Commentary

Susan J. Demas: Fear of a Black female president

BY: - February 26, 2024

Since Harris has taken office, there’s been a steady stream of stories about her being difficult, out of her depth and invisible (“Where’s Kamala?” is a running right-wing taunt) — all of which are pretty standard attacks against any powerful woman, especially a woman of color. But that’s the thing about breaking barriers. You have to fight so much harder to be taken seriously at every step, with every move scrutinized and mocked.

Pennsylvania and the entire country need more ‘angry Black women’

BY: - February 22, 2024

Pennsylvania’s track record when it comes to electing Black women is a mixed bag, but for the most part, they are woefully underrepresented in elected office.

Instead of worrying about a presidential candidate’s age, focus on their vision for the future

BY: - February 18, 2024

There is no physical reason an older person cannot serve as President of the United States despite it being a high-pressure, high-stress position. The question to ask in the United States in 2024 is whether either of these men have the correct policies and vision for a position deemed the most important in the world and how their age impacts the answer.

Republicans can’t take ‘yes’ for an answer when Trump says ‘no’

BY: - February 7, 2024

Trump, knowing that his base is fueled by xenophobia and animated by their furor about GOP fear-mongering about the border, denounced the deal even before it was finalized.

School vouchers are a bad idea, and Pennsylvania should learn from other states’ cautionary tales.

BY: - February 3, 2024

A new voucher program in Pennsylvania should be a nonstarter for Gov. Shapiro and state lawmakers.

Why I’m letting go of Roe

BY: - January 22, 2024

The Supreme Court made very clear in Dobbs that there will be no federal protection for abortion; states are on their own. Pennsylvania is on its own.

In addition to creating confusion and fear of jail time for health care providers and patients, state abortion bans have led to women and girls being denied emergency medical care to maternity wards closing to an increasing shortage of OB-GYNs. (Getty Images)

Why Medicaid should cover abortions in Pennsylvania

BY: - January 20, 2024

Low-income communities, who already have limited access to healthcare, have few resources to navigate a thicket of restrictive abortion laws and costs.

Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 95 this year. Let’s make his dream a reality.

BY: - January 15, 2024

Without intervention, our contributors write, it will take centuries for Black wealth to catch up with white wealth in this country.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Time for Pennsylvania to speed up the transition to clean energy

BY: - January 11, 2024

With targeted investments in clean energy projects and Pennsylvania’s strong tradition of manufacturing and organized labor, our state can become a national leader in the renewable energy boom.

The only fair local share of school funding

BY: - January 10, 2024

Lower Merion student Gwen Shapiro argues that Pennsylvania needs to ensure that wealthy districts cannot use locally generated revenue to raise their level of funding above the standard that the state is willing to guarantee everybody else.

Opinion: Can a single, six-year presidential term save us from ourselves?

BY: - January 4, 2024

Jonathan Rothermel argues that it's time to revisit the 22nd amendment and consider an alternative term limit for U.S. presidents.

Commentary: Will 2024 be the year Pennsylvania finally raises its minimum wage?

BY: - December 31, 2023

This isn’t a pioneering policy, we aren’t blazing any trails. We’re eating the dust of 30 states that have already figured this out and raised their minimum wage, writes Claire Kovach of the Keystone Research Center.