Commentary

It’s Sunshine Week in Pa.: Here’s how we’ve been helping to shine a light on government | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2019

The Right-to-Know Law is perfect. It’s strong, but it can be stronger

Report: Will Pittsburgh’s gun-ban put more of the city’s black residents in harm’s way? | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 13, 2019

"If it’s proposing to disarm black people, no, not in the age of Trump, and Charlottesville," one local activist says.

Sunshine Week celebrates a critical part of our democracy: The free press | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2019

Freedom of the press should never be taken for granted.

Pittsburghers love where they live — but survey finds room for improvement | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 12, 2019

There's a significant difference in how white and black residents feel about Allegheny County.

Pregnant women shouldn’t have to choose between a job and a healthy baby | Opinion

BY: - March 12, 2019

By Jeannette Cox Pregnant women in low-income work often face an unappealing choice: lose their job or perform duties that endanger their health and that of their baby. Walmart, the biggest private employer in the U.S., is a case in point. In 2007, the retailer fired Heather Wiseman for carrying around a bottle of water […]

When it comes to passing hate crimes laws, go beyond mere statistics | Opinion

BY: - March 12, 2019

This is a case where we need to go beyond the numbers when deciding an issue that may be one more based on morality than science.

Is there a moral case for redistricting reform? A Philly clergyman says ‘Yes’ | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 11, 2019

And the Lord said, 'Let thine districts be contiguous and compact.'

‘It’s done some really profound things for us’: How a 2-year-old state law changed the role of Pa.’s overlooked government watchdog

BY: - March 11, 2019

Bruce Beemer’s office on the eighth floor of the Forum Place building in downtown Harrisburg has a pretty decent view of the Capitol. Which is only appropriate, since part of his job as Pennsylvania Inspector General is keeping an eye on the place. But getting here took a little doing — in more ways than […]

Here’s how York County is working to close the workforce gap | Opinion

BY: - March 11, 2019

We've created “Pathways to Prosperity”, a countywide workforce development plan that will help us reach our goals.

Charter school cap efforts are gaining momentum. Here’s why | Analysis

BY: - March 10, 2019

A number of states are considering laws to put charter school growth on pause, saying they drain resources from public schools. A school finance expert explains the logic behind the efforts.

The hugely important court fight over abortion rights you’re not hearing about is right here in Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 8, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is getting all the attention. But here's another reason why the states are critically important to the abortion rights fight too.