Opinion

State of the Union More unhealthy proposals

I thought I would hit the roof when the president talked about the Ryan White CARE Act and how he would give money to faith-based organizations to do testing for HIV.

HSAs Disaster for working families

In his State of the Union address President Bush announced the centerpiece of his efforts to reform health care would be tax breaks for people to pay for their own health care, including Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), in which people replace traditional insurance coverage with their own savings.

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Six more weeks of winter?

Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from his secure, undisclosed location to make television appearances following the president’s State of the Union Address, but then immediately returned to his hiding place — indicating that America may be in for six more weeks of winter, according to experts.

Shift to service jobs

Dramatic effects for the U.S. working class are being wrought by the sustained shift to service from production occupations. The shift is powered by both globalization and technological revolution. One effect of this shift in the U.S. is a large social divide — including a very sharp political polarization — that is fueled by the erosion of “middle” income occupations, especially those related to production.

Mexico poised to move left in July election

Mexican voters will elect a new president July 2. The constitution gives presidents one six-year term and forbids re-election, so the current president, Vicente Fox Quezada of the right-wing National Action Party (PAN), must go.

Marital musings

Opinion In March, the cabaret critic Stephen Holden penned a lovely obituary of the American songwriter Bart Howard in The New York Times.

Who decides: women or the government?

Who decides? Women or the government? That’s the question. Who gets to make the choice for a woman whether she has a child or not?

Trickle-down Bush math

Opinion When John Kerry referred to Bush’s propaganda team as the “worst bunch of liars and crooks,” he was referring to their campaign to hornswoggle the American people.

Prisoners and the right to vote

Opinion It might surprise you to learn that nearly 5 million of our citizens cannot vote. That is because they are prisoners or former prisoners.

White House science, or science fiction?

News Analysis In February, more than 60 influential scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, issued a statement asserting that the Bush administration had willfully distorted scientific fact to fit its policy goals in areas such as biomedical research, the environment, health, and nuclear weaponry at home and abroad.

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