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Report finds decline in household income, rise in poverty rate | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 20, 2021

According to the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, the median household income decreased 2.9 percent from 2019 to 2020. 

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Clean Energy: A spiritual call to action | Opinion

BY: - September 20, 2021

Climate change impacts us all, but particularly communities of color, including Black communities, who experience climate change impacts first and worst. Americans of color breathe in 40 percent more pollution than white Americans; 68 percent of Black Americans live within thirty miles of a coal plant; and the poor, elderly, and marginalized around the world are least equipped to prepare for or respond to the myriad threats of climate change. 

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Amid renewed push to expand Pell Grant eligibility, Pa. must remove barriers for students | Opinion

BY: - September 20, 2021

Launched in 2015, the Second Chance Pell experiment provides Pell Grants to incarcerated men and women for enrollment in postsecondary education programs provided in state and federal prisons. Through these learning opportunities, incarcerated adults can earn an associate of arts degree, industry-recognized certificates, or general coursework that will ultimately boost their opportunities for employment when they re-enter society.

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Pay your own way USGA | Colin McNickle

BY: - September 19, 2021

By Colin McNickle Neither a financial nor moral (and certainly not a “good-government”) case can be made for using taxpayer dollars to subsidize the uber-rich sport of professional golf at the Oakmont Country Club, says a senior scholar at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy. “In sum … there is no reasonable case to be […]

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The U.S. should unite like it did after 9/11 | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - September 19, 2021

After what seemed like an eternity, I finally heard my son’s voice on the phone. “Are you OK?, “I asked him. “Yes,” Bryan said. “I’m fine. We’re all together in a conference room.” Then I heard some chaos in the background. “Dad, I can’t talk now. I have to go. They’re evacuating the capital,” said […]

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If we fail to act on women’s reproductive rights, Pa. will become the next Texas | Opinion

BY: - September 18, 2021

By Liz Hanbidge Pennsylvania is more like Texas than you think. Recently I began receiving more frequent calls about women’s reproductive rights. Such calls are not uncommon for me, but usually they relate to Pennsylvania, the commonwealth in which I serve as an elected representative. Lately, though, people mostly wanted to talk about Texas. I have […]

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Pa. logs 6.2% decrease in noneducation workers in state, local government | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 17, 2021

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, filling in for John. Let’s dive right in, shall we? While private sector jobs are rebounding from the COVID-19 closures, noneducation employment growth in state and local governments across the country have all but dried up, Pew Charitable Trusts data suggests. Noneducation state and local jobs, including jobs […]

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No reason to hate the NFL playing ‘The Black National Anthem’ | John A. Tures

BY: - September 17, 2021

There’s a real excitement about the NFL, as fans showed up and tuned in to games, with any talk of a boycott a distant memory.  But that doesn’t mean America’s highest rated sport isn’t being attacked for something new.  This time, the league is being targeted for playing the so-called “Black National Anthem.”  Are the criticisms really warranted?

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Constitution Day 2021: What Would James Madison Think? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - September 17, 2021

The future President of the United States is credited with drafting the Virginia Plan, which became the blueprint from which the delegates worked. Madison advocated a strong national government with independent powers, more than what it was granted under the nation’s first constitution, the Articles of Confederation.

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Did Pa. Supreme Court Justice David Wecht herald the death of God? | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - September 16, 2021

I have a book coming out in a few weeks that argues that America’s deep divisions are the fallout from the Death of God proclaimed by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in 1882. But, I am asked, how can God be dead when most Americans say that they believe in God and almost half of Americans […]

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As Pa. churns, poll shows majority of Americans back mask, vax mandates | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 16, 2021

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With states around the country in the grip of the Delta variant, a majority of Americans say they support the vaccine mandates that President Joe Biden announced last week, according to a new Monmouth University poll. A majority similarly supports guidelines for masking and social distancing in their home states, as well requiring people […]