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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

For our future, Pa. needs a robust Civilian Conservation Corps | Opinion

By: - July 7, 2021

Pa. needs a federal CCC because we need to close all our orphaned mine wells, replant all our trees, and transition our energy and transportation infrastructures.

COMMENTARY

Critical race theory: What it is and what it isn’t | Opinion

By: - July 6, 2021

Critical race theory provides techniques to analyze U.S. history and legal institutions by acknowledging that racial problems do not go away when we leave them unaddressed.

COMMENTARY

What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? | Frederick Douglass

By: - July 4, 2021

In July 2020, as the United States found itself at a reckoning point on civil rights, the Capital-Star ran excerpts from a speech on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the abolitionist and advocate Frederick Douglass in Rochester, N.Y., July 5, 1852. With that dialogue ongoing in 2021, we are continuing that embryonic tradition.

COMMENTARY

What to the descendants of enslaved people is the Fourth of July? | Opinion

By: - July 4, 2021

The voting rights of formerly enslaved people in America are currently under attack. We demand access to the ballot without any undue hindrance to our right to vote. 

COMMENTARY

Benjamin Franklin’s fight against a deadly virus: Colonial America was divided over smallpox inoculation, but he championed science to skeptics | Analysis

By: - July 2, 2021

Then, as now, people on the side of science had to fight skeptics. And then, as now, those efforts weren't always successful.

COMMENTARY

Pa. Att’y Gen. Shapiro is putting the focus on ghost guns – but that’s the wrong place to look for a solution to Philly’s violence problem | Opinion

By: - July 1, 2021

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said her department took 5,000 illegal guns off the street last year: 99 of them were ghost guns.

COMMENTARY

Thanks to stimulus funding, Pa. has a chance to Grow Greener again. We can’t miss it | Opinion

By: - July 1, 2021

Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generation yet to come.

COMMENTARY

It’s far past time for Pa. lawmakers to pass comprehensive non-discrimination legislation | Opinion

By: - June 30, 2021

We all deserve the chance to thrive in an environment where we have the safety and security to flourish in our identity. 

COMMENTARY

Why the murder rate is rising — and what we can do about it | John A. Tures

By: - June 30, 2021

Protecting police officers and people from guns will do better to lower the murder rate, just as the assault weapons ban did in the 1990s and early 2000s.

COMMENTARY

Closures of Black K-12 schools across the nation threaten neighborhood stability | Analysis

By: - June 29, 2021

Residents of the St. Louis neighborhood known as The Ville have been fighting for years to stop the closing of Charles H. Sumner High School, the oldest historically Black high school west of the Mississippi River.

COMMENTARY

The Supreme Court’s free speech verdict in Pa. cheerleader case won’t help declining civil discourse | Opinion

By: - June 28, 2021

As knowledge about the First Amendment has waned, so has training in this fundamental constitutional right.

COMMENTARY

The Juvenile Justice Task Force report gave us a roadmap to reform. Now it’s up to lawmakers to finish the job | Opinion

By: - June 27, 2021

The recommendations fall short of transformational, but they are true step forward toward badly needed reforms.