Commentary

Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems | Friday Coffee

BY: - July 23, 2021

"Jeff Bezos is going into space tomorrow. Yesterday, on earth, I saw a man search for food in a trash can," the critic Charles Preston observed on Twitter.

Scientists understood the physics of climate change in the 1800s, thanks to Eunice Foote | Opinion

BY: - July 23, 2021

Foote’s discovery of the high heat absorption of carbon dioxide gas led her to conclude that “… if the air had mixed with it a higher proportion of carbon dioxide than at present, an increased temperature” would result.

The fight over critical race theory is a solution in search of a problem | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - July 23, 2021

The GOP, traditionally seen as the “Grand Old Party” has devolved into the “Groveling Orange Party.”

Delta Variant 101: What you need to know to protect yourself | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 22, 2021

Here's how the rapidly spreading Delta variant might change your behavior.

Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today | Opinion

BY: - July 22, 2021

The year 2021 is shaping up to be an interesting year to revisit Scott-Heron’s “Whitey on the Moon.”

Mr. Justice Breyer, Thank you for your service. Now please retire | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - July 22, 2021

Breyer will not change the law by remaining on the court. But he might do so by resigning.

‘We are committed to competition’: Top Wolf official says

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Wolf administration requested $340M in emergency contracts during the pandemic, according to a published report

Roads and bridges aren’t enough. For a strong economy, we need to invest in ‘care’ infrastructure | Opinion

BY: - July 21, 2021

If quality child care is unaffordable, unavailable, or unreliable, parents can’t take the jobs that employers are desperate to fill.

My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID | Opinion

BY: - July 21, 2021

I decided to enroll my daughter in the trial because I trust scientists and doctors. I do not trust a virus that kills some and leaves others unmarked. 

Experts warn against ‘sham election audits’ movement | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 20, 2021

Conspiracy theories, disinformation and outright lies can spread through social media and other means to undermine legitimate elections, experts warn.

Don’t be surprised if the GOP tests its anti-crime message in Virginia. But will it work?

BY: - July 20, 2021

July is on its way toward being the deadliest month because of a grisly Independence Day weekend in which more than 150 people were fatally shot in 400 separate shooting incidents.

Department of Health logs 453 inspections, $44k in fines in June report | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 19, 2021

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, filling in for John today. Let’s dive right in, shall we? Sixteen-months after the COVID-19 emergency began in Pennsylvania, its nursing homes and long-term care facilities are still dealing with an array of challenges, including what some say was a bungled response to COVID-19 by state […]