Commentary

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 […]

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?

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.

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 […]

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 […]

This Pa. activist group is putting people first. Here’s how you can help | Frank Pizzoli

BY: - September 16, 2021

'I went from thinking nothing is attainable to finding hope and purpose,' Tammy Rojas, of Dauphin County, said

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Attorney: Pa.’s med.marijuana regulatory backlog is at a ‘crisis’ state | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 15, 2021

The Dept. of Health is doing some things well. More needs to be fixed, Harrisburg attorney Judith Cassel said

Seven charts that explain the 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic | Analysis

BY: - September 15, 2021

We can break the pandemic down into 5 phases and learn from all of them: Scramble, Learn, Respond, Test and Hope.

5 facts anti-abortion activists get wrong | Trish Zornio

BY: - September 15, 2021

Misinformation on basic biology has led to bad policy for pregnant people.

The crisis of veterans’ suicides: How one Pa. county is responding | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 14, 2021

Calls to a crisis hotline spiked during the last two weeks of August, underlining the need for additional support for veterans and service members.

We need to break the cycle of gun violence. That starts with us | Opinion

BY: - September 14, 2021

No one wins with this ongoing violence, the wasted human potential, and the current insidiousness of military-grade weapons on our city streets.

Some reflections on the lessons of 9/11 | Opinion

BY: - September 14, 2021

We need to do our homework as a democracy and abandon denialism.