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  • In 2017, Workers Were Left Stranded While the Economy Boomed

    Nan Grogan Orrock by: Nan Grogan Orrock, Dewey McClian
    As we enter the new year, the economy is booming for big businesses and the stock market is at an all-time high. But many of us have friends, family, or neighbors who lost their jobs in 2017 through no fault of their own. Take the 52 workers who lost their jobs at Invista on December 12, two weeks before Christmas, when their carpet factory shut down in Athens, Georgia because their companion business relocated to Monterey, Mexico.
      This is but one example of the thousands of Georgians who lost their jobs last year, as in many years before, due to circumstances beyond their control.

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  • Nothing Golden About This 50-Year Anniversary

    Holly  Sklar by: Holly Sklar
    This month marks a golden anniversary for American wages, but don't expect celebration around the nation.
      On the contrary. In February 1968, the federal minimum wage increased from $1.40 to $1.60 an hour, giving minimum wage workers what would turn out to be the highest level of purchasing power they would enjoy for the next 50 years.
      This half-century slide in purchasing power has contributed mightily to workers' economic hardships and the erosion of the middle class. It has also done lasting damage to the economy and businesses' consumer base.
      An inadequate minimum wage doesn't just impoverish workers.

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  • Census of Agriculture: Your Opportunity To Shape The Future

    Karolyn Zurn by: Karolyn Zurn
    My husband and I live on a mid-sized farm in northwestern Minnesota, where we grow corn, soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, and alfalfa. Several of our grown children are farmers too, raising families and teaching them how to be competent, resourceful future farmers. We all rely on good policy that effectively keeps farms operational -- especially young farmers who need startup capital and supportive risk-management tools. So every five years, my family does something very important for our farms and communities -- we complete the Census of Agriculture. We do this because we want the census to show the value of the work we do and we want to be reflected in the data that can and probably will have an impact on the future of our operations.

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  • A Wake-up Call To The People And A Challenge To Millennials

    Hector Garcia by: Hector Garcia
    "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Abraham Lincoln
      "Great men, great nations have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
      The challenge to American millennials is to rekindle faith in our nation's ideals. The great American experiment has drifted toward dysfunction. Some reasons for this dysfunction are confusion over globalization, anger over some of its side effects in the U.

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Learning From Gerrymandering

Andrew  Perrin by: Andrew Perrin
I remember, as a child, accompanying my parents to vote. In the auditorium of a Nashville elementary school, I waited with them in line, then accompanied them to a big steel machine with an oversized, ...



Chain Migration Or Family Reunification?

Stacie  Blake by: Stacie Blake
It is historical fact that millions of people have come to the U.S. to create new lives in freedom. Immigration is the origin of our history as a country. Our federal government did not even keep ...





It's Time For A Permanent Solution To Protect Dreamers

Korina Iribe  Romo by: Korina Iribe Romo
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained ...



The GOP's Tax Overhaul: Worst Christmas Present Ever

Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
Some Christmas presents are a wonderful surprise, others a big disappointment. We try to be polite about the clunkers, figuring it's the thought that counts. But the new Republican tax law -- what ...








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In 2017, Workers Were Left Stranded While the Economy Boomed (by: Nan Grogan Orrock, Dewey McClian) in the Bryan County News

Nothing Golden About This 50-Year Anniversary (by: Holly Sklar) in the Redding Record Searchlight

Census of Agriculture: Your Opportunity To Shape The Future (by: Karolyn Zurn) in the Napa Valley Register

A Wake-up Call To The People And A Challenge To Millennials (by: Hector Garcia) in the Augusta Free Press

Learning From Gerrymandering (by: Andrew Perrin) in the Houma Courier

Chain Migration Or Family Reunification? (by: Stacie Blake) in the Thomson Reuters

It's Time For A Permanent Solution To Protect Dreamers (by: Korina Iribe Romo) in the Penn Live

The GOP's Tax Overhaul: Worst Christmas Present Ever (by: Frank Clemente) in the Grand Coulee Star

Big Pharma's Blockbuster Tax Cuts (by: Frank Clemente) in the Augusta Free Press

Follow Your DREAM (by: Salvador Macias) in the Grand Coulee Star



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