Opinion


David M. Shribman: The Joe Biden (mini-)boom

He’d have a hard time winning the presidency, but he could help Hillary Clinton.

about 17 hours ago


Trade deals are no longer good deals

They enrich corporations and the top 1 percent, but they bust the rest of us.

about 17 hours ago


Wolf vs. Pa.: Only the governor wants a state liquor monopoly

Now that Pennsylvania’s House and Senate have passed liquor privatization, only one person stands in the way: Gov. Tom Wolf.

about 17 hours ago


Avoidable disease: For too many, all it takes is modern sanitation

A United Nations report shows millions of lives can be saved with modern toilet facilities.

about 17 hours ago


Asides: University enrollment drops, the science center gains, diabetes retreats

Pennsylvania loses state university students, Chevron boost STEM education and a UPMC study shows bariatric surgery curbing diabetes.

about 17 hours ago


Gov. Wolf’s budget addresses real problems

We can’t allow budget weaknesses to continue and watch our property taxes go up while our public schools and working families struggle.

about 17 hours ago


Divorcing? Dial it down

Pennsylvania law should encourage couples to collaborate when they split up.

about 17 hours ago


America’s Church of Self-Help

The poor aren’t reaching for the pitchforks because many think they’re to blame for their own poverty.

about 17 hours ago


Christians and Jews must fight hate

Believers cannot let extremists define their religions

about 17 hours ago


Dear U.S. banks,please protect us

You should join the rest of the world and adopt chip-and-PIN credit cards ASAP

about 17 hours ago


Don't kill the LCB, which provides a revenue stream to the state

I don’t understand the economical reasoning behind the Republican push to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor sales.

about 17 hours ago


Confederate rebels were traitors, not Americans

The “rebels” may have been born as Americans, but they forfeited that identity when the states that composed the Confederacy seceded.

about 17 hours ago


Vocational education students shouldn't be segregated from others

The student who struggles with a quadratic equation (who didn’t?) might be great at any number of the other multiple intelligences.

about 17 hours ago


 Friends and family surround Sylvia Wofford Burnett in her room at St. John's Specialty Care Center in Mars on Friday. From left are friend Chari Frederick, brother Gregory Wofford, Sylvia, and friends Wendy Volpe and her son Tino, 6.

Brian O'Neill: Sylvia Burnett dying to host one final blowout

She knows the best time to throw her last party — sometime before she dies. But don’t call it a “funeral party.”

about 17 hours ago


Jack Kelly: Black lives should matter

But many liberalsdon’t seem to think so.

about 17 hours ago


 Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke was much more than just a No. 5 starter Saturday against the Indians.

Gene Collier: History lesson unfurled in Pirates win at PNC Park

The Pirates pitching staff, especially the rotation, keeps proving itself as one of the very best in the majors — right down to Jeff Locke.

about 17 hours ago


Why can’t people be civil to those with other opinions?

We are becoming prisoners of our own intransigence.

about 17 hours ago


 Fireworks background for 4th of July

First Person: Ode to America

Americans are weird, but they have been very nice to me.

1 day ago


Destroying emails: Wolf’s inaction hurts the public’s right to know

The Wolf administration’s policy is that emails can be deleted after five days, never to be recovered by Pa.’s Right to Know law.

1 day ago


Flag of liberty: Americans can celebrate the freedom to disagree

There may be red states and blue states, but red, white and blue means one thing: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one.

1 day ago


PG gave redistricting-related ruling scant attention

I was disappointed with the brief and buried description of the Supreme Court decision to uphold Arizona’s impartial citizens’ commission.

1 day ago


Racism was not isolated to the Confederacy in American history

Let us remember one of the most hideous massacres of Indians in American history under the American flag committed by Col. John Chivington.

1 day ago


The White House should have only white illumination

I was shocked that the White House was illuminated with different colors last week after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

1 day ago


The growing sport of Ultimate Frisbee deserves coverage

The Pittsburgh Thunderbirds clinched a playoff spot in their debut season and did so in a thrilling, come-from-behind overtime victory.

1 day ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Campaign 2016 the long, long, long race for the White House. This week: Jeb Bush! Or as we like to call him, John Ellis Bush-Bush!

1 day ago


Paul Krugman: Europe’s economic disasters

If Greece votes ‘yes,’ the failed austerity mongers win.

1 day ago


 Clock with no hands   on blue vintage  sky

Saturday Poem: While There’s Still Time

With an open book on my chest, / like a butterfly or a moth / resting its wings, I drift off to sleep ...

1 day ago


Saturday Diary: My country accepts me now, and so do I

It took a long time to come to terms with being gay, so having the Supreme Court legalize same-sex marriage feels like validation.

1 day ago


Charles Krauthammer: The Iran deal is the worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

Mr. Obama will get his “legacy.” Mr. Kerry will get his Nobel. And Iran will get the bomb.

1 day ago


And Christie makes 16

Why are so many people running for president this time?

2 days ago


Open the doors: The AIU does too much public business in private

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is a public entity that must conduct its business in plain view of taxpayers, just like a school district.

2 days ago


Managing Greece: Sunday’s vote could affect Europe’s next move

The next hurdle on the way to solving the Greek debt and eurozone problem is the country’s referendum on Sunday.

2 days ago


Crowdfrauding: Online support gets a welcome look from the FTC

The FTC has delivered a punitive thwack to a man who raised $122,000 on Kickstarter to create a board game, then spent the money on himself.

2 days ago


Palestinians in Israel endure daily humiliations

On a recent trip to Israel with four members of Congress organized by J Street, I saw for myself the “apartheid” situation on the ground.

2 days ago


Gail Collins: Here's your Fourth of July all-American quiz!

Who the heck are all those people running for president anyway?

2 days ago


The PG continues to show bias in coverage related to Israel

The recent action of the United Church of Christ against Israel was the subject of a lengthy, Page One story by the PG. Why?

2 days ago


Cyclists should show some courtesy and give pedestrians a warning signal

At the Open Streets event, I couldn’t hear bikes approaching due to traffic noise on the 16th Street Bridge and from the Veterans Bridge.

2 days ago


Speakers at S. Fayette meeting were far from clueless and out of touch

A letter writer resorted to personal attacks on the speakers at a South Fayette Planning Commission meeting and impugned their motives.

2 days ago


 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praised hard work when he announced his presidential campaign, but will Republicans support policies that make hard work pay off?

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Do we really value work?

If so, we should make sure that it is justly rewarded

2 days ago


Tony Norman: Sad words barely sum up loss of Leila

There’s nothing like a dog, and nothing like losing one.

2 days ago


Let’s demand transparency in health care pricing

Can you imagine going to Wal-Mart and doing all your grocery shopping without having any idea at all of what the cost of each item might be?

2 days ago


 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz

George F. Will: Unhinged by the Supreme Court

Ted Cruz’s cure for the judiciary is worse than the disease

3 days ago


Kill the LCB: On liquor, Wolf can be progressive or a dinosaur

Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era mode of alcohol sales could soon be history, and Gov. Tom Wolf is the only obstacle in the way of progress.

3 days ago


 Instructor Brandon Perpichof the Arthur Murray Dance Studio coaches Karen Lindsey on Penn Avenue during Open Streets Pittsburgh last year.

Jennifer Graham: Ban cars in Downtown Pittsburgh

Open Streets Pittsburgh is great. Let’s do it all the time.

3 days ago


Broker a budget: On spending, both parties must seek compromise

Pennsylvanians want a deal that funds the state, not endless sniping from Republicans and Democrats.

3 days ago


Southern flames: Investigators sort out the fires at black churches

So far no links have been established between the fires and the mass killings in Charleston, S.C., by a self-identified white supremacist.

3 days ago


Focus on quality of life, not population growth

I have always questioned why city leaders are obsessed with growing the city’s population.

3 days ago


The right of people to live must trump gun ownership rights

A homicidal white supremacist’s right to own a pistol doesn’t trump the right of nine souls to live their lives without being gunned down.

3 days ago


Adjustments are necessary to speed the Customs process at Pittsburgh airport

Of 18 flights in June coming from Paris, Customs took more than an hour to process the passengers for six of the flights.

3 days ago


Mt. Lebanon park offers protection against skin cancer but not Lyme disease

Does anyone else find it ironic that Mt. Lebanon has a park sunscreen dispenser, yet fails to effectively cull the deer population?

3 days ago



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