Opinion

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Letter from the heartland: Getting rid of blue votes

his week we got news that the way we vote here in rural Tennessee has been changed dramatically.

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Letter from the heartland: Silent factories, human pain

High unemployment, the paycheck-to-paycheck population of the area, and the increasing incidence of spousal abuse, teen pregnancy and drug use still dominate daily life.

MOOCs heralded as free online education, but how free is free?

Dangling a "solution" like MOOCs for low-income students relying on public universities to attain degrees and well-paying jobs is predatory.

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IRS "scandal" may not be so scandalous after all

One of the numerous "scandal" stories in the news this week is the revelation that the IRS supposedly "targeted" conservative political groups for special attention and tax audits.

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Letter from Puerto Rico: A workers' commune flourishes

In the village where we stayed, we heard stories of a "fishing commune" nearby. That description demanded that we investigate.

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CLUW co-founding officer Elinor Glenn dies at 98

"Her leadership, strength and wisdom contributed to CLUW's growth and will inspire young leaders in the future."

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Quakers unite, and inspire, on gun violence

The Religious Society of Friends, known as Quakers, have an expression called "holding in the light..."

The future of immigration reform

If people can't come across the Southern border, they will come down through Canada or as increasingly the case, by sea, to the Gulf or West coasts of the U.S.

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Can Destry ride again? An essay on gun control

Reducing gun violence in modern America, is not as simple as in "Destry." But neither is it a lot more complicated!

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How was it growing up under communism?

Perhaps the best thing of all was the overriding sense of camaraderie. People trusted one another, and what we had we shared.

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