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Editorial: NFL player safety more important than politics

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) reacts after a second half touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Nov. 12. He then received a one-game suspension for injuring Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in fourth quarter.
(Sam Riche/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 6, 2017

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: Senator Flake denounces, but forfeits to the new normal

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who will not run for re-election, answers questions from reporters on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
 (Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 25, 2017

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona delivered a 17-minute speech on the Senate floor Tuesday denouncing “the new normal” and declaring he won’t seek reelection in 2018 — but his powerful political call to action was a resounding forfeit. In a Washington Post op-ed the same day, Flake ...

Editorial: In wake of Weinstein, keep pushing forward

Harvey Weinstein on February 19, 2017, at the Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood. He was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him. (David Edwards/DailyCeleb/Sipa USA/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 19, 2017

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: Trump’s big, empty tax promises

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 in Washington D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 12, 2017

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

Some women are stocking up on birth control or switching to IUD's amid fears of birth control becoming more difficult to get. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2017

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

Hundreds of San Juan residents have taken shelter at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, until Hurricane Maria passes. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2017

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: Graham-Cassidy plan ruins progress and instills division

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks as Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) listen during a news conference on health care on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 21, 2017

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 ...

Editorial: Stand strong to protect DACA recipients

Evelin Hernandez holds a sign in front of the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis after President Donald Trump announced his plans to rescind DACA on Tuesday. (Photo by Schneider/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 6, 2017

Imagine living in the United States your entire life — from your earliest memories, you’ve been here. And in 2014, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protected your status, keeping you safe from the ever-looming threat of deportation.   But as of Tuesday, because your parents immigrated illegally sho...

Editorial: Don’t let presidency divide the same side

President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on Aug. 28. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 29, 2017

Religion often claims to be the moral compass of a society. But when religious leaders take political sides, rather than moral, the people are left with a compass that points in two different directions. Leaders of multiple faiths convened on the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “...

Editorial: Safe roads require more than just bike lanes

The City of Pittsburgh added bike lanes on parts of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard on Aug. 15. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Visual Editor)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 28, 2017

From the lack of parking in front of the Cathedral, a safer Bigelow Boulevard crosswalk or the freshly painted white and yellow lines — the new bike lanes are pretty hard to miss. The City of Pittsburgh opened the lanes Aug. 15 on portions of Forbes Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard — a much-needed development as Oakland is the city’s second most-biked neighborhood, after Downtown. The lanes...

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