Archive - 2014

October 9th

Beyond Marijuana: Legalize All Drugs

    Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and though he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?"

    All this misery for growing a plant whose leaves the past three presidents admit having smoked.

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A flawed trade clause

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What Islamic State Could Teach the West

    As we fight the Islamic State and other extremists, there's something that President Barack Obama and all of us can learn from them. For, in one sense, the terrorists are fighting smarter than we are.

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We’re All in This Together

    Lolita Lledo spends all day talking on her cell phone, texting, and checking her Facebook page, though not for the reasons you might think.

    As the associate director of the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, she relies on social networking to keep in touch with home care workers.

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Upside-Down Tea Party Dogma In Arkansas

    When we moved to our Arkansas cattle farm, a friend lent us a book titled "A Straw in the Sun." Published in 1945, Charlie May Simon's beautifully written memoir of homesteading here in Perry County, Arkansas during the 1930s was long out of print -- maybe because the hardscrabble life it depicts is too recent for nostalgia.

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Snooping on Everyone While the Big Box Thieves Get Busy

    In a more innocent time not so long ago, perhaps only a million or so people in this country fell under the government’s suspecting glare. Achieving that distinctively fat FBI file might have required marching against a war or traveling to leftist lands.

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Securing Social Security

    There was this at the Senate debate in Iowa on Sunday:

    "I will fight hard to protect Social Security and Medicare for seniors like my mom and dad because our Greatest Generation has worked so hard for the American dream for our families," said Republican Joni Ernst.

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Republicans may reap backlash in Kansas races

    The 2004 best-seller "What's the Matter With Kansas?" claimed that voters there had it all backward: They were acting against their own interests by continuing to support Republicans whose economic policies favored the rich. Kansans might keep their guns and protect their marriages from gays, but they didn't have jobs.

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In Holder's exit, a vacuum

    Who'll be the next attorney general? Washington's favorite parlor game is filling Cabinet vacancies; I like playing as much as the next pundit. (Keep reading!) Still, the more telling question is: Why are we playing this game at all?

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Hooked on Apples

    When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What’s the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges?

    Right now, many of us can go for the low hanging-fruit in a very literal way: by visiting an apple orchard.

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