Post Office Banks? Why Not?

When I was a boy in Jamaica, I used to get a blank sheet at the Post Office and fill it up one by one whenever I had a penny to spare to buy a stamp. When the sheet was full, I turned it in at the post office and had the total amount of the […]
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The Good, Bad and Ugly

  While mobs of Ugly Americans shamelessly strut their stuff, cursing and spitting at buses transporting children who fled to America in fear of their lives, the wise words of Pope Francis must not go unnoticed. Decrying the “racist and xenophobic attitudes” facing undocumented immigrants,  the pontiff put the crisis in perspective with laser-like accuracy and […]
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The Neighbors Step in

  America’s northern neighbors are coming to the aid of Detroit residents who have been left without water. The Council of Canadians has joined the fray and is taking the fight before the international community. The council is active around the world, working to ensure people’s access to water. In May, a group of Detroit residents approached chairperson Maude Barlow […]
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A Cinderella Story

  On a weekend when Germany won the World Cup (as predicted) and Justin Rose won the Scottish Open (as expected), Cinderella stories were hard to come by. And we need those tales of underdog triumph to keep us going. Most of us are underdogs. The world is set up that way. While the few, the proud […]
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Score One for the People

    I had forgotten about the amendments I voted for back in 2010. Along with 60 percent of Floridian voters, I had enthusiastically said yes to two constitutional amendments designed to stop Republican legislators from drawing those weird looking  electoral districts that keep them in power. Like so many other efforts to address the […]
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The Impeachment Election

  You might think the November election has nothing to do with the President. Whoever wins, he still has two years to serve. But does he really? Don’t bet on it. It’s becoming clear that if the Republicans win the Senate and keep the House, President Obama will be impeached. Of course he has committed […]
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Not a Drop to Drink

While the UN is bringing clean water to the poorest parts of the world, thousands of residents are without any water in a major American city. This is the kind of Third World society Americans are creating by voting for Republicans. In 2010, Republicans were swept into power in state legislatures and in the House of […]
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Yes, the UN Offers Hope

  In a world where injustice so often triumphs and progress proves so frustratingly elusive, there is the United Nations. I know, you’re thinking the UN is just another pantomime designed to fool the gullible. You’re ready to give up on it as you watch much of the world engulfed by the flames of war. But I’ve seen the […]
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Government by the Few

  The truth is that American elections are not determined by the mass of the nation’s citizens. About half of the qualified voters go to the polls. And who they get to vote for is predetermined by hidden hands. Mysterious special interests compete for control of the levers of power in Washington – and in state capitals across […]
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How You Play the Game

  I’m sure you know this verse (by American sportswriter Grantland Rice): For when the One Great Scorer comes To write against your name, He marks – not that you won or lost – But how you played the Game. It came to mind this weekend as I watched the Wimbledon finals and the closing rounds […]
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