Commentary

The Supremes made the call on gerrymandering. The fix is up to the voters | Opinion

BY: - June 30, 2019

The Supreme Court has made it clear that the solution does not lie with federal judges.

How a GOP bill getting rid of straight-ticket voting will silence minority voters | Kadida Kenner

BY: - June 28, 2019

When the Republican-controlled General Assembly in Harrisburg is frothing at the mouth to enact voter reform, it should give everyone in the state pause. After all, it was then-House Majority  Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, who infamously made remarks months prior to the presidential election of 2012 that newly enacted voter identification legislation, championed by his […]

Oscar Ramirez and his daughter Valeria: How much power does that powerful image have? | Opinion

BY: - June 28, 2019

By Nicole Smith Dahmen and Paul Slovic When the Associated Press published Julia Le Duc’s photograph of a drowned Salvadoran man, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, and his 23-month old daughter Valeria, it sparked outrage on social media. According to Le Duc, Ramírez had attempted to cross the Rio Grande after realizing he couldn’t present himself […]

Is there room for a middle ground in the debate over abortion rights? | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - June 27, 2019

We can explicitly recognize that the health and welfare of a pregnant woman are more important than the life of an unborn child.  Also, where abortion is legal, we can stop short of requiring taxpayers to pay for it. 

Thirty years after its release, Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ has lessons for Harrisburg and beyond | Anwar Curtis

BY: - June 27, 2019

Director Spike Lee's classic has lost none of its power with age. And the question it raises are just as vital and important as ever.

‘A very serious vote:’ A few scenes from Day 2 of Budget Week | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 26, 2019

First rule of minimum wage club, don't talk about the minimum wage.

Lawmakers, Wolf need to reject this backdoor attempt to arm teachers | Opinion

BY: - June 26, 2019

This bill is misguided and dangerous and won't make our schools any safer.

Probation in Pa. keeps people trapped in the cycle of incarceration | Opinion

BY: - June 25, 2019

Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians languish on needlessly long and punishing probation terms and are in desperate need of this reform. We urge legislators to treat this issue with the urgency it deserves