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John L. Micek

John L. Micek

John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.

COMMENTARY

My 9/11 prayer: The lessons we can learn from the great silence | Opinion

By: - September 10, 2021

For my column this week, one that comes the day before the 20-year observance of the Sept. 11 attacks, I want to tell you a story. Two decades ago, my sister was teaching English at the Hosaka English Academy, in Numazu, Japan, about two hours southwest of Tokyo. Sometime in the dark hours after the attack, as […]

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Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it | Opinion

By: - August 26, 2021

So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]

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In our mad, polarized, COVID surge summer, the only way out is through

By: - August 13, 2021

It all kind of piled up this week: COVID hospitalizations and deaths are up. We’re still trying to convince the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, even as intensive care units fill beyond capacity. As the Delta variant of the implacable virus attacks our children. Florida’s governor threatens the withhold the wages of educators who want to […]

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What the Dems need to do about their Manchin problem

By: - June 15, 2021

As a Democrat from a staunchly Republican state, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, is a vanishing breed, not only in contemporary American politics, but in a Democratic Party that is steadily tacking to the left. The senator from the Mountain State has tied his party in knots this year with an insistence on bipartisanship with Republicans […]