Opinion


 The Westinghouse 'atom smasher' sits on its side last month, awaiting preservation as the property is redeveloped.

The Westinghouse 'atom smasher' was more about Pittsburgh’s atomic PR

Yes, save the thing. But it’s a landmark mostly to how businesses and regional boosters have tirelessly used science for self-promotion.

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Avoiding taxes: A fast-tracked scheme will help only nonprofits

A runaway train is rolling through Harrisburg, but it will crash and burn in cities and towns across Pennsylvania.

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David M. Shribman: What isn’t being said about the 2016 election

Republicans’ biggest challenge will be addressing inequality, even as they root for Elizabeth Warren.

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Brian O'Neill: Pennsylvania nonprofits not so noble in aiming for new law

Rep. Frankel says state nonprofits “made a deal with the devil, with the health care systems’’ to pass Act 55.

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Asides: Pittsburgh Catholics dig deep, Bishop Zubik gets frosted, a bequest helps a seminary

Catholics pledge $230 million to the diocese, the bishop helps heating fund, a donor gives $20 million to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

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The city will lose conventions without a hotel

Pittsburgh does not necessarily need another full-service hotel; a budget hotel would be highly desirable.

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Gail Collins: Droning under the influence

Drones seems like a great idea as long as there are no people or planes in the vicinity.

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Mangling the spangled stars of the national anthem

Our national anthem is about us, not about the person who sings it.

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Make our kids future-ready; enough with the standardized testing

We are stifling creativity in our schools as the education secretary does an about-face

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Ebola’s aftereffects in Pittsburgh

The U.S. Ebola cases revealed the courage of health care workers and how much more we must do to prepare for major outbreaks.

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Enough said: Gay marriage in the United States

Facts that speak for themselves.

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Controller Chelsa Wagner is earning her salary

With her investigation related to “Undercover Boss,” Ms. Wagner has gained my confidence in her oversight of how public money is being used.

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The county controller needs to stop her attack on Mayor Peduto

Chelsa Wagner, refocus your aim and withdraw your dragon claws from VisitPittsburgh and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

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Trying final exam sends college students 'off the grid'

Professor Steve Hallock challenged his students to go 24 hours without technology. He says nearly everyone struggled.

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Jack Kelly: Tackling terrorism

Obama still dithers as the violence escalates.

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 Pitt's Cameron Wright celebrates near the end of the Panthers; victory against Notre Dame Saturday at Petersen Events Center.

Gene Collier: Pitt steals victory vs. Notre Dame

Basketball gods have crazy notion that Panthers are an NCAA tournament team.

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 Just how big is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right? He runs alongside receiver Danny Amendola before the team's final practice Friday in Phoenix. For the record, Gronkowski is listed at 6 feet 6; Amendola at 5-11.

Ron Cook: Patriots will win, but can't erase haters

Even with a blowout of the Seahawks tonight in the Super Bowl, the Patriots' legacy would forever be tarnished by accusations of cheating.

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Join us on the journey of dismantling racism

We were encouraged by police Chief McLay posing with a poster reading: “I Resolve to Challenge Racism @ Work #End White Silence.”

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Morality is on the march, thanks to the Enlightenment

Science and reason have produced what may be the most moral period in human history

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First Person: Welcome to Paul Guggenheimer's nightmare

The Helosians from 'The Outer Limits' know us Earthlings all too well.

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Case closed: District Attorney Zappala was right not to retry Leon Ford

Sitting in a wheelchair to which he’ll likely be confined for the rest of his life, Leon Ford can finally exhale.

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Obamacare reality: Despite its detractors, the plan is helping millions

If the latest enrollment numbers are any indicator, 2015 promises to be even better for Obamacare than last year.

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Returning cats to the street is inhumane

Stray and feral cats are not super-felines who can withstand subfreezing temperatures.

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We must continue to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Republicans think it is a “war on Alaska,” but, in fact, the war is if you allow drilling to ruin habitats and animals.

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Pa. and the nation must look to energy options beyond coal

The money coal puts into our economy cannot replace the $50 billion in damage from Hurricane Sandy.

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Why would customers' sexuality ever matter to shopkeepers selling goods?

When shops are open to the public, should shopkeepers really be able to pick and choose whom they serve?

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 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participates in a Super Bowl XLIX news conference Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix.

Ron Cook: Goodell gives annual State of the NFL address

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell understands what matters most to NFL owners and players: making money and making more whenever possible.

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This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Science stuff with your host, The Right Wing Science Dude.

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Paul Krugman: Europe’s Greek test

Squeezing Greece further could crash the entire continent.

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Saturday Poem: Japanese Laceleaf Maple

When I move from Tokyo / to Pittsburgh, I find / a Japanese Laceleaf Maple / whose branches burrow / outward ...

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Charles Krauthammer: Today’s Auschwitz would come from a nuclear Iran

The threat to the Jewish future lies not in Europe but in the Muslim Middle East, today the heart of global anti-Semitism.

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Saturday Diary: Loving Leopold, through thick and thin

He's had his share of problems, but he keeps me company on walks through the snow.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Always a Patriots fan, despite deflategate

Our favorite teams don’t always meet our expectations, on or off the field.

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Medicinal purpose: Pa. patients can be hopeful about marijuana

The Medical Cannabis Act passed the state Senate last year but died in the House.

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Rescuing refugees: The answer to a complex problem is not so simple

Angelina Jolie toured refugee camps in Iraq earlier this month, then chastised the world for inaction in a column in The New York Times.

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Aerial intruder: The White House drone highlights a danger

A quadcopter drone purchased at a store crashed on the White House lawn at 3 a.m. Monday.

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The NFL can’t take cheating lightly

The NFL looks to be turning into a pro-wrestling venue, should this be taken lightly.

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Today's NFL is ruled by the media

The NFL fines players for not talking to the media brotherhood, even if the player has nothing to say.

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Democratic Committee endorsement fees are shameful

The Allegheny County Democratic Committee has been dysfunctional for at least a generation or so.

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The county Democrats' endorsement process is worth it

The Democratic Committee is composed of more than 2000 members elected for the purpose of supporting endorsed Democratic candidates.

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 The Seahawks signed Richard Sherman to a four-year, $56 million contract before the season.

Ron Cook: Former Steelers great Jack Ham sees greatness in Seattle's Richard Sherman

Almost everyone agrees, it’s best for NFL quarterbacks to avoid the Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback at all costs.

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 Larry Wilmore is "whip-smart and exudes an emotional intelligence that puts his panel and the audience at ease."

Tony Norman: Larry Wilmore brings late night the real thing

“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” new on Comedy Central, is already the best late-night talk show on television.

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The PG and reader generosity assisted with ‘Treasures’

The Salvation Army is humbled by the generosity and support shown by the Post-Gazette and its readers.

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Vetoing Obama

The president may think he can govern around Congress but Congress can also do some governing around him.

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Petula Dvorak: Now they've infected Disneyland

Anti-vaccine parents put at risk not only their kids, but all kids.

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Thomas L. Friedman: Will Czar Vladimir invade Ukraine or other neighbors?

Putin’s intervention in Ukraine is the ugliest geopolitical mugging in the world today, and it could get a lot worse.

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Field of security: Should a sheriff’s officer be in the Steelers’ lineup?

Officers in the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department can work up to 30 hours a week at a second job.

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Extreme reach: Islamic militants spread a plague of violence

Everyone knows that Libya has been in chaos.

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Empty pipeline: The Keystone debate is symbolic, not substantive

President Barack Obama is getting flak on the left and right for his failure to take decisive action on the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Congress should let the Export-Import Bank expire

The PG calls on Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank because the agency supposedly nets the government a profit. This is misleading.

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