Opinion


Dan Simpson / Potential American allies in the fight for Iraq are a sorry lot

Americans favoring letting the Islamic State and the other malevolent elements fight it out among themselves are, in my view, right.

about 19 hours ago


Don’t delete: Accountability for state officials begins with email

It was not reassuring to learn that state employees from the governor’s office on down are trained to cull their own emails.

about 19 hours ago


Meetings in Minsk: Talks between Ukraine and Russia may offer hope

It appears that a conjuncture of forces working on the Eastern Ukraine issue is acting to bring the crisis to an end.

about 19 hours ago


Early risers: Later school starts would have many consequences

For years, Americans have seen proposals come and go on starting classes later for students in high schools and middle schools.

about 19 hours ago


UPMC shouldn’t fear healthy competition

UPMC should look to its own quarterly report as a sign that competition will help both Pittsburghers and its own financial health.

about 19 hours ago


Keeping medications to treat opioid dependence away from children is crucial

Unlike methadone, buprenorphine-containing medications are widely prescribed to patients and are kept in the home.

about 19 hours ago


The Salvation Army's backpack program is essential to many

In hard times the Salvation Army proves that Americans do have a heart full of warmth.

about 19 hours ago


Corporations are engaged in a war of avarice against citizens

How could an intelligent man like George F. Will believe many of these corporate moves, like inversions, are sensible?

about 19 hours ago


Constituents are served well by Rep. Bill Kortz

His office personnel will walk you through any state issue and find an answer for you.

about 19 hours ago


The conversation about life and death needs all viewpoints

The discussion must be about making a choice and living or dying with that choice without interference from others.

about 19 hours ago


 Ike Davis hits a three-run home run to help the Pirates stop a two-game losing streak.

Gene Collier: Now is time for Pirates to really, finally, get hot

Ike Davis and the Pirates converted a major tipping point Tuesday night, but can they do it again and again and again now that they need to?

about 19 hours ago


Reg Henry: Cornhole is nothing to dismiss out of hand

It’s a corny game, but it makes summer fun.

about 19 hours ago


High-quality early education is essential for Pa.’s children

I am elated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement regarding the $250 million preschool development grants competition.

about 19 hours ago


Matt Smith / Let’s reform education funding

The opportunity to come up with a fair formula for schools must be seized.

about 19 hours ago


In Rebuttal / Jared Cohon’s fracking role raises concern

The PG attacks our work while ignoring CSSD ethical questions.

about 19 hours ago


Thomas L. Friedman / It’s a world of order versus a world of disorder

If it feels as though the world of disorder is expanding against order, it’s not your imagination. There’s an unfortunate logic to it.

1 day ago


Sloppy work: The bungled probe of two police officers is no joke

The Peduto administration must look into two cases from the Ravenstahl years.

1 day ago


Elephant slaughter: Blame the kill on African governments’ dysfunction

Like the Ebola epidemic, elephant poaching shows lousy government in Africa.

1 day ago


Weighting game: Good nutrition deserves the old college try

Students away from home face more health threats than ramen noodles.

1 day ago


Paul Krugman / Does Gov. Rick Perry really know the secrets to job growth?

The idea of Mr. Perry running for president raises one of my favorite subjects: interregional differences in economic and population growth.

1 day ago


Erin C. Molchany / Unfinished business marks the 19th amendment’s anniversary

It is clear that women’s equal right to vote, established 94 years ago, has not yet translated into equal representation in government.

1 day ago


The Pittsburgh-Allegheny County 911 merger will make problems worse

Merging of the city and county call-taking process places public safety at great risk.

1 day ago


 James Patrick and Jolene Dames at Stonehenge.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Pittsburgh couple's route to dream lifestyle is global house-sitting

Some people have dream jobs, some have dream vacations. You would be lucky to have both, but dreams are all about interpretation.

1 day ago


The Ferguson tragedy raises questions about Pittsburgh's police training

Recent police-related events should be a cautionary tale for Pittsburgh.

1 day ago


Even at Sophie Masloff's funeral, a prominent female leader was overlooked

Chelsa Wagner, Allegheny County controller, participated in the service for Mayor Sophie Masloff at Temple Sinai.

1 day ago


Politicians who do self-serving work shouldn't be rewarded

Why should we reward any politicians for doing the job they do “against” us.

1 day ago


Catholic parishes should begin planning for married priests

Catholics must begin asking their parish councils what salary they would offer a married priest as well as housing and health care.

1 day ago


Doctors and nurses help people to heal, not to die

God decides when it’s your time to die.

1 day ago


The Post-Gazette front page should feature good news for a change

Saturday’s front page had two color photographs of a local shooting and Hamas executions, it was disturbing and unnecessary.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: Islamic State puts a pacifist in a tough place

Between the unrest in Ferguson, renewal of American bombing in Iraq and more, it was easy to get lost in a thicket of bad vibes last week.

1 day ago


 Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was taken out Monday night after 91 pitches.

Ron Cook: Pirates loss spoils stellar start by Francisco Liriano

Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, in another return to his 2013 form, deserved much better than what he got in the loss Monday night.

1 day ago


George Will's support for corporate inversions will bring back the robber barons

Corporate inversions are good for the American economy and Americans.

1 day ago


Mike Dillon / Terrorists' ghastly photo op

What should the media do when terrorists pose victims?

2 days ago


 Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

Start writing: Superior Court showed good sense in Joan Orie Melvin case

A three-judge panel issued a sensible ruling regarding notes of apology that the former state Supreme Court justice must send to jurists.

2 days ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett.

Parade of error: Let Gov. Tom Corbett march on Labor Day

Some bystanders will applaud and others will jeer. Isn’t that what all American workers deserve — the ability to speak truth to power?

2 days ago


Grand effort: Grannies give HPV vaccinations a welcome boost

The vaccine against HPV has proved to be a tough sell, but a group of local grandmothers has taken on the challenge.

2 days ago


When will we say ‘enough’ to drillers’ mistakes?

I was not surprised to read the article “Fracking Waste Tainted Groundwater Soil at Three Washington County Sites” (Aug. 6).

2 days ago


Steelers involved in stupidity should know they are replaceable

Why would anyone who is a member of the Steelers put themselves at odds with the law?

2 days ago


Schenley Drive protected bike lanes provide real benefit to cyclists

I am delighted by the presence of the Schenley Drive bike lane and the impact it has had on my morning commute.

2 days ago


Secularism is a force for good

Secularism protects freedom of religion for religious and nonreligious people. That way no religion or lack thereof can dominate others.

2 days ago


Serbia's Allied contributions during World War I provide a lesson

No nation suffered more during this horrible “war to end all wars,” yet Serbia showed how to resist empires and ultimately destroy them.

2 days ago


The U.S. should remember that peace in Ireland required steps toward justice

I can’t help but notice the similarity between the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1977 and the police in Ferguson, Missouri.

2 days ago


George F. Will / In defense of the defenders

The federal criminal justice system is flawed but still effective.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama returns clubs to the cart while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama is taking a two-week summer vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Maureen Dowd / Obama’s Golf Address

With tense situations at home and abroad, the president takes refuge on the links.

2 days ago


Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: This douse of news should feel no better than an ice bucket

News of the summer is worth recapping with a quiz.

2 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: In tyranny’s assault, we're all together now?

A lot of time, energy and lives have been wasted while we citizens of the still-free Western world bicker bitterly while Mosul burns.

2 days ago


David M. Shribman: Hillary Clinton and the price of being on top

She  has a clear field in the presidential preseason, but the perils of tripping are high.

3 days ago


Unsteady progress: City student test scores sorely need a boost

It's two steps forward and one step back for Pittsburgh Public Schools test scores.

3 days ago


Ebola's defeat: The treatment of two Americans offers hope

The successful treatment of Ebola contracted by two U.S. relief workers shows the effectiveness of modern medicine.

3 days ago


Asides / Bishop Zubik, Schenley Park and illegal wine sales

Bishop Zubik gets doused, Schenley Park takes on water and an illegal wine seller tries to reclaim his bottles.

3 days ago



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