January

No pension? No health care? No retirement?

For everybody who isn’t asleep, it’s obvious that American employers intend to destroy all hope of “golden years” retirement. They intend to work us until we die. The latest nail being driven into our collective coffin is the announcements by IBM and Verizon that they will “freeze” employee pension plans and substitute 401(k) programs. Current employees are to accrue no more benefits, future employees will get none, and everybody who already has a pension is likely having trouble sleeping at night.

In remembrance: Women who died from illegal and unsafe abortions

Jan. 23 was the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which “recognized and guaranteed women’s constitutional right to control their own bodies,” as Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, put it. We invite our readers to reflect on what’s at stake in the current battle to preserve that right.

To take back Congress, take a page from Karl Rove

It’s all too coincidental. The former vice president of the United States of America draws considerable media coverage when he charges the current president is a threat to the republic and calls for a special, independent investigator to probe spying and other possible crimes against the American people.

Defeat anti-immigrant HR 4437

Last December, the House of Representatives passed anti-immigrant HR 4437, introduced by GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner (Wis.). It is another way of diminishing the democratic rights of the people in our country.

The looting of Iraq

A just released audit reveals vast new allegations of fraud and incompetence in the channeling of millions of dollars intended for reconstruction of Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

Take 10 to stop Alito

Block out 10 minutes. Call your senator. Tell her/him to reject Judge Samuel Alito. Then call your family, friends and co-workers and ask they do the same. It is a patriotic duty. It is urgent. It is effective

Bush official: Mine safety not my priority

President Bush’s Mine Safety and Health chief David Dye shocked senators from both parties when he got up and left in the middle of a Jan. 23 Senate hearing on the West Virginia mining disaster. The message his action sent was clear: mine safety is not his priority. C-SPAN caught the scene for all Americans to see.

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