Unarmed cops and a can-do culture of nonviolence

Cops without guns? Snort. Impossible. Who is going to stop the next mass shooting slaughter? Well, not so fast. There …

October 9th, 2015 |  

Why community newspapers matter

Why community newspapers matter

“I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…” — Roger Miller ROLLING FORK, Miss. …

October 8th, 2015 |  

Theme of National Newspaper Week especially relevant

Theme of National Newspaper Week especially relevant

In 1928, Frank Capra made a silent movie called “The Power of the Press.” Douglas Fairbanks Jr. played Clem Rogers, …

October 5th, 2015 |  

Power of the press is reporting the news consumers need

Power of the press is reporting the news consumers need

WASHINGTON – The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public …

October 5th, 2015 |  

Media paranoia over government shutdown

The fear generated by media use of the words “government shutdown” is amazing. The hysteria peddlers using this terminology, and …

October 3rd, 2015 |  

What do we mean by “representative government”?

With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American …

October 2nd, 2015 |  

Election 2016 reminder: Who needs who?

Memory has a way of playing tricks on the mind, but my recollection is that each of the seven presidential …

October 2nd, 2015 |  

Nothing is ever truly private anymore

Most people, in one way or another, had their childhoods recorded by their parents. Whether it was a baby book, …

October 2nd, 2015 |  

Religion and politics and presidential qualifications

Religious belief as a qualification or disqualification for the presidency of the United States is an old can of worms. …

September 24th, 2015 |  

Urban America’s slow-motion crisis

Baltimore, my hometown, is facing its highest rate of homicides in decades. Along with other cities that are reporting higher …

September 23rd, 2015 |  

The GOP agenda (or lack thereof)

To hear Republican presidential candidates tell it, you’d think the most important issue facing the nation is Hillary Clinton’s old …

September 17th, 2015 |  

Which side are we on?

“On the one side, powerful military bureaucracies, influential and richly financed weapons industries, their lobbies, their captive legislators, those for …

September 17th, 2015 |  

Equality: More work to be done

Women’s Equality Day — August 26 — marked the 95th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the …

September 16th, 2015 |  

We’ll never rebuild America wasting money on war

This Labor Day, like others before it, finds American workers squeezed on many fronts. Inequality is rising, union membership is …

September 9th, 2015 |  

Big win for fast food workers

For many Americans, the only connection between Labor Day and labor is that you don’t have to do any of …

September 8th, 2015 |  

More than one mass shooting a day

The Business Insider reports: “As of August 26, the U.S. has had 247 mass shootings in the first 238 days …

September 5th, 2015 |  

Greece’s crisis more twisted

In case you missed it, Greece is in for more turmoil. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras recently resigned and called …

September 4th, 2015 |  

Mountains and altars

GLEN COVE, NY — God spoke to Noah, Abraham, and Moses on the tops of mountains. Jesus was transfigured and …

September 4th, 2015 |  

The expropriation continues

Contrary to mainstream classical political economy, which treated the “original accumulation of capital” as the result of thrift, saving and …

September 2nd, 2015 |  

Hillary Clinton ‘takes responsibility’

In politics, words tend to take on double meanings — one for politicians, another for the rest of us. Nowhere …

September 1st, 2015 |  

What makes America great

In less than 200 years, America grew from a handful of colonies to become the greatest nation in history. In …

August 29th, 2015 |  

Yoga pants, leggings, and stretch pants — the scourge of schools

A new school year has started or is about to start and once again public schools across the U.S. are …

August 29th, 2015 |  


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