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John L. Micek

John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

COMMENTARY

Four more children dead, and a nation shrugs. Is enough finally enough now? | John L. Micek

By: - December 3, 2021

Lawmakers who refuse to act should be required to personally explain their inaction to the families of the dead. It is hard to see any other way for that cold-hearted resistance to crumble.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 9K new COVID-19 cases; 3.9K hospitalized

By: - December 2, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 9,143 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.75 million since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 3,928 people were hospitalized for treatment for the virus as of Thursday. Of that total, 837 people were in hospital intensive […]

COMMENTARY

Most school shooters get their guns at home – and we’re buying more | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - December 2, 2021

That combination has boosted the risk of a tragedy such as this week's school shooting in Michigan, a trio of public health experts say.

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 7.6K new COVID-19 cases; More than 3.9K hospitalized

By: - December 1, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 7,606 new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.74 million since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 3,939 people were hospitalized for treatment for the virus as of midday Wednesday. Of that total, 858 people were in hospital […]

COMMENTARY

Who you calling ‘sleepy?’ Suburban HBG neighborhood unites to fight development | Wednesday Coffee

By: - December 1, 2021

What do you get when you take on a neighborhood filled with lawyers, engineers, and planners? More trouble than you bargained for.

COMMENTARY

In a season of sweets, Pa. company encourages conscious consumption | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 30, 2021

The Moka Origins chocolate factory in Bethany, Pa., wants customers to think about the 'farming and the labor and the intensity' that goes into your chocolate bar

COMMENTARY

Philly’s Black youth offer solutions to city’s gun violence problem | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - November 29, 2021

More jobs, less mass incarceration: Those were among the recommendations made in a report by the advocacy group ManUpPHL.

Report: Pa. ranks 39th nationwide for the condition, cost-effectiveness of its highways

By: - November 28, 2021

Pennsylvania ranks 39th nationwide for the condition and cost-effectiveness of its highway system, according to new research by the Libertarian-leaning Reason Foundation.

Pa. Labor & Industry Dept. donates 600 stuffed toys to families in need | Five for the Weekend

By: - November 27, 2021

'With all the stuffed toys that come to our Harrisburg office for inspection, L&I staff consider ourselves to be part of Santa’s workshop,' L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said in a statement.

COMMENTARY

Senate hopeful Arkoosh: Toppling Roe would have ‘horrific’ consequences | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - November 24, 2021

With facts and science under assault, the MontCo pol says the Senate needs a woman and a doctor in its ranks.

COMMENTARY

Pa. releases plan for $1.2B in stimulus cash for services for Medicaid recipients | Tuesday Coffee

By: - November 23, 2021

The money would be used, among other things, to address a staffing crisis for those who work with people with intellectual disabilities.

COMMENTARY

Rittenhouse verdict will ’embolden vigilantes,’ anti-gun violence group warns | Monday Coffee

By: - November 22, 2021

The teen's 'military-style rifle and the threatening manner in which he wielded it only served to heighten tensions and invite deadly conflict,' Adam Garber, of CeaseFire Pa, said.