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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.

COMMENTARY

Nursing home reform needs to cross the finish line | Opinion

By: - August 30, 2021

When there is enough staff to take care of physical and emotional needs, without being rushed, without feeling like it’s an assembly line, it makes all the difference for quality of life.

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It’s long past time we stopped treating healthcare like a privilege | Opinion

By: - August 29, 2021

It’s time to give Pennsylvanians much-needed relief -- it’s not only smart policy, it’s the right thing to do. 

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s emergency declaration is over. The opioid epidemic isn’t. We have more work to do | Opinion

By: - August 29, 2021

We call on our leaders to work with those in the treatment space to create more prevention initiatives and ensure that we end this epidemic. 

COMMENTARY

Five things you didn’t know about slavery’s birth 402 years ago | Michael Coard

By: - August 27, 2021

Slavery was a key component of daily life here in Pennsylvania generally and Philadelphia particularly.

COMMENTARY

Is America experiencing a different kind of ‘civil war’? | Opinion

By: - August 26, 2021

Two truths have withstood the test of time. One, a house divided against itself will not stand. Two, a great country is not destroyed by an external enemy but from within

COMMENTARY

Research: If you send kids home with food for the weekend, test scores go up | Analysis

By: - August 26, 2021

'BackPack' programs appear to shrink the gap in test scores between economically disadvantaged and advantaged students by about 15%

COMMENTARY

As school starts in Pa., we need to follow the CDC’s mask-wearing guidance | Opinion

By: - August 25, 2021

In states with lax mask rules and high COVID-19 case counts, we’re seeing the exact kind of news that we don’t want to see in Pennsylvania.

COMMENTARY

My son is incarcerated. Prison gerrymandering silences his voice. It’s time to end it | Opinion

By: - August 24, 2021

You may not be in the same situation that our family is in, but I would bet you can understand the hurt I feel when I can’t get my child — my family, my world — the help he needs.

COMMENTARY

As U.S. House members return to D.C., Pa’s delegation needs to back infrastructure | Opinion

By: - August 24, 2021

The bill will create millions of jobs across the country -- many of them right here in Pennsylvania

COMMENTARY

Opioid settlement left out pain management care and research on addictive drugs | Opinion

By: - August 23, 2021

Gaps in pain care and treatment, one of the key factors that enabled inappropriate opioid prescribing in the first place, persist.

COMMENTARY

Will Joe Biden’s executive order spark real change in food production? | Opinion

By: - August 20, 2021

The executive order also aims to strengthen antitrust enforcement. Agriculture is one of the most concentrated industries in the U.S.

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25 years after welfare reform, we need to ensure a real safety net for Pa. families | Opinion

By: - August 19, 2021

A fraction of families who need help today can get it, and the help they get is far less generous