The Boss newest goes right with old

Sometimes things work best when they’re understated. Bruce Springsteen’s latest album isn’t an antiwar album, it’s not about post-Katrina New Orleans, it’s not a frontal attack on President Bush. But at the same time, it’s all of those things.


Union bricklayer & teacher turn to farming: Family orchards story

Nancy Mendenhall’s story begins in 1907 with the decision of her grandparents (and mine) to flee Tacoma’s smog to start a fruit farm irrigated with water pumped from the Columbia River in eastern Washington.

EDITORIAL: Keep the pressure on

In 2004 Bush announced his immigration program, calling for increased enforcement and a temporary worker program. In November 2005 he again called for such legislation with a stronger emphasis on enforcement. In December, when the House passed viciously punitive enforcement-only HR 4437, Bush endorsed it, but said he would like to see a temporary worker program added.


Ruin, rubble and race: Lessons on centennial of the Great San Francisco Earthquake & Fire of 1906

It’s as if the spotlight that Hurricane Katrina cast on the inequities of disaster relief never happened. San Francisco’s high and mighty are in full-throated self-celebration of the city’s “rising from the ashes” of the April 18, 1906, earthquake and fire.

Abstaining from sex education politics

Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) held a conference on sexually transmitted diseases. The conference was slated to include a panel discussion entitled “Are ‘Abstinence-Only Until Marriage’ Programs a Threat to Public Health?” However, Indiana’s Republican Congressman Mark Souder complained to the Health and Human Services Department about “the controversial nature of this session and its obvious anti-abstinence objective.”