EDITORIALS



Not very Super: With no knockout punch, the GOP brawl rolls on

2012-03-08 00:00:00

Tuesday's primaries and caucuses, billed as "Super Tuesday," left Republicans and everyone else with a little more clarity ...


Political sewer: Is the PWSA really serious about professionalism?

2012-03-08 00:00:00

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is looking for a professional firm to manage the agency on an interim basis ...


Texters beware: A law puts the brake on a fatal distraction

2012-03-08 00:00:00

For as much as social media can be useful, this is one editorial that we hope you won't text to someone who might be driving.


Pressure situation: Action on transportation is needed all around

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Gov. Tom Corbett is right to pressure the Port Authority for a cost-cutting contract to take effect July 1.


A city revived: Forbes.com gives Pittsburgh its latest accolade

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Forbes.com loves Pittsburgh. It might even be a love bordering on obsession, given the honors the website has bestowed recently.


Iran's fallout: Its democracy movement fails to have an impact

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Candidates backing Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were the big election winners Friday in its 290-seat parliament,


Flood of tears: The city must be proactive on stormwater

2012-03-06 00:00:00

No one thinks about sewers until they back up.


Rush's racket: Republicans are weak-kneed on Limbaugh

2012-03-06 00:00:00

Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh has the perfect little racket going.


Rocky road: Putin is victorious, but opposition erupts

2012-03-06 00:00:00

Although Vladimir V. Putin was elected president Sunday by a wide margin, more than 63 percent of the vote, thousands of Russians


Good for Garfield: The community moves to put trouble behind

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Garfield and good news don't often go hand in hand.


Shared experience: The entire nation can learn from a new museum

2012-03-05 00:00:00

Last month ground was broken on the Smithsonian Institution's 19th museum.


Safe, not sorry: Keep charged guards away from state inmates

2012-03-05 00:00:00

We can't fault the state Department of Corrections for erring on the side of caution in suspending eight prison guards ...


Lights, cameras ... : Action at a new studio keeps Pittsburgh on film

2012-03-04 00:01:00

Pittsburgh is used to street closures and traffic jams due to movie shoots.


Far afield: The NYPD oversteps in its surveillance of Muslims

2012-03-04 00:00:00

The New York Police Department's surveillance and data compilation activities directed against Muslims in the United States show a


Asides

2012-03-04 00:00:00

IT WAS MR. BUMBLE in Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" who uttered the immortal line, "If the law supposes that, then the law is a ass, a


Dirty ball: A student's apology is the first step toward justice

2012-03-03 00:00:00

Woodland Hills High School basketball star Shakim Alonzo was a model student athlete.


Paws on the ground: A revived city program helps with animal control

2012-03-03 00:00:00

Population growth normally would be good news for the city of Pittsburgh, but that's not true when the expansion is taking place among


End zone: Ward's departure is the price of a quality team

2012-03-02 00:01:00

Hines Ward has been such a mainstay in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization that an outsider asked whether Heinz Field was named after


Food for peace: Will North Korea follow through this time?

2012-03-02 00:00:00

North Korea's statement after talks with the United States that it is ready to deal on its nuclear weapons program offers plenty of


Forward on reverse: A federal rule on rearview cameras makes sense

2012-03-02 00:00:00

As the saying goes, sometimes a driver needs eyes in the back of his head, especially to avoid a tragedy such as running over an unseen


Campus diversity: This is not the time to weaken affirmative action

2012-03-01 00:00:00

Affirmative action in higher education is on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time since 2003.


Picture imperfect: Housing Authority needs photos of the unwelcome

2012-03-01 00:00:00

If you get arrested, you're not welcome on Pittsburgh Housing Authority property.


Romney's night: Victories in 2 races bring him closer to the prize

2012-03-01 00:00:00

Tuesday night's victories by candidate Mitt Romney in primaries in Arizona and Michigan, coupled with the announcement by Maine Sen. Olympia


Poor Haiti: Political ineptitude compounds its problems

2012-02-29 00:00:00

Haiti has done it again, compounding its already grave economic and social problems by creating a political tangle that cripples governance


Universities' ally: A powerful GOP senator opposes cuts to higher ed

2012-02-29 00:00:00

Pennsylvania's state-owned and state-related universities have attracted an influential ally in their opposition to Gov. Tom Corbett's propo


Trail of mistrust: A panel shines more light on disgraceful research

2012-02-29 00:00:00

The late John Cutler, a former U.S. Public Health Service doctor who later became a University of Pittsburgh professor, left a trail of pain


Obama's reform: His corporate plan may give too much away

2012-02-27 00:01:00

President Barack Obama's new proposal for corporate tax reform has good bones.


Bar this tax: South Siders shouldn't pay more for basic services

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Pittsburgh's South Side is getting noisier and rowdier than a typical Saturday night, and this time it's not drunken bar patrons generating


Asides

2012-02-26 00:01:00

SOME OF THE HAPPIEST words spoken in America are these: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training.


Where there's smoke: Exemptions are fouling the workplace air

2012-02-26 00:00:00

It's been three and a half years since Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect, and it's time to update the rules so more workp


Transit win: The news is good, at least on the North Shore

2012-02-26 00:00:00

With the threat of cuts again hanging over Allegheny County's transit system, it's refreshing to see some service expanding -- and with free


No to the olive branch: Geneva College sues on the contraception issue

2012-02-25 00:00:00

Like Grove City College, Geneva College is a small Western Pennsylvania school with conservative Christian principles that color its attitud


Mali's unrest: A rebellion triggers a new humanitarian crisis

2012-02-25 00:00:00

The return of Tuareg fighters previously employed by the Libyan government of Moammar Gadhafi before its overthrow by rebels and NATO in Oct


Street edition: A new bookstore brings old favorites Downtown

2012-02-24 00:01:00

A stroll down Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District just got a little more interesting.


Fatal burning: The U.S. is hurt by mishandling of the Quran

2012-02-24 00:00:00

How is it possible after wars of 11 years in Afghanistan and eight years in Iraq, both Muslim countries, that a handful of U.S. troops could


Wise prescription: Enlisting doctors in the fight against addiction

2012-02-24 00:00:00

When prescription drugs are to blame for more than half of the fatal overdoses in this country, it's time to give doctors and pharmacists a


Selective competition: UPMC should expand its one-year, one-site deal

2012-02-23 00:01:00

Question: How many people does it take to fill the 156 beds of the soon-to-open, state-of-the-art UPMC East hospital?


It's complicated: Many factors fuel the rising price of gasoline

2012-02-23 00:00:00

Americans are being told that the rising price of gasoline is either inevitable or, say the Republicans, a result of President Barack Obama'


Space vacuum: It's time to clean up, way up there

2012-02-23 00:00:00

The Swiss Space Center's announcement that it is developing a "janitorial satellite" to clean up some of the debris in lower Earth orbit is


Fractured Yemen: Its new president is not a harbinger of change

2012-02-22 00:00:00

It is hard to see how it happened, but the United States has ended up with former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh here for medical treat


Better cars: Ford and GM make a case to buy American

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Just when the federal auto bailout is front and center in the Republican debate, a new report shows vehicles made by two American companies


Now and the future: A benchmark report captures the region's progress

2012-02-22 00:00:00

How far Pittsburgh has progressed is not revealed simply by old photographs and nostalgia-tinged memories.


Record feet: PSU students use shoe leather to fight cancer

2012-02-21 00:01:00

Penn State students really know how to party. That's not something school administrators are typically thrilled to hear about, but the weeke


Happy landings: A revived airline eyes a Pittsburgh comeback

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Visitors to Pittsburgh International Airport can be forgiven for thinking, at certain times, that they wandered into an aviation ghost town.


Twisted policy: The U.S. takes a contorted approach to Iran

2012-02-21 00:00:00

There are moments when America's apparent policy toward Iran is so twisted into knots that it scarcely deserves to be called a policy.


Next in line: China's future leader pays a courtesy call

2012-02-20 08:59:00

China's vice president, Xi Jinping, paid a visit to the United States last week and, while vice presidents typically don't draw that much at


Glenn's orbit: Half a century ago he showed the right stuff

2012-02-20 00:01:00

Fifty years ago today, John Glenn became America's first astronaut to orbit the Earth. As much as anyone else, Mr. Glenn inspired this natio


Home stand: With a good case, owners can reduce assessments

2012-02-20 00:00:00

City government is trying to soften the blow for Pittsburgh residents who are trying to appeal their Allegheny County property assessment.


Two trains running: Parallel tracks on liquor reform risk derailment

2012-02-19 00:01:00

It won't be the first time, but there's a mixed message coming out of Harrisburg, and we don't like it.


Asides

2012-02-19 00:01:00

PITTSBURGH has been called plenty in its 250-plus years, but not the "Birthplace of Pop Culture."


Economic boost: Congress puts the knives away and agrees to agree

2012-02-19 00:00:00

What started with a bang ended with a whimper Friday as Congress gave lopsided approval -- 60-36 in the Senate, 293-132 in the House -- to a


A real voting problem: Bureaucracy leaves dead people on the rolls

2012-02-18 00:00:00

Republicans across the country, including Pennsylvania, have pushed legislation requiring voters to produce a photo ID at polling places as


Breaking up the Brawl: Sadly, the final buzzer sounds for Pitt-WVU

2012-02-18 00:00:00

As everyone knows, money talks in college athletics and the $20 million that West Virginia University paid to exit the Big East Conference a


Grace and passion: Despite her tragic end, Houston's music will live on

2012-02-17 00:01:00

Whitney Houston was not Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson. Yet she is on a short list of performers who had global appeal for decades.


No place for women: Pa. county jails neglect female inmates' needs

2012-02-17 00:00:00

Pennsylvania's jailers must sometimes ask themselves the famous question sung by Professor Higgins in "My Fair Lady" -- "Why can't a woman b


Unforeseen outcome: Arms and immigrants flood post-Gadhafi Libya

2012-02-17 00:00:00

U.S. and NATO military support of Libyan rebels in replacing Moammar Gadhafi has had some undesirable consequences.


Fresh thinking: It's time to reimagine how to pay for health care

2012-02-16 00:01:00

The rising cost of health care hurts -- not only people who pay their own medical bills and buy their own health insurance, but also busines


Latin tests: Venezuela gets to choose; the Falklands heat up

2012-02-16 00:00:00

Two evolving events in Latin America should be of keen interest to the United States.


Health concern: Government should not do the bishops' work

2012-02-15 00:01:00

President Barack Obama extended an olive branch last week to Catholic bishops on health insurance coverage for contraception.


Obama's blueprint: Congress must work with him on approving a plan

2012-02-15 00:01:00

President Barack Obama's $3.8 trillion budget plan, with a deficit of $900 billion, should be seen more as a statement of intent for his for


Part-way open: Penn State takes steps toward public disclosure

2012-02-15 00:00:00

Penn State officials made good on a promise this week when they released details of how much they have paid lawyers, consultants and PR firm


NRA strikes back: A bill to shoot down local gun measures moves

2012-02-14 00:01:00

Evidence that the state Legislature is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association comes in many forms.


New energy duties: It makes sense for the PUC to deal with drilling

2012-02-14 00:00:00

There's a lot wrong with the new state law regulating the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry, but lawmakers got one thing right: putting


Not so special: SOCOM's bid for independence is a mistake

2012-02-14 00:00:00

While the federal government is under pressure to be more efficient with budgets and planning, Adm. William H. McRaven, head of the U.S. mil


Map for the future: An amateur redistricts better than the politicians

2012-02-13 00:00:00

Any Pennsylvania group that has an award for outstanding civic achievement should consider Amanda E. Holt for a prize.


Call to arms: The Pentagon further opens the door to women

2012-02-13 00:00:00

American women in uniform have been fighting and dying for their country for years in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Gas bill: Shale drillers got the better part of the deal

2012-02-13 00:00:00

Pennsylvania already has a love-hate relationship with Marcellus Shale gas drilling.


Occupy Pgh., RIP: The tent dwellers failed to connect with real folks

2012-02-12 00:00:00

What remained of Occupy Pittsburgh walked away from Downtown's Mellon Green on Wednesday evening, declaring the group's protest a success bu


Asides

2012-02-12 00:00:00

LET US NOW PRAISE famous men -- or at least one man who was great and deserved to be more famous for his good works in the Pittsburgh region


A ban overturned: Gay marriage advances on two fronts

2012-02-12 00:00:00

Last week saw two related developments on gay marriage. In the first, a three-judge federal panel in San Francisco voted 2-1 to uphold a low


Balancing act: Mixing history and progress in the Strip District

2012-02-11 00:00:00

Bulldozing history to make way for the future is always a tough call.


Obama tunes: The campaign tracks an eclectic playlist

2012-02-11 00:00:00

Most Americans have never heard of the free Internet music site called Spotify, but aides to the most tech-savvy American president have.


Hold your fire: The U.S. military has no place in the Arab Spring

2012-02-10 00:00:00

All the trouble in the Middle East that has come in the wake of the Arab Spring should be a clear signal to the United States, which has


Artful Pittsburgh: A town meeting to appreciate our cultural gifts

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Pittsburgh has a formidable reputation in the arts that runs through music, dance, visual art and letters.


Keep looking: Fitzgerald needs a strong choice for public defender

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Experience is said to be the best teacher, but advice from experts can be quite helpful, too.


Ground this idea: A legislative effort to save the 911th is absurd

2012-02-09 00:00:00

When the Post-Gazette editorialized Tuesday about the threat of closure to the 911th Airlift Wing, we suggested that the best way to save


Santorum the spoiler: Just as Romney looked set, the ex-senator revives

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Unless America is visited by biblical plagues -- and maybe not even then -- Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and perpetual


Lost opportunity: Corbett's choices will hurt Pennsylvanians

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Last year, at his inauguration, Tom Corbett took office with a desire to "unleash a new common prosperity to benefit all Pennsylvanians."


Syria's carnage: Outside forces must press to end the violence

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Whatever the prospects are for diplomacy by Russia to end the Syrian conflict, the tragedy is that the bloodshed will continue while that


A loss for words: There's only one for DeWeese this time -- guilty

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Longtime Democratic state Rep. Bill DeWeese has lost his right to public office.


Relax, Karl: Please repeat -- It's only a car ad, it's only a car ad

2012-02-08 00:00:00

You know it's a hyper-partisan age when GOP svengali Karl Rove professes offense at a Super Bowl ad extolling American resilience.


Nobel dynamite: The committee must defend its peace honorees

2012-02-07 00:00:00

All he is saying is give peace a chance.


Healthy color: PPG should go the extra step on lead-based paint

2012-02-07 00:00:00

The dangers of lead-based paint have been well-established for more than 30 years.


Start the engines: A military argument is needed to save the 911th

2012-02-07 00:00:00

Pittsburgh, which owes its existence to its beginnings as a frontier garrison town, has always had a close, historic relationship with the


Soul man: Cornelius' show got young people on their feet

2012-02-06 00:00:00

At the height of his popularity in the early 1970s, "Soul Train"


Test of leadership: America can erase its deficits, if it stays the course

2012-02-06 00:00:00

The Congressional Budget Office has not been in the habit of handing out valentines, and so it was last week when it offered its latest


Real-time courts: A rules panel would send Pa. to the dark ages

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Just as the state Supreme Court is stepping into the modern era by tweeting its rulings and allowing TV broadcasts of some sessions, its


Race to the bottom: After its reversal, Komen has something to prove

2012-02-05 00:00:00

On-again, off-again relationships can be so uncomfortable for friends and associates of the partners, a condition that is especially true


Good jobs news: Finally, an encouraging employment report

2012-02-05 00:00:00

It's been too long since the phrases "unemployment rate" and "cautious optimism" could be found in the same sentence.


Asides

2012-02-05 00:00:00

WEATHER forecasters are the Rodney Dangerfields of the prognosticating arts -- they get no respect.


The bet paid off: Pennsylvania's legalized gambling is far from a bust

2012-02-04 00:00:00

When legalized casino gambling was being pushed in Pennsylvania, one of its selling points was sizable tax relief for property owners.


Dis-union: Africa's nations fail to agree on a common leader

2012-02-04 00:00:00

The African Union, by not being able to agree on a secretary general, has showed new cracks in continental unity.


Afghan shift: The U.S. is right to curtail combat earlier

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Americans who believe the United States has put enough lives and money into Afghanistan should be pleased by Defense Secretary Leon


Humane re-test: DPW proposes a better food-stamp standard

2012-02-03 00:00:00

After a blizzard of criticism on its proposal to reinstate an asset test for food stamp eligibility, the administration of Gov.


Equitable compromise: Faith-based employees deserve the same coverage

2012-02-03 00:00:00

President Barack Obama has not declared war on the Roman Catholic Church, no matter what the faithful may be hearing in church.


Wish you were here: Pennsylvania could generate more tourism jobs

2012-02-02 00:00:00

The Obama administration wants to become more flexible in providing tourism visas, in a way that will not compromise border security.


Weighting game: County executive employees should inspect scales

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Few people gave the Allegheny County Bureau of Weights and Measures a thought before former Controller Mark Patrick Flaherty started


A battle won: But Romney has yet to win the bloodier war

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Hold the coronation for populist emperor that amazingly seemed plausible after Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary.


Test of faith: Legislators fail at separating church and state

2012-02-01 02:04:00

Last week, the state House of Representatives, on a vote of 193-0, passed a resolution declaring 2012 the "Year of the Bible." As usual, the


Extend the benefits: The state House must not hold the jobless hostage

2012-02-01 02:03:00

Some Republicans in the state House of Representatives may threaten to make mischief with what should be a simple process of extending unemp


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