Commentary

Let Pennsylvanians decide: Put marijuana legalization on the ballot | Opinion

BY: - March 15, 2019

The use of a ballot question to better understand how legalizing marijuana is viewed by a broader swath of Pennsylvanians would provide invaluable guidance as the legislature takes up this issue.

Operation Varsity Blues cheating scandal shows why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students | Opinion

BY: - March 14, 2019

The college admission cheating scandal recently announced by the Department of Justice shows why colleges should admit students via lottery, argues an expert on college admissions.

The Operation Varsity Blues college admission scandal grew out of a system that was ripe for corruption | Opinion

BY: - March 14, 2019

The college admission scandal that involved big bribes, coaches and Hollywood actors grew out of a system that favors rich parents and gives coaches too much leeway in admissions, a Villanova University sociologist argues

The Family Research Council’s latest congressional scorecard isn’t very pro-family | John L. Micek

BY: - March 13, 2019

Spoiler alert: Republicans did well. Democrats, less so.

It’s Sunshine Week in Pa.: Here’s how we’ve been helping to shine a light on government | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2019

The Right-to-Know Law is perfect. It’s strong, but it can be stronger

Report: Will Pittsburgh’s gun-ban put more of the city’s black residents in harm’s way? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 13, 2019

"If it’s proposing to disarm black people, no, not in the age of Trump, and Charlottesville," one local activist says.

Sunshine Week celebrates a critical part of our democracy: The free press | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2019

Freedom of the press should never be taken for granted.

Pittsburghers love where they live — but survey finds room for improvement | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 12, 2019

There's a significant difference in how white and black residents feel about Allegheny County.

Pregnant women shouldn’t have to choose between a job and a healthy baby | Opinion

BY: - March 12, 2019

By Jeannette Cox Pregnant women in low-income work often face an unappealing choice: lose their job or perform duties that endanger their health and that of their baby. Walmart, the biggest private employer in the U.S., is a case in point. In 2007, the retailer fired Heather Wiseman for carrying around a bottle of water […]

When it comes to passing hate crimes laws, go beyond mere statistics | Opinion

BY: - March 12, 2019

This is a case where we need to go beyond the numbers when deciding an issue that may be one more based on morality than science.