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  • Walk in Their Shoes

    Roger Smith by: Roger Smith
    I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.
      The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.
      As a young boy, I knew all too well the despair of empty pockets. I learned to be resourceful, making money by selling my most precious possessions. The sound of change in my pocket gave me hope.
      From ages 15 to 18, I was homeless.

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  • Restoring Freedom to Information in the Freedom of Information Act

    Amy Bennett by: Amy Bennett
    Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records that might be embarrassing out of the public's hands forever.
      One of the clearest examples of this problem has been playing itself out in court rooms over the last few years as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has successfully argued against the release of a 30 year old "draft" volume of the official history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Disaster.

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  • This Mascot Skews Reality About The First People

    Jennifer Varenchik by: Jennifer Varenchik
    Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue. "It's not my fight," I thought.
      I live in Los Angeles County, home of the largest urban Native American and Alaska Native population in the United States. When I first moved to L.A. in the 1990s, I was constantly being asked if I was Latina. Sometimes people would get upset because I wasn't able to speak Spanish.
      Occasionally, I would resort to sticking two fingers behind my head to act as a feather to illustrate being American Indian. Unfortunately, that's all I had to reach for to explain my heritage.

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  • Clean Water is Good for Business and Pennsylvania's Economy

    Jaime Gauthier by: Jaime Gauthier, William Barton
    It doesn't matter what industry you're talking about, businesses rely on clean water to produce safe, high-quality products.
      In 2001, the Philadelphia Brewing Company acquired a 38,000 square foot brewery facility on the 2400 block of Frankford Avenue, filling a space that had long been vacant and bringing new life to a changing commercial corridor. Today, the wildly successful brewing company employs 30 and pays family-sustaining wages. It is also part of Pennsylvania's fast-growing craft beer industry, which contributes more than 20,000 jobs and $2 billion annually in revenue to our state's economy.

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What the CIA is Trying to Hide

Katherine  Hawkins by: Katherine Hawkins
Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after September 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Many of them were tortured. Starting ...



California Businesses Need Stronger Federal Clean Water Rules

Steve  Frisch by: Steve Frisch
You don't have to be a native Californian to know how important water is to our state, especially in light of the current record-breaking drought. The total cost of this drought is already running ...





Walgreens' Founder Wouldn't Approve Company's Unpatriotic Tax Dodge

Jim Burke by: Jim Burke
Charles Walgreen Sr., founder of the nation's biggest drugstore chain, would not approve of what the management of his company is planning. He would never have considered moving his headquarters ...



The Smart Money is on Energy Efficiency

Russell Cann by: Russell Cann
If you can invest money now on something that will pay for itself in three years, then provide you with free money every year after that, would you do it?
  Well, this "something" ...








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Walk in Their Shoes (by: Roger Smith) in the Augusta Free Press

Restoring Freedom to Information in the Freedom of Information Act (by: Amy Bennett) in the Augusta Free Press

This Mascot Skews Reality About The First People (by: Jennifer Varenchik) in the Augusta Free Press

Clean Water is Good for Business and Pennsylvania's Economy (by: Jaime Gauthier, William Barton) in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

What the CIA is Trying to Hide (by: Katherine Hawkins) in the Crookston Daily Times

California Businesses Need Stronger Federal Clean Water Rules (by: Steve Frisch) in the Bell Gardens Sun

Walgreens' Founder Wouldn't Approve Company's Unpatriotic Tax Dodge (by: Jim Burke) in the USA Today

The Smart Money is on Energy Efficiency (by: Russell Cann) in the Columbia State

Time to Stop Corporate Defections (by: Frank Clemente) in the The Hill

Sen. Leahy: Stop Corruption, Help the Poor (by: Beatrice Parwatikar) in the Bennington Banner



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