Opinion


 Pakistani student, Mohammad Baqair, who survived Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, poses holding a photograph of his mother, a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school.

Meet the Taliban killer of schoolchildren

That would be Maulana Fazlullah, radical broadcaster turned military chieftain.

about 3 hours ago


Cuban overthrow: Obama’s bold move buries a relic of the Cold War

President Barack Obama put an end Wednesday to five decades of failed American policy toward Cuba.

about 3 hours ago


Taking off: The new airport CEO has hopes for more options

Christina Cassotis will be the new CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority,

about 3 hours ago


Pitt’s vacancies: The new coach and AD must uphold education

University presidents leave their mark on virtually every matter on their campuses.

about 3 hours ago


Banks again get permission to risk your money

One month after the Republicans’ landslide victory, the GOP-controlled House finally passed a bill.

about 3 hours ago


Tony Norman: In the film credits, Sony stars in a fiasco

Sony deserves a lot of the blame for its “The Interview” fiasco.

about 3 hours ago


The budget bill betrays citizens and rewards banks

A handful of people in finance convinced their buds in government that less regulation equals more campaign dollars.

about 3 hours ago


Voting and not voting has consequences

Think hard about who and what party you are supporting next election.

about 3 hours ago


Poll workers, consider giving your pay to charity

Poll workers who set up the machines and record who voted are paid a nominal sum.

about 3 hours ago


Protesters are not impressive people

Protesters don’t impress.

about 3 hours ago


New grading won't hurt clean restaurants

Why restaurant owners are against A-B-C ratings.

about 3 hours ago


Money used for MoonMail could be better spent on this planet

How many people would spend up to $25,800 to send something into space to a place called the Lake of Death?

about 3 hours ago


Pittsburgh goes to Cuba

‘Deliberative democracy’ could be one of our most valuable exports.

about 3 hours ago


Facing up to race

Celebrating diversity is no substitute for addressing racial disparities.

about 3 hours ago


Barack Obama takes on the Cuba lobby

He’s looking for legacy points and doesn’t have much to lose.

1 day ago


Kane on trial: The Philadelphia DA opens her closed prosecution

Philadelphia’s district attorney filed criminal charges against two Democratic legislators.

1 day ago


Progress in Lima: Many nations now want to curb greenhouse gases

The Lima summit made progress, but the road ahead is still long and hot.

1 day ago


Save the rhinos: Science tries to rescue the northern white species

With the death of Angalifu the species is now five rhinos removed from extinction.

1 day ago


The fossil fuel industry is ignoring the future

The fossil fuel industry should embrace renewable energies and include them, not campaign so heavily against them.

1 day ago


We welcome drilling in Frazer and West Deer

I have five natural gas wells on my property, all safely drilled and “fracked.”

1 day ago


'Sparkle Season' fulfills a purpose different from Christmas

It clearly defines the difference between shopping and celebrating Christmas.

1 day ago


After 9/11, enhanced interrogation was the best of bad options

Decisions had to be made comparing the costs of using enhanced interrogation with the risks of another major terrorist attack.

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As others see it: U.S.-Cuba reconciliation is long overdue

We’ve tried isolating the island for more than 50 years, and it hasn’t worked.

1 day ago


Imagine if Congress in 1941 passed such awful legislation

What do marijuana and derivatives sold by banks have to do with the federal budget?

1 day ago


George F. Will: No offense, but …

The Constitution guarantees that no one gets through life unoffended.

1 day ago


Brian O'Neill: Let’s not just laugh off N. Koreans’ anger

North Korean anger over “The Interview” is not very funny.

1 day ago


 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren the warrior

The fighting senator from Massachusetts actually has a chance to win

2 days ago


 The latest budget deal in Congress was attained through compromise, even if arrived at grudgingly.

Budget fireworks: Politics aside, Congress shows an ability to agree

The government won't shut down but last-minute maneuvers revealed some of the sinkholes ahead.

2 days ago


 Center Township's MRAP Vehicle

Military police: Local officers should resist Pentagon war vehicles

Law enforcement agencies should exercise caution in using military-style equipment and tactics.

2 days ago


Moon junk: Do people really want to trash the lunarscape?

It’s a bit short-sighted to treat the moon as Earth’s very own cosmic attic

2 days ago


It's time to just abandon football

Or at least require schools to fully insure their football playing students

2 days ago


Wellness penalties are counterproductive

A little bit of carrot and a little bit of stick and maybe employers can nudge workers to be healthier.

2 days ago


When is use of force by officer OK?

As a retired probation/​parole officer, I read the Dec. 10 David Brooks column “Cops See a Threatening World” with great interest.

2 days ago


Pittsburgh needs better bicyclists

Require bike riders to take training to ride safely and adhere to the rules of the road. They should also pay for using the roads.

2 days ago


Reg Henry: Playing sports can be an odd thing to do

There is no "i" in team or unusual

2 days ago


End mandatory minimum sentences in Pennsylvania

They fill our prisons at great expense but do little to improve public safety.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson: Torture is un-American

And it encourages enemies to torture our people

2 days ago


Black and white worlds collide in tragedy

Brown and Garner deaths highlight differences over domain

3 days ago


 For months UPMC has run TV commercials and newspaper ads warning that Highmark insurance customers could lose access to in-network treatment at UPMC on Jan. 1.

UPMC’s messages: Highmark customers are feeling manipulated

All of sudden UPMC decides to charge Highmark customers in-network rates

3 days ago


Justice for Rocco: The killer of a police dog deserves a stiff sentence

John Rush was found guilty of 11 charges and ought to get the maximum penalty.

3 days ago


$1.1 trillion in spending? This is no way to run a U.S. finances

How absurd is it to have a single vote to appropriate $1.1 trillion in spending? No one could possibly grasp what is in that bill.

2 days ago


Let Pennsylvania nurse practitioners help ease care shortages

The shortage is about to get worse. Starting in January, more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians will be eligible for Medicaid through Healthy PA.

2 days ago


Red states seem to love getting welfare from the federal government

Nine of the top 10 “takers” are Republican-controlled states. Yet they attempt to eliminate unions, suppress the minimum wage, etc.

2 days ago


In the aftermath of Ferguson, Eric Garner case, call for better police

In these cases, there is a pattern of extreme brutality and the scales are tipping toward injustice.

2 days ago


Classical music matters: WQED-FM radio is a gem

WQED-FM is a vital resource for all of the classical music organizations, both professional and amateur, in Western Pennsylvania.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Bill Cosby issues curious call to black media

The comedy icon made a request of black media, who must cover his scandal thoroughly.

3 days ago


 A West Oakland Light Up Night event  at The Corner

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: The Corner is one special place for West Oakland

West Oakland’s The Corner plans to enhance amenities for little, cut-off neighborhood.

3 days ago


 Brett Keisel and Cameron Heyward celebrate after forcing Browns quarterback Jason Campbell to fumble during a game last season at Heinz Field on Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Ron Cook: Keisel molds Heyward into a force

Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward is turning into a star, but friend and mentor Brett Keisel saw that coming long before it happened.

3 days ago


Who’s been playing Caesar?

Obama's helping some immigrants; Bush and Cheney ran a secret torture program.

3 days ago


Gail Collins / This year, we get to talk about the cromnibus at our holiday parties!

Here's a primer on how to get the conversation going.

3 days ago



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