Opinion


The passing of Howard Johnson’s America

Those orange-roofed icons of an era are almost gone.

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 Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels and supporters take part in a demonstration in the southwestern city of Taez against the Saudi-led military intervention in the country on March 29.

An unsettling alliance: A joint force in Yemen could be trouble for the United States

U.S. officials should encourage Arab allies to talk to Yemen's Houthi rebels.

about 12 hours ago


Heed the sign: City council should adopt uniform naming rules

The new policy will ensure that those who have city features named in their honor are worthy.

about 12 hours ago


Long-distance checkup: An astronaut’s year in space will aid future trips

Comparing twin brothers living in radically different environments will help us send humans to the planets some day.

about 12 hours ago


Nursing homes are often the best option

No one should be in a nursing home if they don’t need the type of intensive care the centers provide.

about 12 hours ago


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Beware the amendment on Pennsylvania charities

The commonwealth deserves a real debate on which organizations are tax-exempt.

about 12 hours ago


 Kris Letang is helped off the ice after receiving a hit from Arizona's Shane Doan during the second period Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Penguins wouldn't win Stanley Cup without Kris Letang

Even with veterans Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi, a Penguins defense corps minus star Kris Letang likely isn’t capable of winning it all.

about 12 hours ago


Tony Norman: The case for accepting all apologies with grace

Responding to any apology — public or private — with cynicism is one of the worst things a person can do to another human being.

about 12 hours ago


 The thwarted North Side gardeners: From left to right, Renee Rosensteel, Karen Fellabaum and Lisa Anderson.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Bureaucratic inanity blocks garden project for prison’s halfway house

A prison-community garden project on the North Side falls to bureaucratic interpretation of governor’s no-gift order.

about 12 hours ago


Margaret Carlson: Ellen Pao leaned in

And she got clobbered for it by the Kleiner boys club

about 12 hours ago


 Jeb Bush: his own man?

Maureen Dowd: The Bushworld tangle shows Jeb wants things both ways

He’s being yanked in a tug of war between his father’s side and his brother’s side, which publicly demands that Jeb go full-hawk.

1 day ago


 The United States has opposed the new Chinese undertaking, in spite of President Barack Obama’s highly publicized 2012 “pivot to Asia.”

Bank on it: The U.S. should join China’s new Asian venture

The United States has unsuccessfully opposed some of its key allies’ decisions to join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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Historic find: A remnant of the past belongs in public hands

A time capsule found in the demolished Brashear Telescope Factory is at the center of an unseemly tug of war.

1 day ago


Chokehold: The FDIC was off base in shutting bank accounts

Operation Choke Point should be shuttered. Prosecutorial authority extends only to crime, not its potential.

1 day ago


Obamacare is full of expensive illusions

The Affordable Care Act remains a very, very expensive bill of goods forced on the American people.

1 day ago


The Affordable Care Act has been a godsend to me

March 23 marked the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and has anyone noticed the sky has not fallen?

1 day ago


See the truth of God and creation

Because God lives, we live, and he brings a special quality and meaning to our living and our being.

1 day ago


Port Authority, we have no buses to ride

Seniors get a free pass? There’s nothing to ride for free!

1 day ago


Sharon Randall: Principal showed principles behind a life well lived

Former high school principal was one example of a life well lived.

1 day ago


 Marc-Andre Fleury is congratulated after helping the Penguins pull out a shootout victory Sunday night.

Ron Cook: Chris Kunitz shows signs of shaking slump for Penguins

Veteran winger Chris Kunitz could be snapping out of his funk at just the right time for the Penguins.

1 day ago


Stop the barrel bombs: the deadliest weapons in Syria's civil war

Pushed from helicopters, the barrels -- packed with explosives, nails, glass, even axes -- explode onto markets, hospitals and homes.

1 day ago


George F. Will: Time will tell if voters want more of the Clintons' troubling behavior

An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear.

1 day ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: In Indiana, let love and freedom ring

“We shouldn’t discriminate against people because of who they love,” said Hillary Clinton. I agree. But that’s happening to some people.

1 day ago


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Give the PSO a chance to update your perception

I’m writing in regard to the March 15 front-page article “Survey: PSO Out of Sync With Potential Audiences.”

1 day ago


The coming revolution in college admissions

MOOCs (massive open online courses) can better predict college success than SATs.

2 days ago


David M. Shribman: The pre-primaries are well underway

Nineteen months before the 2016 presidential election, the candidates are fully engaged.

2 days ago


GOP, MIA: The city-county ballot has too few Republicans

Americans call it the two-party system, but in Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh it’s hard to see why.

2 days ago


Prime problem: Bankers forget a lesson on high-risk lending

Subprime car loans are a problem, not only for the consumers who take them out, but for the banks that allow them.

2 days ago


Asides: Robert Morris men's basketball, Pitt women's basketball and ALS fundraiser and fighter Neil Alexander

Local teams in NCAA’s March Madness finally lost but still came home winners, and ALS claims a local man who showed how to win at life.

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Brian O'Neill: On Allegheny County Council, the rubber stamp rules

The process, not the picks, should be the concern for any fan of democracy.

2 days ago


Let’s recognize the benefits of historic properties

Let’s do away with the notion that any development is good development.

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 A street in East Liberty with houses developed by ELDI, with prototypes by Pfaffmann + Associates.

How did East Liberty become safer? Buying out homes that housed criminals

Whole Foods and Home Depot made East Liberty a destination, but a real estate strategy made it possible to get to sleep at night.

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 A sunrise over Downtown Pittsburgh in 2012, seen from Mount Washington.

Smoke used to get in our eyes

Pittsburgh’s pollution-control initiatives offer lessons for the future of our planet.

2 days ago


The U.S. war crime North Korea won’t forget

The Kims exploit memories of the carpet bombing of their country.

2 days ago


‘Prisons without bars’

Gradually reintroducing inmates to society could reduce crime and the cost of locking people up.

2 days ago


Gail Collins: When Nancy met Johnny

Today, concerned citizens, we will consider when we want our elected representatives to just throw in the towel and get something done.

2 days ago


NCAA players with hunger pangs should buy food like the rest of us

Did it ever occur to these students and their families that there may be some need to take care of themselves?

2 days ago


The U.S. was in Vietnam before JFK

I was in Vietnam in 1958 with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Nha Trang. We were called “advisers” then.

2 days ago


The test-taking culture in schools is having a negative impact

I had the opportunity to attend the “Test-In on High Stakes Testing” event organized by the grass-roots group Yinzercation.

2 days ago


The Next Page: A quiet hero ... Edward A. Dvorchak Jr.

Bob Dvorchak writes about a Vietnam veteran who understood the brotherhood of war.

2 days ago


Jack Kelly: Obamacare is still failing five years later

It's about time for Democrats to let it go

2 days ago


Gun-rights advocate’s Rosa Parks comparison is deplorable

I can’t believe that the Post-Gazette would use valuable space writing a huge article talking up someone like Kim Stolfer.

2 days ago


 Allegheny Center: The North Side behometh, recently purchased by Faros Properties, holds mysteries.

Saturday Diary: Aziz of Allegheny Center

Looking at Pittsburgh’s bizarre North Side neighborhood through the eyes of a newcomer.

3 days ago


In good faith: Local churches tackle the tough topic of racism

Maybe churches can do what Starbucks couldn’t: spark a genuine and voluntary dialogue that leads to reconciliation across racial lines.

3 days ago


Reader assault: Rolling Stone’s rape report was irresponsible

The report about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house now stands revealed as shoddy journalism.

3 days ago


America’s defense is a shared responsibility

Let the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of members of Congress serve in the front line.

3 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Highlights of the next two years.

3 days ago


Thanks, PG, for the contrasting George Will and E.J. Dionne columns on inequality

More such pairing of commentators could be useful in tempering partisan rhetoric.

3 days ago


Pakistan's persecution of minorities leads to religious strife and violence

The notorious anti-blasphemy laws, codified into the Pakistani penal code since the 1980s, have in effect empowered extremist clerics.

3 days ago


Increasing the tobacco tax is a popular idea with Pa. voters

A November 2014 poll of registered Pennsylvania voters showed that 72 percent of those surveyed favor increasing the state’s tobacco tax.

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