April 23, 2014

NSA spying, data gathering makes America a state of surveillance

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
President Obama has some nerve. He opened his speech on NSA spying by likening his surveillance regime to Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty. How insulting. They were helping people resist government tyranny, and the …

This year marks 100 years of the not-so-great Federal Reserve Bank

Mark W. Hendrickson
Guest Columnist
On Dec. 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen Glass Act, creating the Federal Reserve. Looking back, what has the Fed accomplished during the last 100 years?
The stated original purposes were to protect …

As natural gas booms, coal goes up in smoke

Chris Faulkner
Guest Columnist
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions standards have caused an uproar in the coal industry.
These rules limit the amount of carbon new coal-fired power plants can produce. Industry-friendly lawmakers have been quick to voice …

Dr. King’s lessons for the climate justice movement

Jose´-Antonio Orosco
Guest Columnist
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize.  One of the most striking aspects of his acceptance speech is the hope he expressed in humanity’s ability to overcome war.  This was no …

NAFTA failing Mexican citizens, forcing them to America

Manuel Perez-Rocha
Guest Columnist
Twenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans.
Of course, hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished since automotive and tech companies moved their production across the border in …

A joyful goodbye to 2013; no one will miss it

Marta H. Mossburg
Guest Columnist
If 2013 were a beauty pageant, it would be the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. If it were a movie, it would be “Titanic.” If it were a song, it would be “Wrecking Ball” by Miley …

Shrimp farmed in ponds treated with chemicals make a toxic cocktail

Jill Richardson
Guest Columnist
Shrimp cocktail makes a great finger food for holiday parties. Right? Only if you have no idea how those crustaceans were produced. Because if you did, you wouldn’t want to eat shrimp again.
Before I go …

Big-foot-sized carbon footprints in store for 2014

Danedri Thompson
With the new year right around the corner, I’m making plans to lessen my carbon footprint to approximately the size of Al Gore’s carbon footprint. If I’m lucky the Nobel Peace Prize voters will take notice.
Former …

Alcohol, patriotism and the NFL: The best hope for tailgaters

Lee S. Wishing
Guest Columnist
I was disturbed at what I recently witnessed at a Buffalo Bills football game. The Bills hosted their cross-state rival, the New York Jets, in Orchard Park, N.Y. I had attended many Bills games years …

Another train wreck headed for the White House

Merrill Matthews
Guest Columnist
Do you think the Obamacare rollout raises important questions about government mandates, confusion, penalties and just how well bureaucrats can manage complicated issues? It’s not the only one. There are a number of similarities between Obamacare …