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Joe Rody fought for justice

Joseph Rody Jr., Wisconsin’s own working-class stalwart and social justice activist, died of lung cancer, Aug. 6, at the age of 86. Rody, born Dec. 3, 1918, was the son of a coal miner and union organizer. He graduated West Allis Central High School in 1938 and was proud of his machinist and mechanic self-taught skills.

Autism and child rearing on TVs Supernanny

Raising kids can be challenging. Raising kids with special needs presents special challenges. With “Supernanny,” the hit television show on ABC originally from the UK, nanny Jo Frost brings the special challenges of raising disabled kids to a wide audience with two episodes — one concerning Down Syndrome, which aired last month, and another about autism, which will air Nov. 4.

Vowing to remember August Wilson

Admirers of playwright August Wilson vowed Oct. 8 at his funeral to ensure that future generations are exposed to the Pulitzer-prize winner’s tales of Black struggle in 20th century America. Wilson died of liver cancer Oct. 2 in Seattle. He was 60.

Vowing to remember August Wilson

Admirers of playwright August Wilson vowed Oct. 8 at his funeral to ensure that future generations are exposed to the Pulitzer-prize winner’s tales of Black struggle in 20th century America. Wilson died of liver cancer Oct. 2 in Seattle. He was 60.

Sci-fi Serenity makes its point

Science fiction, when it’s done right, is a terrific vehicle for developing ideas that apply to the real world. “Serenity” is done very well. The ideas it develops are good news for all of us — and terrible news for George W. Bush and all of them.

Bitter pills and hidden truths

Okay, I have a confession to make — I have a minor fascination with celebrity gossip. I know, it’s silly, and I’m not proud of it. When I read the Sunday paper, I always check out the “Personality Parade” by Walter Scott in Parade Magazine. There are photos of celebrities, PR flack questions, simple answers, and that gives me a gossip fix without taking up much time or money.

The blockade is a state of siege

At a news conference in Havana Sept. 27, Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez introduced a 63-page report his country is submitting to the UN General Assembly on the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

Alienation in American life: a Marxist view

In modern capitalist society we are separated from family, friends and neighbors. Sometimes I get the feeling that people don’t really seem interested in getting to know each other. Do we view other people as important resources in our life?

The estate tax hoax

The “American” way of life hangs in the balance. The threat: Terrorism? Hurricanes? Disease? Drought? No. The repeal of what helped make the U.S. the “land of the free to pursue your place”: the estate tax.

And the public yawned

If George W. Bush’s speech last week to the National Endowment for Democracy were a Broadway play, it would’ve closed after opening night: All but his most slavish supporters panned it, and the general public yawned.

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