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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

Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion

By: - August 19, 2021

People are aging and dying in prison, withering away to nothing with no chance of ever returning to the free world

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The Pa. Senate’s sham election review threatens democracy | Opinion

By: - August 18, 2021

The bottom line is that Sen. Doug Mastriano’s escapade will cost Pa. counties millions of dollars to comply and then to clean up the mess.

COMMENTARY

What works, what doesn’t: An epidemiologist explains how schools can reopen safely | Opinion

By: - August 18, 2021

A COVID-19 vaccine is the single most important tool for preventing COVID-19 in schools, as well as nearly everywhere else.

COMMENTARY

As the Taliban returns, 20 years of progress for women looks set to disappear overnight | Opinion

By: - August 17, 2021

Women now hold positions as ambassadors, ministers, governors, and police and security force members. In 2003, the new government ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which requires states to incorporate gender equality into their domestic law.

COMMENTARY

Will Pa.’s leaders prevent the collapse of the intellectual disability system? | Opinion

By: - August 17, 2021

Leaders – from PA Speaker Cutler to House and Senate Appropriations leaders Saylor and Browne to PA party leaders from Republican AND Democratic caucuses have spoken with passion about the need to address the legitimate, crying need in this community.

COMMENTARY

How ‘friendly whites’ used conservatorships to exploit, swindle Native Americans | Opinion

By: - August 16, 2021

Between 1908 and 1934, guardianships became a vehicle for the swindling of Native communities out of their lands and royalties.

COMMENTARY

We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID | Susan J. Demas

By: - August 16, 2021

After this much unneeded agony, I’m done coddling the craven and crazy. And I know I’m not alone.

COMMENTARY

Philly pride changes reflect the LGBTQ community’s growth | Mark Segal

By: - August 15, 2021

Unity is stronger than victimhood. Find a way to communicate. Pride is about community.

COMMENTARY

Should the unvaccinated be denied health care? | Trish Zornio

By: - August 13, 2021

As hospitals reach capacity, the ethics of who is prioritized in triage gets murky

COMMENTARY

How Native students fought back against abuse, assimilation at Carlisle boarding school | Opinion

By: - August 13, 2021

Some fought, to the death, to retain their language, culture and traditions

COMMENTARY

Don’t leave out wage preemption in the fight to raise Pa.’s minimum wage | Opinion

By: - August 12, 2021

Research shows that tying wage increases to inflation does not truly solve the larger issue at hand

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 brings front and center the tug between individual rights and the public good | Opinion

By: - August 12, 2021

Getting COVID under control in this country is in all of our best interest — in every aspect of our lives.