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Editorial: US caused undue stress over WHO breastfeeding resolution

Editorial: US caused undue stress over WHO breastfeeding resolution

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When Ecuadorian delegates introduced a resolution at the World Health Assembly in May imploring governments worldwide to encourage breastfeeding and discourage inappropriate promotion of baby formula as a better choice, it was seen by most other countries as uncontroversial and expected to pass quickly. B...

Editorial: Patience required in Antwon Rose case

Editorial: Patience required in Antwon Rose case

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old black Woodland Hills student, was shot by a white East Pittsburgh police officer, Michael Rosfeld, on the evening of June 26. Since then, coverage of ensuing protests has been extensive — as has speculation surrounding the two parties involved. What is known to be true is...

Editorial: Separating families is unethical no matter how it’s handled

Editorial: Separating families is unethical no matter how it’s handled

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Reporters were recently permitted to visit to a shelter in Texas housing 1,500 migrant boys who crossed the southern U.S. border illegally. The children staying in the shelter have been deemed “unaccompanied minors.” Not all of them arrived that way. Nearly 2,500 children have been separated from ...

Editorial: North Korea-United States summit wasn’t worth it

Editorial: North Korea-United States summit wasn’t worth it

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 13, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President of the United States Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un met in the first summit meeting between the two countries on Tuesday. It was a historic meeting for that reason — and not much else. The summit was held with the intention of striking a deal for peace and co...

Editorial: ABC prioritized views over values with ‘Roseanne’ revival

Editorial: ABC prioritized views over values with ‘Roseanne’ revival

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The revival of working-class sitcom “Roseanne” was cut short Tuesday after two months on ABC — and unlike “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” it probably won’t be picked up by another network after the creator and star of the sitcom, Roseanne Barr, compared black former White House aide Valerie Jarret...

Editorial: A royal wedding does not solve racism

Editorial: A royal wedding does not solve racism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 23, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

American actress Meghan Markle’s marriage to the British Prince Harry featured celebrity guests, beautiful decor and a well-dressed, smitten couple — staples of any royal wedding. But when Markle walked herself down the aisle May 19, viewers around the world knew something was different this time. Pe...

Editorial: US made mistake in moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Editorial: US made mistake in moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For the past seven weeks, protesters in and around Palestine have taken to the streets to demand their right to return to areas they were forcibly expelled from when the state of Israel was created. And on Monday, at least 60 protesters were killed by Israeli forces — the same day the United States ...

Friday Fight: After April tears, May’s in the clear

Friday Fight: After April tears, May’s in the clear

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It’s April ― flowers around campus are starting to bloom, the weather is finally warming up and the end of the semester is upon us. Pitt lets out for the summer earlier than most other schools, and while we can’t wait for classes to be over, the early ending can have its downsides. Here’s ...

Editorial: Keep the final exams in finals week

Editorial: Keep the final exams in finals week

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As the end of classes rapidly approaches and the promise of summer begins to peek its head over the horizon, Pitt students have one final demon to deal with before they can breathe a collective sigh of relief — finals week. Stretching in the formless expanse of time between the last sessions of the semes...

Editorial: Hip-hop’s presence in Pulitzer Prize long overdue

Editorial: Hip-hop’s presence in Pulitzer Prize long overdue

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 18, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When perusing a list of past Pulitzer Prize for Music award winners and their compositions, it’s not hard to spot Kendrick Lamar’s presence. His 2017 album, “DAMN.,” dropped onto the list with a thud, breaking up the delicate musical embroidery and lace of symphonies, concertos and operas. For the first time since the aw...

Editorial: Comey’s media blitz detracts from Trump probe

Editorial: Comey’s media blitz detracts from Trump probe

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If James Comey’s recent return to the public eye looks to you like a publicity campaign, you probably aren’t wrong — the former FBI chief’s book comes out today. Comey’s foray into nonfiction writing has all the signs of a dramatic release. Even the book’s title, “A Higher Loyalty,” makes a ...

Editorial: Address landslides in local infrastructure plans

Editorial: Address landslides in local infrastructure plans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

More than 70 landslides have hit Pittsburgh this year — but the one on Route 30 last week was possibly the worst. The collapsed roadway severely damaged four residences and raised the City’s landslide cost to an estimated $12 million in 2018 so far. But funding for repair efforts remains slim...

Editorial: Zuckerberg testimony tells us nothing new about privacy

Editorial: Zuckerberg testimony tells us nothing new about privacy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 12, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Nearly two-thirds of adults in America use social media today — and for good reason. It provides us with news and information, connects us to our friends and gives us a platform to share tidbits of our lives — but access to such open sites puts our privacy at risk. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ...

Editorial: Pa. abortion law will fail to catch fallout

Editorial: Pa. abortion law will fail to catch fallout

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Even though the Supreme Court declared abortion a constitutional right 45 years ago with Roe v. Wade, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Speaker Mike Turzai seemingly pushed against that decision Monday. The Republican lawmaker unveiled a controversial bill in front of the Health Committee that wo...

Editorial: Erie diocese’s list of abusers demonstrates openness to change

Editorial: Erie diocese’s list of abusers demonstrates openness to change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 9, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie has started the month off by releasing a list of 34 priests and 17 laypeople who it believes have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct over the past several decades. The majority of the accused were never criminally ch...

Editorial: PA GOP has no room to talk on negative ads

Editorial: PA GOP has no room to talk on negative ads

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 8, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If feel-good positivity is your thing, you probably already know not to go looking for it in Pennsylvania state politics. But if you needed a reminder, Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango was ready to help this weekend. Mango, who’s hoping to win the GOP primary May 15 and go on to challenge in...

Editorial: Justin Baldoni’s feminism is too male-focused

Editorial: Justin Baldoni’s feminism is too male-focused

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 3, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Students passing through the William Pitt Union last week may have noticed a sign announcing a University-sponsored talk with television actor and speaker Justin Baldoni. But unless they looked any closer, it’s unlikely anyone realized what he was invited for — Women’s Empowerment Week. Baldoni, w...

Editorial: Not enforcing State pension forfeiture laws wastes tax dollars

Editorial: Not enforcing State pension forfeiture laws wastes tax dollars

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 3, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania public schools have a deficit that seems to get larger and larger as the gap in federal funding widens between poor and affluent districts. Many lay off or threaten to lay off teachers and cut funding for music and theater arts programs. In an environment like this...

Editorial: Don’t let Remington fool you

Editorial: Don’t let Remington fool you

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 2, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Forcing a gun manufacturer into declaring bankruptcy might sound like an undeniable victory for gun control activists — particularly when that manufacturer is Remington, America’s oldest gun manufacturer, and when that announcement came just one day after the March for Our Lives March 24. But...

Editorial: Citizenship question on 2020 census could cut PA funding

Editorial: Citizenship question on 2020 census could cut PA funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 29, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It’s no secret that for undocumented immigrants and other noncitizens, life can be rough under President Donald Trump’s administration. As of Monday, it just got significantly tougher. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new component of the 2020 census Monday night, requiring that Americ...

Editorial: Biden Twitter bout promises more brash leadership

Editorial: Biden Twitter bout promises more brash leadership

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For those who fear a woman would be too emotional to be president, last Thursday’s Twitter scrap between two men — one currently in that position, one potentially the next in line — might change their minds. Behaving characteristically like an upset toddler, President Donald Trump called out f...

Editorial: Santorum surrenders to chaos on gun control

Editorial: Santorum surrenders to chaos on gun control

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For most of the participants at anti-gun violence marches in cities across the country Saturday, there was a broad agreement: Gun laws are currently too lax, and we need to tighten them up to avoid future carnage. Some people, however, were busy proposing bizarre alternatives to gun control. ...

Editorial: PA GOP’s impeachment efforts threaten democracy

Editorial: PA GOP’s impeachment efforts threaten democracy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 22, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Ever since they redistricted in 2013 after winning the state legislature, Pennsylvania Republicans have played ball by their own set of rules — and now that those rules are being threatened, they’re going after the refs. The Commonwealth’s GOP suffered a serious blow to its continued hold on ...

Editorial: Union’s attack on Sonja Finn unnecessary, harms restaurant

Editorial: Union’s attack on Sonja Finn unnecessary, harms restaurant

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When Sonja Finn makes her daily trip to open the doors of Dinette — the restaurant she opened in 2008 — she won’t be thinking about the special election race she lost to Erika Strassburger on March 6. She’s more concerned with the union that endorsed Strassburger’s campaign, which may be si...

Editorial: “No Irish” pub misses the point on St. Patrick’s Day

Editorial: “No Irish” pub misses the point on St. Patrick’s Day

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Pretending to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day is a time-honored American tradition. But at one pub this year, the luck of the Irish wasn’t on the side of drinkers who wanted in because of their Celtic heritage. To honor the holiday, Detroit resident Dan Margulis rented out a space over the weeken...

Editorial: Pitt’s union lawsuit wastes time, tuition

Editorial: Pitt’s union lawsuit wastes time, tuition

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 18, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

If insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result, then administrators at Pitt must not agree with that definition. Pitt graduate students engaged in unionization efforts said last week that the school’s administration will challenge a petition to hold an election to decide whether or not to unionize. According to a Facebook post from the group, th...

Editorial: Casual Friday — the Shamrock Shake debate

Editorial: Casual Friday — the Shamrock Shake debate

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

So, Shamrock Shakes — let’s get one thing straight. The Shamrock Shake is not a middle-of-the-road food group. One cannot simply “take it or leave it.” Whether you think the shake is a collision of toothpaste and green highlighter fluid with a milkshake base or a blended miracle sent from...

Editorial: Third parties show need for all candidates to step it up

Editorial: Third parties show need for all candidates to step it up

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 15, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If any aspect of the massively hyped special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District went unnoticed, it was Libertarian Party candidate Drew Miller. After a preliminary count of the ballots cast Tuesday, Miller emerged with a paltry 1,379 votes — slightly more than half a percent of all votes cast in the election, which would usually relegate a ca...

Editorial: DeVos’ poor school choices affect PA public school success

Editorial: DeVos’ poor school choices affect PA public school success

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 14, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Betsy DeVos said it herself — “We should be funding and investing in students.” A student focus is certainly necessary, and the statement would have been fine on its own had she not followed it up with the ear-twinging modifier, “not in schools, school buildings, not in institutions, not in syste...

Editorial: Keep a local focus on special election

Editorial: Keep a local focus on special election

By The Pitt News Staff

March 13, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When President Donald Trump appeared at a Pittsburgh airplane hangar Saturday night, his role, ostensibly, was to pump up the assembled crowds to vote for Rick Saccone, the Republican running in today’s special election to fill the vacant seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Bu...

Editorial: Unplugging from media ignores civic responsibilities

Editorial: Unplugging from media ignores civic responsibilities

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 12, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

Whether it’s reports of an adult film performer’s lawsuit against the president or the all-too-consistent drumbeat of mass shootings in the country, following the news is becoming more and more an exercise in mental strength. In an environment like this, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to react in mu...

Editorial: Conservatives show hypocrisy on Delta tax

Editorial: Conservatives show hypocrisy on Delta tax

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre the past two weeks has been fraught with departures from long-standing political norms. Republican President Donald Trump called for comprehensive gun control measures at a televised White House meeting yesterday, suggesting the governmen...

Editorial: 60 Minutes’ sexist interview with New Zealand PM

Editorial: 60 Minutes’ sexist interview with New Zealand PM

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 28, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Donald Trump is known for his off-the-cuff remarks in speeches and interviews, but it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see the day when laundry or his baby’s birth is the topic up for discussion. When you sit down to watch an interview with a world leader, you expect to hear question...

Editorial: CNN can step up its coverage

Editorial: CNN can step up its coverage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Whether it’s TMZ, Buzzfeed or the National Inquirer, we Americans love celebrity gossip. And in the age of President Donald Trump’s tabloid presidency, it seems only natural that more mainstream news outlets — like CNN — would want in on the game. That’s why it came as little surprise yest...

Editorial: Trudeau demonstrates skin-deep commitment to diversity

Editorial: Trudeau demonstrates skin-deep commitment to diversity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Travelers in a foreign country have two options — they can learn the culture and blend in, or they can fake it until they make it. And while it’s impossible to know which strategy Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took on his official visit to India, it’s clear he didn’t make it. Trudeau...

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 22, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Florida’s state legislature disappointed gun control advocates Monday when it declined to consider a ban on the assault weapon used in last week’s high school massacre in Parkland, Florida. But for students, both in the state and around the country, that wasn’t the end of the story. From Minnes...

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Supreme Court released a new Pennsylvania Congressional District map Monday, redrawn to correct the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn version of the map, which the Supreme Court ruled as being an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” Democrats feel encouraged by the new map, while Republicans are understandably concerned this new congressional map...

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

Editorial: “Black Panther” sets standard for Hollywood inclusion

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If pop culture in the 2010s is remembered for anything, it’ll have to be superhero movies. Marvel, DC and smaller franchises have populated the silver screen with countless heroes over the past several years, almost all of them white — until last weekend, that is. “Black Panther,” a Marvel Studios produc...

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

Editorial: The Pitt News endorses Maggie Kennedy for Student Government Board President

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Top Stories

Candidates for the position of Student Government Board president run campaigns every year, requiring them to sit down with any number of student organizations, clubs and social groups and explain their case. With election day right around the corner, this year’s two candidates met with one more gr...

Editorial: Presidential portrait captures Obama’s presidency

Editorial: Presidential portrait captures Obama’s presidency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Among a sea of white faces belonging to former commanders in chief, Barack Obama marked a decisive change in  what an American president looked like 10 years ago when he won his first term. And with the unveiling of his official presidential portrait Monday, the nation’s first black president is continuing to affect the visual pr...

Editorial: Don’t take hugging controversies lightly

Editorial: Don’t take hugging controversies lightly

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 13, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, romantic gestures are rapidly proliferating across the country. One particular gesture, however, has been receiving unexpected new scrutiny: the hug. In a piece for The Washington Post this Sunday, reporter Lavanya Ramanathan asked whether some kinds of hugging — an ancient human behavior that’s seen an uptick over the past several decades — should be included in the growing conversation surrounding sexual abuse. Citing...

Editorial: Credit Pence for stand on North Korea

Editorial: Credit Pence for stand on North Korea

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The last time Mike Pence made a political statement at a sporting event, he criticized pro football players for kneeling through the national anthem — but the vice president was the one sitting on his hands this weekend in Korea. Pence was in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the end of last week, accompanying...

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Though he was democratically elected, President Donald Trump seems to relish every opportunity to look like an autocrat. His first year in office has seen everything from attacks on the free press to a resilient personality cult — soon, he’ll even get a military parade. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed at a pre...

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

Editorial: Wolf’s budget is progressive, but needs Democratic legislature to pass

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 7, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled the fourth yearly budget of his term Tuesday — and unlike his previous three, we might actually see it fully passed before the end of the year thanks to the 2018 midterm elections. The 2018-19 budget is notably progressive — Wolf is calling to raise both funding for publi...

Editorial: Cynical Super Bowl ad shows superficial concern for civil rights

Editorial: Cynical Super Bowl ad shows superficial concern for civil rights

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 6, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

When he first delivered his “Drum Major Instinct” sermon Feb. 4, 1968, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. had little way of knowing how his speech would come across in the moment — let alone 50 years in the future. The civil rights icon likely never foresaw a sound bite of the s...

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

Editorial: Peduto’s Amazon optimism dangerous for City

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mayor Bill Peduto is gazing into Pittsburgh’s future as a possible home for Amazon’s HQ2 wearing what appears to be a pair of rose-colored glasses. The proposition of a $5 billion economic bolster sits untouched in the distance, a prize Pittsburgh and 19 other cities are ruthlessly racing toward ...

Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

Editorial: Cleveland mascot’s departure signals good first step

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With statues of Confederate generals removed across the South last summer and likenesses of Christopher Columbus vandalized across the North last October, it was only a matter of time before the next symbol of racism in America came down. This time, it was in our own backyard. The Cleveland India...

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Donald Trump took a brief hiatus from Twitter Tuesday night to deliver his first State of the Union address, touting high hopes for unity across his audience — which seemed divided and stiff with discomfort. It took no more than a wide pan of the camera around the room for Nancy Pelosi...

Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

A proposal that would have been absurd only 10 years ago almost seemed to make sense this week when officials in Philadelphia suggested drastic measures to combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic afflicting the city — and the entire country. Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced ...

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 29, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In an era of women’s marches, the #MeToo trend and fourth-wave feminism, it’s astonishing how frequently the movement for women’s rights is still widely misunderstood. And President Donald Trump took the opportunity this weekend to exemplify the intellectual disconnect. After an interview Saturday with the preside...

Editorial: Meehan confuses ‘soul mate’ and sexual assault

Editorial: Meehan confuses ‘soul mate’ and sexual assault

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 25, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan sat on the House Ethics Committee for three terms, investigating several representatives’ alleged violations of the law and ensuring members maintained proper conduct — until this past Saturday. Now, Meehan himself is under investigation by the committee in response to se...

Editorial: State gerrymandering decision needs action now

Editorial: State gerrymandering decision needs action now

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 24, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

As midterm elections loom and Pennsylvanians prepare to deliver their opinion on President Donald Trump’s first two years in office, the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court added to the drama Monday when it ordered a change to the lines of battle themselves: Congressional district borders. In a long-...

Editorial: Pro-Trump ad shows lack of real concern for cops

Editorial: Pro-Trump ad shows lack of real concern for cops

January 23, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In a time when both ends of the political spectrum have sought to bring issues surrounding police to the forefront of public discussion, it’s hard to think the dialogue could get any more polarized. Of course, nothing is impossible in the age of President Donald Trump. The latest ad from the president’s 2020 re-ele...

Editorial: Second Women’s March goes beyond resistance

Editorial: Second Women’s March goes beyond resistance

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

One day after the anniversary of Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House, downtown Pittsburgh looked a lot like it did a year ago — dense with the picket signs and pink hats common among the president’s opposition. According to organizers, nearly 30,000 people — including women and others who...

Editorial: PG publisher silences staffers, increases tension

Editorial: PG publisher silences staffers, increases tension

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

One of our newspaper’s daily features is the editorial — a short piece briefly discussing an issue our community is facing and presenting the editorial staff’s collective point of view. Editorials are deliberately not credited to any specific author. This isn’t meant to be a way for the writer ...

Editorial: Post-Gazette editorial not representative of newspaper or city

Editorial: Post-Gazette editorial not representative of newspaper or city

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettes’ Monday editorial “Reason as racism” put a bad taste in your mouth, you’re not alone. The editorial defended President Donald Trump’s inflammatory statement he made in a meeting Thursday with lawmakers discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and sev...

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In less time than it takes to log into a two-factor authenticated Pitt email account, an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency caused pandemonium in the state with the click of a mouse. During a routine checkup of the state’s nuclear response system Saturday, a worker responsible f...

Editorial: Wolf opioid declaration a step in the right direction

Editorial: Wolf opioid declaration a step in the right direction

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed something we all already know to be true: Pennsylvania is in the midst of a drug abuse crisis. In a statement released from Wolf’s office, the governor added Pennsylvania to a list eight other states that have already declared states of emergency over rampant opioid and heroin addiction. Wolf said Pe...

Editorial: Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech not grounds for presidency

Editorial: Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech not grounds for presidency

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 10, 2018


Filed under Editorials

A touching personal narrative and optimistic view of the future, both surging with classic American ideals — this was the blueprint of Oprah Winfrey’s much-applauded speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night. And according to Matt Bennett of USA Today, these are also the elements of presidential speech. Despite Winfrey’s repeated statements denying her interest in running for any public office, her...

Editorial: Sessions takes step backward on weed

Editorial: Sessions takes step backward on weed

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 9, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It’s no secret President Trump’s attorney general has a strong antiquated streak — even his full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, conjures up images of Confederate generals and “Gone with the Wind.” As for policy choices, Sessions’ memo last Thursday — which ended federal tolera...

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

Editorial: Franken shows need to unite against sexual assault, regardless of party

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

Twitter’s time stamps proved just how planned politics can be yesterday. Over the course of an hour, 11 female Democratic senators made coordinated statements calling for Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign from office amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment. As of now, eight women have...

Editorial: NFL player safety more important than politics

Editorial: NFL player safety more important than politics

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

It seems like the National Football League won’t leave the headlines. The week 13 game Monday night between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals turned violent, resulting in a potentially life-altering spinal injury for Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier and multiple players’ ejections...

Editorial: Senate tax bill sets dangerous precedents

Editorial: Senate tax bill sets dangerous precedents

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 5, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With last-minute amendments being proposed left and right, deals being struck and an extensive tax bill being passed late into the night, the U.S. Senate floor might have been wilder Friday night than the streets of Oakland. Under the leadership of Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., 51 Republicans, incl...

Editorial: Data breach proves Uber needs oversight

Editorial: Data breach proves Uber needs oversight

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

If you took a ride with Uber before last year, your personal data may have passed into and out of the hands of hackers — and before two weeks ago, you wouldn’t have even known. According to a Nov. 21 memo from Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s recently installed chief executive, the company fell victim to a hack last October that compromised the p...

Editorial: In cases of sexual misconduct, no story is too small

Editorial: In cases of sexual misconduct, no story is too small

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 30, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

To bring down Harvey Weinstein, it took the accounts of thirteen women. It took five to bring down Louis C.K. And yesterday, it took just one woman’s account of sexual misconduct to bring down ex-NBC “Today” host Matt Lauer. After The New York Times released the story, NBC took swift actio...

Editorial: Pittsburgh’s veil of Amazon secrecy leaves residents behind

Editorial: Pittsburgh’s veil of Amazon secrecy leaves residents behind

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 29, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

With little more to go on than a slogan, Pittsburghers don’t know what to make of the City’s proposal to house Amazon’s second headquarters. The online retail giant announced its search for a location in September, and has since received 238 submissions from cities, states and metropolitan areas across North America. Cities responded by offering Amazon a s...

Editorial: Port Authority police on trains would be a wreck

Editorial: Port Authority police on trains would be a wreck

By The Pitt News Editorial Staff

November 28, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Even though many Pitt students don’t even know it exists, Pittsburgh’s humble commuter light rail might soon look a lot more like the transit systems of New York, Los Angeles and Miami — but only as far as security measures go. The Port Authority of Allegheny County put forward a proposal ear...

Editorial: Journalists shouldn’t be afraid to contextualize evil

Editorial: Journalists shouldn’t be afraid to contextualize evil

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 27, 2017


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What was unusual in the response to a recent New York Times story wasn't its negativity so much as where the hate came from. With figures on the political right, from President Donald Trump to Joseph Curl of the Washington Times, frequently deriding The New York Times as “failing” and “very,...

Editorial: GOP tax plan would aggrieve grad students

Editorial: GOP tax plan would aggrieve grad students

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 20, 2017


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Republicans acted last week with their tax bill to relinquish the United States’ status as a country with one of the highest official corporate tax rates in the world. In its place, the GOP plans to tax another group at record rates — graduate students. Despite uniform resistance from congressional Democrats, Republica...

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

Editorial: ACLU threatens Harris with strong First Amendment lawsuit

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 16, 2017


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Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris somehow manages to regularly get herself into the petty types of quarrels that make Buzzfeed headlines — in April last year, she made local headlines when she got into a verbal altercation with a bicyclist. She took up bike lanes as a major aspect of ...

Editorial: Peduto demands non-profit conscience — Pitt included

Editorial: Peduto demands non-profit conscience — Pitt included

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 15, 2017


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Pennsylvania’s lawmakers may have struggled with a budget crisis this year, but Pittsburgh feels a little more confident of its financial competency. In his annual budget address Monday, Mayor Bill Peduto asked the state to remove Pittsburgh’s Act 47 status, an inhibitory financial oversight status meant to aid financially distressed municipalities placed on Pittsburgh in 2003. Now, he claims, the city doesn’t need the oversight. Recognizing the im...

Editorial: Saccone would underserve Pennsylvania’s 18th District

Editorial: Saccone would underserve Pennsylvania’s 18th District

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 14, 2017


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With the Republican Party’s announcement of their nominee over the weekend, the race to replace disgraced former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., just got a little more eccentric. Rick Saccone, currently a member of the state legislature for the town of Elizabeth, received the nod from the state Republican ...

Editorial: GOP establishment enables Moore’s misconduct

Editorial: GOP establishment enables Moore’s misconduct

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 13, 2017


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The party of “family values” spent the weekend in a peculiar position — defending a man accused of child molestation. The Washington Post reported last week that four women had accused Roy Moore of making sexual advances on them while they were in their teens. Moore is the Republican nominee for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat in the U.S. Senate. At the time of the alleged advances, Moore was in his early thirties. One...

Editorial: PA ballot question doesn’t solve property tax problem

Editorial: PA ballot question doesn’t solve property tax problem

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2017


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If you voted Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s election, you were presented with an interesting ballot question — should the state legislature allow local taxing authorities to exempt 100 percent of any family’s primary residence value when collecting taxes? Pennsylvania voted yes by a margin of 54 to 46 percent, effe...

Editorial: Paradise Papers demand transparent tax reform

Editorial: Paradise Papers demand transparent tax reform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 8, 2017


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What do Nike, George Soros, Facebook, Queen Elizabeth II, Apple, Bono and the Kremlin have in common? Their allegedly evasive financial maneuvers were exposed Nov. 5 in a massive project called the Paradise Papers. Ring a bell? Just like the 2015 Panama Papers, Sunday’s trove of documents was leaked by the International Consortium of Invest...

Editorial: Use Election Day as opportunity for progress

Editorial: Use Election Day as opportunity for progress

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 7, 2017


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In the aftermath of last fall’s presidential election, many young voters eagerly looked forward to the next chance they’d have to influence their communities through the ballot box. Unfortunately for those of us in Pittsburgh, however, some of today’s most visible municipal elections offer littl...

Editorial: Slow start highlights flawed state cannabis law

Editorial: Slow start highlights flawed state cannabis law

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 6, 2017


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A new era in Pennsylvania drug policy started last week with the opening of the Commonwealth’s new Medical Marijuana Program. But for many Pennsylvanians, that new era is now on hold — perhaps indefinitely. When the Pennsylvania Department of Health opened applications last Thursday for medical mar...

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2017


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Sprawled across Dartmouth College’s campus last week were posters that read “Where is Prof. Paul Whalen?” and “Where is Prof. Bill Kelley?” The signs refer to two of the three professors at Dartmouth who had been absent from campus for quite some time — as it turns out, the three profess...

Editorial: Spacey’s coming out wrongly reinforces negative stereotypes

Editorial: Spacey’s coming out wrongly reinforces negative stereotypes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 31, 2017


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The wave of sexual assault allegations that have roiled Hollywood in the wake of revelations earlier this month about producer Harvey Weinstein dragged down another celebrity this weekend, but this time the accusation came with a twist. According to actor Anthony Rapp, Kevin Spacey, the actor famous for his roles in...

Editorial: State budget should react to rising prices

Editorial: State budget should react to rising prices

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 30, 2017


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When Gov. Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year last week after a four month impasse, it came as a relief to many. Some, however, were more cautious about the release of funds. Republican Speaker of the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives, Mike Turzai, warned speci...

Editorial: PA Republicans’ education bill offers little choice

Editorial: PA Republicans’ education bill offers little choice

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2017


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The first full school year under new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is well underway and, in a bill passed last week, Pennsylvania’s state legislators are mirroring the federal administration’s school policy. House Bill 178 is this year’s iteration of the state’s annual list of propose...

Editorial: Military rhetoric marks harmful double standard

Editorial: Military rhetoric marks harmful double standard

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 23, 2017


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From what we’ve heard in the past week from the Trump administration about respecting a former four-star general, you’d think it would show greater deference for other members of the military. A political dispute that began last week highlighted this sharp contrast between words and actions. A...

Editorial: In wake of Weinstein, keep pushing forward

Editorial: In wake of Weinstein, keep pushing forward

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 19, 2017


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Most English teachers — and certainly any editor — will say to use the active voice when possible. Jackson Katz, an educator and author at the forefront of the male feminism movement, wants to make sure you remember that too. “We talk about how many women were raped last year, not about how many men...

Editorial: Commemorating a slain journalist

Editorial: Commemorating a slain journalist

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 18, 2017


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It was a sunny afternoon yesterday in the island nation of Malta, between North Africa and Sicily. Daphne Caruana Galizia was driving her Peuguot near her home when a car bomb exploded, killing her and tossing the wreckage of the car into a nearby field. When The Guardian broke the news last night,...

Editorial: Marino is a mistake for drug czar

Editorial: Marino is a mistake for drug czar

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 16, 2017


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If President Donald Trump wanted to spit in the face of his most ardent supporters, he probably couldn’t have chosen a crueler way to do it than with his nomination of a new drug czar last month. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who represents one of the whitest, most rural and most pro-Trump districts in...

Editorial: Trump breaks promises on CHIP funding

Editorial: Trump breaks promises on CHIP funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2017


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Policy changes stalling have been a hallmark of President Donald Trump’s first several months in office. But for a politician who’s promised health “insurance for everybody,” Trump should find the events of the past two weeks an especially striking reversal. The Children’s Health Insurance Program — a federal project designed to provide health care coverage fo...

Top 10: Master Plan suggestions

Top 10: Master Plan suggestions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 13, 2017


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With Homecoming upon us once again and campus flooded with Pitt alumni, we’re tempted to look not only backwards at our school’s past, but forward at its future as well. Pitt’s looking for student input for the new Oakland Campus Master Plan — a road map for campus development over the next 30 years. And of ...

Editorial: Trump’s big, empty tax promises

Editorial: Trump’s big, empty tax promises

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 12, 2017


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President Donald Trump visited Harrisburg Wednesday, Oct. 11 to discuss his plans for tax reform in front of a crowd of roughly 1,000 people. The crowd comprised mostly of truckers and small manufacturing business owners — the types of people Trump promised to help while campaigning for the presiden...

Editorial: Trump’s contradictory contraceptive rollback

Editorial: Trump’s contradictory contraceptive rollback

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2017


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Touting the decision as a defense of religious liberty, President Donald Trump rolled back an Obama-era federal mandate Friday that required employers to provide contraception in their health care coverage. The decision might appease his voting base, but it is both a morally and constitutionally...

Editorial: On Columbus Day, teach explorer’s whole history

Editorial: On Columbus Day, teach explorer’s whole history

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 10, 2017


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Pitt students undoubtedly enjoyed yesterday’s day off — officially the University’s designated fall break. Unofficially, however, the day’s status as Columbus Day has long created more controversy than calm. Columbus Day — named after the Italian-born, Spanish-financed explorer from the 1...

Editorial: Murphy’s abortion hypocrisy helps no one

Editorial: Murphy’s abortion hypocrisy helps no one

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 4, 2017


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Politicians can often debate the issues — even the most emotional ones — into a state of almost humdrum normalcy. There’s only so many times you can revisit a public outrage and still realize the issue’s real impact. One of Pennsylvania’s pro-life members of Congress appears to have reach...

Editorial: Puerto Rico deserves better than Trump

Editorial: Puerto Rico deserves better than Trump

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 4, 2017


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President Donald Trump’s criticism of Puerto Rico’s pre-Hurricane Maria infrastructure compelled The Pitt News to speak out against his divisive rhetoric last week and emphasize the real need for aid in Puerto Rico. We feel compelled yet again this week to speak out against the president’s commen...

Editorial: Don’t ignore the politics behind gun violence crisis

Editorial: Don’t ignore the politics behind gun violence crisis

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 3, 2017


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For President Donald Trump’s administration, sensitivity in the face of tragedy hasn’t been the norm — just last week, Trump took to Twitter to insult the mayor of an American city ravaged by multiple hurricanes. So when voices everywhere — from the conservative blogosphere to Washington, D.C., ...

Editorial: Now’s the time for redistricting reform

Editorial: Now’s the time for redistricting reform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 1, 2017


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After nearly six years, Pennsylvania residents dissatisfied with the current scheme of representation for the commonwealth in the House may finally get some relief. A lawsuit from the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, originally filed in June, received new attention last week as a Republican staffer in the state legislature came forward in...

Editorial: The Pitt News bids 7-Eleven farewell

Editorial: The Pitt News bids 7-Eleven farewell

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2017


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Today is the last day Pitt students can get Slurpees, cheap coffee, pizza, cigarettes and condoms on campus, 24/7. Pitt will open a University-owned grocery store in 7-Eleven’s place, which has a few clear positives for some students. But closing 7-Eleven is a blow to every student who studies ...

Editorial: Trump’s revisionist history leaves everyone behind

Editorial: Trump’s revisionist history leaves everyone behind

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 28, 2017


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Presidential endorsements of Senate hopefuls can often make the difference between a candidate winning and losing the election — though that wasn’t the case in Alabama this week. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence publicly supported Republican Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s...

Editorial: Don’t forget about Puerto Rico in wake of Maria

Editorial: Don’t forget about Puerto Rico in wake of Maria

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2017


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When it made landfall in Puerto Rico Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria was the largest storm the island faced in the last 80 years. Almost the entire population of the island — nearly 3.5 million American citizens — still do not have electricity. Many also do not have running water, and 95 percent of ...

Editorial: St. Louis police endanger freedom of the press

Editorial: St. Louis police endanger freedom of the press

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2017


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Conventional wisdom proposes that it’s difficult to truly care about an issue until that issue affects you personally. For journalists in St. Louis, the controversy surrounding police brutality in America is coming to that point. In the light of protests during the past week and a half, local, national...

Editorial: Critics of anthem protests aren’t patriotic

Editorial: Critics of anthem protests aren’t patriotic

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 24, 2017


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When the Steelers walked onto the field before yesterday’s game against the Chicago Bears, the booing they received wasn’t just because they were the away team. Shortly before the game began, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told Jamie Erdahl of CBS Sports that Pittsburgh’s NFL team would rem...

Editorial: Graham-Cassidy plan ruins progress and instills division

Editorial: Graham-Cassidy plan ruins progress and instills division

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2017


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On one side of the aisle, U.S. lawmakers are tackling the issue of health care with the broadest strokes possible by introducing a constitutional amendment that affirms access to health care as a basic human right. On the other side of the aisle, Republicans are attempting to repeal and replace former ...

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