Opinion

Thoughts on the Supreme Court rulings

Opinion NAACP President Kweisi Mfume hailed the Supreme Court’s June 22 ruling upholding the University of Michigan law school admissions program, calling it a “major victory” for affirmative action.

CEO pay still outrageous

Opinion You know CEO pay is still out of control when Fortune magazine puts a smiling pig in a suit on the cover and headlines its pay roundup, “Have they no shame? Their performance stank last year, yet most CEOs got paid more than ever.” Fortune, remember, is a leading business magazine, not a union publication.

Affirmative action victory? Affirmative action victory?

Opinion I have come across much news coverage that has been hailing the recent Supreme Court rulings as civil rights victories. However, like the decision, I am split on this. The Gratz and Grutter v. Bollinger decisions were harmful and helpful in more than one respect.

Counting the dead in Iraq

Opinion On an almost daily basis, U.S. casualties in the invasion of Iraq continue to mount, one by one, as families grieve for their loved ones who are not coming home. Thus far, there have been more than 50 U.S. military deaths since May 1, the day White House Resident Bush declared the war over.

The ties that bind democracy, the courts and you

Opinion “Roe v. Wade hangs by a thread,” said National Organization for Women (NOW) President Kim Gandy, at a press conference announcing a historic march on Washington for reproductive freedom, April 25, 2004, called by leading women’s rights groups.

Bechtel the Evil

Opinion The term “evil corporation” has become somewhat of a cliché over the years. However, in some cases this term is far too kind. The Bechtel Group of San Francisco is a prime example.

The big lie

Opinion More and more each day, the lies and deception spewed from the mouths of George W. Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Richard Cheney, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Foreign Minister Jack Straw are now coming back to haunt them.

Health of U.S. children gets failing grade

Opinion In the annual “Report Card on Children’s Health” released by the American Health Foundation, the U.S. received a “D” rating for its children’s health, down from a “C” last year.

Reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Opinion May was the 30th anniversary of the New York state legislature’s enactment of the so-called Rockefeller Drug Laws. Proposed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, the “get-tough” laws were supposed to solve the burgeoning drug and crime problem by locking up significant participants in the drug trade and thus deterring others from involvement.

Take back America with hope, not fear

Opinion As the deceptions of the Bush administration hit home, anger is turning into organizing throughout the country. A new movement is being born, based on hope not fear.

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