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The perpetual punitive machine backfires

Our nation has a penchant for creating unnecessary complexity and obstacles for its people in areas such as the tax, health insurance and student debt miasmas. The prison industry adds to this with what it euphemistically calls “collateral consequences.” In simple language, this means a series of state-based statutory punishments — rooted in the medieval English practice of “civil death” — that greet ex-felons who have served their time and paid their debt to society.

Will Bernie Sanders take on Hillary?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is off and running after his formal announcement for the presidency a week ago before 5,000 cheering supporters in Burlington, Vt. He is starting from the region that launched the American Revolution and he is promising to “begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally,” with “the support of millions of people throughout this country.”

The other 1 percent: Thoughts on engaged citizens

As a high school student, I came across an observation by Abraham Lincoln, who said, “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” Today “public sentiment” would be called “public opinion.”

Can the gyrocopter gang start political reform?

Last month when Florida postal worker Doug Hughes landed his tiny aircraft, known as a gyrocopter, on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol with 535 letters addressed to every member of Congress, the conversation should have been about his desperate message. Instead, his letter to each senator and representative arguing for an end to the corruption of private money in public election campaigns was largely ignored. 

Suddenly, Baltimore — wonder why?

Suddenly, the mass media is writing about or televising the conditions in West Baltimore. Conditions that Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson summarized as decades-long “suffocating poverty, dysfunction and despair.”

Obama: Debate Senator Warren on Global Economic Pact

May 1, 2015

 

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Obama:

Obama, corporate ‘free traitors’ and you

The pro-big business President Barack Obama and his corporate allies are starting their campaign to manipulate and pressure Congress to ram through the “pull-down-on-America” Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and foreign investment treaty between 12 nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam).

For the conference on the Israel lobby: press blackout

Following the heavy coverage of AIPAC’s (the virulently pro-Israeli government lobby) multi-day annual Washington convention in March, the mainstream media might have been interested for once in covering alternative viewpoints like those discussed at the April 10 conference “The Israel Lobby: Is it Good for the US? Is it Good for Israel?” (www.Israellobbyus.org). Fairness and balance in reporting should produce at least some coverage of such an event.

Letter to President Obama

April 8, 2015

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,