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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Ban the Rocket’s Red Glare!

    The cats seem to have survived last night’s barrage, and Sandra and I are still standing – groggily – this morning. But I am not a happy camper. The rocket’s red glare lit up the sky above our Lakeland, Florida home for most of the night, and the rockets’ racket was unbearable. Our windowpanes […]
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End Two-Party Gridlock

It’s not true that America has only two political parties. There are more than 50 political parties in the United States. It’s the press that makes it seem only two parties exist. Only Democrats and Republicans get any media attention. Now, there are rumblings in the media urging the Tea Party to separate from the Republicans. The […]
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Medicare for All!

  Enough fooling around. It’s time to go for a single-payer health insurance system in the US. I know, Republicans will freak out. But so what? They’re freaking out over Obamacare. Not just freaking out but doing everything they can to destroy it. The bizarre reasoning in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision should send […]
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They Call This Football?

  I played football, the kind where you actually use your feet. I kept goal at school, and in a league while working for the Sault Star in Northern Ontario bck in the late Fifties.  And when I watch the World Cup, I hardly recognize the game. For one thing, we wore football boots. Big, clunky […]
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A Toxic Supreme Court

  The US Supreme Court has once again demonstrated its dangerous political and religious bias. In a majority decision, the court has ruled that a company may deny birth control coverage to employees if the company’s  owners believe birth control is against God’s law. This clearly violates the constitutional separation of Church and State and nudges America closer […]
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Give the Kids Asylum!

In the blizzard of words set off by thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the US border from Mexico, the sanest analysis comes from the United Nations. The kids are refugees, most of them anyway, the UN points out in a new report. Of course they’re refugees. And of course they should be treated as refugees […]
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