Opinion


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Legal ceasefire: Peduto takes a new approach to UPMC’s exemption

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and UPMC have declared a ceasefire over what the health care giant’s fair share for city services should be.

about 13 hours ago


Obama has presided over a moral and strategic disaster in Syria

He has neither stopped the slaughter nor prevented the rise of jihadi armies.

about 13 hours ago


The rail industry wants greater public safety on oil cars, too

In response to the proposal issued last week, we are developing a detailed, evidence-based response that will achieve a holistic solution.

about 13 hours ago


Adoption of the EPA's new pollution rule will cost Pennsylvania jobs

Everyone will pay a price for it — families, businesses, retirees — anyone who uses electricity.

about 13 hours ago


News coverage of a costly wedding was way over the top

We were appalled on Monday morning after reading the details of the Nocito-Wukich wedding in the Seen column.

about 13 hours ago


An expensive wedding at least employed lots of workers

Dare I broach the subject? To me the Nocito-Wukich wedding featured in Monday’s Seen column was obSEEN.

about 13 hours ago


There's a case for unions in America, and it's growing

It was the unions that organized and, through protest, sometimes violent, slowly changed the working man’s life for the better.

about 13 hours ago


Columnist Ruth Ann Dailey should not delight in the frustrations of liberals

Regarding Ruth Ann Dailey’s glee over the frustrations of liberals, it’s a wonder her laptop didn’t short-circuit from the drivel.

about 13 hours ago


The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is a fine steward at Frick Park

I can think of no finer stewards for the park, history and facilities at the Frick Environmental Center than Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

about 13 hours ago


Brian O'Neill: Corbett’s in danger of falling off party cycle

Gov. Tom Corbett hopes not to break cycle in which political parties take turns holding Pennsylvania governor’s seat for eight years.

about 13 hours ago


 A displaced Palestinian boy eats a snack at a United Nations school in Gaza.

Keeping my kids safe in Gaza: One wrong decision, and I will lose them

They keep asking questions: Will we die, too? Why do they hate us? Don’t they have children?

about 13 hours ago


The GOP's idea candidates: 2016 will see the strongest Republican field in a generation

The challenge now for conservative policy fans, though, is that groundbreaking notions must get through the congressional permafrost.

about 13 hours ago


Coal countries: A growing U.S. export also transfers pollution

A 12% drop in the power sector’s carbon emissions since 2008 elicited praise for the Obama administration’s effort to combat global warming.

about 13 hours ago


Ideal audience: Pittsburgh will be the National League of Cities’ ideal host

Pittsburgh has a big story to tell but lately hasn’t been able to attract a big audience that comes by hosting a national conference.

about 13 hours ago


David Brooks / The Arabs’ 30-year war

It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979.

1 day ago


Where's the work?: It’s hard to justify Corbett adviser Ron Tomalis’ high salary

The reasons for Ron Tomalis’ hefty salary are unclear.

1 day ago


Witness to fairness: The DA demands that police improve identifications

Allegheny County’s district attorney is looking into the Pittsburgh police robbery squad.

1 day ago


Martian marathon: Opportunity keeps knocking on the planet’s surface

Opportunity rover dazzles with its longevity on Mars.

1 day ago


Rob Rogers' cartoon on Israel and Hamas misleads his readers

The July 22 Rob Rogers cartoon is grossly misleading to your readers.

1 day ago


A broad sweep of Pittsburghers rallied to support Israel

Once again, the Post-Gazette is not able to be even-handed in its coverage of the Israel/​Gaza story.

1 day ago


The problem with botched executions is they're not done often enough

Recently botched executions have raised the question whether death penalty executions should be put on hold in this country.

1 day ago


Let's televise executions, but also explain the plight of the victims

I agree with Tony Norman; we should televise executions, with one addition ...

1 day ago


Graphic photos of abortions would make people think

Tony Norman’s column about how he is changing his opinion on the morality of televising executions has some excellent points ...

1 day ago


UPMC and Highmark leave patients caught in the middle

In the July 25 Post-Gazette there was a story about restaurant owner John Timko’s health care situation with UPMC and Highmark ...

1 day ago


Conflicts around the world suggest World War III has begun

We find ourselves in a Third World War, though no one I know calls it that.

1 day ago


Reg Henry: Teach your children well ... about business

Making entrepreneurs is like making lemonade.

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 Jack Lambert, one of four Hall of Famers picked by the Steelers in the 1974 draft, poses for a picture in August 1978.

Gene Collier: Steelers' 1974 draft won't ever be matched

No one knew it then, but 40 years ago the members of the best NFL draft in history showed up at Steelers training camp.

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Preserve Pennsylvania's trees to slow climate change

The 2,000-acre forest I manage with my family in Centre County has been in my family since 1943 when my grandfather, Carey Shoemaker,

1 day ago


Dan Simpson / Fracking compromises the future of Pennsylvania

I guess that having lived in the Ohio-Pennsylvania-West Virginia tristate area for decades of my life should have hardened me to the

1 day ago


Going, going ... gone: Religious radicalization is driving Christians from their homes

Islamic extremists in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa are emptying formerly Christian cities and neighborhoods.

2 days ago


Ryan’s block grants: His new proposal would hurt vulnerable Americans

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been considered the intellectual heavyweight among congressional Republicans on fiscal issues.

2 days ago


Better tune: City rules improve the aftermath of a stadium show

After the Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field last month the city of Pittsburgh felt like fans had shown not a lick of respect.

2 days ago


The Port Authority should fix basic transit, not dream up new ideas

Kudos to Mel Packer of Pittsburghers for Public Transit for standing up to the rubber stamp Port Authority board.

2 days ago


 Notable instances condemned by federal regulators include the derailment of a train in Vandergrift in February that poured 10,000 gallons of oil onto the tracks.

Right track: A federal rail mandate will make oil cars safer

The U.S. Transportation Department’s welcome mandate comes in the wake of a year of heavy spills and catastrophic derailments.

2 days ago


Pennsylvania shale gas development would be hurt by a new tax

A new tax on natural gas production would slow the pace of development and lead directly to a loss of jobs and reduced economic activity.

2 days ago


The EPA's proposed carbon rule would reduce air pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency will take public comments on the EPA’s proposed carbon rule under the president’s Clean Power Plan.

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Republicans who opposed health-care lawsuits now file plenty of them

Remember the glorious ’90s when one of the GOP remedies for ever-rising health care costs was tort reform.

2 days ago


The key to peace in Iran is diplomacy

New sanctions could undermine the progress our diplomats have made toward a multi-year agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran.

2 days ago


Contrary to Ruth Ann Dailey's column, liberals should not be embarrassed

I would, however, be embarrassed if I thought health care was only for people who had insurance.

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Switching places: The GOP is now the party of reform

As conservatives found when social issues seemed to favor them, there are dangers in seeming the cultural aggressor.

2 days ago


The U.S. already has effective gun laws - let them work

Mass shootings are not up.

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Tony Norman: There’s no point in continuing ban on pot

The New York Times has it right -- it’s time to end the criminal prohibition against marijuana.

2 days ago


Proposed EPA rules threaten Pennsylvania manufacturing

Pennsylvania is producing a diverse energy mix, driving a manufacturing comeback. Proposed federal regulations would put jobs at risk.

2 days ago


 Shawn Vogt, owner of Vogt Hardware on the South Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Old hardware store displays artistry in staying competitive

South Side hardware store supports artist friend and puts some zip in its display window.

2 days ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Pittsburghers, why are you so unhappy?

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, you are miserable.

3 days ago


Getting girls into school is the global civil rights issue of our time

We seek zero child labor, zero child marriage, zero discrimination against girls and zero exclusion from education.

3 days ago


DEP must do better: The public is left with too many questions on drilling

In the past seven years, oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times.

3 days ago


Judges needed: Black lung cases are overwhelming the system

There are few jobs in America that are as hazardous to one’s health as working in the coal mines.

3 days ago


Pedal to the metal: Safety concerns not left in the dust as speed limit rises

On two stretches of Pennsylvania interstates the speed limit will soon rise to 70 mph from the existing 65 mph as a test.

3 days ago


Will Obama ever learn that charity begins at home?

For two decades, millions of illegals have crossed our borders and now another invasion by children from Latin America is underway

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