Opinion


George F. Will: Inequality is a good thing

Lifestyles improve for all when the rich get richer

about 20 hours ago


 Based on some recent, distasteful history, though, Pittsburgh is entitled to some skepticism about Heinz headquarters remaining in the city.

An uneasy feeling: Heinz should keep its headquarters in Pittsburgh

The parent of H.J. Heinz announced its intention to buy rival Kraft Foods Group, which is based in Chicago.

about 20 hours ago


An incoherent strategy: Two new U.S. bombing campaigns defy logic

It is difficult to see policy coherence or prospects of success in America’s two new bombing campaigns, in Iraq and Yemen.

about 20 hours ago


Budget trades: Wolf and the GOP must start brokering soon

At this early point in the budget season, it sounds as if both sides have dug in their heels and set the stage for acrimony and stalemate.

about 20 hours ago


The next president shouldn’t be from government

As the time for a fresh face is narrowing, one has to wonder, isn’t there a person outside of government who could become a contender?

about 20 hours ago


So Obama feels rebuked by Netanyahu? Too bad

Take a look at what is going on in the Middle East. Does it really look like the Muslims want peace?

about 20 hours ago


The PLCB took eight weeks to send a case of wine from one store to another

My local store did not have a particular wine, but through the Web, I found a case in a store 34 miles away.

about 20 hours ago


Under Gov. Wolf's plan, what will prevent school districts from raising taxes?

Perhaps legislation could be enacted so that any new tax would have to be voted on by referendum.

about 20 hours ago


For additional revenue, Pa. should tax owners of unimproved land

Most owners of valuable or extensive land are wealthy.

about 20 hours ago


Tony Norman: Bravo for snitches that fight the power

Whistleblowers may have mixed motives sometimes. But from Eric Snowden to a Penn State frat, they help make the world a more honest place.

about 20 hours ago


I've grown to appreciate the Common Core

It forces us teachers to think about how our students learn.

about 20 hours ago


Democracy needs you

The only antidote to cynicism is participation in the political process.

about 20 hours ago


Let's strike the R-word and replace it with respect

Using the word “retard” or “retarded” to describe anyone — especially a person with developmental disabilities — is classless and ignorant.

about 20 hours ago


Thomas L. Friedman: How to judge the Iran nuclear deal

Let’s see if it serves broader U.S. interests in the Middle East.

1 day ago


 A great deal of time and money already has been devoted to figuring out how to solve the problem of sewer overflows during heavy rains in the region.

Stay on track: It’s important to push forward on sewer upgrades

Allegheny County still pumps raw sewage into its waterways because of outdated infrastructure.

1 day ago


A stalled withdrawal: Obama errs in keeping more troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama on Tuesday extended the presence of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan by a year.

1 day ago


Dress code: Gov. Wolf should stick with his police nominee

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pick to lead the state police, Marcus Brown, has been the subject of a venomous campaign.

1 day ago


Starbucks, let’s see less froth and more action on race

I heard Starbucks was trying to start a dialogue on race relations, so I went to Homewood to find a barista; there wasn’t one there.

1 day ago


Ted Cruz kicks off 20 months of pious campaigning, and others will follow

One good thing is we should have a pretty good idea of what the conservatives’ worldviews are (if they actually have one beyond the pulpit).

1 day ago


Weighing in on the Iran negotiations is well within the Senate's purview

Those who have roundly criticized the 47 Republican senators who signed Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter should read the Constitution.

1 day ago


Politicians will do nothing about taxes and troubling deficits

Both parties drum on their efforts to reduce taxes, but there is always an increase.

1 day ago


Israel has an inclusive democratic election process

More than 1.5 million Arabs living peacefully in Israel today enjoy the right to vote.

1 day ago


 Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek stops a shot in front of the Penguins' Brandon Sutter in the third period March 15 at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: More goals a must, and not just for Penguins

There are a number of ways to solve hockey’s growing boredom problem, starting with goalies armed as if they’re going into battle.

1 day ago


Brian O'Neill: Does this clutter make me look fat?

A young Japanese woman, Marie Kondo, has achieved rock star status by getting people to throw stuff out and fold their socks with reverence.

1 day ago


Blackface in Belgium

The foreign minister dresses in a bad way for a good cause.

1 day ago


Kathleen Parker: Those Senate wacko birds

They roost on both sides of the aisle, confusing the issues.

1 day ago


 The entrance to the U.S. Steel Building on Grant Street.

Architectural character in U.S. Steel’s current building was important

I was a member of the Innovations Committee, which helped to explore design alternatives for U.S. Steel’s 600 Grant St. building.

1 day ago


Companies are coming out about their politics

U.S. Steel joins the movement to disclose corporate campaign contributions.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama looks into the audience while speaking at the SelectUSA Investment Summit on Monday.

Helping Egypt: Obama faces a test of principles on military aid

The U.S. should withhold assistance until the Cairo government cleans up its act.

2 days ago


Curb service: Feeding a parking meter from a distance

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is smart to keep adapting to new technology.

2 days ago


For the record: Transparency has been a problem for Obama

The president promised the most transparent administration in history but has given us the least transparent.

2 days ago


Pennsylvania lawmakers: Set fair rules for nonprofits

The arguments raised at the public hearing are important for legislators to hear.

2 days ago


Help those in need and support social programs

But do we really want to return to a time when children as young as 8 and 10 worked in factories and mines for up to 12 hours?

2 days ago


A bad gun bill for Pennsylvania, nation

I believe that responsible gun ownership goes hand in hand with respect for the Second Amendment and is critical to keeping our communities

2 days ago


Democracy in Venezuela?

Although I disagree with President Barack Obama on almost everything, even he finally said “enough.”

2 days ago


 St. Louis’ Paul Stastny falls into Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period Tuesday and is called for goaltender interference. The Penguins lost to the Blues, 3-2, in overtime at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Penguins display their March flaws

The biggest problems dogging the Penguins in this important month were on full display Tuesday night in an overtime loss to St. Louis.

2 days ago


Reg Henry: Sons of Confederate Vets, don’t mess with Texas

The Confederate flag is not always a sign of racism. But on a license plate in an American state? Texas authorities are right to say no way.

2 days ago


Barack v. Bibi

Obama excoriates Israel, excuses Iran.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson: Retaliate against Israel for sucker punching us

First, expel the Israeli ambassador. Then eliminate our $3 billion in annual aid. And in Israel’s next war, refuse to send more arms.

2 days ago


Fight climate change the way Ronald Reagan would

To insure against calamity, he would incentivize the entrepreneurs.

3 days ago


 Sen. Pat Toomey speaks at the Allegheny County Courthouse last fall.

Protecting students: Toomey’s proposal deserves support in Congress

In 2014, 459 school workers were arrested in the United States for sexual misconduct, 26 of them in Pennsylvania.

3 days ago


Cost of fraud: BNY Mellon pays a big price for cheating clients

BNY Mellon obtained the best FX rates for itself, gave its customers the worst or close to the worst rates and kept the difference for

3 days ago


Hasty exit: As Yemen crumbles, the United States withdraws

The level of intra-Muslim fighting in Yemen has advanced so far that the U.S. was forced to withdraw its presence from the country.

3 days ago


Enact additional criteria for nonprofit tax breaks

Additional criteria should be used to qualify as a nonprofit.

3 days ago


Should legislators, like teachers, be furloughed for subpar performance?

All Pennsylvania professional public educators should be held accountable for their classroom performance.

3 days ago


The Legislature could fix the public employee pension problem if it had the will

Taxpayer subsidies (i.e., public aid) keep public pensions “magically infinite” after worker contributions run out.

3 days ago


Congress must end welfare, the kind that supports rich corporations

Many in Congress understand they are one step away from poverty and work assiduously to lower their taxes so they can scrape by.

3 days ago


Here's an idea: Use military spending to fix potholes

Use the military budget to fix potholes.

3 days ago


 N.C. State's Desmond Lee celebrates at the buzzer after defeaging Villanova in the third round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: NCAA tournament's first weekend full of emotion

NCAA tournament offered action-packed weekend, but emotional moments took centerstage.

3 days ago


 Eugene Lee brings all his power to play August Wilson in "How I Learned What I Learned" at Pittsburgh Public Theater.

Tony Norman: What August Wilson learned, and how

“How I Learned What I Learned,” August Wilson’s autobiographical one-man play at PPT, is a guided tour of his morally complex heart.

3 days ago



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