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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.

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Politics or Practice: What shape will post-pandemic education reform take? | Opinion

By: - July 26, 2021

At both the school and parent levels, decisions may be affected more by politics than by what will provide the best education.

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DACA in doubt after federal court ruling: 3 questions answered | Analysis

By: - July 25, 2021

President Joe Biden has said his administration will appeal the ruling, and the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately could take the case.

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I’m a child of Holocaust survivors. We have to stop our slide into totalitarianism | Chuck Ardo

By: - July 25, 2021

My parents warned me that what happened in Germany could happen here. I fear I’m now watching it happen in slow motion.

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Scientists understood the physics of climate change in the 1800s, thanks to Eunice Foote | Opinion

By: - July 23, 2021

Foote’s discovery of the high heat absorption of carbon dioxide gas led her to conclude that “… if the air had mixed with it a higher proportion of carbon dioxide than at present, an increased temperature” would result.

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Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today | Opinion

By: - July 22, 2021

The year 2021 is shaping up to be an interesting year to revisit Scott-Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon.”

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Roads and bridges aren’t enough. For a strong economy, we need to invest in ‘care’ infrastructure | Opinion

By: - July 21, 2021

If quality child care is unaffordable, unavailable, or unreliable, parents can’t take the jobs that employers are desperate to fill.

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My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID | Opinion

By: - July 21, 2021

I decided to enroll my daughter in the trial because I trust scientists and doctors. I do not trust a virus that kills some and leaves others unmarked. 

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Don’t be surprised if the GOP tests its anti-crime message in Virginia. But will it work?

By: - July 20, 2021

July is on its way toward being the deadliest month because of a grisly Independence Day weekend in which more than 150 people were fatally shot in 400 separate shooting incidents.

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Kids aren’t just littler adults. Here’s why they need their own clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine | Opinion

By: - July 19, 2021

Children are not just littler grownups; their bodies differ from adults’ in important ways.

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Our teachers are essential workers. We need to treat — and pay them — that way | Opinion

By: - July 18, 2021

I think it is time for us, as parents and grandparents, to stand up for our teachers and our public schools.

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How ‘In God We Trust’ bills are helping advance a Christian nationalist agenda | Opinion

By: - July 18, 2021

The motto has become a way for Christian nationalists to reinforce the notion of a conservative Christian God.

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Already, a Democratic identity crisis on policing | Josh Kurtz

By: - July 16, 2021

As sure as night follows day, national pundits are reading way too much into a single primary result and are prematurely extrapolating trends that may or may not be developing in Democratic politics.