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Give Teachers and First Responders a (Big) Tax Break ... David Lincoln, an experienced paramedic in Brevard County, Florida, makes about $60,000 a year for a 56-hour workweek. He moonlights at an urgent care center for another 19 hours a week to survive. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
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Ruling Is a Warning to Companies Collecting Biometric Scans Without Permission ... The Illinois Supreme Court issued an important decision in late January rejecting attempts to gut the state's landmark law that bars companies from collecting people's biometric identifiers without providing a written explanation of what they plan to do with the data and obtaining consent. (See Page 7, February 14, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Rural Communities in the Face of Climate Change ... Climate change can be difficult to fully wrap your mind around. My fear is that more people will engage only after facing a crisis themselves. (See Page 7, February 14, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Virginia Governor - Is Anybody Safe? ... Virginia Governor Ralph Northam refuses to resign after an alleged picture of him in black face surfaced. Northam at first said the picture was a mistake and then later said the picture was not him at all. He did admit to trying to portray Michael Jackson. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?
Another Modest Proposal ... Jonathan Swift, where are you when we need you? Roughly 300 million people have died in all the wars ever fought. (See Page 7, February 7, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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Trump Administration Puts Religious Beliefs Over the Best Interests of Children ... Across the United States, there are over 440,000 children in the public child welfare system. Nearly a quarter of these children are awaiting adoption. (See Page 7, February 7, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
5 Steps to Help Small Town Grocery Stores ... Grocery stores are a staple on rural main streets across the country. They provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, staple food items, and even cleaning supplies, toiletries, and over-thecounter medicine. (See Page 7, February 7, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Socialism and Motherhood ... There's been a lot of talk about Socialism and Socialists of late, with several being elected to Congress. All this even as Venezuela - a land blessed with natural resources - unravels under socialist rule. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
The Justice Department Shouldn’t Be Snooping on Journalists ... At a time when President Trump regularly attacks the news media, the Department of Justice may be preparing to make it easier for the government to obtain journalists' private communications data. (See Page 7, January 31, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
How Not to Report on Prison Conditions ... The United States, by all metrics, has one of the cruelest prison systems in the world. (See Page 7, January 31, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Can the Trump Administration Use Asset Forfeiture Funds to Build the Border Wall? ... Hawaiian vacation. Margarita machine. Sparkles the Clown. Are we going to add Trump's border wall to the list of "ridiculous things" that civil asset forfeiture funds have been spent on? (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
A Dream Deferred: MLK’s Dream of Economic Justice is Far From Reality ... January 15th marked what would’ve been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday. (See Page 7, January 24, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Rotting From the Head Down? ... Comedies are often far better at revealing subtle truths than are drama; perhaps that's why good comedies are more rare than good dramas. (See Page 7, January 24, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Abuse of Agricultural Trade Aid Costs U.S. Taxpayers ... In 2018, President Trump pledged $12 billion to provide direct aid to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has administered this aid to provide short-term relief to producers who are feeling the effects of ongoing trade disputes. (See Page 7, January 24, 2019 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Congressmen Need a Refresher on the 1st Amendment ... This week, amid a partial government shutdown, senators tried to sneak through a bill that would encourage states to suppress constitutionally protected political boycotts of Israel. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
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