Opinion


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Conformity on the right

GOP candidates are being forced to march in lockstep.

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Pollution source: The lung association’s air report deceives again

The American Lung Association’s presentation again misleads the public on pollution in the three-state, 12-county Pittsburgh metro region.

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Gates’ warning: The Boy Scouts must treat leaders equally, too

The organization should end the illogical policy that permits gays to be Scouts but not troop leaders.

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Democracy on hold: One year later, Thailand’s military keeps control

For many reasons, a return to democracy in Thailand is badly needed.

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The Irish vote is a victory for Christian teachings

The overwhelming vote in Friday’s referendum to allow same-sex marriage may be Irish Christianity’s brightest hour.

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Disgraceful behavior was on display at CCAC commencement

Screaming audience members made it impossible to hear those speaking at the podium.

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Penn State football broadcaster Fran Fisher was a class act

I was privileged to have known Fran and saw him often at Penn State functions.

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Thuggish bankers are getting off scot-free

None will face prison time and the public humiliation which they deserve. Is this why many people take consolation in the existence of hell?

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 Pirates closer Mark Melancon delivers to the plate May 9 against the Cardinals at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Back end of Pirates bullpen as solid as ever

After Charlie Morton made his season debut, he took great comfort from knowing he was giving the ball to Tony Watson and Mark Melancon.

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Ross Douthat: The Islamic State's collapse isn't inevitable

Similarly, it seemed highly implausible that a cabal of Bolsheviks would rule the Russian empire for 70-odd years.

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Gail Collins: Where the GOP race is now

Hopefuls are vying to be on stage as part of the first Republican debate.

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PSBA’s Right-to-Know request for charter schools is a publicity stunt

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association has the information it requested at its fingertips.

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Tony Norman: Josh Duggar’s life is a troubling reality

The reality of Josh Duggar’s life is painful to watch.

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 Bill Seiler, left, who has been missing since 1958, with his baby brother Dan and younger brother Bob.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Family still wonders about man missing since 1958

Family hopes to resurrect cold case of missing man.

about 11 hours ago


 In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Anthony Khoury, head of Middle East and Africa expansions for Uber, demonstrates the mobile application at a press event to celebrate the official launch of the car-hailing service in Cairo.

Maureen Dowd: Driving Uber mad

I’ve learned the ride-sharing app is judging me.

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Rough country: Pennsylvania’s rural roads need more attention

Rural Pennsylvania roads and bridges rank among the most perilous in the country, according to a report issued last week.

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Escape clause: Bankers, not just banks, should be prosecuted

Americans have to wonder why their government allows these abuses to be carried out without individuals having to pay a stiff price.

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Honor the fallen: America owes thanks to those who gave their all

Please offer a moment for the nation’s fallen service members, and let us hope the day will come when no others will join their ranks.

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Early life abuse must be addressed

We can’t wait until children enter school to try and correct the effect that abuse has on the developing brain.

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Faith in bureaucrats would be misplaced

It’s a shame that Paul Buchheit is teaching economics when he seems so much better at rhetoric (“Why Not Privatize Everything?” May 17).

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UPMC has another corporate tantrum in rejecting Highmark Medicare Advantage

Despite what it says, UPMC does have an obligation to this community.

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Sharon Randall: Home church is everlasting, even among strangers

Trip back to church of childhood is special, even when you don’t know anyone anymore.

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 Charlie Morton takes the ball tonight against the Miami Marlins for the suddenly soaring Pirates. It will be his first major league start since Sept. 16.

Ron Cook: Morton's job is to keep momentum rolling for Pirates

Charlie Morton returns to the mound tonight for a Pirates team that thoroughly dominated the Mets this past weekend at PNC Park.

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As Others See It: Welfare madness in Kansas

Kansas’ punitive strike against the poor might be backfiring.

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George F. Will: Sen. Tim Kaine's quest for war legitimacy

The senator from Virginia wants Congress to do its job and authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State group.

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Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Refusal to test students deserves an A

Standardized tests sometimes deserve a flunking grade.

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Will the public ever see real accountability from banks?

A $5 billion fine for megabanks for rigging global markets is chump change for these institutions and plain silliness on enforcement’s part.

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David M. Shribman: ‘The Building of the Ship’

Longfellow’s classic poem inspired statesmen and reads especially well on Memorial Day.

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 Arnold Benson Jr., left, killed in Vietnam; Fran Rifugiato, center, served in World War II; Jared Monti, right, killed in Afghanistan and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Every day is Memorial Day

Combat veterans always keep in mind the comrades who didn’t come home.

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Tidal shift: Pennsylvania is on track to reducing school taxes

The state House has advanced historic changes to Pennsylvania’s system of taxing its residents.

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Airport gamble: Pittsburgh needs passengers, not players

Democratic Rep. Nick Kotik said profits from slots played by waiting passengers could help Pittsburgh International Airport.

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Asides: A trolley for Daniel Tiger, an adventure for the science center, insurance for your vacation

Idlewild's trolley belongs to Daniel Tiger; the Carnegie offers an 'Anatomy Adventure'; the Insurance Department provides vacation tips.

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Forum commentary distorts Ayn Rand’s philosophy

Objectivism certainly defends individualism, but the defense is anything but mindless.

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Pot used to be pretty harmless, but it’s plenty dangerous today

I am a physician who grew up in the 1960s and ’70s when marijuana was the go-to drug for relaxing with friends or listening to music. Even

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As whites lose their majority

Yes, there’s some backlash, but most whites seem OK with it.

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Tweak the governor’s budget

Wolf’s proposals are good ones but could do more to help lower- and middle-income Pennsylvanians.

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Jack Kelly: Stop blaming George Bush

Obama’s failures have created chaos in Iraq.

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Ayn Rand believed government has a vital but limited role

Her political philosophy is wholly incompatible with any form of anarchism.

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Privatizers forget that humans are deeply interconnected

Democracy means freedom — but as individual freedoms within a group environment.

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Two thumbs up for a movie theater Downtown

Having a movie theater that would show first-run films would be a great addition to Downtown Pittsburgh.

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 Thirsty in Wilkinsburg? In the 1950s, you could go for the Coca-Cola advertised above in the shops on Wood Street.

The Next Page: You can wet your whistle in Wilkinsburg after 145 years

Voters overturned the dry spell James Kelly imposed on Wilkinsburg writes Michael Connors

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 Peter Leo

Peter Leo: Visit to Hungary proves unsettling but inspiring

Hungarians have the mindset of an occupied people, we are told, which hasn’t changed all that much since the fall of Communism.

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 Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez homered against the New York Mets Saturday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates come out swinging, and it works

Mets ace Matt Harvey was no match for a Pirates lineup that gave its own stellar starter enough run support and then plenty more.

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Trade Promotion Authority would support job growth

Trade and manufacturing create jobs and a strong economy. Congress is considering legislation key to negotiating trade agreements.

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Paul Krugman: We were lied into the Iraq War

Let’s not fall for a false narrative about how 'mistakes were made.'

3 days ago


War games: Obama is right to curb military gear for police

His move is an important step toward building trust between law enforcement units and the communities they protect.

3 days ago


Bad bounce: Reckless overdrafts are getting more painful

Raise your hand if you read the 40 pages of small print from the bank when you opened a checking account.

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Voters sent a message by choosing Barbara Daly Danko

She fell out of favor with proponents of drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport for questioning the wisdom of a decadeslong gas lease.

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It's not enough to talk about science; students must do science

If the U.S. wants to compete in the STEM area, public schools must participate in science and engineering fairs.

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 Bill and Kathleen Simpson in 2013.

Saturday Diary: Mrs. Simpson’s garden blooms

Kathleen Simpson passed away in April, and she'd be glad to know her azaleas are doing well.

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