Tag Archive: William A. Collins

Nov 01

Prison nation

Prison Nation Having the world’s highest incarceration rate is costly in more ways than one. By William A. Collins Jails present For all to see, Human Inhumanity. The United States has more citizens behind bars, per capita, than any other nation. No, this quirk doesn’t reflect an especially felonious gene in our national DNA. Rather, …

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Oct 18

Veterans, the Human Rubble of Our Wars

A few years ago, recruiting was a more thankless job. By William A. Collins Back those troops Where e’er they roam; But let them suffer When they’re home. With great fanfare, President Barack Obama recently presented a Congressional Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a living hero. Presidents don’t often get to do that. Normally …

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Oct 11

What Have They Done with Ron Paul?

The mainstream media mostly ignores him. By William A. Collins Campaigns face A lot of stress; When ignored By all the press. You may have heard of Ron Paul. He’s a popular Republican candidate for president who just won the Values Voter Summit’s straw poll. He’s done well in other polling too, generally holding onto …

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Sep 27

Big Agriculture’s Latin American Exploits

By William A. Collins You may wonder why President Barack Obama is so intent on passing a free-trade agreement with Colombia. One answer is simple enough: Big Agriculture. Without any tariffs padding the price of our exports, cheap U.S. grain would flood the South American country. That will be good for Cargill, the American agribusiness …

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Sep 05

Big Tobacco Targets the Young and the Poor

By William A. Collins Hapless smokers, Still remain; For villains they Are just fair game. Toward the end of the Richard Nixon era, there was a popular four-panel political cartoon. It showed the three familiar monkeys with their hands placed to depict “See no evil,” “Hear no evil,” and “Speak no evil.” The fourth panel …

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Aug 16

We’ve come a long way, baby, since 1776

By William A. Collins Thirteen colonies once unfurled; Grew up to rule the world. National Public Radio presented a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. It properly honored the brilliance, perseverance, and clarity of the document’s authors and the people they represented in challenging the British Empire. Yes, the …

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Aug 02

Shredding the safety net

By William A. Collins America’s wealthy, That’s for sure; Why then pauperize The poor? There’s widespread poverty in America today, though it’s sometimes hard to see how bad it is. Real estate development techniques and zoning rules, plus a healthy dollop of discrimination, force most poor people to live and work in neighborhoods many of …

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