Why Does the US Still Have So Few Women in Office?
Steven Hill: At the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 500 years for women to reach fair representation in government.
Obama’s Economic Significance
Richard D. Wolff: President Obama's proven reliability as outsider president extraordinaire - putting a disarming smiley face on capitalism's depredations - is his administration's economic significance.
Environmentalism and Why I’m a Vegetarian (Almost)
Walter Moss: Although I’m also an animal lover, what really convinced me to cut back on eating red meat was when I realized the environmental consequences of consuming it.
Atheists Support L.A. Pastor Who Faces “Tribunal” for LGBT Advocacy
Sikivu Hutchinson: After publishing a column entitled “The 10 Reasons I Love LGBTQ folk” in Fleming’s paper, Pickens came under fire from church officials. The controversy erupted on the heels of internal criticism he’d received for performing a marriage ceremony for a lesbian couple last year.
Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry
Walter Brasch: The gas drilling industry, for the most part, is non-union or dependent upon independent contractors who often provide little or no benefits to their workers. The billion dollar corporations like it that way.
The Next Edward Snowden: ACLU President Susan Herman Explains the Perils of National Insecurity
Kevin Uhrich: It is far from clear that the mega-surveillance programs and other post-9/11 laws are actually contributing to our safety. One question for the engineers is whether we have the algorithms to find the terrorist needle in a haystack of information about ordinary Americans.
Saving Pecola Breedlove with Lupita Nyong’o
Jessica Ann Mitchell: It isn’t enough to proclaim that “Black is beautiful.” Show Black girls how beautiful they are, how worthy they are, how valuable they are by fighting for them.
Betty Yee Says Some California Democrats Swayed by Power, Money
John Hrabe: Yee, who has developed a reputation as an honest and effective numbers-cruncher at the state tax board, delivered a stinging rebuke of her party Sunday, saying that California Democrats have become disconnected from their core values.
Recession Recovery Lessons From Past Presidents
Peter Mathews: I am proposing that California use a portion of its unexpected multi-billion dollar surplus in the operating 2014 state budget, to establish a California State Bank (CSB) to fully fund a California Works Progress Administration (CWPA) and a California Small Business Administration (CSBA).
Obama Economics: President Obama’s proven reliability as outsider president extraordinaire is his administration’s economic significance.
Steve Mikulan: I just wonder how long it will take American Airlines to figure it can get away with charging grieving travelers extra.
War & Peace
ACLU President Susan Herman: It is far from clear that the mega-surveillance programs are actually contributing to our safety.
People like Edward Snowden are not particularly unusual. Others have worked in the national security arenaonly to discover wrongdoing.