Opinion

Mentally ill abandoned by the system

Opinion Fifty years ago half a million of us lived in public mental health hospitals, some voluntary but many against their will. How is it that today, by some estimates, only approximately 80,000 of us are in these hospitals? And where are the mentally ill today if not in hospitals?

Bush administration resurrects J. Edgar Hoover

Opinion As the right wing in the U.S. is in lock-step in its attempted march back in time, using twisted reasoning for public consumption, a report from The New York Times lets us know that the tactics of McCarthyism and COINTELPRO are being revisited.

Medicare: It aint over til its over

News Analysis Although the Medicare bill that squeezed through Congress purports to provide relief to some seniors, it also gives big pharmaceutical companies nearly free reign to fleece taxpayers with exorbitantly priced drugs.

A question of fairness: rights for gay couples

Opinion Increasingly, Americans are discovering that gay couples can be good neighbors who work, pay taxes, and contribute to their communities just like other couples.

The dump-Bush strategy for independent media

Opinion The right wing’s media strategy to slant the odds in the upcoming 2004 elections will draw from its familiar bag of tricks, with help from its ultra-wealthy friends.

Du Bois before Lenin

Opinion This year marked the centenary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ most famous book, Souls of Black Folk. It fell in a year wracked by warfare and capitalist deceit. The fraud of weapons of mass destruction sent our troops into battle against a people who have suffered the ravages of an uncertain history for at least a century.

Capitalism is corrupting medical science

Opinion Hired scientists design skewed research projects to produce findings that meet company needs. Profitability for drug companies is high. Nine percent of the income of Fortune 500 drug companies went for profits in 1970, 18 percent in 2002.

Lying is a way of life in the Bush administration

Opinion District Council 1707 has hundreds of members living and working in the area referred to as “ground zero.” Our offices are on the north side of Canal Street, the northern boundary of the area directly affected by 9/11. It has now been revealed that the Bush administration’s assurances of the safety of the air and the environment were lies.

This land is your land

Opinion Of America’s landmark environmental laws, only one statute has protected so much of our natural heritage – public lands, national forests and even the sea – for so long.

The canaries in the mineshaft

Opinion This summer’s heat wave in Europe left more than 11,000 people dead in France alone. Hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed. Most of the victims were elderly. Most lived in isolation from family and community. Most were poor.

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