on Dec. 1, when residents can apply.

2 days ago


 Kate Bazis walks her daughter Gaia Parrish's dog, Corazon, across Brereton Street in Polish Hill in April. The Peduto administration has revived an effort to require landlords to pay a fee and submit contact information for themselves or their property managers.

Charging landlords: Is the purpose better rentals or just more revenue?

Pittsburgh passed an ordinance requiring landlords to pay a fee and submit contact information for themselves or their property managers.

2 days ago


Human threat: Greed and oil take a toll on gorillas and elephants

A lethal combination of corrupt African officials, an oil company and Chinese consumers with little conscience are threatening many of

2 days ago


Health care relationships shouldn’t end like this

Who do I break up with … Highmark or UPMC? Why should I have to “break up” with any of these doctors?

2 days ago


Highmark and UPMC are health care bullies

If you have a very special primary care doctor and the bully says you can’t go there or the cost will be a lot more, then what do you do?

2 days ago


The stupidity of officials who engaged in Obamacare duplicity is now apparent

Jonathan Gruber, the “architect” of Obamacare, has been outed by film clips showing his tirades about the stupidity of the American public.

2 days ago


Farewell to Sen. Jim Ferlo, a public official with integrity

Overlooked in this past election was the loss of one of the best and most progressive elected officials to serve Western Pennsylvania.

2 days ago


Thanks to voters who wrote in my name in the 18th District

On behalf of the Progressive Political Movement of Southwestern Pa., my write-in campaign sponsor, I congratulate Tim Murphy on his victory.

2 days ago


Winter happens, and Pa. could do a better job with its roadways

I moved from New York to Pa. many years ago and noticed immediately the difference in attitude about winter weather between the two states.

2 days ago


 Layers of fog pass  over the Pittsburgh skyline during the Sept. 23 sunrise.

Brian O’Neill: Effort can be summed up in a ‘j’ word

Can a word get into a dictionary before it gets into the Post-Gazette?

2 days ago


Kathleen Parker / Francis wants to firm up the family

The pope talks about improving society’s ‘ecology’.

2 days ago


Frank Bruni / From profits to politics

Voters this year go for governors with business experience.

2 days ago


 Sergei Magnitsky's mother, Nataliya Magnitskaya, holds a photo of her late son in 2009. Mr. Magnitsky insisted on speaking out about corruption in Vladimir Putin's Russia, and he paid the price.

Joe Nocera / Putin plays a mean game of hardball

He’ll keep going after anyone who tries to unmask his corruption.

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama comments Tuesday on the terrorist attack on worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem.

A job for Congress: Obama executive orders can’t reform immigration

The political frost in Washington has descended again, thanks in large part to the defiance of President Barack Obama over immigration.

3 days ago


Getting Russia right: The U.S. and Europe won’t gain from hostility

Poisoned relations reached a crescendo at the just-completed G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.

3 days ago


 Acting Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay addresses people gathered Tuesday to attend a promotion ceremony for police at headquarters on the North Side.

Post-Ferguson: Is Pittsburgh’s police chief overreacting?

The best plans are those made without stirring fresh anxiety along the way.

3 days ago


The Route 28 merge point at Millvale is still dangerous

We were shocked and remain very upset by the crazy white-knuckle left merge at the Millvale entrance to 28.

3 days ago


These employees stood up to UPMC, unlike our politicians

Maybe some of these brave folks would consider running for the state Legislature next time around.

3 days ago


Raise the Jolly Roger -- A.J. Burnett is coming back to Pittsburgh

A pirate’s treasure had persuaded him to jump ship last year, but all’s forgiven now.

3 days ago


The news of Burnett's return to the Pirates is thrilling

He made the Pirates a much better team when he was here.

3 days ago


 "Frank Coonelly can keep his 20-game plan for the people who don’t have to get up the next day and drag themselves to work."

The Pirates are penalizing loyal fans who had 20-game plans

Unfortunately the success of the Bucs has gone to the owners’ heads.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson / What’s up with Jon Stewart's ‘Rosewater’?

The Daily Show host's new film does not portray the Iran of today.

3 days ago


Scott Walker waits his turn

The Wisconsin governor is wise to set aside presidential ambitions for now

3 days ago


Reg Henry: Playing aging rocker serves as swan song

It's only rock 'n' roll but we like it, man. Arrgh!

3 days ago



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