Opinion

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Motorcycle diary: deep thoughts from the guy who delivers your mail

"Roll me away, baby." The words of Motor City boy Bob Seger played through my head as we blasted across Highway 2 on our grandest adventure yet.

How I will be evaluating the Senate health care compromise

"Blue Dog" Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu looked whipped, like she had just been a guest at a vampire banquet.

The dynamics of health care reform

The current struggle for health care reform gives us a concrete glimpse of the contours, dynamics and complexities of the issue.

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Thanksgiving in troubled times

Food, family, traffic jams, thankfulness - all are part of Thanksgiving, but, especially this year, there is more.

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Thanks for fighting, more nuance needed and other letters to the editor

Thanks for fighting. Here is a photo of Leo Munoz of Congressman Charlie Gonzales' office accepting boxing gloves to keep on fighting for health care.

Difficult victory

Overcoming the intense lobbying efforts of the health insurance-industrial complex and their far-right "tea party" stormtroopers, which spent some $640,000 a day opposing health care reform, the American people and their organizations, especially their unions, mobilized and pushed through a bill that can improve the health care system for millions of insured and uninsured people.

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Health care, abortion and ‘a bridge too far’

By a vote of 220-215 the Democrats ushered in health reform legislation, the likes of which haven't been seen since Medicare passed in 1965. But it came with a price.

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Tales of hard times on the coast

On California's north coast, the sea used to provide many a worker and family a decent living - but no longer.

Keep pushing

The people are not buying the false notion that so-called "free market" is the answer to all their problems.

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All Americans deserve health care

All Americans deserve health care. Private insurance companies are not getting the job done. Solving this serious national problem is a legitimate function of government. It requires a public solution.

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