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Local self-government

Local Self-governance started as the recognition of individual rights protecting liberty and holding an understanding of inalienable rights. Self Governance of the State represents the doctrine that created the Confederation of States declaring a revolutionary war with England rejecting ...

Carbon pollution

The hazy, gray sky and air quality warnings on the east coast are an urgent reminder that the west is on fire, and more than it naturally should be. As a teenager, it is scary to see this cloud of smoke, knowing that I am already seeing the effects of climate change at home. If carbon pollution ...

Granny D

Doris Haddock and I were neighbors. She walked the same dirt roads as I as she prepared for her cross country walk for campaign finance reform. We sometimes walked together. I remember climbing the steep hill above Cobb Meadow in Dublin, gaining slowly on her. I would hear her rehearsing ...

Walmart: My own private Star Wars Cantina

The aforementioned is the new tagline that I’ve submitted to the honchos at Walmart and some of the Walton heirs. So, keep your fingers crossed that I hear from John Boy or Jim Bob sometime soon. I have some other ideas: “Walmart. When Target is too damned expensive.” ...

Protect drug access in Medicare

Ask Americans to name a problem with our healthcare system, and you'll hear a range of answers, from overbooked doctors to the inadequacies of Medicaid. Only a very few will name Medicare's drug benefit, known as Part D. In one recent survey, 87% of seniors said their Part D plan "provided ...

Let the science decide on PFAS in water

Saying "per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances" is a mouthful -- so let's stick with the common abbreviation for this group of man-made chemicals: PFAS. And no, you don't want a mouthful of them. If consumed in high concentrations, PFAS may be harmful to human health. But we don't know how high ...