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Updated: 2018-01-21T12:06:26




Not checkers. Not Chinese checkers. Chinese checkers in three dimensions.



Horace Greeley, founder and editor of The New York Tribune, said, “Go west, young man, and grow with the country.” In the movie “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman is advised to go into “plastics.” 

Amazon fever: As Pittsburgh and Philly vie, equal state support is vital 


As actors say about the Academy Awards, it’s an honor to be nominated in the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes. On Thursday, Amazon announced that Pittsburgh is one of the 20 places in contention for the prize of hosting its second headquarters, whittling down the list from 238 entries. Not to be snooty, but the good people of Brunswick, Maine, probably didn’t really think they had much of a chance.

Staying with JCPOA: The Iran accord passes another routine check


The United States on Friday again certified Iran’s observance of the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon in 2015 between China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Iran. It traded Iran’s development of its nuclear weapons program for the other parties’ relaxation of economic sanctions against it.

Andrew McCutchen will be missed off the field, too


On the heels of the Gerrit Cole trade, I was distressed to learn that the Pirates had traded Andrew McCutchen (Jan. 16, “A Giant Loss: McCutchen Is Headed to San Francisco”). Not only has Andrew been a Most Valuable Player and five times an All Star, but for the past nine years, he has been the heart of the Pirates franchise. 



After reading the editorial “Sanity on Security: Why Does the State Senate Need a Security Team, Too?” (Jan. 4), I felt compelled to respond. This call for the elimination of security protection is astonishing.



Len Caric is CEO of Uncle Charley’s Sausage Co. Janis Burley Wilson is CEO of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. They are the newly elected co-chairs of the Women and Girls Foundation board of directors (



We’re coming up on the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency. Is it just me, or does it feel as though a lot of time has gone by? Can it really be just a year?



John Plonski is a former executive deputy secretary for Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.



S. Amjad Hussain is an emeritus professor of surgery and humanities at the University of Toledo ( This piece was first published in The Blade, the Post-Gazette’s sister newspaper in Toledo, Ohio.



KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh — Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people.



Jay Cost, a contributing opinion writer to the Post-Gazette and a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard, lives in Butler County (

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a new owner


I always said if Cutch goes I don’t go to PNC Park. I meant it. My wish for 2018 is that someone who cares about the Pirates gives owner Bob Nutting enough money to satisfy his penny-pinching soul and buys the team. Mr. Nutting is not building for any future. He’s only building his bank account.

Pirates ownership is offering discount baseball


I think maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates should finally think about changing their name to the Pittsburgh thrift exchange. In other words, get what you need at discount prices.

Voters want the truth, so please carefully fact-check candidates


I have one request of the Post-Gazette relative to the upcoming elections:

Trump supporters need a reality check about the economy


Well, I suppose the Trump-ets have reason to blare since the economy is doing well. Of course they seem to believe that such a complex system turns on a dime and real growth only occurred once President Barack Obama left office.



When the first Amish and Mennonite families reached Pennsylvania in the 1700s, they brought along genetic mutations that, when passed to their children, could result in infant death or lifelong debilitating conditions.



A couple of my longtime neighbors could hardly be further apart politically or closer in the ways they enjoy our part of the world.



The United States has a history of highs and lows in its relations with Pakistan, a South Asian nation of more than 210 million people.



Carnegie Mellon University has hit on an interesting strategy for predicting which industries are most likely to be affected by artificial intelligence in coming years — knowledge that has the potential to affect government policy, career training and economic planning. This work has important implications for helping prepare for — and derive the most benefit from — technological advances ahead.