Category Archive: Opinion Forum

Dec 13 2014

The Season for Mindless Consumerism

This Christmas, put your money to better use than thoughtless gift-giving.   Story By Jill Richardson ‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism. I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Here’s a story that illustrates …

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Nov 29 2014

Thanksgiving: So Much to be Thankful For

Story By Bryan Golden Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to be thankful for. It’s important to …

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Nov 15 2014

A Bigger Threat to U.S. Health than Ebola

Factory farms are breeding antibiotic-resistant bacteria.   By Nicole McCann and Anna Meyer Despite all the panic, Americans don’t face any great risk from Ebola right now. But we do need to worry about a home-grown medical catastrophe of our own that we’re failing to address: the erosion of antibiotic effectiveness. Doctors prescribe antibiotics to …

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Oct 25 2014

Voting for the Party or the Person

By James Clingman/NNPA Columnist We say we have “voting power,” but we have settled merely for the “power to vote.”  We fight for the “right to vote” but we fail to “vote right.” Voting is a means to gain political power, not an end that simply allows one to participate in the act. As true …

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Oct 11 2014

Let Them Eat Tips: Marriott’s push to get guests to subsidize its crummy pay for the people who clean hotel rooms is a disgrace.

Just when you thought the plutocratic profiteers running America’s exploitative, low-wage economy couldn’t get any more clueless, self-serving, pious, and mingy — along comes Lady Maria of Marriott, magnanimously saying: “Let them eat tips.” Marriott International supports the political notion that America is divided between a few noble “makers” (like them) and a mass of …

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Oct 04 2014

The Nouveau Sodbusters: Wall Street’s fake farmers are harvesting sweet profits.

We know from the childhood song that Old MacDonald had a farm. But e-i-e-i-o — look who’s got his farm now. It’s outfits like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These aren’t dirt farmers wearing overalls and muddy boots. They’re Wall Street hucksters in Armani suits and Gucci loafers. The latest fast-buck fad for high-roller …

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Sep 27 2014

The Little Train That Won’t: The Republican party’s refusal to invest in America’s collapsing infrastructure is a recipe for disaster.

I love groups with the gumption to take on big tasks and do what needs to be done — can-do groups that can, and do. But, uh-oh, here comes The Little Train That Couldn’t. I’m talking about Congress. Since the earliest days of our US of A, the most basic task of this legislative body …

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Sep 06 2014

Do you want some hogwash with that burger?

Burger King bills itself as “home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is a whale of a deal. But “whopper” also means a prevarication, a crock, a tall tale — hogwash. Both meanings apply to Burger King’s current effort to take over Tim Hortons, a Canadian coffee-and-doughnut …

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