Tag Archive: politics

Feb 15

Prehistoric modern thinking

Why would anyone think it was a big deal when scientists announced a few weeks ago they had determined that humans carry genes of Neanderthals? Was there really any question? The evidence is everywhere. It’s certainly obvious when we observe the huntergatherer predators who run roughshod over each other in the political world. It would …

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Oct 17

Standing with Wendy Davis: A champion for public education

The Texas American Federation of Teachers this week endorsed State Sen. Wendy Davis in her run for Texas Governor. “When we offer to stand with a candidate and work for their election, we spend an enormous amount of time looking at their positions on education issues to ensure they will be effective leaders in developing …

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Oct 07

The values divide: The showdown in Washington isn’t just about political posturing

There’s a lot of talk about how polarized the country is today. Sometimes that polarization is more than about partisan politics — it’s about real differences in values. Take the House Republicans’ recent votes to deny food and health care to millions of Americans. Those were statements of values. The first vote was to cut …

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Aug 31

The Medical-Industrial Complex: Our health industry’s big players focus on making as much money as possible.

Getting well Takes lots of pluck, With health guys out To make a buck. As the Obama administration struggles to keep rolling out its landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amid partisan squabbling, the shortcomings of American health care are more evident than ever. Our system is very different from other countries: It’s worse. …

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Aug 24

Et Tu, Buddhist? – In every war, both sides claim that God’s on their side.

Throughout the centuries people have killed each other in vast numbers for the very best of reasons — religion. Oh they’ve done it for other reasons too — money, politics, geography, skin color, revolution — but never with more enthusiasm than when the cause was holy. From the early Christian martyrs to the Crusades to …

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May 28

Our women in uniform deserve better

Americans have honored our soldiers and those killed in U.S. wars in late May for nearly 150 years. Memorial Day, which became an official holiday in 1868, was originally called Decoration Day and got started when civilian women decided to decorate military graves from both sides of the Civil War. There were already female warriors …

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Mar 30

The plan to turn Medicare into 'We Don't Care'

Apparently, Rep. Paul Ryan missed the outcome of last November’s presidential election. Oh, wait — wasn’t he on the ballot in that election as Mitt Romney’s running mate? Well, yes, but less than five months later, the Wisconsin Republican seems to have forgotten that he and the Mittster were soundly rejected. Maybe the trauma of …

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Oct 24

Refuse the politics of envy

By Gary Hardaway As sure as roosters crow at sunrise, every election season brings a similar cock-a-doodle-doo from certain politicians who have nothing to offer voters except class envy. The nation has grave problems; who’s to blame? The Rich. Anybody who makes more money than you or me. (In my case, that’s a very great …

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