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Editorial | Pennsylvania schools are right to mandate masks

Editorial | Pennsylvania schools are right to mandate masks

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 1, 2021
Wolf made the right decision to mandate masks. While waiting for a vaccine that can be administered to children younger than 12, there is not much else one can do to protect their child other than to have them wear a mask. 
While the CDC said fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face coverings in most indoor settings, some people are nervous about removing their masks.

‘People are generally happier’: Oakland adjusts to new CDC guidelines

By Colm Slevin, Staff Writer June 9, 2021
While CDC guidelines say those fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face coverings in most settings, some people say they’re unsure about not wearing masks since not everyone has gotten vaccinated yet and some may not be truthful about their vaccination status.
The Pennsylvania CARES Rent Relief Program had a maximum of $150 million to give to renters across Pennsylvania, but only $54 million was distributed to renters.

Editorial | Pennsylvania must provide equitable rent relief now

By The Pitt News Editorial Board February 8, 2021
Pennsylvania needs to ensure that the next round of rent relief funds are distributed equitably to those who need them.
Editorial | Pennsylvania’s ‘election integrity’ panel lacks integrity

Editorial | Pennsylvania’s ‘election integrity’ panel lacks integrity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 2, 2020
If state house Republicans really want to make sure the upcoming election has “integrity,” they should focus on tangible problems like easing voter suppression and removing technical mail-in ballot rules.
The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee listened to testimony during a daylong hearing discussion legislation to reform the statute of limitations on sexual abuse criminal and civil claims.

Opinion | Justice shouldn’t have an expiration date

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist October 9, 2019
Pennsylvania needs to eliminate statutes of limitations by passing Bill 540 and finally rectifying the harmful effects of this law.
Editorial: Better response needed from state health officials in Canon-McMillan school district

Editorial: Better response needed from state health officials in Canon-McMillan school district

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 8, 2019
It seems as though state health officials haven’t appropriately or adequately responded to community members’ complaints, who have cause to be worried about their children’s health.
Governor Tom Wolf announced on Monday that state voters will be allowed to request absentee ballots online.

Editorial | It’s about time: online absentee applications in Pa.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 9, 2019
This change is a start, but if Pennsylvania really wants to increase fairness, they must continue to make deliberate improvements.
A lawsuit claims that Pennsylvania public school funding is unfair because it relies too heavily on local tax dollars and discriminates against underprivileged districts.

Editorial: Lawsuit could be a step towards equity in Pa. education funding

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 3, 2019
Where the state government has failed to solve the problem of inequity in education funding, this lawsuit could be a step towards a solution.
Democratic Sens. Daylin Leach and Sharif Street proposed Pennsylvania Senate Bill 350 on March 18, an extremely progressive cannabis legalization bill.

Opinion | Pa. marijuana legalization necessary

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist March 24, 2019
In the push for meaningfully combating racist practices, creating legal opportunities for medicinal and recreational marijuana users and bolstering the state’s economy, approving SB 350 is an instrumental move.
Opinion | Pa. is misguidedly trying to make video games a taxable sin

Opinion | Pa. is misguidedly trying to make video games a taxable sin

By Thomas Wick, Staff Columnist February 19, 2019
Politicians have been trying to pin the blame for school shootings on violent video games for years, even though it’s a dated concept.
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