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Change the rules Congress abides by to prevent future manufactured crises

By Rohith Palli / Columnist

October 15, 2013

Recently, Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, R-Ohio, let the government shut down in order to adhere to the informal “Hastert Rule,” where the Speaker of the House does not allow for a vote on a bill unless a majority of the congressmen in the majority party of the House of Rep...

Editorial: Long-term benefit for clean energy investment cannot be overlooked

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2013

This week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a study noting global clean energy investment diminished for a second straight year after investments reached $281 billion in 2012. Worldwide investment in wind power, solar power, energy efficiency and electric cars dropped 20 percent compared to the...

Pittsburgh’s the most livable city? It’s time to follow through on what rankings claim

By Simon Brown / Columnist

October 14, 2013

If you live in Pittsburgh and occasionally check Facebook, then you’ve surely seen every “Another Reason Why Pittsburgh is Awesome” link that surfaces on a weekly basis. The attractive image of the city found in these rankings, however, whitewashes over one ugly reality — the quality of life in ...

Editorial: Controversial call: Should immigrants be able to drive legally?

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 14, 2013

This month, California joined the group of states that allow immigrants living in the United States without legal permission the ability to obtain a driver’s license. California, among a growing group of states, cites public safety as the premise for the initiative.“You either have a license or y...

Winter Olympic games marred by Russia’s human-rights track record

By Nick Voutsinos / Columnist

October 9, 2013

The Russian government struck yet another blow against freedom of expression last week when it charged Greenpeace activists with piracy because of their peaceful protest at a state-owned oil rig.Yes, piracy: “the practice of attacking and robbing ships,” according to the New Oxford Dictionary. It seems that Ru...

Letter to the Editor: October 10, 2013

October 9, 2013

To the Editor,After reading Julia Carpey’s column on the Syrian crisis published on Monday, Oct. 7, I’m disappointed by the ahistorical viewpoint expressed by the columnist. The crisis in Syria has been going on for about two years now, yet it has only prompted military action when President Bashar...

Editorial: Root of the problem? House Republicans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 9, 2013

The inability of Washington to function for the past week has caused negative implications for not only national parks and government websites but also the status of the nation’s health standards, the future credibility of the United States and the overall stability of the global economy.The inactivity...

Editorial: Government furlough risks status of national public health

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 8, 2013

The government shutdown, which is now a week in length, has affected more than congressmen and government workers, reaching new heights by threatening the lives of the American people nationwide. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service declared a national public health alert becau...

13 going on 30: Professionalism encroaches on America’s youth

By Sophia Al Rasheed / Columnist

October 8, 2013

The workaholic mentality isn’t something that Americans are surprised to hear themselves associated with. We work a lot. Because I’m a college student, this workaholic mentality causes me to go through an entire thought process before consuming my morning cup of coffee: How much coffee am I allowed t...

Letter to the Editor: October 9, 2013

October 8, 2013

To the Editor, There is no doubt gun violence is a serious public-health problem impacting the health and well-being of men, women and children living in the United States. What we know less about is how to effectively prevent the increasing number of related deaths and injuries. Fortunately, the re...

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