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The sleazy higher education league

Once upon a time, to get into college kids plugged away in high school and saved money from after-school jobs. They studied like crazy, read far into the night and had a good shot at a decent job. Rich kids attended private universities, poorer kids went to state schools. Other students opted for community colleges.

We’re going nowhere

The term “American transportation policy” is an oxymoron. The United States has no policy regarding the nation’s transportation networks, no strategic plan and no capacity to carry one out.

We harbor only competing special interests.

We’re not even paving a road to nowhere

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The term “American transportation policy” is an oxymoron. The United States has no policy regarding the nation’s transportation networks, no strategic plan and no capacity to carry one out.

We harbor only competing special interests.

Our press freedom is under fire and waning away

Yes, the truth
Will set us free;
But it’s not found
On NBC.

Freedom of the press, that inspired rallying cry of our democracy, is becoming a poignant memory. In its latest ranking of how such freedoms stack up worldwide, Reporters Without Borders ranked the United States No. 47. We certainly rate way better than China, which clocked in at No. 174 out of 179 countries, but this truly is a shameful grade.

Our press freedom is under fire and waning away

Body Politic

Yes, the truth

Will set us free;

But it’s not found

On NBC.

Freedom of the press, that inspired rallying cry of our democracy, is becoming a poignant memory. In its latest ranking of how such freedoms stack up worldwide, Reporters Without Borders ranked the United States No. 47. We certainly rate way better than China, which clocked in at No. 174 out of 179 countries, but this truly is a shameful grade.

Medical mistakes should be out in the open

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If you survive

What made you ill,

Mistakes by docs

Can get you still.

Estimates vary, but every year an average of 195,000 Americans die from medical errors. These acts aren’t done on purpose — they are screw-ups, often dealing with medication. Other hundreds of thousands are annually injured. Surely, you say, Washington and the state capitals must be working feverishly to sort all this out.

An edict that affects the freedom to die with dignity

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You may have missed it amid all the fuss about Catholics and contraception. The Church’s pushback over routine birth control methods stemmed in large part from an edict the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued in 2009, which could have a major impact on you and your loved ones.

“Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services,” as it’s officially called, dictates how the roughly 15 percent of American patients who are treated in Catholic hospitals get to die.

An edict that affects the freedom to die with dignity

Body Politic

You may have missed it amid all the fuss about Catholics and contraception. The Church’s pushback over routine birth control methods stemmed in large part from an edict the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued in 2009, which could have a major impact on you and your loved ones.

“Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services,” as it’s officially called, dictates how the roughly 15 percent of American patients who are treated in Catholic hospitals get to die.

Energy: Too important to leave to corporations

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Coal and oil,

Nukes and gas;

All make bucks

For the upper class.

In some nations, electricity is actually generated and distributed by the government itself. In some countries, oil and gas production benefits everyone, not just CEOs.

Energy is too important to leave

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Coal and oil,

Nukes and gas;

All make bucks

For the upper class.

In some nations, electricity is actually generated and distributed by the government itself. In some countries, oil and gas production benefits everyone, not just CEOs.