Opinion


Saturday Diary: I’m not as smart as I thought I was

Compound interest helped me understand how a life adds up.

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Monumental misstep: Obama should have taken input on Mt. McKinley

There is a process for naming monuments, and President Barack Obama should not have side-stepped it.

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A stronger PSO: Dick Simmons safeguarded a Pittsburgh asset

The former chairman and CEO of Allegheny Technologies led the Pittsburgh Symphony board for a generation.

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County clerks must work for all the people

An agent of government cannot impose personal religious views on the public.

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Why Hillary Clinton remains, yes, inevitable

Unless she is indicted or overtaken unexpectedly, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president.

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This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Okay, so here’s the part where I express my outrage at the latest gun massacre.

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Our culture of brutality

We cheapen human life by cheering for football.

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Mt. Lebanon is killing deer again

I am ashamed of that my town has a new plan for exterminating deer.

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Where did Trump come from?

Is The Donald a native or an immigrant?

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Pittsburgh was a great convention host

The National Fraternal Order of Police found a welcoming community during its recent visit.

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Paul Krugman: Heckuva job

All the GOP candidates will have their Katrina moments.

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Saturday Poem: On Tour in the Great Land

The train chugs by millions of spruce stunted / by permafrost into slim pencil trees. / We pan for tiny specks of gold ...

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First Person: The laboring life

Work defines us and fills our days.

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Kathleen Parker: It’s time to take Trump down

His snake oil should be making Republicans plenty sick by now

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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 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.

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

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

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Here’s the job for Donald Trump

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

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

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

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 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.

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 The Shenango coke works in June.

Clean up the Shenango coke works

The plant is breaking the law while endangering its neighbors.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Obama is not a carbon hypocrite

Drilling for oil in Alaska will barely affect carbon emissions.

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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.

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Jennifer Graham: Meet Glenn Beck’s ghostwriter

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

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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.

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 William McKinley has lost his mountain.

Dana Milbank: Mount McKinley, the molehill

Republicans rage yet again about supposed Obama overreach.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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