Opinion


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Always a Patriots fan, despite deflategate

Our favorite teams don’t always meet our expectations, on or off the field.

about 12 hours ago


Medicinal purpose: Pa. patients can be hopeful about marijuana

The Medical Cannabis Act passed the state Senate last year but died in the House.

about 12 hours ago


Rescuing refugees: The answer to a complex problem is not so simple

Angelina Jolie toured refugee camps in Iraq earlier this month, then chastised the world for inaction in a column in The New York Times.

about 12 hours ago


Aerial intruder: The White House drone highlights a danger

A quadcopter drone purchased at a store crashed on the White House lawn at 3 a.m. Monday.

about 12 hours ago


The NFL can’t take cheating lightly

The NFL looks to be turning into a pro-wrestling venue, should this be taken lightly.

about 12 hours ago


Today's NFL is ruled by the media

The NFL fines players for not talking to the media brotherhood, even if the player has nothing to say.

about 12 hours ago


Democratic Committee endorsement fees are shameful

The Allegheny County Democratic Committee has been dysfunctional for at least a generation or so.

about 12 hours ago


The county Democrats' endorsement process is worth it

The Democratic Committee is composed of more than 2000 members elected for the purpose of supporting endorsed Democratic candidates.

about 12 hours ago


 Richard Sherman speaks at an NFL football news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/)

Ron Cook: Former Steelers great Jack Ham sees greatness in Seattle's Richard Sherman

Almost everyone agrees, it’s best for NFL quarterbacks to avoid Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback at all cost.

about 12 hours ago


 Larry Wilmore is "whip-smart and exudes an emotional intelligence that puts his panel and the audience at ease."

Tony Norman: Larry Wilmore brings late night the real thing

“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” new on Comedy Central, is already the best late-night talk show on television.

about 12 hours ago


The PG and reader generosity assisted with ‘Treasures’

The Salvation Army is humbled by the generosity and support shown by the Post-Gazette and its readers.

about 12 hours ago


Vetoing Obama

The president may think he can govern around Congress but Congress can also do some governing around him.

about 12 hours ago


Petula Dvorak: Now they've infected Disneyland

Anti-vaccine parents put at risk not only their kids, but all kids.

about 12 hours ago


Thomas L. Friedman: Will Czar Vladimir invade Ukraine or other neighbors?

Putin’s intervention in Ukraine is the ugliest geopolitical mugging in the world today, and it could get a lot worse.

1 day ago


Field of security: Should a sheriff’s officer be in the Steelers’ lineup?

Officers in the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department can work up to 30 hours a week at a second job.

1 day ago


Extreme reach: Islamic militants spread a plague of violence

Everyone knows that Libya has been in chaos.

1 day ago


Empty pipeline: The Keystone debate is symbolic, not substantive

President Barack Obama is getting flak on the left and right for his failure to take decisive action on the Keystone XL pipeline.

1 day ago


Congress should let the Export-Import Bank expire

The PG calls on Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank because the agency supposedly nets the government a profit. This is misleading.

1 day ago


Why can't the mayor get UPMC to do things that matter most?

The county controller’s decision to question VisitPittsburgh’s “Undercover Boss” donation has raised other questions for me,

1 day ago


Catholic schools provide a priceless education

I am grateful for all religious women and men and laypeople who devote their lives to teaching in our Catholic schools.

1 day ago


The city deserves snow removal kudos

I believe most Pittsburgh residents will agree that there has been a vast improvement in the removal of snow from our streets.

1 day ago


 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game earlier this month.

Ron Cook: Steel Curtain vs. Seattle’s defense

The Seahawks are drawing comparisons to the great Steelers defense of the 1970s, but it might be a little premature.

1 day ago


More U.S. gas reserves should be opened up for drilling

The opportunity to increase U.S. oil and gas production is too sensible to ignore.

1 day ago


George F. Will: Bud Selig’s winning legacy

The commissioner has retired after saving Major League Baseball.

1 day ago


Brian O’Neill: Hotel strategies depict tale of two cities

Pittsburgh can show Cleveland the folly of hotel subsidies.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama shakes hands with newly crowned King Salman of Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah.

Obama cozies up to dictators

The president is making the same old short-term calculations that backfire in the end.

2 days ago


 Edward McDonald, center, who lived in an apartment on East Eighth Avenue where the blaze began in Homestead, is charged with arson and causing a catastrophe.

The fire next time: Homestead’s loss is a warning on mental health

There are no easy answers, but there is one comprehensive remedy on the table that deserves attention from Congress.

2 days ago


Balancing act: Obama must be careful on relations with India

President Obama’s trip was another candle on the cake of improved relations between the United States and India.

2 days ago


Beat the clock: Scientists sound a new doomsday warning

Global catastrophe and humanity’s extinction are three “minutes” away, according to the scientists who set the symbolic Doomsday Clock.

2 days ago


TV show gave the city invaluable promotion

Chelsa Wagner’s threat to withhold tax payments to VisitPittsburgh is ill advised and gives the appearance of a vindictive agenda.

2 days ago


The pope promotes decency and respect in free speech

Thank you, Pope Francis, for having the courage to speak the truth in recent comments about freedom of speech with restraint.

2 days ago


When will Consol's Findlay gas drilling end?

All I want is peace in my life. Where can I find it if not in my own home?

2 days ago


The LCB again fails the public

This situation regarding special order items is another example of the complete incompetence of this government albatross.

2 days ago


 LeGarrette Blount, the of the Steelers, is taken down by Baltimore cornerback Lardarius Webb during a game at Heinz Field Sunday night, November 2, 2014.

Ron Cook: Steelers still right for letting LeGarrette Blount walk

New England RB LeGarrette Blount finds new football life as well as happiness and success since quitting on the Steelers.

2 days ago


Successful talks with Iran are in U.S. interests

The current negotiations with Iran provide the best opportunity we’ve ever had to guard against a nuclear-armed Iran.

2 days ago


Bishop David A. Zubik: We don’t toss out divorced Catholics

Contrary to what many think, divorcees remain welcome in the church.

2 days ago


Reg Henry: Aussie hiker sticks to path of good grub

Carry a stick and don’t sing when hiking through Australia.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson: Martin Luther King Jr. was a true American prophet

He addressed the problems that plague us still.

2 days ago


Albert R. Hunt: The GOP undercard

Don’t count out the nonestablishment Republicans.

3 days ago


 A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday.

Reversal in Greece: An anti-austerity prime minister takes over

Greece’s elections produced a strong victory for populist-left party Syriza, shocking in its ramifications but not a surprise for Greeks.

3 days ago


To the rescue: A couple who save big dogs win in court again

The Kohls’ venture is a registered nonprofit, not a commercial kennel.

3 days ago


Show’s over: Heinz Hall should cancel Cosby’s appearance

In light of yet another damning allegation against the former TV star and comedian, the Downtown venue should cancel the booking.

3 days ago


Charging per credit is a fairer tuition system

Under the charge per credit, the cost of a degree is the same for everyone. What could be fairer than that?

3 days ago


Those asking for tolerance must themselves be tolerant

Should a kosher or halal grocer be forced to slaughter a pig and provide pork for my wedding reception?

3 days ago


We have puzzling attitudes toward the rich vs. the royal

Curious behavior: We diss the 1 percent and laud royalty.

3 days ago


The driving test should include a courtesy section

I have been observing for some time the frightening inconsideration of most young drivers.

3 days ago


Traveling by train to New York is a nice way to go

Ruth Ann Dailey’s fun article (“Decide on a Strategy for a Winter Outing in NYC”) overlooked the option of taking the train from Pittsburgh.

3 days ago


 Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll addresses the media Monday during a press conference in preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX.

Ron Cook: Forget the Patriots -- Seahawks are hard to like

It’s easy to dislike coach Bill Belichick and his Patriots, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll and his Seahawks are more detestable.

3 days ago


 Road Sign Warning - Deer

Humane Society ecologist has no understanding of deer woes here

I hope no one in a position to help decide the issue of Mt. Lebanon’s deer infestation will pay any attention to Laura Simon’s letter.

3 days ago


 The Honeydripper's crew, from left to right: James Perry, Keita Didi Lee, Jerome Anderson Jr., Nicole and Antonovich Perry.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Homewood grocer produces food the area lacked

Perry’s Honeydripper gives Homewood an uncommon amenity: a hot-food take-out with groceries and produce.

3 days ago



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