W.Va environment agency renamed Department of Incompetence

The Coal River area of West Virginia continues to be the focus of the most blatant conflict between environmentalists and the mining industry. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in West Virginia has been owned, more or less, by the coal industry for decades.

EDITORAL: Act now for a nuclear weapons-free future!

The annual commemorations of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are solemn reminders that for the last 64 years humanity has existed on the brink of a precipice ― the threat that life as we know it could be snuffed out if the terrible power of the world’s nuclear arsenals were ever unleashed.

Don't let right-wing astroturfers scare Americans into silence

ST. LOUIS — While a healthy, public debate around health care reform positively reinforces our proud democratic traditions, heckling, yelling, disrupting and even assaulting those you disagree with doesn't. But that's exactly what's happening here in St. Louis and across the country.

Beware: Astroturfing harmful to democracy

Mob rule sweeps America, Big Insurance hires storm troopers Athletes complain about it. Astroturf causes injuries. And now the fake grass spread on many a field across the country has a new meaning. “Astroturfing” and “Astroturf groups” simulate grassroots organizing. And beware: These far-right ideologically driven groups, like the name “Astroturf” implies, are phony. And they cause injury to the body politic.

Health insurance companies send me birthday greetings so why I am nervous?

I'm turning 65 soon and the only people who have sent me birthday greetings so far are private, for-profit health insurance companies.

The ongoing danger of nuclear war

This August, when hundreds of Hiroshima Day vigils and related antinuclear activities occur around the United States, many Americans will wonder at their relevance. After all, the nuclear danger that characterized the Cold War is now far behind us, isn't it?

Lonesome Hobo Economics Who should pay for universal health care?

Who should pay for universal health care? We all should, right? Or, shouldn't it be free?

Millions of unemployed need jobs or income now

Unemployment and underemployment are causing misery, homelessness, hunger, and fear in the lives of tens of millions of working class people and our families, devastating communities, and impacting people of color, particularly African-Americans, Latinos, and most of all Native Americans disproportionately.

It's time to put the pedal to the metal

In recent weeks I have seen pundits of various stripes grading the job performance of our new president. I read some of them and they invariably left me with a nagging feeling which I couldn't quite put my finger on until this morning.

No vacation for Congress

It is a disgrace that Congress is leaving the nation’s capital for summer vacation as the American people are left to deal with a healthcare crisis that has exploded into a national emergency. For each day lawmakers go fishing, 14,000 more will lose their coverage.

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