Opinion


Jerome Bettis: Pittsburgh’s young people need to know the world of work

And you can help them learn and earn by supporting the summer youth jobs program.

about 19 hours ago


 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Don’t trash recycling: Compliance goes soft and incineration returns

Reducing output should be the No. 1 goal. No. 2 should be to recycle.

about 19 hours ago


Delay for Greece: Its new leaders have more time to deal with debt

What was achieved between the creditors and the new Greek government was a four-month postponement of the country’s Feb. 28 cash call.

about 19 hours ago


Modern age: It’s time for PennDOT to embrace credit cards

PennDOT accepts only checks and money orders at its service centers, inconveniencing motorists.

about 19 hours ago


Bush backers can’t rewrite Iraq War history

Why is Ruth Ann Dailey allowed to say “the lunatic left still slanderously claims that Mr. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction ...”?

about 19 hours ago


Ruth Ann Dailey should face the facts about Bush and Iraq

George W. Bush’s reputation will forever be marked by the war of aggression he promulgated in Iraq based on fabricated tales of WMD.

about 19 hours ago


Municipalities should enforce snow-clearing ordinances

An older person can become incapacitated for life from a fall on an untreated sidewalk.

about 19 hours ago


Conservatives, don’t blame liberal bias for the Rudy Giuliani controversy

Media norms drive political stories, not ideology.

about 19 hours ago


 Flag of the Islamic State group

Thomas L. Friedman: Off to conquer Rome

To defeat the Islamic State group, we must understand it.

about 19 hours ago


Obama’s energy policies hurt working families

Even more tragic for working families is the acquiescence we have seen from some in the labor community.

about 19 hours ago


 Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball during an owners quarterly meeting in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Gene Collier: Manfred certainly looks to shift MLB's ideology

New baseball commissioner’s thinking makes sense, just not the individual thoughts.

about 19 hours ago


Brian O’Neill: Train shipments bring cause to pause

Hazardous materials come by train every day through here, too.

about 19 hours ago


Saturday Poem / Purple Heart

In the dream I am a hero. / I save the world, and I alone / understand the apocalypse ...

about 2 hours ago


How to improve police-community relations in Pittsburgh

Draw on our city's rich history of labor and social-justice activism.

1 day ago


 Woodland Hills School District Superintendent Alan Johnson.

A place to learn: Student suspension has a role in keeping order

Woodland Hills suspended 23.8 percent of its students in kindergarten through fifth grade, compared to a national average of 2.6 percent.

1 day ago


Gaza’s struggles: The region has yet to rebuild from the ruins of war

The situation in Gaza is worsening rapidly, to the extent that another mini-war may be imminent.

1 day ago


Gun threat: Arming students against sexual assault is a bad idea

The nation’s gun lobby believes it has found an opportunity to put more guns in the hands of college students, particularly women.

1 day ago


Climate for business in Pa. fails to improve

That Gov. Tom Wolf is upset about the governor of Florida visiting our state to woo businesses would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

1 day ago


Why would Duquesne University claim a religious exemption to fight adjunct unionization?

Implied in “religion” is a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs that would include “moral justice” to ensure workers’ rights.

1 day ago


Baby boomers and others must consider their lifetime financial strategy

Most people need to focus on lifetime income generation, which a 401(k) or IRA is not set up to do on its own.

1 day ago


Obama wants to give amnesty to immigrants who have no respect for our laws

If these illegals are here to pursue the American dream, why didn’t they come here legally like millions of other people have done?

1 day ago


 Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stops a shot by Penguins' Blake Comeau in the third period of a game Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Consol Energy Center.

Gene Collier: Play in division no plus for Penguins

Penguins coach Mike Johnston is wary of division rival Washington’s psychological edge.

1 day ago


Homeland insecurity

Republicans still might run us aground on the shoals of a shutdown.

1 day ago


Morning File: Let’s sort out confusion caused by cold

If we didn’t know better, we’d think it was February in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, there’s always good advice to be had at such times.

1 day ago


The GOP is sinking to new scary levels

We are seeing people who are exploring a run for president, like Scott Walker, questioning whether President Obama is a Christian.

1 day ago


Dan Simpson: It's time to let go in Iraq and Afghanistan

Iraqis and Afghans must fight their own battles and determine their own futures.

1 day ago


 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani questions whether the president loves America.

Kathleen Parker: Rudy Giuliani and the GOP's love of litmus tests

Let’s assume the president loves his country and isn’t faking his Christianity.

2 days ago


 Col. Marcus L. Brown.

Uniform treatment: The state police flap is about more than attire

Col. Marcus Brown’s wardrobe has enraged retired state troopers.

2 days ago


Venezuela teeters: Economic and political strife threatens Maduro

With a population of 30 million and some of the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela has the raw materials to be a successful country.

2 days ago


Up all night: At Penn State, it’s for a very good cause

Known across the state and nation simply as “Thon,” this all-nighter is an enormously successful act of perseverance and generosity.

2 days ago


Our frack-happy county is failing citizens

The council vote on the citizens ordinance calling for a “wait and see” approach before fracking more of our county parks was a spectacle.

2 days ago


Pennsylvania charities need more clarity

Local jurisdictions shouldn't decide which organizations are tax exempt.

2 days ago


Pittsburgh's former Frank & Seder building is not worth preserving

Just because it is an old building from a particular point in time does not make it distinctive.

2 days ago


Big nonprofits should end their web addresses with 'dot-con'

Nonprofits’ addresses should be “.-con.”

2 days ago


Is Speaker Boehner committing treason by de-funding Homeland Security?

John Boehner s willing to stop funding the Department of Homeland Security to stop the president from implementing his immigration ideas.

2 days ago


 San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy walks among players during spring training workouts last week at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona.

Ron Cook: Who's the best coach now?

A lot of good (and questionable) selections are out there, but San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy stands above the rest.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Giuliani, Walker set the bar low for GOP’s criticism of Obama

One of the worst things about the modern GOP is that it continues to tolerate and encourage a religious litmus test for the presidency.

2 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: We would miss Obamacare

It’s helped millions of Americans get and keep health insurance.

2 days ago


 Young African Elephant, Amboseli, Kenya

Pittsburgh Zoo uses modern practices to manage elephants

Pittsburgh Zoo head keeper Willie Theison has been working positively with elephants for many years.

2 days ago


 Jeb Bush must assess the past.

Maureen Dowd: Jeb Bush’s family matters

His father and brother are not irrelevant to his ambitions.

3 days ago


 House Bill 466 gives beer distributors a full year to buy up licenses for 1,200 private liquor stores before other retailers would get a shot.

Liquor redux: In Pennsylvania, the time is right for privatization

Today, the state House will restart the drive to eliminate Pennsylvania’s government monopoly on the sale of wine and liquor.

3 days ago


Hillary’s ethics: Clinton foundation should return foreign gifts

Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right, and Ms. Clinton treads too close to a dangerous line if she does intend to run.

3 days ago


Focus on equality: Pennsylvania lawmakers should heed their clergy

How can a state that now issues marriage licenses to people who are gay leave them subject to discrimination in employment and housing?

3 days ago


We must not be indifferent to Syrian refugees

The notion that “national security must trump compassion” is ill-formed logic. National security and compassion are not mutually exclusive.

3 days ago


Pa.'s investment in training mandated reporters of child abuse is good news

The good news will continue if Pa. commits to evaluating how mandated reporting, including training, impacts child safety and well-being.

3 days ago


The Mt. Lebanon deer cull is a soulless slaughter

We should embrace the natural world and be less arrogant about our place in it.

3 days ago


 Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, and Kris Letang, right, congratulate Paul Martin after scoring against the Panthers in the third period Sunday at Consol Energy Center.

Ron Cook: Kris Letang stellar again in Penguins win

Veteran defenseman Kris Letang is having his best NHL season as he logs plenty of ice time for the Penguins, who beat Florida Sunday night.

3 days ago


Jonathan Bernstein: Big spending by outsiders might not affect elections as much as people fear

What if the fuss over big money in elections is mostly over nothing?

3 days ago


George F. Will: Tweeting against terrorism

The Obama administration devises empty gestures in response to atrocities.

3 days ago


Ruth Ann Dailey: The trouble with the words ‘Islamic terrorism’

It’s important to keep in mind American is not at war with Muslims, or even most of them.

3 days ago



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