Opinion


 Benjamin C. Bradlee1921 - 2014

The big, bold life of Benjamin Bradlee

He led his paper to power and Pulitzers and looked back without regrets.

about 6 hours ago


Unrealized promise: Pittsburgh’s scholarship program has a way to go

The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program has done a lot of good

about 6 hours ago


19th House District: Rep. Jake Wheatley’s experience is hard to top

Democratic state Rep. Jake Wheatley is being challenged by school board member Mark Brentley Sr., running as an independent.

about 6 hours ago


South African visitor: Pittsburghers get a post-apartheid update

Pittsburgh benefited from the visit of  Ebrahim Rasool, who is completing four years of assignment to the U.S. after a career at home.

about 6 hours ago


Fight violence with problem solving, not guns

We have the ability to solve problems with a calm and reasoned approach.

about 6 hours ago


The "Pass the Trash" law will help to restore trust in our schools

As a retired superintendent of schools, I view this as a significant step toward improving security for our children.

about 6 hours ago


The GOP is holding back economic progress

Vote for the Democrat running in your district if you want to see government investing in America again.

about 6 hours ago


Republicans have integrity and plan to keep their campaign promises

Republican candidates have a message that is positive, clear and on target.

about 6 hours ago


So President Obama is responsible for all this and more?

He must truly be the axis of evil himself. He’s been called a socialist, communist, Nazi and the Antichrist.

about 6 hours ago


Nixon’s on the line

One night he rang Ben Bradlee’s house.

about 6 hours ago


The idea of robocars is splendid, but consider reality

We should trail-blaze this frontier with mine detectors.

about 6 hours ago


Candor is missing in Ebola debate

We need to focus on research and protection, not politics.

about 6 hours ago


Here's how to beat Ebola

What we need is a national strategy for all health care institutions

1 day ago


 Justice Seamus McCaffery

Justice sidelined: Pa. would be better off if McCaffery resigned

Justice Seamus McCaffery has been suspended for some of the strangest, most unprofessional conduct alleged against Pa.’s highest court.

1 day ago


 A mourner holds a Kurdish flag at a funeral for four female Kurdish fighters killed in action against militants of the Islamic State in Kobani, Syria.

Dan Simpson: Stay out of Middle East wars

Let’s not fight for generals, politicians, oil companies and arms makers.

1 day ago


Security turnover: Turkey fails to make the cut at the United Nations

Security Council reform is a political minefield that no one wants to walk through during U.N. sessions.

1 day ago


 A towboat, and its load of coal, makes its way past the Hot Metal Bridge in September.

Ugly poll: Outsiders trash talk on Pittsburgh’s accent

According to a poll at Gawker.com, “Pittsburgh officially has the ugliest accent in America.”

1 day ago


Displacing Baathists led to this turmoil

I agree with professor Dennis Jett’s analysis of the Islamic State group.

1 day ago


GOP obstructionists need to get out of the way so Obama can lead

The Republicans say the U.S. needs leadership on Ebola, yet they’ve blocked the surgeon general nominee.

1 day ago


The media are acting as catalysts for Ebola hysteria

Ebola is bringing about a more prevalent and dangerous disease — panic.

1 day ago


Most Catholics who attend Mass are hopeful for change

My experience is that the bulk of frequent Mass attendees do not embrace many of the church’s teachings on the family and sexuality.

1 day ago


Brian O'Neill: Mason-Dixon Line subtly marks history

Mason-Dixon line is a lot more noticeable when in a group.

about 7 hours ago


FDR signed the minimum wage law to help all workers

Mike Lisak claimed that “minimum wage is designed for students, teenagers, retired people and immigrants, not a head of a household.”

1 day ago


Reg Henry: The fear factor is one frightening trend

We have nothing to fear but not being afraid itself.

1 day ago


Royals Nation rises from the heartland

It’s a revolution: Kansas City fans no longer serve as objects of pity.

1 day ago


 Outside the White House Friday, Jeff Hulbert of Annapolis, Maryland, protests government handling of the Ebola crisis.

Ebola: We fear the sick stranger

America has a long history of seeing foreigners as diseased

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama nominated Ronald Klain as his Ebola czar.

Political fever: Obama’s Ebola czar lacks medical authority

With midterm elections so close, it was inevitable that Ebola would become another depressing political point of division.

2 days ago


39th House District: Rick Saccone’s knowledge makes him the better choice

Those who disagree with the St. Vincent College professor won’t find an equally capable opponent in Democrat Lisa Stout-Bashioum.

2 days ago


Indonesia’s prospects: A new leader begins in the key Asian democracy

Indonesia yesterday inaugurated a new president, Joko Widodo, who has a humble background.

2 days ago


Pa.’s Supreme Court is again tainted by scandal

Courtesy of Justice Seamus McCaffery, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has become a laughingstock anew, a comedian’s punchline.

2 days ago


The 'map man' is helping to provide green solutions for water flow issues

The story about Matt Graham shows that there is a road map to maximizing green infrastructure and making that strategy a reality.

2 days ago


We now know firsthand the problem of unreliable cab service

After 10 years in Pittsburgh, my husband and I have finally had that quintessential Pittsburgh experience: the no-show taxi.

2 days ago


Write in this progressive candidate for the 18th District seat

On Nov. 4, those who are tired of Tim Murphy’s representation and Washington gridlock should write in “Sheila Griffin.”

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Media and pols use Ebola for ill purposes

If our mass media have any shred of integrity left, there will be unprecedented bouts of soul-searching once this fever has broken.

2 days ago


 Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries as he is defended by Texans lineman Jared Crick in the first quarter at Heinz Field Monday night.

Ron Cook: Le'Veon Bell continues to be 
Steelers’ difference-maker

Bell gave the Steelers a lift when they needed it most Monday night — several of them, actually.

2 days ago


 The Texans' DeAndre Hopkins fumbles the ball against the Steelers' Cortez Allen and Sean Spence in the fourth quarter Monday night at Heinz Field. Troy Polamalu recovered the fumble.

Gene Collier: Shocking doesn’t begin to describe Steelers' win against Texans

Take your pick on the most baffling part of the game: dramatic scoring bursts, Steelers big plays, on-field sickness or Texans play-calling.

2 days ago


If UPMC is truly nonprofit it shouldn’t fear competition

UPMC enjoyed success from its beginning via in-network participation by many of the patients whom it will now exclude.

2 days ago


Ellen Goodman / Talk to people about the end of your life

The assisted-suicide debate has little to do with the death most of us will face.

2 days ago


Silence the ‘gamergates’ and end the misogyny in gaming culture

Women keep getting threatened online by cowardly boys and men.

2 days ago


The robocars are coming: It won’t be long before we kick humans out of the driver’s seat

Self-driving cars won’t have our limitations. They will prevent tens of thousands of fatalities every year and better our lifestyles.

3 days ago


 Reconstruction of Penn Avenue in Garfield has tied up traffic and frustrated businesses for months.

Perils of Penn: Contractors and the city messed up a major artery

Neighbors are calling it a comedy of errors, but there is nothing funny about the reconstruction of a section of Penn Avenue in Garfield.

3 days ago


Panhandling in Pittsburgh: Bruce Kraus’ proposed ordinance would be unconstitutional

The legal and moral logic for Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus’ proposed panhandling ordinance is elusive.

3 days ago


A gas extraction tax simply doesn’t make sense

The impact fee says, “You mess it up, you pay for it.” That’s fair. The extraction tax says, “You’ve got something we want; gimme!”

3 days ago


Familylinks provides shelter and a path for homeless youth

Regarding the Post-Gazette’s Oct. 14 article about a report commissioned by the DHS discussing the many obstacles homeless youth face...

3 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: Ebola and the price of being unprepared

Remember “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”? It’s the same old, same old with Ebola.

3 days ago


 Steelers coach Mike Tomlin may face even more criticism if his team loses at home tonight against Houston.

Ron Cook: Winning is best way for Steelers to win over critics

Ron Cook says a Steelers win tonight against the Houston Texans should silence the “always right” critics.

3 days ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Run the ‘Life Expectancy Calculator’ and rejoice

There’s just so much good news about death in America.

3 days ago


No, sometimes you shouldn't listen to the generals

Regarding the letter by Mike Vargo: As I see it, Mr. Vargo fell flat on his face trying to scare Post-Gazette readers.

3 days ago


In Highmark-UPMC divide, it's profits over patients

I was overcome with sadness one recent morning as I waited at Magee for my annual screening mammogram.

3 days ago


Fighting Pittsburgh poverty will take new ideas

But it will take reviving some old ones, too.

3 days ago



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