Opinion


First Person: Advent of customer service

Here’s a story of a college sophomore earning some extra money by working at the local Home Depot.

about 21 hours ago


Leaders wanted: The city school board will be losing experience

The job is unpaid. The meetings are long and sometimes raucous. Public appreciation is nil. Yet the work is critically important.

about 21 hours ago


Pakistan’s horror: The government should not collude with terrorists

The massacre of more than 130 children by Taliban fanatics was every bit the act of “depravity” that President Obama described.

about 21 hours ago


West Mifflin P-cards are closely monitored

The cards have restricted purchasing capability, which is controlled and reviewed monthly.

about 21 hours ago


The West Mifflin superintendent is a good leader

He has set the bar for all schools in Western Pennsylvania to provide a bully-free environment for children, parents and the community.

about 21 hours ago


Attorney General Kathleen Kane again picks and chooses

She decides which laws she likes and therefore will enforce.

about 21 hours ago


Pittsburghers have appreciated Reg Henry's wit

His take on modern politics is on target and never malicious.

about 21 hours ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

A 500-page summary of the torture report reminded Americans of things they had chosen to forget.

about 21 hours ago


Saturday Diary: Do my wife and I have a parenting philosophy? Not sure

WARNING: This diary contains annoying parental bragging. Not to mention it steps all over the third-rail of social conversation: parenting.

about 21 hours ago


Putin’s bubble bursts: Plunging oil prices aren’t the sole problem

If you’re the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy.

about 21 hours ago


Saturday Poem: An Urban Christmas

The snow will fall and, you will walk in the street up the hill past / the bars where the sons of metal and coal sit to un-remember their ..

about 21 hours ago


Charles Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf terrorist

There are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

about 21 hours ago


 Pakistani student Mohammad Baqair, who survived Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, poses holding a photograph of his mother, a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school.

Meet the Taliban killer of schoolchildren

That would be Maulana Fazlullah, radical broadcaster turned military chieftain.

1 day ago


 Despite President Obama’s intent to resume diplomatic relations, hurdles remain in improving U.S.-Cuban ties.

Cuban overthrow: Obama’s bold move buries a relic of the Cold War

President Barack Obama put an end Wednesday to five decades of failed American policy toward Cuba.

1 day ago


 New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis speaks to the media.

Taking off: The new airport CEO has hopes for more options

Christina Cassotis will be the new CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority,

1 day ago


Pitt’s vacancies: The new coach and AD must uphold education

University presidents leave their mark on virtually every matter on their campuses.

1 day ago


Banks again get permission to risk your money

One month after the Republicans’ landslide victory, the GOP-controlled House finally passed a bill.

1 day ago


Tony Norman: In the film credits, Sony stars in a fiasco

Sony deserves a lot of the blame for its “The Interview” fiasco.

1 day ago


The budget bill betrays citizens and rewards banks

A handful of people in finance convinced their buds in government that less regulation equals more campaign dollars.

1 day ago


Voting and not voting has consequences

Think hard about who and what party you are supporting next election.

1 day ago


Poll workers, consider giving your pay to charity

Poll workers who set up the machines and record who voted are paid a nominal sum.

1 day ago


Protesters are not impressive people

Protesters don’t impress.

1 day ago


New grading won't hurt clean restaurants

Why restaurant owners are against A-B-C ratings.

1 day ago


Money used for MoonMail could be better spent on this planet

How many people would spend up to $25,800 to send something into space to a place called the Lake of Death?

1 day ago


Pittsburgh goes to Cuba

‘Deliberative democracy’ could be one of our most valuable exports.

1 day ago


Facing up to race

Celebrating diversity is no substitute for addressing racial disparities.

1 day ago


Barack Obama takes on the Cuba lobby

He’s looking for legacy points and doesn’t have much to lose.

2 days ago


Kane on trial: The Philadelphia DA opens her closed prosecution

Philadelphia’s district attorney filed criminal charges against two Democratic legislators.

2 days ago


Progress in Lima: Many nations now want to curb greenhouse gases

The Lima summit made progress, but the road ahead is still long and hot.

2 days ago


Save the rhinos: Science tries to rescue the northern white species

With the death of Angalifu the species is now five rhinos removed from extinction.

2 days ago


The fossil fuel industry is ignoring the future

The fossil fuel industry should embrace renewable energies and include them, not campaign so heavily against them.

2 days ago


We welcome drilling in Frazer and West Deer

I have five natural gas wells on my property, all safely drilled and “fracked.”

2 days ago


'Sparkle Season' fulfills a purpose different from Christmas

It clearly defines the difference between shopping and celebrating Christmas.

2 days ago


After 9/11, enhanced interrogation was the best of bad options

Decisions had to be made comparing the costs of using enhanced interrogation with the risks of another major terrorist attack.

2 days ago


As others see it: U.S.-Cuba reconciliation is long overdue

We’ve tried isolating the island for more than 50 years, and it hasn’t worked.

2 days ago


Imagine if Congress in 1941 passed such awful legislation

What do marijuana and derivatives sold by banks have to do with the federal budget?

2 days ago


George F. Will: No offense, but …

The Constitution guarantees that no one gets through life unoffended.

2 days ago


Brian O'Neill: Let’s not just laugh off N. Koreans’ anger

North Korean anger over “The Interview” is not very funny.

2 days ago


 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren the warrior

The fighting senator from Massachusetts actually has a chance to win

3 days ago


 The latest budget deal in Congress was attained through compromise, even if arrived at grudgingly.

Budget fireworks: Politics aside, Congress shows an ability to agree

The government won't shut down but last-minute maneuvers revealed some of the sinkholes ahead.

3 days ago


 Center Township's MRAP Vehicle

Military police: Local officers should resist Pentagon war vehicles

Law enforcement agencies should exercise caution in using military-style equipment and tactics.

3 days ago


Moon junk: Do people really want to trash the lunarscape?

It’s a bit short-sighted to treat the moon as Earth’s very own cosmic attic

3 days ago


It's time to just abandon football

Or at least require schools to fully insure their football playing students

3 days ago


Wellness penalties are counterproductive

A little bit of carrot and a little bit of stick and maybe employers can nudge workers to be healthier.

3 days ago


When is use of force by officer OK?

As a retired probation/​parole officer, I read the Dec. 10 David Brooks column “Cops See a Threatening World” with great interest.

3 days ago


Pittsburgh needs better bicyclists

Require bike riders to take training to ride safely and adhere to the rules of the road. They should also pay for using the roads.

3 days ago


Reg Henry: Playing sports can be an odd thing to do

There is no "i" in team or unusual

3 days ago


End mandatory minimum sentences in Pennsylvania

They fill our prisons at great expense but do little to improve public safety.

3 days ago


Dan Simpson: Torture is un-American

And it encourages enemies to torture our people

3 days ago


Black and white worlds collide in tragedy

Brown and Garner deaths highlight differences over domain

4 days ago



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