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Capital-Star Guest Contributor

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.

COMMENTARY
Jacinda Ardern and partner, Clarke Gayford, leave after she announced her resignation in New Zealand. Kerry Marshall/Getty Images

Jacinda Ardern’s resignation shows that women still face an uphill battle in politics | Analysis

By: - January 23, 2023

Women in leadership positions will get asked certain questions that men do not.

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USE ONCE ONLY -- PARENTS AND KID ART

Parents had high rates of anxiety and depression during COVID. That affected kids | Opinion

By: - January 22, 2023

Decades of research clearly demonstrate that the mental health of parents and their children are inextricably linked.

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Image of a woman trying to stop being stepped on by a large boot. A commentary on anticompetitive practices.

Where have all the small medical practices gone? | Opinion

By: - January 20, 2023

The system will not change until patients, who also are voters, demand better care with the restoration of the patient-doctor relationship.

COMMENTARY
The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Let’s stand up for truth and democracy in 2023 | Jill Sunday Bartoli

By: - January 20, 2023

Join together with others and make your voices heard.

COMMENTARY
A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

A deep-pocketed donor from Pa. is moving onto the national stage. That’s a problem | Opinion

By: - January 19, 2023

No one in public office should take money from billionaire Jeffrey Yass - Democrat or Republican

COMMENTARY
College Lecture Hall

We should be sounding the alarm on safety issues for college women | Opinion

By: - January 19, 2023

Increasing attention to confidential resources could be a promising step in making women more comfortable and in control of their experience.

COMMENTARY
U.S. Dina Titus, D-Nev., meeting with the White Coat Waste Project and Beesly, a beagle rescued from an animal testing lab by one of WCWs advisory board members in April, 2022. (Photo via The Nevada Current).

Animals should be treated with care, not cruelty | Opinion

By: - January 18, 2023

The NIH should follow VA example and end cruel experiments on dogs.

COMMENTARY

Why America has a debt ceiling. Five questions answered | Analysis

By: - January 17, 2023

It's the limit on the national debt. It's also time to abolish it. Here's why.

COMMENTARY
A heron is perched on a piling at sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach.

A new year, a new governor, a new chance to clean up the Chesapeake Bay | Opinion

By: - January 15, 2023

Sustained funding for clean water, more trees, and fewer cows in streams all are on the wish list for Pa. in 2023.

COMMENTARY

Military bases are a big contributor to environmental racism in southeastern Pa. | Opinion

By: - January 15, 2023

The Black population inhales 56% more toxic air than it produces, whereas white people breathe in 17% less pollution than they release.

COMMENTARY

Time is running out. Get covered by Jan. 15 | Opinion

By: - January 13, 2023

Millions more can get assistance paying for health insurance, thanks to the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act.

COMMENTARY
People hate collectively to feel a sense of belonging. (Photo via Canva)

The forces that power antisemitism and racism are the same. We must stand against them | Opinion

By: - January 13, 2023

The fight against hate has to be all-encompassing, and it must be a team sport.