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.


Pa.’s criminal legal system increases overdose deaths and makes recovery impossible | Opinion

By: - January 9, 2023

By Sean Fogler and Carla Sofronski In 2021, over 5,300 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to a preventable drug overdose. Pennsylvania policy makers and local government officials have led the charge in fueling this historic public health crisis. While there are many factors contributing to this horrific toll, Pennsylvania’s criminal legal system stands alone in its […]

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)

An independent Pa. House speaker? Now let independents vote in primaries | David Thornburgh

By: - January 8, 2023

Rep. Mark Rozzi's election has opened the door to more fully involving independent voters in our democracy.

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What white people get wrong about Black dads | Opinion

By: - January 6, 2023

The Black men I saw growing up had only ever worked toward one goal with their children: To give them a better life than they had.


How the ancient Greeks can help us understand Jan. 6 and its aftermath | Analysis

By: - January 6, 2023

The historian Thucydides, who lived nearly 2,500 years ago, can provide us with some answers and insights.


Virginia abolished biased, botched executions; more states should follow suit | Opinion

By: - January 5, 2023

The imposition of a death sentence gives a false impression that justice is being served.


A record number of women won governor offices in 2022. Seven things to know | Analysis

By: - January 4, 2023

By William R. Wilkerson and Alana Jeydel Twelve women won a governor’s office in the November 2022 midterm election. Those 12 represent a record number of women governors, more than one-quarter of the 46 women who have ever served as governor since 1974. These women are slated to be inaugurated in early January 2023. A […]


Pelé: a global superstar and cultural icon who put passion at the heart of soccer | Opinion

By: - January 3, 2023

Pelé was not only skillful, he also brought great joy to innumerable people across the world over the course of decades.


Americans’ personal savings are at an all-time low. That matters if there’s a recession | Opinion

By: - January 1, 2023

An economist explains why that's a big deal -- and what to do about it.

An urban roadway in Arlington County, Virginia. (Michael Farrell / COG)

We can all do more to prevent roadway tragedies. This is how | Opinion

By: - December 31, 2022

It’s a sobering fact: 360 lives were lost in crashes on our roads across metropolitan Washington, including Northern Virginia, in 2021.


A pastor comes to terms with the church’s idols of Trump, money and power | Opinion

By: - December 30, 2022

Biblical Christianity — forged in the cross, humility, and poverty — has been at war with a co-opted Christianity that forgets Jesus’s gospel of liberation.


LGBTQ Americans are 9 times more likely to be victimized by a hate crime | Opinion

By: - December 29, 2022

Hate crimes don't just impact victims. They reverberate through a community, causing lasting harm.


EPA needs to finalize strong, comprehensive methane standards. Here’s why | Opinion

By: - December 28, 2022

For multiple reasons, Pennsylvanians truly have the most to benefit from this federal rule-making.