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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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States, including Pa., pick judges very differently from U.S. Supreme Court appointments | Opinion

By: - May 11, 2021

What can the politically fraught U.S. Supreme Court learn from the way that states select their judges?

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An investment in homecare is an investment in healthy families & communities | Opinion

By: - May 11, 2021

Homecare workers are an essential part of our national infrastructure. We need to pay for it and treat it that way.

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Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself. So why aren’t more companies doing it? | Opinion

By: - May 10, 2021

The world will have to stop building more fossil fuel infrastructure. The better route is to be responsible now and take care of the climate rather than counting on cleaning up the mess later.

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What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity | Opinion

By: - May 9, 2021

The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week.

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This year’s court races are seriously important. Make your voice heard | Michael Coard

By: - May 9, 2021

Speak out in the voting booths on May 18 and protect Black people in the courtrooms every day.

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Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry

By: - May 8, 2021

Focus on what that says about White providers. If we assume they’re no less competent than Black providers, what — other than racism — explains more Black babies dying on their watch?

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Pa.’s waitlist system is an injustice to its disabilities community | Opinion

By: - May 7, 2021

It is unacceptable to leave a vulnerable community waiting indefinitely on services they need to survive. 

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Anti-transgender bills are latest version of conservatives’ longtime strategy to rally their base | Opinion

By: - May 7, 2021

A civil rights scholar looks at the large number of anti-transgender policies being debated and passed in state capitols. They are a staple issue for conservatives who want to rally their base.

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How ‘socialism’ stopped being a dirty word for some voters – and started winning elections across America | Opinion

By: - May 6, 2021

The leftist Democratic Socialists of America was tiny before the 2016 election. Now, with 90,000 dues-paying members and four seats in Congress, the DSA is upending Democratic politics nationwide.

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Here’s how to build a more equitable future for Pa. with clean energy | Opinion

By: - May 5, 2021

By targeting the benefits of clean energy investments to low-income households and communities exiting the fossil fuel industry, DEP can lift families out of energy poverty, improve public health, and build local wealth.

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Biden’s infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the U.S. – including Pa. | Opinion

By: - May 5, 2021

President Joe Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.

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Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism | Opinion

By: - May 4, 2021

By Jacob Kirksey The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Making a healthy breakfast available to students not only can help alleviate hunger and improve concentration at school; it also appears to encourage regular attendance, according to new research I co-authored. In a study published in February 2021, […]