Can Wendy Davis Break Up Texas’ Boys Club?
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Republicans are fighting hard to keep alive the rotary phone days with a cast of ultra conservative white males seeking to defeat Davis and her running mate, Leticia Van de Putte.
Thanksgiving in the Kitchen
Steve Hochstadt: Cooking and talking, bumping into one another constantly, checking each other’s dishes, cleaning up and making a mess again – it brings us all together with a common purpose and a shared understanding of who our family is, what we believe in, and what we want to eat.
The New York Times Gets an ‘F’ on Education Policy
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: A recent New York Times editorial took a moment out to lecture mayor-elect of New York City Bill de Blasio on how he should treat teachers and their unions. We hope he doesn’t listen.
Why Hawks Are Trying to Kill Interim Nuclear Pact with Iran
Ivan Eland: If the real objective is to weaken Iran as power in the Middle East through a military attack by either the US or Israel, using Iran’s nuclear program as an excuse, the interim agreement is a disaster because it removes the imperative for any military strike.
Claude Fischer: Today’s environmentalists see the squirrel’s move to the bright lights as a big mistake. We can see it as another case of Americans’ repeated reshaping of the natural environment — here not for the usual economic reasons, but for moral uplift.
Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis
Tom Hayden: There is an opportunity for President Barack Obama to begin rolling back our Cuba sanctions policy by finding a bank willing to do business with Cuba so that hundreds of thousands of Cubans can spend the holidays with their families.
Wendell Berry’s Pacifism: Part II, 1970-2013
Walter Moss: In his 1968 anti-Vietnam-War speech Berry mentioned the claim that we are a Christian and a democratic country, but that he found “nothing in the Gospels or in the Declaration of Independence or in the Constitution to justify . . . our slaughter of women and children.”
Let’s Drug Test Lawmakers Who Force the Poor to Take Drug Tests
Jim Hightower: Pandering at all costs to the tea party fringe that dominates Republican elections, state lawmakers won't let go of this demonstrably-bad idea of trying to humiliate people in need of a helping hand.
The Fight For More Worker Rghts & Wages Gaining Critical Mass
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The struggle for wages that do not leave families impoverished is one that affects us all and highlights the unfair economy created by a class war waged by the wealthy for decades.
David Love: During times of strife, conflict and violence, we turn to the Delbert Tibbses of our world to lead us down a path towards justice and righteousness. They know that winning the war we are fighting will not come through guns or drones, but rather with the forcefulness of our ideas, and the strength of our convictions.
Rosemary Jenkins: Over the last 30 years, our country has become number one in the world at having more people incarcerated at any one time (second only to what transpired during the reign of terror during Stalin’s regime).
Sheila Kuehl: Over the course of 2012-13 and 2013-14, the Governor, even with the low revenue projection, allocated $1046 more per K-12 student than before.
Randy Shaw: AT&T’s proposed hijacking of the LifeLine program is particularly surprising in light of Democratic Party control of the California Legislature and the Governor Brown-appointed California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) strong opposition to AB 1407.