Opinion


Kathleen Parker: It’s time to take Trump down

His snake oil should be making Republicans plenty sick by now

about 19 hours ago


Deal assured: The Iran accord is the best option for the future

President Barack Obama has achieved comparable support for the Iran deal in the House of Representatives.

about 19 hours ago


Tony Norman: Denali critics seriously boggle the mind

Wayward criticism of Obama’s renaming a mountain would be funny satire if people weren’t seriously deranged.

about 19 hours ago


Road to the future: A state grant would unlock the city’s Almono site

The Urban Redevelopment Authority is seeking a $3 million state grant to help pay for a $7.2 million road.

about 19 hours ago


Well maintained: The public needs assurance from oil and gas sites

Oil and gas companies in Pennsylvania must provide evidence that their active wells are structurally sound with no leaks or decay.

about 19 hours ago


Guns are not the problem in our nation

The real issue is how we deal with mental illness and unchecked rage in the USA of the 21st century.

about 19 hours ago


People with guns murder people

If you think carrying your own gun will protect you, look to those who are most heavily armed all the time: policemen.

about 19 hours ago


The Iran agreement is a terrible deal that can still be changed

CNN released a poll showing that 56 percent of Americans believe Congress should reject the deal.

about 19 hours ago


Read up on the appalling details of Michael Vick's deeds

Vick supporters should read the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s detailed investigation of Bad Newz Kennels.

about 19 hours ago


The Steelers are giving a human being a second chance

Is this the same organization that gives animals a second chance but won’t let others give a human being the same chance?

about 19 hours ago


 The Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady won the AFC Championship game in 2005 at Heinz Field and has tortured the Steelers ever since.

Ron Cook: Brady decision tops bad summer for Steelers

The preseason could not have gone much worse with the loss of Maurkice Pouncey, a couple of kickers, and now Deflategate overturned.

about 19 hours ago


Samantha Bennett: New words add a little awesomesauce to the language

The dictionary gets a little thicker with Oxford’s imprimatur.

about 19 hours ago


Here’s the job for Donald Trump

Make him our head of state, with no power but plenty of TV time.

about 19 hours ago


George F. Will: The one-drop rule lives on

It lives on and is killing children, thanks to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

about 19 hours ago


 Sen. Bernie Sanders smiles while responding to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in April.

Throngs have ‘Feel the Bern’ fever, even in the South

With close to 25 years of public life under his belt, Mr. Sanders is the real deal.

about 19 hours ago


 The Shenango coke works in June.

Clean up the Shenango coke works

The plant is breaking the law while endangering its neighbors.

1 day ago


 The county’s decision in June to get rid of the Tennessee-based company and create a new, in-house jail system with medical professionals from the Allegheny Health Network was a smart choice.

Jailhouse care: The county will spend more but keep control

You get what you pay for. Allegheny County learned that lesson when it hired Corizon Health in 2013 to provide care for inmates in its jail.

1 day ago


Historic revision: Relocating statues doesn’t change America’s past

Efforts to erase all discomfiting traces of America’s checkered past are futile and wrong.

1 day ago


Talks on Cyprus: The Greeks and Turks can solve an old problem

This could be the moment for Greece and Turkey to push hard on the Cypriots to resolve the 41-year-old problem of the division of Cyprus.

1 day ago


Pa. is working to improve vaccination rates

The Department of Health has implemented a multipronged approach in recent months to improve immunization rates in the commonwealth.

1 day ago


Rehabilitation was the goal of Michael Vick's punishment

I don’t personally know or like Mr. Vick, but I do believe he is remorseful and ashamed of his role in the dogfighting ring.

1 day ago


Let's give Michael Vick a canine welcome to Heinz Field

Since PNC Park has “bring your dog” nights at the Pirates games, I feel it is now time for Heinz Field to extend the same welcome to dogs.

1 day ago


The double standards regarding abuse say a lot about our society

Michael Vick is unwanted by many fans; meanwhile, players who have abused women, sexually or physically, are accepted.

1 day ago


Obama is not a carbon hypocrite

Drilling for oil in Alaska will barely affect carbon emissions.

1 day ago


Brian O'Neill: Ironically, ICA is its own waste of funds

The point of ICA oversight of city finances is long gone, but it is not.

1 day ago


Jennifer Graham: Meet Glenn Beck’s ghostwriter

That would be Harriet Parke, a Pittsburgh-area grandmother turned novelist in retirement.

1 day ago


Improvement at underperforming schools requires ambitious change

Gov. Tom Wolf should support Senate Bill 6, Sen. Lloyd Smucker’s legislation that would require meaningful and proven interventions.

1 day ago


 William McKinley has lost his mountain.

Dana Milbank: Mount McKinley, the molehill

Republicans rage yet again about supposed Obama overreach.

2 days ago


Budget travesty: State officials need to share in the pain

Why have the elected officials, salaried administrators and hourly workers been immune from fallout from this summer’s budget stalemate?

2 days ago


Clinton’s email mess: The issue is growing for the Dems’ front-runner

Any other American diplomat would have been severely disciplined and could even have been fired for doing what she did.

2 days ago


Pucker up: Counting down the lazy, hazy days of seersucker

Working Pittsburghers are getting their final days’ wear out of the unofficial fabric of summer.

2 days ago


The arena site plans should be exciting to all

The hiring of Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group is not a misstep, as one Hill District leader said.

2 days ago


Dan Simpson: Candidates, focus on real issues — economic inequality and role of the military

Economic inequality threatens the principles of American success and the well-being of the economy. The highest priority: tax reform.

2 days ago


To be a real public transit link, the Almono project should connect to Downtown

As it stands now, the proposed project does nothing to improve connections between Oakland and the region.

2 days ago


Rob Rogers' cartoon about quarterbacks is ambiguous

The actions of Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady should never be compared with the despicable actions of Michael Vick.

2 days ago


Military lives were lost last week, too

Last week we had two shooting incidents. The one involving the TV reporter and cameraman made Page 1 of newspapers for several days.

2 days ago


Deuce showed what’s possible for people with autism disorders

The quality of my brother’s life became the vision of what was possible for my son.

2 days ago


As Others See It: Let the free market kill coal

Regulators shouldn’t intervene to keep alive polluting power plants.

2 days ago


Reg Henry: GOP elite created its Trump troubles

Trump’s success is the sorry result the GOP elite deserves.

2 days ago


 Billy Porter in his Tony Award-winning role as Lola in "Kinky Boots."

Billy Porter: I'm finally at home in my own hometown

Growing up black, Christian and gay wasn’t easy in Pittsburgh.

3 days ago


Vaccine desert: Pa. lags the states in keeping children immune

When it comes to immunization laws, Pennsylvania needs a shot of common sense.

3 days ago


Nuclear Pakistan: The U.S. must work to counter a bigger threat

Two Washington think tanks revealed last week that they believe Pakistan may be producing 20 nuclear warheads annually.

3 days ago


Immigration reality: Trump’s Republican rivals must get the truth out

Although Donald Trump leads the Republican field in the polls, his opponents should not be afraid to give him a serious reality check.

3 days ago


Drilling near schools can be done safely

Pennsylvania’s natural gas regulations are the most comprehensive in the country.

3 days ago


Fracking near schools is bad for children's health.

Healthy Schools PA launched a mapping initiative that identified hazards within a one-mile radius of public school in southwestern PA.

3 days ago


The August Wilson Center needs a black theater troupe

With all the talent in Pittsburgh, I wonder why such a group has not been formed yet.

3 days ago


 Francisco Cervelli pours Gatorade on Starling Marte after he hit the winning home run in the 9th inning against the San Francisco Giants Aug. 22.

Ron Cook: There's no time for Pirates to relish in accomplishments

The Pirates still have a long way, and month, to reach their ultimate goal of winning the World Series.

3 days ago


Tony Norman: Safeguard yourself by recording police

Bad policing that can escalate into violence is as much a threat to black people as someone like Shannon Miles is to police officers.

3 days ago


As Others See It: Keep the tax code simple

Make it easier, not harder, to pay our taxes

3 days ago


 The scene at Bayardstown Social Club, with Slim Forsythe and His New Payday Loners performing in the background.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Bayardstown Social Club in Strip makes a quick success of socializing

Born on a vacant lot on Penn Avenue, Bayardstown is a bring-your-own party to which everyone’s invited, including kids and dogs.

3 days ago



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