October

EDITORIAL: A mean and vicious veto

Mean. Vicious. Those words describe the 154 Republicans and two Democrats in the House who voted Oct. 18 to sustain George W. Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

EDITORIAL: Californias wildfires

As we went to press, devastating wildfires sweeping southern California had forced at least half a million people to flee their homes, with close to 2,000 houses destroyed. Twenty-one firefighters and at least 24 others had been injured. Several deaths were reported.

Republican wins in Louisiana, exploits Jena 6

Republican Bobby Jindal won election as governor of Louisiana, Oct. 20, with a campaign that evaded the issues while offering barely coded appeals to racism in the case of the Jena Six.

EDITORIAL: Take the long view

It’s been said that Communists make the best fighters for social progress because they have the big picture of the struggle, the long view of the road towards a better society, and feel strongly about justice.

EDITORIAL: Lying about spying

The Bush administration was pressing phone-spying on Americans long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a former phone company CEO has revealed.

Sparks fly at Capitol Hill hearing on Jena 6

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Capitol Hill hearing Oct. 16 blasted the U.S. Justice Department for doing nothing as Jena, La., officials inflicted blatantly discriminatory punishment on six Black high school students while white students who committed violent racist acts were let off with a slap on the wrist.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR: Oct. 13

A big fat rat Cheers for a living wage Teachers endorse Obama, Clinton Coalition of Labor Union Women convenes Union members casting e-ballots Home Depot targeted by Steelworkers Another anti-labor move The fightback at Wal-Mart Union/nonunion contrast in the mines

Making dry bones come alive in New Orleans

It takes a leap of faith to believe that this lovely city can be rebuilt from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, given the cruelty of President Bush who concealed his administration’s abandonment of the working people of New Orleans with honey-sweet promises, all of them broken.

Somethings rotten in Shangri-la

Drive 60 miles northwest of Manhattan and you’re on a New Jersey road winding beneath mountain ridges exploding with fall colors reflected in a string of lakes. As you think you might be in Shangri-la, you pass a billboard proclaiming, “Welcome to West Milford — a Clean Community,” signed by the Republican mayor. An American flag flutters atop a pole next to it.

Year of the Woman? Not in election coverage!

How many elections can be hailed as “The Year of the Woman” before anything actually changes? Hint: no answer to this question exists yet.

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