Commentary

Biden’s PFAS plan targets Pa., other states plagued by ‘forever chemicals’ | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 19, 2021

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. The Biden administration has announced what it’s describing as an “accelerated effort” to protect Americans from so-called “forever chemicals” in drinking water in Pennsylvania and other states that can cause severe health problems. The administration says its plan to tackle the chemicals formally known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a multi-pronged effort that will […]

Colin Powell embodied the ‘two-ness’ of the African-American experience | Opinion

BY: - October 19, 2021

A patriot and a Black man, Powell died Monday at the age of 84 from complications related to COVID-19.

Fifty-five years later, the Black Panthers’ revolutionary goals are still strong | Michael Coard

BY: - October 19, 2021

By Michael Coard PHILADELPHIA — As this column appears in the Capital-Star, the Black Panthers have just wrapped up a four-day event at Temple University that ran from Oct. 14 through Sunday. That event, sponsored by the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party (NAABPP), includes a viewing of the powerful film, “Judas and […]

Vax For Nothing: State lotteries didn’t encourage COVID jabs | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 18, 2021

Cash drawings and additional vaccinations said to have ‘near zero’ association, a new study has found.

My son has Down syndrome. Your taxes enrich his life | Opinion

BY: - October 18, 2021

So, for another year, on behalf of Greg and our family ... thank you

Counting everyone so everyone counts: A Census worker on what it’s like | Opinion

BY: - October 18, 2021

The Census is what America is about. It's why people leave everything they know halfway across the planet. And that’s why they stay: Not just so they can be counted, but because they count.

We need you, face to face, please get vaccinated | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - October 17, 2021

Having been liberated—or at least paroled—from their Zoom prison cells, people are beginning to act like, well, people again.

We need education — not misinformation — on the child tax credit | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2021

We can’t fix economic inequality with the wave of a wand. But the child tax credit and its potential permanence is a step in the right direction.

It’s time for more than a cannabis conversation in Harrisburg, it’s time for action | Opinion

BY: - October 16, 2021

Cannabis prohibition has never been about the plant itself, these are laws against people, a tool of our own government’s institutional racism.

Gun safety group Everytown launches $200K campaign in Erie Co. sheriff race | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 15, 2021

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. When you think about high-stakes political campaigns in Pennsylvania politics, your thoughts usually don’t turn to county sheriff’s contests. Sure, there are exceptions, and some offices get overtaken by scandal (Yes, that’s you Philadelphia). In general, however, most voters would be hard-pressed to name their county sheriff, let alone explain the role […]

A Mom’s journey through Pa.’s direct support professional crisis | Opinion

BY: - October 15, 2021

I’ll keep fighting for my daughter … for all these sons and daughters. Because that’s what moms do.

We’re failing our workers: Pa. needs paid family & medical leave | Opinion

BY: - October 15, 2021

Only 19% of the U.S. workforce has access to paid family leave through their employer, with low-wage workers even less likely to have it compared to their high-wage counterparts.