PG Columnists

 Wednesday night against the Cubs started bad and turned worse for the Pirates and starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, but he's not alone in the blame.

Ron Cook: Plenty of Pirates give reason to play the blame game after loss

Who to blame for another early Pirates postseason exit? More like who not to blame after an ugly 4-0 shutout by the Chicago Cubs.

about 8 hours ago

Tony Norman: Carson’s gunning for a scary America

Ben Carson’s vision of a well-armed American population is pretty scary.

about 8 hours ago

 Ian Mercer, father of Christopher Harper-Mercer

Jennifer Graham: The shooter's father says he didn’t know

Harper-Mercer assembled an arsenal before the slaughter began at Umpqua Community College.

1 day ago

 Jake Arrieta reacts after getting a double play to end the sixth inning during the National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Gene Collier: No amount of metrics could help Pirates vs. Jake Arrieta

Destiny calls for Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who becomes first pitcher to throw a postseason shutout with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks.

1 day ago

Brian O'Neill: Health care legal squabble is just sick

Lawyers forget someone in local health care debate -- the vulnerable ones affected.

1 day ago

Dan Simpson: The GOP tail is wagging the dog

If the anti-government types take over, the party and country are in big trouble.

2 days ago

 Cubs manager Joe Maddon warms up his team during batting practice Tuesday in preparation for its wild-card game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Cubs manager Maddon's approach -- 'go out and play, man!'

A manager who has gone to explicit lengths to keep his teams loose, Joe Maddon knows as well as anyone how teams succeed in games like this.

2 days ago

Reg Henry: He’s gone but dying someday to return

He’s dying for a chance to return to Pittsburgh, but maybe not real soon.

2 days ago

 Josh Harrison went 3 for 4 against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Picking a Pirates lineup for wild-card game not easy

Pirates need Josh Harrison’s fire and hot bat in the starting lineup for the National League wild-card game against the Chicago Cubs.

3 days ago

Tony Norman: Gun law paralysis is the real insanity

Stephen Colbert respond to yet another mass shooting in a way that acknowledged the absurdity of our congressional impasse.

3 days ago

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Best route to good commuting options: Take survey

Attention commuters: Fold your kickstands, stop your engines and take the “Make My Trip Count” survey today.

3 days ago

 J.A. Happ was again brilliant in another start for the Pirates, but will he be back next season?

Ron Cook: Walker, Alvarez, Happ deliver Sunday, but the future remains a question

The trio is playing well at the right time, but is their time as Pirates players running out?

4 days ago

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: There’s no place like home, especially in Pittsburgh

Pittsburghers never want to leave their homes, or maybe they’re just trapped here.

4 days ago

 Jonah Winter's "How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz" is illustrated by Keith Mallet.

Ruth Ann Dailey: Perfect Pittsburgh story revolves 'round Jelly Roll

Pianist Tom Roberts and kids’ author Jonah Winter magically came together over a passion for Jelly Roll Morton. Go see the results.

4 days ago

 Many experts believe that Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina will fade as political forces.

David M. Shribman: It’s amateur hour, again

Every once in a while, Americans look to nonpoliticians to transform our political system.

5 days ago

 George "Pat'' Fallon and wife Rose Pavlik Fallon.

Brian O'Neill: Reminders keep coming of a soldier’s sweet song

What did your daddy do in The War? That’s a question we baby boom boys often asked in grade school but which rarely comes up anymore.

5 days ago

Jack Kelly: First-rate health care

I’m getting it, as should more Americans.

5 days ago

 Starling Marte celebrates with teammates after his walk-off home run Friday night to beat Cincinnati.

Ron Cook: Postseason success a must for Pirates

Many Steelers fans take a Super Bowl-or-bust approach to each season, and it’s time that thinking applies to the Pirates.

5 days ago

Tony Norman: Burgess’ idea would get at quiet racism

Burgess proposal would help address Pittsburgh’s history of quiet racism.

1 week ago

 Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converts on the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Steelers on Thursday night.

Ron Cook: Loss to Ravens painful in many ways

The Steelers 23-20 loss Thursday night shows that they face a tough future without injured Ben Roethlisberger.

1 week ago

 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs during half-time at Heinz Field Thursday night as former Steeler Jerome Bettis is honored with his Hall of Fame ring.

Gene Collier: Steelers fail to hit all the right notes against Ravens

Some poor execution and decision making late in the game doomed the Steelers to a crushing loss against the Ravens.

1 week ago

Jennifer Graham: Fat-fixing vs. fat-shaming 

Respecting everyone shouldn’t mean accepting obesity.

1 week ago

 A matchup between Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is nigh.

Ron Cook: Gerrit Cole's attitude, ability can carry Pirates a long way

Even if it comes down to a duel with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Gerrit Cole gives the Pirates a great chance to beat anyone in the other dugout.

1 week ago

Brian O'Neill: Budget impasse is long-running joke on us

The state budget impasse is kind of like a sitcom, only longer.

1 week ago

 Pope Francis talks to journalists while en route to Italy after visiting the United States.

Dan Simpson: That’s quite a pope

Pope Francis raised our level and civility of discourse, briefly.

1 week ago

 Cardinals' Mark Reynolds rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run against Pirates' Mark Melancon in the ninth inning Monday at PNC Park.

Gene Collier: Pirates pay high price for many mistakes Monday night

After the miscues late in the game Monday night against St. Louis, Tuesday’s rain didn’t do the Pirates any favors.

1 week ago

Reg Henry: The refugee crisis that we cannot ignore

Our nation, so long the world’s moral conscience, has not shown as much public sympathy toward these refugees as might have been expected.

1 week ago

Tony Norman: Pope and too many Christians contrast

Pope’s example should put a lot of so-called Christians in their place.

1 week ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: The pope's message and Boehner's exit, through a media filter

Why are our society’s polarized disagreements on serious topics the primary concern in both the pope and Boehner news narratives?

1 week ago

David M. Shribman: It's all in the (political) family

America and Canada may be democracies, but power nevertheless is often inherited.

1 week ago

Jack Kelly: The dissing of Dr. Carson

His comments about a Muslim president are being wrenched out of context.

1 week ago

 Ah, lovely old historic North Side homes. Servants not included.

Brian O'Neill: This old house needs dusting. Where’d the servants go?

The charms of a big, old city house are real. But do lower the bar for cleanliness, unless you have the servants that once came standard.

1 week ago

 Ben Roethlisberger isn't willing to say so, but even without as many Super Bowl victories as Terry Bradshaw, Big Ben is the best to ever play quarterback in a Steelers uniform.

Ron Cook: Big Ben beats Bradshaw as Steelers' best quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger could break Terry Bradshaw’s wins record today, but he’s already the best quarterback the Steelers have ever had.

1 week ago

 Larry Lucchino talks on his cell phone on his first visit to the Red Sox spring training facility back in 2002 in Fort Myers, Fla., before becoming the team's president.

Gene Collier: A baseball life takes a turn for Pittsburgher Lucchino

Pittsburgh native Larry Lucchino begins his final week in baseball after overseeing the impossible in Boston as president of the Red Sox.

1 week ago

 Pope Francis kisses a baby as he parades around the White House Ellipse on Wednesday.

Tony Norman: Where does Pope Francis get his crazy ideas?

How are those who amass the world’s resources for personal gain supposed to feel when a so-called holy man exalts the poor at their expense?

2 weeks ago

Jennifer Graham: Kennel calamities

Dog owners find community when a pet goes missing.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers center Cody Wallace practices at the team's South Side facility on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Gene Collier: Steelers center Cody Wallace knows how to overcome adversity

Experience has taught Steelers center Cody Wallace not to shrink in face of adversity.

2 weeks ago

 Hillary Rodham Clinton, with her husband, former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea.

Brian O'Neill: Presidents fade, but ‘The Simpsons’ endure

By now there are millions of voters who can’t remember a time before the Bushes, the Clintons and “The Simpsons.”

2 weeks ago

Dan Simpson: U.S. policy creates refugees

The U.S. bears much responsibility for the migrant crisis.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates manager Clint Hurdle celebrates the team's victory in the 2013 National League wild-card game by allowing himself to be the target of champagne blasts.

Ron Cook: Pirates, fans shouldn't take making playoffs for granted

Making playoffs for three years in a row will be quite an accomplishment.

2 weeks ago

Reg Henry: Republicans make politics seem like kids' stuff

At the GOP presidential debates, most of the candidates displayed political outlooks suitable for children’s story. Like these ...

2 weeks ago

 The Steelers' Ryan Shazier gets a piece of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's jersey in the second quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Steelers defense shows improvement, but much work remains

The Steelers defense showed its first signs of a needed turnaround, but members of the unit know there is much work still to be done.

2 weeks ago

Tony Norman: Dr. Carson descends to Trump's ignorance level

With no-Muslim-as-president line, Dr. Carson satisfies those who suspect that the intelligence of neurosurgeons has been vastly overrated.

2 weeks ago

 Artist Tom Otterness' sculpture/slide "Playground" in use at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park opening Sunday.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Aspinwall Riverfront Park a testament to tenacity

Huge crowds turn out for grand opening of Aspinwall Riverfront Park, a concept that became a reality in five years.

2 weeks ago

 Steelers' DeAngelo Williams picks up first down against the 49ers during Sunday's game at Heinz Field.

Gene Collier: Steelers' offensive firepower a good sign for future

The Steelers were better in all aspects in their rout of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

2 weeks ago

Ruth Ann Dailey: It's that moment again in America

Which presidential candidate has the right message and image for this fraught moment?

2 weeks ago

 David Hu (the one with the toilet seat on his head) accepts the Ig Nobel Physics Prize for research on the principle that all mammals empty their bladders of urine in about 21 seconds.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Bravo, Ig Nobelists, for making our brains bristle

In a funny sort of way, the Ig Nobel Prizes might make you go “Huh?”

2 weeks ago

 Donald Trump at the Iowa State Fair,  Aug. 15, in Des Moines.

David M. Shribman: Iowa rebels

Iowans have a rebellious streak, and they’re putting it on display by supporting Trump

2 weeks ago

 In June 1998, this was the North Shore. Plenty of parking lots, but not much happening.

Brian O'Neill: Maligned ex-mayor Tom Murphy looks better, just like his city

With nearly a decade’s hindsight, it’s time to give Mr. Murphy his due: He saw what post-industrial Pittsburgh could be, and got it in gear.

2 weeks ago

Jack Kelly: Trump’s a charlatan

He’s a great salesman with nothing to sell.

2 weeks ago