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May 23, 2024

Realizing nature’s value

Until very recently, if they thought about it at all, most people likely would have assigned a short-term, exploitative value on nature — considering the value of trees…

May 23, 2024

Trump waged war on American workers’ wages

Although Donald Trump, as president, proclaimed in his 2020 State of the Union address that he had produced a “blue-collar boom” in workers’ wages, the reality was quite different. Using his control of the executive branch of the U.S. government, Trump repeatedly undermined the wages of American workers by blocking raises and imposing wage reductions.

May 9, 2024

Denial permeates climate, nuclear crises

The conservative columnist George Will wrote a very welcome column calling attention to a book, “Nuclear War: A Scenario,” by historian Annie Jacobsen, a riveting must-read that details just how easily deterrence could unravel, how fast and irreversibly escalation would occur, and how complete the destruction would be.

May 2, 2024
Rich Wandschneider

The importance of giving versus saving

A few years ago, I turned a carport into a bedroom. But first I had to empty out the books, papers, furniture, rugs and tools that were in the carport. Then I took it all to a storage unit where rent was $50 a month.

April 25, 2024

The ‘accepted insanity’ of World War III

“Mr. Netanyahu faces a delicate calculation — how to respond to Iran in order not to look weak, while trying to avoid alienating the Biden administration and other…

April 11, 2024

The GOP’s problem with child care

To their credit, many Republican leaders, particularly at the state level, recognize the magnitude of the child care crisis and have been working to address it through various funding fixes (e.g. grants, tax credits) in their respective states. But the reality is that, at the national level, their party remains the principal roadblock to any meaningful, long-term solutions. The ascension of Donald Trump to presidential candidate, moreover, has only complicated the party’s responses to the issue.