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  • Community Reinvestment Act Can Boost Energy-Efficiency, Funding for Low-Income Schools

    Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
    One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation's 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources.
      Nowhere is this more important than in our nation's poorest school districts, where the concept of a green, healthy school is rarely a priority.

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  • Is the American Business Community Racist?

    MaryAnne Howland by: MaryAnne Howland
    The film "Selma" calls us to consider where we stand today and what we are doing as individuals and communities about racial justice.
      In the past few months a rainbow of people has taken to protesting in cities throughout the country. Racial injustice brought to light by failures of grand juries to indict white police officers after the deaths of unarmed black men is moving citizens of all backgrounds to action.
      The media feature voices of passionate, concerned black, brown and white people, students and, of course politicians. We see the arts community in solidarity with the movement.

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  • A Free and Open Internet for an Innovative and Competitive Economy

    Mac Clemmens by: Mac Clemmens
    If you're reading this online, thank net neutrality.
      Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet content must be delivered equally. This article shouldnt be transmitted more slowly than another one. Your cat video shouldn't be given priority over a TED Talk. More importantly, your small business' website shouldn't be loaded slower than Amazons. Put it this way: Net neutrality prevents preferential treatment; it is freedom from interference.
      That freedom is crucial to businesses large and small. According to Fast Company, Amazon calculated that just one more second of page loading time could cost $1.

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  • The Church Committee -- Dusting Off One Option for Overhaul of Oversight

    Mary Treacy by: Mary Treacy
    "It is not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it." -- Henry Kissinger
      Former Senators Walter Mondale (D-MN) and Gary Hart (D-CO) hope they can buck that trend. During this past week the two former Senators have taken a lead in speaking out on an issue that has reached front burner status for many organizations and individuals. The issue is a call for reestablishment of a new "Church Committee," a hallmark in the history of open government initiatives, now honored 40 years after its work.
      Chaired by late Senators Frank Church (D-Idaho) and Vice-Chair John Tower (R-TX) the select investigative committee was charged with conducting a "thorough, bipartisan examination" of our government's secret i

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Citizens United Will Stifle Business Innovation

David  Levine by: David Levine
Five years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects. The 2012 election cycle proved to be the most expensive ...



Keystone Pipeline: Foreign Profits, American Risk

Katherine  McFate by: Katherine McFate
Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction ...





Dr. King's Staunch Opposition to 'Right-to-Work' Laws Inconvenient Part of His Legacy for Some

Roger Bybee by: Roger Bybee
As Wisconsin pauses to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, some of those piously claiming to honor him are simultaneously preparing to dismantle the very institution in which he fervently ...



The Need for a Truth and Reconciliation Process

Fania Davis by: Fania Davis
The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and ...








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Community Reinvestment Act Can Boost Energy-Efficiency, Funding for Low-Income Schools (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the Augusta Free Press

Is the American Business Community Racist? (by: MaryAnne Howland) in the Augusta Free Press

A Free and Open Internet for an Innovative and Competitive Economy (by: Mac Clemmens) in the South Coast Today

The Church Committee -- Dusting Off One Option for Overhaul of Oversight (by: Mary Treacy) in the Culpeper Star-Exponent

Citizens United Will Stifle Business Innovation (by: David Levine) in the Floyd County Times

Keystone Pipeline: Foreign Profits, American Risk (by: Katherine McFate) in the Westerly Sun

Dr. King's Staunch Opposition to 'Right-to-Work' Laws Inconvenient Part of His Legacy for Some (by: Roger Bybee) in the Superior Daily Telegram

The Need for a Truth and Reconciliation Process (by: Fania Davis) in the Bucks County Courier Times

Montana Businesses Should be Thankful for Clean Water (by: Marne Hayes) in the Hungry Horse News

Why People Living With Disabilities Support Death With Dignity (by: Dustin Hankinson, Sara Myers) in the Trenton Times



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