These essays do what our schools fail to do.
They teach civics properly.
It's not your boring high school civics class.
Pat uses current events and the U.S. Constitution to explain what's happening, and why.
​With these tools, you can better understand current events, 
be an informed voter, and influence your government officials.
You can help make the world be what you want it to be.

 ​America will work for you

when you know how to make it work.
American politics are in turmoil because most Americans don't understand how their government works.

Those who understand how government 
works know how to influence it. 
Through Community Matters, I use the U.S. Constitution and current events to teach American government – civics.
I don't report the news.  I explain it.

Civics is

the study
of the structure and function
of government,
and the rights and duties
of citizens.

  • It looks at the ways that our governments are organized, how they're supposed to work, and how they really do work.

  • Civics is an essential, but neglected, area of our education. 

  • The government operates by a set of rules.  

  • We have the right and responsibility to participate in our government. 
  • However, we can't participate fully if we don't know those rules.

The American Census:

How It Works and Why It Matters
April 1 is Census Day.  Be ready.

America will conduct its 24th census on April 1.  Americans have mixed feelings about that, but participating does benefit you.​
If you aren't counted, you won't count.

Political Ignorance Breeds Political Impotence.

What if Donald Trump Refuses

to Leave Office?

Read this, Bill Maher.

Commentator/Comedian Bill Maher constantly whines on his HBO show, Real Time, that Donald Trump will refuse to concede the election and to leave the White House if he loses the 2020 election.  He might, but I doubt it.  And it doesn’t matter.​

Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting    ~    Community Matters
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Established 1993

I've been writing Community Matters since 2008.
Here are my most recent articles.

2020 Allegheny County Primary

Voting Information

The Pennsylvania Voting Reform Act made some changes.
The campaigns hide this information from the voters.

For nearly 40 years, I’ve called thousands of voters as an election campaign volunteer.  I spent most of my time hanging up on answering machines because the campaign staffers think their job is to produce phone calls.  It’s not.  Their job is to produce votes.  They don’t know the difference.​

Patricia A. O'Malley

Social Policy & Programs Consulting

Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice


The same old issues keep re-appearing on our political landscape.

This is an update on a recurring issue.


​Defective Teaching Methods Produce American Political Ignorance
What’s wrong with our civics education and how to fix it.

Civics courses are supposed to teach how our government works in real life.  Americans' anger at government has been growing for 30 years.  We've seen griping, grumbling, ranting, and raving about government's size and its role in our lives.  False information causes much of the noise.  Civil, healthy debate is valuable, but it's impossible when the participants are uneducated.