Sally Kalson


Health care sabotage 101

The GOP, not a botched website, is the real obstacle.

3 days ago


Right-wing spite makes wrong

But fanatics don't have to win to justify themselves.

11 months ago


Could Pittsburgh's famous inferiority complex be fading?

From the Cultural District to the Pirates, from Downtown living to that giant rubber duck -- ain't it great being a Pittsburgher?

11 months ago


Dems won't reward GOP tantrum

Republicans seem to fear most the prospect that Democrats will succeed.

12 months ago


Using our brains on guns

Stopping people such as the Navy Yard shooter before they kill must rely on the old options for the time being.

1 year ago


 "So much flesh and tongue / so little class, grace, talent ..."

The week in haiku

Easy to buy guns / Someone stop Bashar Assad / Just spell "Miley" right.

1 year ago


Manning unlocks his inner woman

Military prison is not the ideal place to change genders.

1 year ago


Stacking the deck with voter suppression

Republicans are afraid they'll lose if elections are allowed to be free and fair.

1 year ago


Only the good (or the poor) die young

Scientific advances that allow people to live to 120 and beyond may not be a good idea.

1 year ago


 Autumn Marie Klein

The world will miss Autumn Klein

Was this a case of a jealous husband, or is there a one-armed man out there?

1 year ago


Rules for police and politicians

Cops should live where they work, and politicians shouldn't run while sexting.

1 year ago


 "There is nothing worshipful or glamorizing about Janet Reitman's profile. On the contrary, it's an important and well-reported story that traces Jahar's downward spiral," Sally Kalson says.

On the cover of Rolling Stone: How a kid 'became a monster'

Read the article about Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev before condemning the magazine.

1 year ago


Can I trust my stuff?

My daughter won't be taking any, but it does seem to wander off on its own.

1 year ago


They're watching us closely

The government says it is protecting our privacy, but how are we to know?

1 year ago


The Supreme Court breaks things that are not broken

The Supreme Court seems to have been operating on the principle of "If It Ain't Broke, Break It."

1 year ago


A nation of busybodies, especially when it comes to sex and gender

Gays rights are on the rise, but women's rights are under renewed assault.

1 year ago


Every good picture tells a story: One photographer is worth a thousand iPhones

The Chicago Sun-Times cut its entire photo staff. Now, reporters will take snaps with their phones ...

1 year ago


A few workers here, a few workers there

UPMC outsources transcriptionists, taking another slice out of the middle class.

1 year ago


The ick factor: Will New York voters give Anthony Weiner another chance?

As a general rule, people who screw up deserve a second chance. But a lot depends on the magnitude of their transgression.

1 year ago


What's in a name change?

More women may be taking spouses' names these days, but to each her own.

1 year ago


A taste of Mother's Day abroad

Visiting my daughter in Guatemala, I got the best Mother's Day gift ever.

1 year ago


Pittsburgh's doing all right

At least we're not the most corrupt city, and we have topped some cool lists.

1 year ago


A tale of two catastrophes: Terrorists struck us in Boston; 46 senators betrayed us in Washington

When we have a chance to prevent or reduce the carnage with common-sense measures, our elected leaders balk.

1 year ago


Taking the offense against rape

Extreme measures are needed to protect women in some societies -- sad but true.

1 year ago


We spend too much in dying

Health care costs soar at the end of life, but it's not easy to let go.

1 year ago


Mayor v. Moneybags: UPMC could be beloved if it put patients over profits and perks

I never thought I'd describe Mayor Ravenstahl in Shakespearean terms, but. ... Nothing in his tenure became him like the leaving it.

1 year ago


Public service upended

Most of us want to believe that people who go into "public service" do so for the right reasons.

1 year ago


Your Pennsylvania tax dollars at work ... against women

State lawmakers are squandering time and money to block health care access for women.

1 year ago


Riding out rough seas

I sympathize with the cruise-ship captives, but suffering is relative.

1 year ago


The importance of family leave

Workers have been entitled to it for 20 years now, but the law could be better.

1 year ago


Hook, line and sinker:'Catfishing' dupes the unwitting on social media

First there was fishing, dropping a hook in the water in hopes of catching dinner.

1 year ago


The world before Roe ... when women risked injury and death to get an abortion

My mother is 91 and matriarch of three subsequent generations. For the first 51 years of her life, abortion was outlawed in this country ...

1 year ago


Poison peddlers fear an antidote: It's time to stop blaming gun violence on everything but guns

When an outbreak of food poisoning occurs, nobody says that dying from one's dinner is the inevitable price of eating.

1 year ago


Test your knowledge of 2012: Binders full of threats, tweets and Twinkies

What a year! See what you can still remember.

1 year ago


Standing up for Gilda: Gilda's Clubs should not erase the memory of their namesake

I find it quite sad that the Madison, Wis., chapter of Gilda's Club decided to change its name to the generic Cancer Support Community.

1 year ago


When all else fails, blame the union

By targeting unions for its woes, a faltering Hostess company tries its own version of the Twinkie Defense.

1 year ago


Back off that bird, buddy: Retailers push Black Friday into Thanksgiving

Have you heard about Respect the Bird? It protests the trend among big retailers to start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving.

1 year ago


Reality invades Republican la-la land

It turns out that numbers don't lie and rape is rape out here in the real world.

1 year ago


Sandy shakes things up: There's nothing like a major disaster to encourage bipartisanship

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie wants to be the GOP presidential candidate in 2016, and he knows that won't happen if Mitt Romney wins this week.

1 year ago


Hawaii, the wow state

It's a rainbow land of unending beauty and unpronounceable fish.

1 year ago


Romney's October surprise: He suddenly loves the 47 percent

President Obama's failure to counterpunch in the first debate has let Mitt Romney remake himself in the final weeks of the campaign.

1 year ago


Taxpayers to UPMC: Cough it up

The health care giant isn't contributing its fair share for public services.

2 years ago


Why must we go through this again? The death penalty deters no one, is morally dubious and costs a bundle

Here we go again, arguing over a death penalty case when life without parole would punish the offender and protect society just as much.

2 years ago


Mr. Hate has a field day

A mysterious Muslim-hater sets off riots, murders and a political firestorm.

2 years ago


Bubba's still got it

The first black president joins forces with the first black president.

2 years ago


Just another picnic ... but not really

Ten years ago, same-sex couples in Pennsylvania won the right to adopt.

2 years ago


Rape is rape, dumb is dumb

Republican fantasies on rape feed dumb comments like Todd Akin's.

2 years ago


Spending Penn State's millions: A fund to protect children from abuse should be run by experts

If I were going to give away $60 million for the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, I would not give it to Penn State trustees.

2 years ago


Goodbye, Norma Jean

Marilyn Monroe, dead 50 years ago today, was an actress for the ages.

2 years ago


Voter ID is the fraud

Great idea: Let's spend millions of dollars to stop American citizens from voting.

2 years ago


Penn State's balancing act

The Freeh report on Penn State's child sexual abuse scandal leaves the public university reeling.

2 years ago


Anger epidemic threatens 'Obamacare'

The Affordable Care Act will change the lives of millions for the better.

2 years ago


Bully for grandma: School bus monitor takes the high road with abusive kids

The thing that stands out for me is her refusal to press charges.

2 years ago


The power of good fathers: It was no coincidence that Jerry Sandusky preyed on fatherless boys

Happy Father's Day to all the men who've loved, supported and protected their children.

2 years ago


Sea of heartbreak: Blog post by parents of killer John Shick leaves more questions than answers

Before he killed at Western Psych, John Shick was all alone -- did that matter?

2 years ago


And now she graduates: But not to worry, she's ready to face the future; I'm not sure about her parents

When your only child graduates from college, you do too.

2 years ago


Anatomy of a political hit: One Obama smear is set aside for now, but more are on the way

Somebody on the GOP hit squad needs a lesson in syntax.

2 years ago


The best and worst places to be a mom

Save the Children puts the status of moms and kids in perspective.

2 years ago


Forced to come to their senses: UPMC and Highmark cut a deal, but what about their tax exemptions?

Rest assured that the two medical giants did not agree to this temporary fix out of concern for the public welfare. It was a defensive move.

2 years ago


Cate Edwards stands by her dad: Another loyal daughter tries to pull together a political family riven by deceit

John Edwards did one thing right. He raised a daughter more loyal than he is.

2 years ago


The mommy war that isn't

Of course Ann Romney worked. But she never faced economic insecurity.

2 years ago


Remind us, Highmark: Why sponsor national PGA golf events?

Pause on the Melani story. Let us consider the millions that Highmark is paying to sponsor and staff medical trailers at the PGA Tour.

2 years ago


What got into him? Melani's meltdown comes at a bad time for Highmark

There's never a good time for a corporate executive to follow his mistress to her husband's home and wind up arrested for assault.

2 years ago


OK, guys, stop having sex

Practice the ultimate form of birth control and leave women alone.

2 years ago


Republicans seek to take the right of self-determination away from women

They're wielding religion against women's rights

2 years ago


Get those men out of our wombs: The contraception controversy is all about undermining Obama -- and women

Here's something it never occurred to me to ask before, but that seems rather pressing due to recent Republican actions: How many

2 years ago


The Komen case: behold the fury of scorned survivors

The good news is that the Susan G.

2 years ago


The man who saw the future

Given the dystopian view of the future favored by politicians in an election year -- The sky will fall if you don't vote for me!

2 years ago


Karen Santorum's past: Let it go

Her pre-Rick relationship has nothing to do with his presidential campaign

2 years ago


I'll bargain with God, but not Jeffrey Romoff, for my life

But I won't bargain with Jeffrey Romoff or his timid board of directors

2 years ago


Obama scraps Plan B

Ignoring science and the needs of teenage girls, he puts politics first

2 years ago


They just can't keep their pants on

The list of sex scandals grows because politicians think they'll never get caught

2 years ago


Too big for their britches

UPMC-Highmark spat should kickstart 'charity' reform

2 years ago


Call 911; it's another 89-11

A ridiculous loophole lets crafty real estate developers evade local taxes

2 years ago


Pestilence at Penn State

Was no one paying attention to the Catholic clergy pedophilia scandal?

2 years ago


Small library tax, big returns

We can't fix everything, but we can fix this

2 years ago


Is it Highmark's fault?

UPMC says yes, but it hasn't made a very good case

2 years ago


They're pleading for economic justice

It's not that hard to figure out what Occupy Wall Street is all about

2 years ago


Go over UPMC's head

UPMC won't listen to reason, so it's time for state officials to take charge

2 years ago


UPMC board members go dark

Not a single one will talk about their CEO's quest to conquer Pittsburgh

2 years ago


Guns, guns for everyone

Now the NRA wants to force all states to let just about anybody carry firearms

3 years ago


The Hillmans are not amused

Would other heavy hitters care to weigh in on the UPMC-Highmark battle?

3 years ago


 Volunteers light thousands of candles Saturday at the Flight 93 Memorial to honor the victims of all the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.

9/11 was a day that made America less naive, more wary

On Sept. 10, 2001, catastrophic terror attacks by radical Islamists happened only overseas, there was no Department of Homeland Security,

3 years ago


Who knows what the young know?

I once warned a pair of under-30 journalists to drive slowly on a particular street because it was a lot like the Burma Road.

3 years ago


Congress sullies the memory of heroes

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks a month away, members of Congress should ask themselves this question: Has our

3 years ago


Bad news, bad dreams

If only we could purge our subconscious of nerve-wracking events

3 years ago


Our medical giants need to feel our sting

Perhaps legislators can convince them to put patients ahead of their (non)profits

3 years ago


Medicine used to be all about healing

Today's medical-industrial giants seem more interested in market share

3 years ago


Fight the Evil Empire

Why aren't civic leaders cracking heads to resolve the UPMC-Highmark dispute?

3 years ago


Poplawski's death row surcharge

A life sentence would have made this killer less costly and more forgettable

3 years ago


The end of WDUQ

I understand why jazz fans are mad, but I'm looking forward to more news

3 years ago


UPMC puts (non)profits over patients

It would force thousands of Pittsburghers to make painful health care choices

3 years ago


A man lies about sex! Shocking!

I'm more concerned with what our leaders do in office than with their sex lives

3 years ago


You, too, can run for president

All you have to do is go online and announce your candidacy. Good luck!

3 years ago


My mother: 'showing up' for 90 years

Living nine decades may be common these days, but it's still a big deal

3 years ago


The world didn't end!

If you're reading this, you're either holding the newspaper high above the pool of fire and brimstone that has engulfed you, or else Harold

3 years ago


Bin Laden's dead! React as you will

And credit the Obama administration -- except for messing up the story

3 years ago


Acres of guns, annals of agony

The NRA makes sure future criminals can arm themselves to the teeth

3 years ago


My phone -- a little too smart

It calls people without my knowledge, and may be tracking my whereabouts

3 years ago


Conservatives drop the compassion

Today's Republicans think we should soak the poor to aid the rich

3 years ago


Calling on Catalonia

Irrepressible, irresistible ... no wonder this part of Spain is so hard to subjugate

3 years ago


Old World wonderland

With our daughter as tour guide, we wandered Seville in awe

3 years ago


Making workers walk the plank

Unions didn't bankrupt the states; the culprits are higher up on the food chain

3 years ago


Another bookstore bites the dust

The e-world's great, but we still need a real public square

3 years ago


The Star Addled Anthem

Our national anthem is cheesy enough without making it worse

3 years ago


Give your heart to the Steelers (but hold the infarction)

Living for the Steelers, good. Dying for them, not so much

3 years ago


The State of Steelers Nation

We stand ready to claim our birthright: the Vince Lombardi trophy

3 years ago


Where's the access?

Bad things happen when women can't get proper health care

3 years ago


Round up the usual suspects

We're a violent nation, yet we always seem surprised when there's a Tucson

3 years ago


Supreme irony alert

If a woman's not a person, then what is she?

3 years ago


What about more resolve?

That's what's really missing from New Year resolutions

3 years ago


Touch my junk and I'll frack you

And other strange goings-on from one mighty weird year

3 years ago


Collaborating in your own layoff

It's a cruel twist of mergers and downsizing that workers who are about to be laid off sometimes have to train the people who'll be

3 years ago


Elizabeth Edwards, human being

For all her tribulations, she remained the protagonist of her own life

3 years ago


WikiLeaks: what a tangled Web we weave

Ever since someone passed 250,000 secret American diplomatic cables to self-styled whistleblower Julian Assange, the temper of official

3 years ago


One degree of separation

I like Fran and Nora, so they should like each other

3 years ago


Too close for comfort

Another Thanksgiving, another reminder to be grateful

3 years ago


Election-free in It-a-ly!

With campaigns now running 24/7/365, it was great to miss those robo-calls

3 years ago


Snapshots of Italy

We floated through Venice and flouted the 'No foto!' men everywhere we went

3 years ago


Because someone asked

There's still time to capture memories of WWII

3 years ago


Bad intentions

The Rutgers suicide shows the ugly side of 'sharing'

3 years ago


Bamboozled by the colonel

Voters should not let the fox back in the hen house

3 years ago


Goodbye, middle class

The rich get richer, as the rest of us drown in the tub

4 years ago


Bonfire of the inanities

Let us put to rest the spurious controversies that have fueled Islamophobia

4 years ago


Ken Mehlman comes out

At least he didn't saddle some poor woman with a sham marriage

4 years ago


Grow, eat, wave

A bounty of fresh produce makes parting a sweeter sorrow

4 years ago


Stop or I'll shoot!

After another gaffe, Dr. Laura holds herself hostage

4 years ago


Mazel tov

Americans felt connected to the wedding of Chelsea and Marc

4 years ago


Mixed messages

A good week for the president is undercut by one of his own

4 years ago


The curse of the bambinos

Are parents really as unhappy as the studies say?

4 years ago


The errant trap

Just try ignoring Lindsay Lohan's sad demise

4 years ago


Sally Kalson: Elena Kagan is a gift to the hearings

We learned a few things last week about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

4 years ago


We may be small, but we're mighty mad

How could a congressman even temporarily apologize to BP?

4 years ago


That smarts

Even our phones know more than we do

4 years ago


Inconvenient truth No. 2

The Gore separation reminds us there is no sure path to everlasting marriage

4 years ago


The confounding John Craig: Prickly, progressive, puzzling, he was loyal to his staff, in love with his city

The long-time boss at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who died last week at age 77, was too original and quirky to conform to anything as

4 years ago


Gotta love those daring art heists

But when real thieves make off with gems we'll never get to see ... not so much

4 years ago


Arlen didn't count on this

So much for avoiding a nasty primary by switching parties

4 years ago


Mothers are good to have ... and we often take them for granted

Which is why it's always enlightening, at this time of year, to read Save the Children's annual report on the "State of the World's

4 years ago


Someone's guilty, but will anyone pay?

Goldman, Massey and Karis Adams' killers have something to answer for

4 years ago


Young, gifted, dumb

Ben Roethlisberger doesn't need bodyguards, he needs a baby sitter

4 years ago


The pedophile scandal turns Nixonian

People are asking, 'What did the pope know, and when did he know it'

4 years ago


Genie in a bottle

A wise judge pops the cork on gene patents

4 years ago


Haik U, Glenn Beck

FOX host in foil hat / fights evil justice doers / in his rubber room

4 years ago


Family lore: There's no time like a funeral for remembering the good stuff

Even the rabbi said she'd never laughed so much at a funeral.

4 years ago


Sick of it: If Congress cares about the uninsured, it must stop dithering on health care

A conservative group will spend $750,000 on local media channels to frighten women into thinking that health care reform will lead to their

4 years ago


For better and for worse: Good families deserve the support of good laws

family are the people you can count on in a crisis; who will stay as long as it takes and keep coming back.

4 years ago


Watch your *@#%&)# mouth

The anti-cussers are on the move, but I doubt they'll get very far

4 years ago


Mood indigo

Every day is a treasure ... yeah, but there's two feet of snow on my driveway

4 years ago


The blowback from Wilson's War

Little did Charlie know that he was creating the terrorists who bedevil us still

4 years ago


Don't ask, don't tell, do repeal

Why in the world are we kicking talented people out of the military?

4 years ago


Is there a doctor in the house?

UPMC does God's work, but someone needs to rein in its rapaciousness

4 years ago


Run, Cyril, run!

Western Pennsylvania's forensic phrase-maker would rev up the governor's race

4 years ago


The outerwear solution

Maybe Woody Allen should be appointed secretary of Homeland Security

4 years ago


But I digest ...

Journalists keep a laser-like focus on the bourbon cake ... uh, I mean, the news

4 years ago


An inside job

The Democratic caucus mugs its own health-care reform bill

4 years ago


Broken systems, broken hearts

Justice eludes a rape victim; a police officer gets killed on duty

4 years ago


Bring on the clowns

Wars, recession, injustice? Yikes. Let's talk about Tiger, Big Ben, the Salahis

4 years ago


Postcard from the new Israel

It always sets my teeth on edge when people refer to Israel as "the Holy Land," as if the last 61 years of statehood never happened.

4 years ago


Filibuster, shmilibuster

Democrats could dare the Republicans to try it ... but they won't

4 years ago


Mr. Popular wins the peace prize

The Nobel committee teaches kids a bad lesson by rewarding Obama too soon

4 years ago


Enough with the pink

Doing well by doing good is a great corporate model for social responsibility.

4 years ago


G-20 overkill

Arrest everyone and sort it out later is not the way to handle protests

4 years ago


Friendly town, all shut down

We don't make much steel anymore, but Pittsburgh still produced enough irony as the G-20 summit unfolded to supply arguments around the

5 years ago


The president vs. the petulants

We got a good look Wednesday at who's really interested in health reform

5 years ago


He died one deed too soon

Kennedy redeemed his faults by achievements; we've never needed him more

5 years ago


Fighting lies with lies

Do you know what the Republicans want to do with health care?

5 years ago


The qualified non-answerer

Liberals should thank the Republican senators who've said they'll vote this week against confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the next

5 years ago


No rest for Michael

When superstars die, they live on forever in kitsch and controversy

5 years ago


Don't cry for him, Argentina

And don't preach to us, self-righteous politicians

5 years ago


A forest of lone wolves

They may kill on their own, but they have plenty of allies

5 years ago


The G-20's coming! The G-20's coming!

It's about time someone at the top of the food chain noticed the new Pittsburgh

5 years ago


Attacking Elizabeth

Mrs. Edwards is a survivor, which seems to bother some people

5 years ago


Adios, Texas

We'd miss you if you left. But not that much.

5 years ago


Blame only the misfit

There's no winding back the reel to solve the puzzle of officers' deaths

5 years ago


Sexting ... and other stupid teen tricks

What's stupider, though, are adults who criminalize youthful indiscretions

5 years ago


Our corporate champions of freedom

They are manufacturing lies to keep workers from joining unions

5 years ago


I did it; but I didn't do anything wrong

Mr. Blagojevich, Mr. Burris, Mr. Fumo, have you no shame?

5 years ago


Abandon ship, Arlen

Why does Specter stay in a party that's listing so far to the right?

5 years ago


The drought is over

The nation breathes a sign of relief as common sense returns to Washington

5 years ago


Unconscionable

President Bush fires off a final insult to women on his way out the door

5 years ago


To life, l'chaim!

The canoe girls gather to review 2008 and agree that we can do better

5 years ago


A tap on the wrist for traitor Joe

The Democrats let Lieberman slide, but he'd better watch his back

5 years ago


Let the games begin!

The election's over, but political junkies can just keep thinking about tomorrow

5 years ago


Barack Obama 2.0

Hillary Clinton helped stiffen his spine and sharpen his focus

5 years ago


Debating the debates

Watching the three televised debates for president and vice president followed by the reactions of network analysts and spin doctors, I

5 years ago


Shock therapy

Seize the moment to stop the lobbying that enabled the financial meltdown

6 years ago


Lipstick on a crocodile

When the most heated back and forth of a presidential race revolves around makeup on animals, you know we're heading into an idiotic

6 years ago


Emptying the nest

It's not as bad as I thought it would be, but the dog's pretty upset

6 years ago


What were the Edwards thinking?

It's a good thing John Edwards was out of the race before the Pennsylvania primary.

6 years ago


The joy of being gone

It wasn't that long ago that the concept of "being away" meant what it said.

6 years ago


Victory garden

I'm finally making my little piece of the world just a little greener

6 years ago


Pimp my casino

The last thing we need is an eyesore on the North Shore

6 years ago


The black tax comes due

The 'post-racial' Obamas come face to face with America's resentments

6 years ago


Breathe deep ... and get over it

Clinton supporters should mourn, but how could they vote for McCain?

6 years ago


Let's do the time warp again

The more high school graduation changes, the more it remains the same

6 years ago


Hillary supporters are not deluded

There's nothing wrong with a tough fight; the commentariat ought to chill out

6 years ago


Feds run amok

Prospective jurors might have to stop the railroading of Cyril Wecht

6 years ago


The other election: the college contest

This is the week it all comes down to. Hold it, you say -- the Pennsylvania primary is still three weeks away.

6 years ago


Standing by their women

Gender equality will have arrived when betrayed husbands take the stage

6 years ago


The eclectic Kool-Aid acid test

As some Democrats swoon over Obama, others, like Mom, are saying whoa

6 years ago


Sexist gasbags pillory Hillary

It's a lesson for young women: The fight for equality is far from won

6 years ago


Grand rhetoric vs. policy wonkery

Different as they are, Clinton and Obama are both impressive

6 years ago


Hillary's 'crying' jag

Just one bit of the nonsense featured in nonstop election coverage

6 years ago


A pop quiz for Pittsburghers

It's been a toxic, toe-tapping, taser-filled year, but somehow we survived

6 years ago


Burgh bashing

It's one of our favorite sports; we like to malign foreigners, too

6 years ago


WhoTube?

An issue has arisen from Wednesday's CNN/YouTube debate among Republican primary hopefuls, and it's not about the candidates.

6 years ago


Machine politics

Pittsburgh isn't the only one-party town around here

6 years ago


Knaves in Toyland

Our kids are playing with poisoned toys, so let's crack down on faulty imports

6 years ago


A family separated

They followed the rules and got mired in our contradictory immigration laws

6 years ago


Free speech is the best revenge

We embarrassed ourselves and elevated Ahmadinejad by seeming to fear him

7 years ago


Tased and confused

It's the Constitution's anniversary: Do you know where your rights are?

7 years ago


Just saying 'no' isn't enough

Apparently, a lot of people find it difficult to say "no." ...

7 years ago


The real lesson of Vietnam

You know a president is floundering when the only straw he can grab to support an unpopular war harkens back to an even more unpopular

7 years ago


In the lands of the smoking bans

Now that the proposed smoking bans have tanked in Allegheny County and the state Legislature, Pennsylvania residents can only wonder what

7 years ago


Big Brother is watching

Is a nation surveilled a nation worth living in?

7 years ago


The Wecht indictment

The more we know about how the Bush administration conducts itself, the harder it is to believe the 84-count federal indictment against

7 years ago


A school by any other name ...

Pittsburgh schools should worry less about labels and more about education

7 years ago


Breaking noses, being nosy

Who'd have thought that three questionable cops would rise to the top ranks

7 years ago


Enough of the bloated, premature galas; let's celebrate marriages that last

I was sitting in a friend's back yard -- it was early June, the start of the wedding season -- conversing with a group of women about work

7 years ago


Wake me when it gets interesting

Are you paying much attention to the two major parties' presidential candidate forums so far? Me neither...

7 years ago


Menstruation liberation

Let's just hope the FDA is watching our backs this time

7 years ago


UPMC: at odds with itself

Which description most accurately reflects the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center?

7 years ago


No more free ride

Our young mayor still needs to prove himself

7 years ago


Perking up

The coffee yield from El Porvenir coffee cooperative in Nicaragua has been less than usual the past two years due to the damaging effects

7 years ago


It's a boy, dammit

Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth to a boy last week. Too bad.

8 years ago


Sect-ual perversion

In this country, bizarre cults and sects tend to enter the national consciousness primarily through cataclysmic events.

8 years ago


Hair gel of mass destruction

No more water, no more juice / No more cell phones, gel or mousse / Dump the watch and Oil Olay / Live to fly another day

8 years ago


Faith healing: Can the Jewish community make Mel Gibson better?

Well, OK. But just this once.

8 years ago


RIP, Jesse Doe: We hardly knew ye

There's something about discovering people only after they've died that makes one wonder what they were like in life.

8 years ago


Plumbing the depths

Say you have a leak in your pipes.

8 years ago


America, home of the lonely

It must be true what they say about feeling loneliest in a crowd.

8 years ago


Born on the Fourth of July

We have a new American flag at our house. It came from the U.S.

8 years ago


Who's that guy?

Viewers, grab your remotes. Even though it's only June, a faltering but well-funded Rick Santorum has launched his statewide TV campaign to

8 years ago


School's out, memories are back

Even though I've been out of the education system way longer than I was in it, I'm always overcome by that "school's out!"

8 years ago


The divorce from reason

Well, thank goodness somebody is doing something about polygamy in Pennsylvania. I didn't even realize it was a problem.

8 years ago


Feed the beast, starve the patient

I write this as a cancer survivor who has benefited from excellent medical care in Pittsburgh, all of it covered by employer-provided

8 years ago


What Pittsburgh needs: a Hoffa consultant

Say you're feeling a little depressed about the big dig for Jimmy Hoffa.

8 years ago


Oh say, can you hear me now?

Busted. That's what I thought to myself upon learning that the National Security Agency under George W.

8 years ago


Who's your momma?

Here's a subject that doesn't appear, but ought to, on the questionnaires sent to candidates for the Pennsylvania Legislature: Should the

8 years ago


Cake-eaters gone vile

"Cake, cake for Mt. Lebanon High / don't give us cookies, don't give us pie / send the sophomores out for more / and don't let our rivals

8 years ago


Labor pains

When deriding a particularly stupid rule or regulation, a speaker will sometimes quote a passage from "Oliver Twist." In it, Mr.

8 years ago


Home (sweet or bitter) home

As I watched the protests over immigration reforms consume American cities in recent weeks and listened to angry counter-critics denounce

8 years ago


Who cares about Darfur?

It's difficult to imagine what Brian Steidle was like before he spent six months in the Darfur region of Sudan, watching helplessly as the

8 years ago


Will the real Bob Casey please speak up?

Last April, I wrote a column posing two questions for Robert P. Casey Jr., the likely Democratic nominee in this year's U.S. Senate race.

8 years ago


Purity test

March isn't over, but Bill Napoli already wins the contest for Stunningly Revealing Statement of the Month. Mr.

8 years ago


Bye bye, Dubai

If you never gave a moment's thought to who was managing American ports before the United Arab Emirates deal blew up in President Bush's

8 years ago


Ka-ching / In Pennsylvania gambling, not everyone has to play to win

Like a lot of folks, I've viewed the coming establishment of casinos in my town with some degree of wariness.

8 years ago


Is this war worth the price?

Pittsburghers were captivated this week by the 7-year-old Iraqi boy who arrived here for reconstructive facial surgery at Children's

8 years ago


Guns don't shoot people, but book deals do

Valentine's Day, 2010 -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney went on "Oprah"

8 years ago


Parade timing puts parents on hot seat

I took an informal poll in the office yesterday during the city's Super Bowl victory extravaganza.

8 years ago


New voting machines a crazy idea

Say the toilet in your home has worked fine for 40 years with a few tweaks here and there. But now the U.S.

8 years ago


A Seahawks jersey for the teacher

Joshua Vannoy, 17, didn't go to school yesterday. He was advised not to, but by whom he declined to say.

8 years ago


Lobbyists can buy lawmakers' attention

Well, this explains a lot. No wonder Pennsylvania legislators were so removed from voters that they expected to get away with the Midnight

8 years ago


Lobbying 101: a short step on the long haul

There's more than one way to influence government.

8 years ago


Maybe JoPa needs a visit from Mayor Sunshine

My brother has been visiting from Texas, which is having its worst drought in 50 years.

8 years ago


End the year with a pop quiz

What better subject for my last column of 2005 than a year-end holiday quiz? Let's get to it.

8 years ago


Crackdown on corrupt lawmakers must continue

It's been a bad few months for elected officials on all levels of government, what with indictments, tearful admissions and the gathering

8 years ago


Let's celebrate our 250th by cleaning up

This newspaper ran a front-page story on Sunday about hundreds of abandoned buildings and thousands of vacant parcels that the city of

8 years ago


Any school should be proud of Reizenstein name

Before Florence Reizenstein was a middle school on the borderline of Shadyside and East Liberty, the name belonged to a petite redhead who

8 years ago


Fictional debate easily trumps the real thing

It had to happen. The most incisive current events program on television is a fake news show presented by comedians pretending to be

8 years ago


City school board's closing plan needs logic and resolve

I'll admit this right up front: When the Pittsburgh Public Schools tried to close my kid's school three times in as many years, I was among

8 years ago


The rats may be gaining

It sometimes seems that humans are getting dumber.

8 years ago


Faith-based nominee can't evade religious questions

Anyone who watches Court TV or "Law & Order"

8 years ago


Perzel reads kids' books, but not the writing on the wall

Yesterday I heard that Republican state lawmaker John Perzel of Philadelphia was planning a visit this morning to a Pittsburgh elementary

8 years ago


Lorelai and Rory, please phone home

There's not a lot of must-see-TV in our house, but "Gilmore Girls" would have to qualify for the label.

9 years ago


We'll behold our own God, thank you very much

You can never find a Jew for Jesus when you need one. Or so I was beginning to think when I went out in search of one yesterday.

9 years ago


Democrats must stand firm in face of court challenge

If ever there were a critical moment where government, politics and the well-being of citizens intersect, it's here and now.

9 years ago


A few words of advice for the new superintendent

An open letter to Pittsburgh school Superintendent Mark Roosevelt at the start of the new school year:

9 years ago


What will we endure for sake of security?

It's only a matter of time until this scene unfolds outside Heinz Field: Person approaches security screener and spreads arms to facilitate

9 years ago


Midlife crisis, lock and load

Having recently written an article about women using their midlife crises to remake themselves in some amazing ways, I couldn't help

9 years ago


No sign of intelligence in intelligent designers

President Bush weighed in on another education issue this week, saying that schools should teach something called "intelligent design"

9 years ago


Afghan couple out of jail but not free

An elderly Afghan couple emerged from a Virginia jail on Friday, riding a wave of protest from Pittsburgh that flooded the Department of

9 years ago


Voters need to stay mad and get even

But what can we do about it? That's been the common lament among readers who are furious about our state legislators' self-activated pay

9 years ago


Stick a pin in the bloated Legislature

There is something so perverse about Pennsylvania lawmakers jacking up their own salaries 16 percent while slashing medical assistance to

9 years ago


Afghan couple fall victim to Homeland Security

Two days ago, Dr. Wishwa Kapoor and his wife held an all-American Fourth of July celebration at their home in the leafy suburb of Fox

9 years ago


Give me liberty, no more stuff

Sometimes I look at all the extraneous material in my house and fantasize about picking the whole structure up off its foundation, turning

9 years ago


Foot soldiers salute the general

I wonder how many metropolitan newspaper publishers walk through their newsrooms seeking out writers to compliment their work, or send them

9 years ago


A new justice system might be more just

Garbage in, garbage out. It's true when computer operators enter faulty data that makes programs blow up in their faces, and it's true when

9 years ago


This nation needs another Deep Throat

In some ways it was more fun when we didn't know.

9 years ago


Graduation pregnant with inequity

Here we go again. A religious institution that abhors abortion and exhorts adherents to promote a "culture of life"

9 years ago


Truth or consequences? Take your pick

Some years ago, I was reporting a story that was upsetting to its subjects.

9 years ago


Political animals sniff the winds of change

Anyone looking for lofty constitutional principles underlying the battle between Senate Republicans and Democrats over President Bush's

9 years ago


Putting maternal anxiety in perspective

In case you didn't already know that parents of teenagers have a tendency to feel frustrated, clueless or otherwise disordered, some new

9 years ago


For Casey, the time is now

You probably saw last week's independent poll showing that if the 2006 race for U.S.

9 years ago


Pete's style wouldn't work in the city now

Nobody's Boy. That's how Pete Flaherty styled himself when he first ran for mayor in 1968, and it was a fair description at the time.

9 years ago


Bottom line: Are Shuman juveniles safe from harm?

It should go without saying that the five guards from Shuman Juvenile Detention Center accused in the "scared straight"

9 years ago


Hospitals have had enough of lights, camera, action!

It was bound to happen. After several decades of amateur filmmakers in the delivery room, some doctors and hospitals are banning the use of

9 years ago


Competitive sleeping: a game for liars

There are many sports that utterly fail to interest me. Curling, for example. Water ballet. Tractor pulling.

9 years ago


Wanted: a living will that holds up in court

I wouldn't presume to speak for Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who's been living in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years.

9 years ago


She's splitting hairs again -- and it feels very good

If you've ever had a life-threatening illness that made all nonessential matters seem petty and insignificant, you probably know it's a

9 years ago


Kid gloves for the boxer

Question: What's the difference between a drunken middle-aged professor who shoots a police officer and a drunken young boxer who shoots

9 years ago


Does board want superintendent in its own image?

Here we are again, with the city school district in need of a new superintendent.

9 years ago


You know, it's just past Isaly's

Newcomers to Pittsburgh find it quaint and maddening that natives give directions based on things that aren't there anymore.

9 years ago


Jilted Pittsburgh airport just might be better off

Now that US Scareways has demoted Pittsburgh from a hub city to a nuisance stop, I keep finding myself in the unlovely Philadelphia

9 years ago


This inauguration is a losing business

Americans are so used to the links between money and power, it barely registers anymore when corporations and lobbyists dig deep for

9 years ago


White House has bigger credibility problem than CBS

What happens when you base a big project on questionable information? Well, if you work for CBS News, you get a pink slip.

9 years ago


'Daddy' show not exactly family fare

We're only five days into the new year, and already Fox has carved out a whole new category for the Emmy Awards: Worst Freudian Reality

9 years ago


Let's play mayoral hat-toss

Now that Mayor Tom Murphy, apparently preferring to leave office with his skin intact, has decided not to seek a fourth term, the field is

9 years ago


Too much food for thought

This just in on the ugly-American front: Dozens of seats on the world's most luxurious cruise liner are alleged to have collapsed under the

9 years ago


An ode to brothers, here and gone

Somewhere along the line, our daughter began to wonder why she was an only child.

9 years ago


Answers make us question

Welcome to our current events quiz, post-election edition. Let's get right to it.

9 years ago


Santorum doesn't live here, but his tuition bills do

In his years in the U.S. Senate, Rick Santorum has fashioned himself as a strict steward of taxpayer money.

9 years ago


Canada ready to welcome America's disaffected

Finally, the campaign we couldn't wait to end is over. Or not.

9 years ago


Confessions of a conservative columnist

How nuts are we getting over this election?

9 years ago


Principal's death leaves gaping wound in school

There's a blue and white bumper sticker on my car that reads, "Homewood Montessori, A Peaceful Environment."

9 years ago


You gotta know when to hold 'em ...

During the last presidential election, my father-in-law lived and voted in south Florida.

9 years ago


A too-short life, very well lived

How she died -- in a plane crash in Montana while doing her job for the U.S.

10 years ago


Would you Rather Dan, or rather not?

It's always been easy to make fun of Dan Rather and his wacky Texas analogies.

10 years ago


Elevator video is newest mass media monster

We stepped into the elevator of our Manhattan hotel only to be assaulted by a virtual mugger.

10 years ago


Pitt hunger striker finally feels vindicated

For the past 10 years, Christie Hudson's fortunes have been closely linked to the University of Pittsburgh.

10 years ago


School calendar dawns laboriously early for some

This summer isn't officially over until midnight Sept. 21.

10 years ago


Marathon of folly: The 2004 Presidential Olympics

We've got this big, important story going on, with people all over the world tuning in and hollering at their TV sets.

10 years ago


Vacation brings family together, if just for a while

Our daughter is about to begin her high school career.

10 years ago


Opposing views at core of being an American

Any number of Democrats might like to tell house organs for the vast right-wing conspiracy to "shove it" on any given day.

10 years ago


Ha-ha Ah-nuld! Now go sleep on the couch

I am trying to imagine the conversation between Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, after the Governator ridiculed Democrats

10 years ago


But first, a word from our sponsor

This column is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

10 years ago


Ask a working woman, get an earful

If you think working women seem cranky these days, here's another way of looking at it: they'd be justified in being a whole lot crankier.

10 years ago


Extreme makeovers lift more than self-esteem

The part that really got me was the final statements to the judges, which boiled down to this: If you choose me to win this pageant, I'll

10 years ago


Some of us need love. You others, forget it

I got married in 1977 and divorced in 1982.

10 years ago


If everybody's doing it, can it be wrong?

The Nuremberg trials following World War II were supposed to have established once and for all that "just following orders"

10 years ago


Government's view on women and sex misguided

The best moments in the new teen comedy film "Mean Girls" are set in health class at a big suburban high school.

10 years ago


Kucinich wages campaign against electronic voting

Having won not a single primary so far, and standing not to win any that remain, Dennis Kucinich keeps pressing on with his campaign for

10 years ago


'Protection-from-abuse' law fails again

Alvin Starks was ordered at least twice in two years to surrender a gun in his possession.

10 years ago


Protecting children who have too many parents

The comedy troupe Firesign Theater once posed the musical puzzle: "How can you be two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?"

10 years ago


Ex-terror czar's charges fit larger Bush pattern

Vice President Dick Cheney was too clever by half in his attempt to discredit former terrorism czar Richard A.

10 years ago


Campaign 2004: War of the sexes?

Here's a Rorschach test for you: What phrase comes immediately to mind when you hear George W.

10 years ago


Open schools are bigger concern than closed ones

If those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it, are those who remember immune from the same fate? Not necessarily.

10 years ago


Lights and cameras, but no action, at the Oscars

For a business based on audience appeal, the motion picture industry sure does a lousy job with its awards show.

10 years ago


Immorality and stupidity a volatile mix

By the standards of any morality play, the story that unfolded in the Downtown hotel room of some visiting basketball players last week was

10 years ago



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