Walter Moss: Is Sanders to be considered a demagogue because he insists that the wealth gap and Wall Street are part of the problem that must be addressed in order to improve the common good?
John Peeler: There is some irony that the independent would be someone who was both Republican and Democrat in his past political life, while Trump only recently declared himself a Republican, and Sanders never was a Democrat. Sanders Bloomberg Trump
Ted Vaill: There is little chance that Michael Bloomberg, after spending his billion dollars, would become President of the United States, but he could end up causing the election of someone he does not want elected.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Whether it’s salsa or gun legislation, there are some things Americans may not embrace from the Big Apple. Michael Bloomberg’s $12 million gun violence ad campaign is a case in point.
Wendy McElroy: There has been a creeping difference in the attitudes of many politicians and the politically connected. In grabbing for power, they are often almost casually blatant, as though their authority is so secure that there is no longer a need to sugarcoat their motives.
Brigid O’Farrell: “Leaning in” might well help get more women into the top echelons of the corporate world and that is progress for equality. Sheryl Sandberg sets an important precedent by going home for dinner with her family, but can a non-management worker at Facebook do the same?
Peter Dreier: The Zimmer-Anderson school board race attracted national attention, including articles in the New York Times, because it was seen as a test of the effort by corporate power-brokers to run schools like businesses, a strategy that they and the media misleadingly call “school reform.”
Peter Dreier: The outcome of Tuesday’s LA School Board District 4 election has national implications in terms of the billionaires’ battle to reconstruct public education in the corporate mold.
Mark Naison: I think you begin with creating a child-friendly environment. That means sharply reducing the number of tests, leaving ample room for exercise and play, giving primacy to the arts, and having instructions in subject areas, when possible, incorporate hands-on learning and project based activity.
Charley James: More than a week after Sandy ended tens of thousands of families and individuals remain without their own roof over their head. For many, it may be months before they have a place to live.
Mark Naison: Many teachers, parents, union leaders, and school administrators secretly despise the policies being imposed on them; but see no way off opposing them with sacrificing their careers or children’s welfare.
Tina Dupuy: Here’s the thing with the obesity epidemic: Doing nothing is not fixing the problem.
Sharon Kyle’s “Corporate Feudalism” led the pack this week:. Technological advances in communications, transportation, automation and the like have changed the mutual dependencies that once existed between the American middle class and the super rich.