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Profit for some or care for all

The health insurance industry is full of surprises, but history and experience show that insurers will never surprise us with a good, affordable health care system for America.

The female experience of racism

I was intrigued when I heard another Black woman use the phrase that is the headline of this article. It sounded different from sexism. And it could just be all words at this point, but whenever I see the larger-than-life ads for Eddie Murphy’s new movie “Norbit,” the phrase rises to the surface again.

EDITORIAL: Wall Street tumbles ...

The question, “Are we heading into a recession?” has been hanging like a dark cloud over Wall Street since the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 416 points Feb. 27, the stock market’s worst day since Sept. 11, 2001.

Labor making its voice heard

Effects of organized labor’s drive for action on a working families agenda continued to be felt last week even though Congress was not in session.

U.S. ranks at bottom for child welfare

It’s hard to be a child, but harder if you grow up in the United States, according to a recent United Nations report. Despite claims by “free market” braggarts that unfettered capitalism is the pinnacle of human achievement, children’s quality of life in the U.S. and Britain ranked at the bottom of the 21 wealthiest countries, according to the UNICEF survey.

Govs confront Bush on kid care

The human impact in the U.S. of the trillion-dollar Iraq war and Bush tax cuts for the super-rich boiled to the surface at the annual National Governor’s Association (NGA) winter meeting.

Veterans health care completely broken, Walter Reed scandal called tip of iceberg

WASHINGTON — Army Lt. Brady Van Engelen barely survived a sniper bullet that shattered his skull while he was patrolling outside a Sunni mosque in Baghdad in April 2004. But, he told the World, the medical care system for the thousands of returning combat veterans like him is “completely broken.”


Still an open wound

In late January, a Mississippi man was arrested for a 1965 killing of two Black teenagers, who were tied to trees, whipped and drowned. Seale’s arrest, and others like it, shows that the nation is still struggling to come to grips with its violent history around the treatment of Blacks and the Civil Rights Movement.


The Bush library: who needs it?

George W. Bush has selected Southern Methodist University in Dallas to maintain and extend his political legacy. The outcry began with a modest and extremely civilized commentary in the campus newspaper last November. It has risen to a nationwide roar that includes leading Methodists, SMU faculty members, and the public at large.

Bush budget would slash Medicare, reward rich

“The president’s budget is filled with debt and deception, disconnected from reality and continues to move America in the wrong direction,” charged Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Feb. 5.

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