Let Freedom Ring: An Ongoing Journey of Reconciliation and Redemption ... We children of the South — direct descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman, and Martha Wayles Jefferson, his wife — hold hands at last as brothers and sisters at the edge of a new day in race relations. Our optimism is not born of naiveté. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Caesar’s Wife and the Director of Naval Intelligence ... Imagine you’re chairman of a large corporation. It employs 40,000 people; works in data and information processing, and analytics; billions in business every year. The firm operates billions of dollars of stateof- the-art equipment around the world. (See Page 9, February 4, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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It’s Easy Being Green ... It's a concrete jungle out there -- literally. Humans today consume more concrete than any substance aside from water. That presents a huge problem for the environment. Concrete comes from cement, and each ton of cement generates a matching ton of carbon emissions. (See Page 9, February 4, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Merits of Diversity ... There’s quite a stir about the Oscars, the issue being that all nominees for major awards are white. Frankly, I don’t care. I don’t care not because I don’t think there are directors and actors who aren’t white who make great movies – there are; I don’t care because I think the Oscars are asinine. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Iowa Caucus, Reminds Me of Groundhog Day ... I have watched the movie titled Groundhog Day with actor Bill Murray. Looking back I'm wondering if that movie was about the Iowa Caucus. The caucus just keeps coming back and back and it seems we just can't escape the Iowa Caucus. (See Page 9, January 28, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
What It Will Take to Address Income Inequality ... When the history of this year's presidential campaign is written, one of its more remarkable features will be that candidates of both parties feel it necessary to talk about income inequality. Surely that makes this a watershed moment. (See Page 9, January 28, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
School Choice Matters for Virginia’s Families ... When it comes to K-12 education, America’s parents want more choices. In fact, almost two thirds of parents – 64 percent – say they wish they had more options for their children’s education. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
American Success - Merit and Hard Work ... Several interesting things happened in the past few weeks, and the implications may be quite significant. And not in a good way. (See Page 8, January 21, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
We Shouldn’t "Take Their Oil” ... Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign ad pledges to "take their oil.” That’s what President (gasp) Trump would do after having "quickly cut the head off the Islamic State,” says the deep voiced narrator. (See Page 8, January 21, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Congress Must Protect Vital Drug Patents from Wall Street Attacks ... Hedge-fund investors are coming to raid your medicine cabinet. Cutting-edge treatments for diseases affecting millions of Americans are threatened by Wall Street's latest moneymaking scheme. (See Page 8, January 21, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Winning the Fight for $15 in 2016 ... Millions of lowpaid Americans rang in 2016 with a raise, as a handful of state minimum wage increases went into effect on the first day of January. Many of those raises are a barely noticeable 15 or 20 cents an hour. (See Page 8, January 21, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
State of the Union ... The State of the Union was in the news last week, but while the President said a great deal, there seemed to be a shortage of hard numbers. Numbers are hard to wade through, so I’ll try to keep them to a minimum, but there are some numbers everyone needs to see, to make sure we really know the ‘state of the Union.’ (See Page 9, January 21, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
No Time to Celebrate: Manatees’ Future Far from Certain ... On January 7th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans to downlist all West Indian manatees from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Given the political inconveniences of manatee protection in the U.S., the move to downlist Florida manatees was expected. (See Page 9, January 21, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Government Needs to Work Better ... Whoever wins next November's presidential election, it's a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow. Maybe the new President will even resort to the time-honored pledge to create a government "as good as the people." It's a bracing sentiment. But you'll want to take it with a grain of salt. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bad Moon Rising ... Several interesting things happened in the past few weeks, and the implications may be quite significant. And not in a good way. (See Page 11, January 14, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
American’s Retirement - Save a Little ... Most Americans rely heavily on Social Security, but it's not enough to retire on. There are numerous stories and statistics about worrisome Americans and retirement. The average American is not saving enough for retirement. Millions who are in low wage jobs are barely able to survive. There is simply not enough income in many instances to even cover life's necessities. (See Page 11, January 14, 2016 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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