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Capital-Star Guest Contributor

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation on how politics and public policy affects the day-to-day lives of people across the commonwealth.

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Voters in the midterm elections decided that the GOP would run the House, while the Democrats would run the Senate. Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images.

What the midterm results say about U.S. voters in 2022 | Opinion

By: - November 27, 2022

They reflected the diversity of the electorate and were not the endorsement or repudiation of a candidate’s or party’s agenda.

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Outgoing Pa. House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghfoff, R-Centre (Capital-Star photo by Peter Hall).

Rolling the dice on redistricting was a bad bet for Pa. House Republicans | Opinion

By: - November 26, 2022

GOP leaders’ refusal to engage on redistricting reform helps to explain their stunning loss of power.

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How Pa.’s incarcerated are doing their part to fight gun violence from the inside out | Opinion

By: - November 26, 2022

Tens of thousands of Americans with criminal records are fighting to restore dignity to their communities.

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PSERS has delivered for school retirees — and Pa.’s economy | Opinion

By: - November 25, 2022

PSERS has taken a conservative approach to investing that has delivered for retired school employees.

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Direct service providers rally for more money in the 2022-23 state budget at the Pennsylvania state Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Autism bill would help families, move Pennsylvania forward | Opinion

By: - November 25, 2022

A licensure bill for behavior analysts is badly needed. Lawmakers should tackle the issue in the next legislative session.

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National Day of Mourning: The suppressed speech of Wamsutta (Frank B.) James, Wampanoag

By: - November 24, 2022

For indigenous Americans, Thanksgiving is not a day of celebration. This is what they lost.

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A voting sign in Philadelphia

Election Day was a win for truth, democracy and opportunity | Jill Sunday Bartoli

By: - November 23, 2022

We're yearning to build a safer, kinder world that embraces and supports everyone.

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KYIV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 22: Civilian participants in a Kyiv Territorial Defence unit train on a Saturday in a forest on January 22, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Across Ukraine thousands of civilians are participating in such groups to receive basic combat training and in time of war would be under direct command of the Ukrainian military. While Ukrainian officials have acknowledged the country has little chance to fend off a full Russian invasion, Russian occupation troops would likely face a deep-rooted, decentralised and prolonged insurgency. Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops on its border to Ukraine. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Russia-Ukraine War ends when Russia quits | Opinion

By: - November 23, 2022

Ukraine’s military has been lethal against Russian forces, but that won’t end the war.

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A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

Yes, there were Election Day problems in Luzerne Co. No, that’s not a sign of fraud | Opinion

By: - November 22, 2022

In the future, Luzerne County Council needs to fully fund the Bureau of Elections in the county budget.

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Funding for Social Security is at a crisis level. It’s hurting the disabled | Opinion

By: - November 21, 2022

The failure to serve disabled people with intersectional and marginalized identities represents a crisis in equitable access to disability benefits.

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Speaker device in various languages.

Meaningful access to the Social Security Administration requires language services | Opinion

By: - November 20, 2022

A lack of interpreters cuts too many people off from the crucial services they need.

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Reproductive coercion is a form of domestic violence | Denise Johnson

By: - November 20, 2022

Let’s not let pregnancy mortality be another unintended consequence for victims of domestic violence.