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    Labor vs Management War Looms

Labor vs Management War Looms

Republicans have worked hard to break labor unions across the United States. In the process, minimum wage has become the standard for many of our nation’s largest corporations. The country’s largest retailer Wal-Mart pays only slightly more than the bare minimum. The fast food industry is no longer comprised of high school and college student workers, many are single mothers, or fathers who are forced to work two and even

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    Bob Jones University Harbors Sex Abusers

Bob Jones University Harbors Sex Abusers

In one of the single most disgraceful and irreprehensible revelations of our time, a report finds that the officials at Bob Jones University told victims of sexual abuse that they could not report the crime. They harbored the attackers, and chastised the victims. Bob Jones is an evangelical Christian institution located in Greenville, South Carolina. For decades victims of sexual abuse were taught that it was their fault. They were

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    Laws have Little Effect for the Average Man or Woman

Laws have Little Effect for the Average Man or Woman

Commentary by James Turnage As an everyday citizen most Americans have a difficult time securing their rights under the law. Without sufficient financial resources or the support of an organization to assist a claim against the government or an institution, working class Americans are unable to take the action necessary to obtain protection under the law. Case in point, not a single member of the banking industry was ever prosecuted

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    Workplace Rights of Pregnant Women

Workplace Rights of Pregnant Women

Opinion by James Turnage Although I have had my share of angry commentary from the right wing, I consider myself an Independent. In recent years it has been difficult to agree with conservatives who lack the ideals and principals of the GOP in the past. I will undoubtedly be criticized by progressives for this piece, and that’s fine with me. These are my thoughts about the rights of pregnant women

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    Fast Food Workers are not Animals

Fast Food Workers are not Animals

When I first walked into a McDonald’s, my impression was of a small business. It appeared to be a fun place to work, and the smiling employees were happy. That was over 50 years ago; I know better now. Fast food employees are virtually slave labor. They work at the discretion of management and receive an unlivable wage. If they fail to work any and all assigned hours they lose

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    Poll: What Was Your Thanksgiving Like?

Poll: What Was Your Thanksgiving Like?

Every family has different traditions for the Thanksgiving holiday from church to football to favorite television shows watched annually. But in these modern times, traditions may be changing as stores no longer close on the holiday or family drifts apart to different places around the globe. Nevertheless most people have at least one thing they always do and they have a wide variety to choose from which is why the

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    Daylight Savings Time is Obsolete

Daylight Savings Time is Obsolete

This Sunday morning at 2 a.m. clocks will be turned back one-hour. Daylight savings time ends. Has this become an obsolete change every spring? Most individuals and scientists believe that it is no longer necessary. When and why did DST begin? The most common misconception is that the idea was to help farmers, giving them more daylight in the harvesting season. Farmers are actually opposed to the idea. It began

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    Sexual Harassment Proves Evolution of Man is Missing in American Culture

Sexual Harassment Proves Evolution of Man is Missing in American Culture

An experiment recently by a young New York actress was indicative of the continuing lack of evolution by American men. Our Culture continues to view women as sexual objects first, and as people second. Sexual harassment continues. While walking the streets of the ‘Big Apple’ for ten hours, Shoshana B. Roberts received over 100 ‘cat calls’ and sexual innuendos from men as she passed by them. One man followed her

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    Obama One Ups Chicago Voter’s Boyfriend

Obama One Ups Chicago Voter’s Boyfriend

Sometimes, politicians have to have a sense of humor when dealing with members of the public. While casting an early vote in Chicago on Monday, President Obama displayed his good nature by one upping a fellow voter’s boyfriend after he tried to make a joke at the president’s expense. Aia Cooper, the girlfriend of prankster Mike Jones, was casting her early vote next to the president when her fiance tried

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    Detroit Water is fit to Drink if You can Get it

Detroit Water is fit to Drink if You can Get it

The actual necessities for sustaining human life are few. They are food, water, and shelter. It is inhumane to not offer these few items to everyone. One of our nation’s largest and poorest cities is removing one of these necessities from as many as 300,000 of its citizens. For the period between January 1 and September 30, more than 27,000 were denied access to water. In Detroit the water is

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