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Category: Politics

Death Penalty

Racial Disparities, Cowboy D.A.s, Prosecutorial Impunity, Hanging Judges, and Above All­—Texas;  the Death Penalty’s Time is Up

by Barbara Koeppel | Sep 3, 2021 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Some 4,000-year-old dogmas, like the Bible’s “eye for an eye,” never die. State-sponsored killings have morphed over millennia (from stonings, beheadings, burning at stakes, firing squads, gas chambers, lynchings, and electric chairs to lethal injections) but continue apace. In the United States, the federal government and the 27 states that still impose the death penalty […]

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nuclear weapons

Making Nuclear Weapons Obsolete

by Robert Rudney | Jul 7, 2021 | National Security, Opinion, Politics

It’s high time to declare nuclear weapons obsolete. The U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons—entering into force January 22, 2021—underscores the most perilous environmental threat to humankind, a threat that cannot be ignored by the Biden administration. Eighty-six nations, not including the United States and other nuclear weapons states, have signed the treaty […]

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Prison phones

The Prison Phone Rip-Off  

by Barbara Koeppel | Jul 5, 2021 | Politics

You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. When people incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails call their parents (say, on Mother’s or Father’s Day), they pay through the nose. A 15-minute in-state call can cost $7.50 from a jail in New York and up to $18 in other states. This is especially bizarre […]

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Food banks

Child Allowances: A Simple and Inexpensive Way to Help Families With Children 

by Steven Pressman | Jul 5, 2021 | Economy

Raising children is expensive. A typical middle-class, two-child family spends $13,000 annually on each child, or nearly a quarter-million dollars per child in total through age 17. This tally includes neither college costs nor the cost to a family of putting money aside to help the children attend college, which itself can easily run another […]

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Maine

Letter From Pembroke

by Severine von Tscharner Fleming | Jun 30, 2021 | Climate, Politics

Reflections on the path forward, from Severine von Tscharner Fleming, a farmer, activist, and organizer who runs Smithereen Farm, an organic wild blueberry, seaweed, and orchard operation at the edge of Cobscook Bay, Maine, that’s certified by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and hosts summer camps, camping, and educational workshops.  A bit about […]

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