Opinion


Barack Obama takes on the Cuba lobby

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

about 13 hours ago


Kane on trial: The Philadelphia DA opens her closed prosecution

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

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours ago


We welcome drilling in Frazer and West Deer

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

about 13 hours ago


'Sparkle Season' fulfills a purpose different from Christmas

It clearly defines the difference between shopping and celebrating Christmas.

about 13 hours 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.

about 13 hours ago


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.

about 13 hours 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?

about 13 hours ago


George F. Will: No offense, but …

The Constitution guarantees that no one gets through life unoffended.

about 13 hours ago


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

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

about 13 hours ago


 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren the warrior

The fighting senator from Massachusetts actually has a chance to win

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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

1 day ago


It's time to just abandon football

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

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day ago


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

There is no "i" in team or unusual

1 day ago


End mandatory minimum sentences in Pennsylvania

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

1 day ago


Dan Simpson: Torture is un-American

And it encourages enemies to torture our people

1 day ago


Black and white worlds collide in tragedy

Brown and Garner deaths highlight differences over domain

2 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

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 days ago


Who’s been playing Caesar?

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

2 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.

2 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama’s Boehner bailout

The president should be far more attentive to his allies in the future.

3 days ago


Pass the plan: The county’s restaurant grading system is ready

Restaurant owners are refusing to swallow the county health department’s proposed A-B-C grading plan.

3 days ago


Subdued Hong Kong: The protest retreats, with losses on both sides

The demonstrations in Hong Kong against Beijing rule that played out for some 75 days have been brought to an end by Chinese authorities.

3 days ago


Assault on the facts: Rolling Stone’s tale subverts public confidence

To say that Rolling Stone’s journalism was shoddy would be an understatement.

3 days ago


The health care situation continues to be a mess

I changed to UPMC so I could keep the hospitals near my home. Guess what? I don’t get to keep my excellent Allegheny Health Network doctor.

3 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Black officers who walked the thin blue line

Listening in as two retired city police detectives, both African-American, talked straight to a room of black teenage boys.

3 days ago


UPMC burdens citizens by not paying a fair share of taxes

It is a multibillion-dollar global corporation masquerading as a nonprofit.

3 days ago


Many in Allegheny County share the transit pain

The problem is nobody cares about communities like ours with large numbers of low-income individuals, families and elderly.

3 days ago


Fox News hardly sparkles with dim reporting

This busy holiday season, things will be a little calmer if you just turn off Fox “News.”

3 days ago


The weather in Pittsburgh was welcome for us

When I arrived in Welland, Ontario, Canada from Scotland in April 1955, my strappy, high heels sank into a foot of snow.

3 days ago


Climate incentives: Link aid to emissions progress by developing nations

The United Nations climate talks in Lima have highlighted two fundamental sticking points over how to deal with climate change.

3 days ago


George F. Will: Tax reform cheer

Departing U.S. Rep. Dave Camp believes sensible tax reform can be achieved.

3 days ago


 Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown stiff-arms Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant Sunday in Atlanta.

Ron Cook: Antonio Brown the gift that keeps on giving for Steelers

Antonio Brown's statistics are staggering, but it's his work ethic and consistency that make him the tough call for Steelers MVP this year.

3 days ago


Purveyors of tolerance have been seeking LGBT justice

Justice arrives at a painfully slow pace, but on this issue it has arrived.

3 days ago



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