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The Truth About Male Senators

BY VIRGINIA BLUE JEANS JENNER Old white guys on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee have an opinion on everything but an opinionated woman bugs them. Take Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor who committed the unpardonable sin in this world of good ol’ boys by saying: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the…

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Horse Or Camel?

BY FROMA HARROP A camel, the old saying goes, is a horse made by committee. We don’t want camel health reform. We don’t want Washington lawmakers debating whether it should have one hump or two. We want a horse – a sleek machine that performs with efficiency. One may prefer that landmark legislation enjoy wide…

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Time To Prosecute

FRANK P. BELCASTRO Dubuque, IA President Obama must investigate Bush Administration officials. The world is watching what he will do. The question is how can the Obama Administration not investigate, and, if appropriate, prosecute? How could there be “change we can believe in” if the new administration harbors war criminals – which is the way…

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Privatizing Education

BY FRANK P. BELCASTRO President-elect Barack Obama named as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools system [CPS]. But what is evident from Duncan’s seven years in charge is his belief that the business of education should, first and foremost, embrace the logic of…

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George Will’s Truthiness

FRANK P. BELCASTRO Dubuque, IA George Will is having trouble with the truth again. Will argues, “Reducing carbon emissions supposedly will reverse warming, which is allegedly occurring even though, according to statistics published by the World Meteorological Organization, there has not been a warmer year on record than 1998.” Can we talk about unbelievable ignorance…

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