New York same-sex marriage law takes giant step for civil rights

New York took a jump into the 21st century as  Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill June 24 legalizing same-sex marriage.


Paid sick leave good for us all

More than 40 percent of private sector workers do not have paid sick days they could use to recover from contagious illnesses.


Third World Mississippi shows failure of conservative policies

Mississippi, dominated by conservative politicians, has health care, income and economic disparities that embody the worst of the nation's ills.


A victory for one is a victory for all

Americans have a lot in common with the people in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America struggling against debt austerity.


Barack Obama and the FBI

Proposed new FBI rules pose a threat to civil libeties and the democratic movement for change.


Miss USA geeks out over evolution

Alyssa Campanella, 21, the new Miss USA, called herself a "huge science geek" and said that evolution should be taught in schools.



Greater unity needed to defend Social Security

The American Association of Retired Persons created an uproar June 17 when they signaled their openness to accepting Social Security benefit cuts.


Wisconsin, the law, and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson

Reading the judge's dissent last week, I was not surprised that she maintained her integrity, as I witnessed it first-hand when I knocked on her door three years ago.

Budget cuts are really people cuts

When governments balance budgets by cutting services, they are saving money, but also causing the deaths of thousands they judge socially useless.


Food deficits, deadlier than budget deficits

Living on a farm makes me think long and deep about food deficits here at home and around the world, deficits far more menacing than budget deficits.

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