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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

What is child care insecurity? 2 social scientists explain | Analysis

By: - July 16, 2021

And just as with food insecurity, increasing access is necessary. However, access alone will not address the problem.

COMMENTARY

Joining RGGI will strengthen Pennsylvania’s recovery | Opinion

By: - July 15, 2021

Joining RGGI will lead to more facilities taking steps to improve how they manage energy use and install more efficient equipment.

COMMENTARY

Bans on critical race theory could have a chilling effect on how educators teach students about racism | Opinion

By: - July 15, 2021

Perhaps no topic has dominated education news in 2021 like the debate over whether or not critical race theory should be taught – or whether it is even being taught – in America’s schools.

COMMENTARY

With wind and solar potential, Pennsylvania should lead toward renewable future | Opinion

By: - July 14, 2021

There are several actions that our elected officials in Harrisburg can take to lean into clean energy during the current legislative session in the state Capitol.

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Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964. But the U.S. hasn’t changed how it measures who’s poor since LBJ began his war | Opinion

By: - July 13, 2021

If the U.S. ever hopes to finally win the war LBJ began in 1964, the poor need to be seen in order for the government to lift them out of poverty.

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This is why reparations are always about more than money | Opinion

By: - July 12, 2021

Past atrocities do not end when the physical violence comes to an end. The violence continues to affect the social, cultural and economic lives of those targeted far into the future.

COMMENTARY

With merger vote looming: Do we want universities that help us remember and reimagine Pa.? | Opinion

By: - July 11, 2021

Place-based, regional public universities improve our shared understanding of our history and our contemporary opportunities.

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With audit, Pa. Sen. Mastriano is obscuring his own role in fomenting election chaos | Opinion

By: - July 11, 2021

Sometimes the guy who calls the fire department is the one who started the fire.

COMMENTARY

Lawmakers need to support this important funding increase for Pa.’s court-appointed guardianship program | Opinion

By: - July 9, 2021

To date, no action has been taken by fellow state lawmakers to advance Rep. Melissa Shusterman’s sensible resolution.

COMMENTARY

Rural or urban, we all bear the economic cost of gun violence. Here’s how to fix it | Opinion

By: - July 8, 2021

Let’s work together to end gun violence, save lives, and make sure all our communities are safe and thriving.

COMMENTARY

Our streets are awash in guns. To stop the violence, cut off the supply of weapons with a 20-year ban on new guns | Opinion

By: - July 8, 2021

The problem is there are just too many guns, hand guns, shot guns, assault rifles, machine guns, and now, ghost guns.

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A note to Pa. Republicans: Just because you can amend the state Constitution, it doesn’t mean you should | Opinion

By: - July 7, 2021

Republican lawmakers defend this end-run around the Governor by saying they just want to “let the voters decide.”