Opinion


Paul Krugman: We were lied into the Iraq War

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

about 23 hours 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.

about 23 hours 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.

about 23 hours ago


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.

about 23 hours ago


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.

about 23 hours ago


 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.

about 23 hours ago


Danko was the driving force behind the naming of the David McCullough Bridge

A relative newcomer to county council at the time, Barbara Daly Danko clearly saw the importance of my proposal to honor Mr. McCullough.

about 23 hours ago




Charles Krauthammer: A better hypothetical -- What if Obama hadn’t pulled out of Iraq?

Following six years of Mr. Obama’s steady and determined withdrawal from the Middle East, America’s standing in the region has collapsed.

about 23 hours ago


 Wireless Tower 2

First Person: The long reach of short waves

I sold my short-wave radio today. I hadn’t used it much in the last 10 years, and not at all in the last two, but I had owned it since high

about 23 hours ago


Saturday Poem: To the Woman Who Holds a Soldier in Her Hands

The frame is simple, unpolished — / flat black sections fitting into seamless miters. / His uniform, crisp against her wrinkled chest ...

about 23 hours ago


The nukes of North Korea

At some point, Kim Jong Un will be able to hit the United States.

1 day ago


Airbag threat: The key safety device must be replaced ASAP

It’s been six years since a Virginia woman bled to death in front of her children after the airbag in her Honda Accord exploded.

1 day ago


For students’ sake: The DA’s probe in Plum must be expeditious

Allegations of teachers having improper sexual relations with students, if true, are egregious violations of law and ethics.

1 day ago


Meaty battle: Canada, Mexico want to rob consumers of info

Increasingly consumers look to labels for assurance of quality, and they trust products made, grown and raised in the United States.

1 day ago


Pa. shouldn’t lag behind on medical marijuana

The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for myriad ailments.

1 day ago


Gail Collins: Harriet Tubman vs. Andrew Jackson

Women should have money and be on money, too.

1 day ago


Improved training for security guards makes Pittsburgh buildings safer

Training leads to a better equipped workforce, professionalizes the industry and reduces turnover.

1 day ago


 A view of the Hill District and Pittsburgh skyline from the Herron Hill Reservoir.

My love for Pittsburgh -- weather and all -- has grown strong over the years

As I grew older I came to find out how much there is going on in Pittsburgh at any given time of the year.

1 day ago


The game of football inherently lacks integrity

The problem is that nobody can knock a person to the ground with integrity.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Thuggery comes in many shades, sizes

When can we start calling greedy corporate executives thugs, too?

1 day ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Progressive frenemies

Let’s not exaggerate the divisions in the Democratic Party

1 day ago


Be sure to pause and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day

We should take time to remember the fallen heroes from all wars past who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can live free.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh needs affordable housing

Many of Pittsburgh’s iconic neighborhoods are growing again as the result of the expanding health care, education and technology sectors of

2 days ago


 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, left, and Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Primary lessons: Fitzgerald and Wagner should work it out

The primary election’s over. Have a drink.

2 days ago


Yemen’s plight: U.S. arms do the damage in a poor country

A conference held by Saudi Arabia in Riyadh underscores the damage being inflicted on Yemen by Saudi bombing conducted with U.S. arms.

2 days ago


Consumer sting: The further decline of honeybees could hit home

More than 40 percent of honeybees in managed colonies died during the past year.

2 days ago


A Qatar Airways route here seems unrealistic

I have a difficult time believing that the possibility of a route between Pittsburgh and Doha is little more than a pipe dream.

2 days ago


Independents should be permitted to vote in primaries

Since we did not endorse any single party doesn’t that mean we represent both sides and should be allowed to vote in the primaries?

2 days ago


Is the FEC just giving up regarding campaign finance abuses?

The leader of the commission stated she has given up hope of “reining in abuses” in the 2016 presidential campaign.

2 days ago


The referees should have noticed a problem with the football

The referees handle the football as much as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

2 days ago


Pittsburgh delivered a fine first impression

My son and I were very impressed with your Downtown waterfront park area.

2 days ago


Liquor prices are the main issue with the state store system

I bought some wines on sale for $4 in Florida that are $9 in Pennsylvania state stores.

2 days ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Women have it tough, especially in Pennsylvania

It was upon reading the Business section of Wednesday’s Post-Gazette that I experienced true pangs of guilt about being a man.

2 days ago


George F. Will: Our disappearing death penalty

Many conservatives have joined the movement against capital punishment.

2 days ago


Let’s continue the war on litter for another 100 years

Len Barcousky’s article “Eyewitness 1915: City Made a Celebration Out of Cleanup Campaign” was actually about Pittsburgh’s first “Redd Up.”

2 days ago


Joe Nocera: Climate change backup plan

If we don’t cut enough carbon, we’ll need to geoengineer.

3 days ago


Act of relief: Medical marijuana deserves state House support

As passed, the bill would allow patients who have a recommendation from their doctor to buy and use a medical strain of cannabis.

3 days ago


Asia’s migrants: More boat people deserve help from those nearby

The two countries that are the source of the migrants are Bangladesh and Myanmar. Although both are poor, they have functioning governments.

3 days ago


Stupid host tricks: Anarchy was the key to Letterman’s longevity

David Letterman’s brand of humor has inspired many imitators who mimic its ironic distance but completely miss the sincerity at its heart.

3 days ago


Dan Simpson: Good people doing good things

The Heinz awards make you feel better about the world.

3 days ago


These student achievers show the future is in good hands

With all the problems and demands our schools face, they are still able to encourage and inspire the brightest students in our history.

3 days ago


Math and science have artistic beauty

Science and math are replete with beautiful proofs, beautiful experiments and beautiful theories.

3 days ago


Not all meat is alike when it comes to a healthy diet

Differentiation should be made between fast-food meat and organically raised grass-fed beef from humanely treated cattle.

3 days ago


Can we trust state lawmakers to adequately fund education?

Local control of public education could be in serious trouble if the property tax reform proposals being pushed in Harrisburg become law.

3 days ago


Reg Henry: Cranks see new item to drone on about

As founding president and sole member of the American Society of Curmudgeons, it falls to me to look askance at various societal changes.

3 days ago


Might Putin blackmail Clinton?

The Russian dictator may have evidence that she’d rather keep hidden

3 days ago


Iraq boomerangs on Jeb Bush

Don’t blame Obama for the rise of the Islamic State.

4 days ago


College crisis: Americans need leaders to solve the cost problem

In a world of new technology and global competition, a college education must be made more affordable and post-college debt more bearable.

4 days ago


Vote today: Casting a ballot is the American thing to do

The eventual winners in November will set tax rates, enact ordinances, choose textbooks and decide on other matters large and small.

4 days ago



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