Breakthrough and peril for the Green Party

Opinion Up against the campaign of a wealthy businessman who outspent him nearly 10-to-1, a strong progressive candidate nearly won the [Dec. 9] runoff election to become San Francisco’s mayor.

Democracy crumbles under cover of darkness

Opinion Never before has the House of Representatives operated in such secrecy:

Free trade batters worlds farmers

Opinion This year, the efforts of farmers, consumers, and fair trade activists to protest unfair trade policies have had dramatic results.

Etch A Sketch and the Wal-Mart phenomenon

Opinion Perhaps the most successful, imaginative toy of all time has been Etch A Sketch. It thrilled our youngsters – and their parents and other adults – some 40 years ago and it still does today.

Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment

Opinion Republicans don’t have solutions for the unemployment crisis (how often can you spend $180 billion on an illegal war to make the economy seem like its growing?). They have no handle on the Iraq quagmire, and want to sidestep the growing discontent of 41 million seniors, hide the health care crisis, and take attention away from the international isolation Bush has led us into.

Whats a CEO worth?

Opinion I’ve had the opportunity, just lately, to offer some insight to a couple of very young people entering the work force of the real world for the first time.

Mentally ill abandoned by the system

Opinion Fifty years ago half a million of us lived in public mental health hospitals, some voluntary but many against their will. How is it that today, by some estimates, only approximately 80,000 of us are in these hospitals? And where are the mentally ill today if not in hospitals?

Bush administration resurrects J. Edgar Hoover

Opinion As the right wing in the U.S. is in lock-step in its attempted march back in time, using twisted reasoning for public consumption, a report from The New York Times lets us know that the tactics of McCarthyism and COINTELPRO are being revisited.

Medicare: It aint over til its over

News Analysis Although the Medicare bill that squeezed through Congress purports to provide relief to some seniors, it also gives big pharmaceutical companies nearly free reign to fleece taxpayers with exorbitantly priced drugs.

A question of fairness: rights for gay couples

Opinion Increasingly, Americans are discovering that gay couples can be good neighbors who work, pay taxes, and contribute to their communities just like other couples.

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