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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

AT&T must to cut its ties with far-right OANN News | Michael Coard

By: - November 16, 2021

Whenever you see corporate-sponsored treason and racism, say something. Even better, do something.

COMMENTARY

We could lose our democracy to a toxic stew of conspiracy & partisanship. What do next | Opinion

By: - November 15, 2021

Take a deep breath anywhere in the country now, and the acrid tang of our disconnect from reality will sting your senses.

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Transgender and gender diverse teens: How to talk to and support them | Analysis

By: - November 14, 2021

Transgender youth have been around long before the word transgender has. Yet today, transgender teens are increasingly visible in society.

COMMENTARY

Congress must raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for Build Back Better | Opinion

By: - November 14, 2021

From small towns and downtowns, more of us are also reckoning with our nation’s deep racial injustices and disparities, and seeking ways to right those wrongs.

COMMENTARY

I survived the devastating impact of youth incarceration. It’s time for Pa. to end it | Opinion

By: - November 12, 2021

Building a Pa. free of youth incarceration makes communities stronger, improves outcomes for young people.

COMMENTARY

Philadelphia has led the way on driving equality. Harrisburg and D.C. need to do the same | Opinion

By: - November 12, 2021

We’ve started something big, but we need to continue to listen to constituents and pass bold, innovative solutions.

COMMENTARY

On being a veteran in 2021, and how we can help the veterans of tomorrow | Charles D. Allen

By: - November 11, 2021

The Defense Department must keep the faith with military members and their families by preparing for their inevitable return to society.

COMMENTARY

The federal poverty line doesn’t really capture Americans’ financial struggles | Opinion

By: - November 11, 2021

Low-wage jobs in the 21st century are not only the lowest rung on a career ladder, they are often the only rung.

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Congress passed the $1T infrastructure bill. So how does that money get spent? | Analysis

By: - November 10, 2021

To understand how public procurement can be used to improve social equity or speed up climate action, it helps to know the basics of how it works.

COMMENTARY

Here’s how to solve Pa.’s intellectual disability funding crisis | Opinion

By: - November 10, 2021

A bipartisan effort to access federal stimulus funding will prevent the intellectual disability system's collapse.

COMMENTARY

Racists won on Nov. 2. It doesn’t have to be that way in 2022 | Michael Coard

By: - November 9, 2021

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Then register and vote. And outnumber the racists so we can defeat them. By doing so, we will finally change America.

COMMENTARY

How deregulation and free-market capitalism hobbled the U.S. pandemic response | Opinion

By: - November 7, 2021

In an era where emergent viruses are an increasing threat to health and welfare, the individualism of neoliberal policies is not enough. While neoliberalism can be good for an economy, it’s not so good for health.