Opinion Columnists

Saturday Q&A: Self-driving cars & back-seat regulators

Ronald Bailey is Reason magazine's science correspondent and an author whose most recent book is "The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-First Century." ...

Orlando attack re-exposes the great American divide

SMITHTON, Pa. Gunshots echoed across the mountains hugging the valley cut by the Youghiogheny River as anglers, boaters, bikers and day-hikers enjoyed the Great Allegheny ...

Happy Father's Day, Dad

Dear Dad: "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," English poet Thomas Haynes Bayly wrote in 1850's "Isle of Beauty." 'Tis true. But also sadder. It's the ...

Where conflicts are ignored: The Pennsylvania Legislature

HARRISBURG Unlike the real world, Pennsylvania legislators get a free pass to vote on matters involving their sons, brothers, wives, businesses and law firms. They ...

Heyl: Broken handcycle sets back paralyzed cyclist in world record hunt

One moment, Attila Domos was cruising effortlessly through the streets of Squirrel Hill on his handcycle. The next moment, the paraplegic musician found himself ...

Could sin tax deter more smokers from buying cigarettes, getting cancer?

Marina Posvar hates to admit it, but she started smoking cigarettes in eighth grade. She quit many years and cigarette packs later when she became ...

Ross family shares stillborn daughter's story to prevent more heartbreak

After Mary Korey delivered Riley Quinn, she and her husband dressed the baby in a white spring dress and wrapped her in a soft yellow ...

Orlando: Has the gun lobby finally met its match?

"I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. I am sorry that our tragedy here in Sandy Hook wasn't enough to save your loved ones," ...

Memories of a 1970s dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today. That made me remember the time ...

Bloodbaths for purification

In her 2006 profile of writer Oriana Fallaci in The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot writes that Fallaci interviewed the world's most powerful figures, from Yasser ...

Don't give to Trump

"There's an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and ...

Unplanned order

One of history's most profound discoveries is that complex, beautiful and immensely useful arrangements often emerge without anyone designing them. Charles Darwin, of course, famously ...