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    Politicians and Wealthy Criminals Receive Special Treatment

Politicians and Wealthy Criminals Receive Special Treatment

American prisons are filled. Men and women convicted of drug possession, drug use, drug sales, theft, crimes related to sex, assault, and murder live a life behind bars. Worst of all for them is their complete loss of freedom. They cannot walk the streets of a city, drive a car, or sleep in their own beds. None of these people were wealthy outside of prison, and none of them are

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    Hollywood Surrenders to Terrorism Threats

Hollywood Surrenders to Terrorism Threats

Commentary by James Turnage Movies have long been at the forefront of exposing situations of immorality and injustice, and revealing crimes unreported by the media such as domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Movies have opened up our eyes to illegal and illicit actions by governments around the world, including our own. Sony Pictures’ removal of the film “The Interview,” is disappointing. It appears that Hollywood has broken a

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    Poll: American Morality on the Decline

Poll: American Morality on the Decline

Commentary by James Turnage I placed this in an area designed for discussion because of the results of the poll. For me there is no discussion. Those who don’t know anything about the failed results of torture, and the effects on the victims, may think it is acceptable for the safety of others; they would be incorrect. This poll is definitive of what I have suspected for some time; American

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    Will the Keystone Pipeline Survive the Controversy?

Will the Keystone Pipeline Survive the Controversy?

I’m positive that few ‘normal’ Americans truly understand all arguments for and against the Keystone Pipeline; and they certainly do not know all of the facts. Because of these two reasons, few voters have a strong opinion either way. The only groups pushing for its construction are Republican legislators and the Petroleum Industry. But will the Keystone Pipeline survive increased controversy? The GOP is 100 percent behind the pipeline. Chris

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    What you need to Know about GMO’s

What you need to Know about GMO’s

Genetically Modified Organisms; these three words have created a world-wide battle between countries, states and groups championing safe food practices, vs. major food and beverage manufacturers who use products created by Monsanto. You remember Monsanto; it has given several wonderful chemical products such as Agent Orange which continues to damage Vietnam veterans. Why GMO’s? Monsanto, in collusion with companies such as Coca Cola, Starbucks, and most of The Grocery Manufacturer’s

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    Palestinian Statehood Becoming a Reality in Europe

Palestinian Statehood Becoming a Reality in Europe

While Palestinians and Israelis fail to negotiate with each other in the hope of attaining a lasting peace, European nations are moving forward to give Palestine Statehood and a full membership in the United Nations. Sweden became the first major European nation to vote in favor of the PLO which has been waiting since 1948 to be recognized. Great Britain has taken a symbolic vote. Ireland and Spain have acted

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    Social Security Misunderstood and Mishandled by Government

Social Security Misunderstood and Mishandled by Government

In a recent article by a heretofore anonymous self-proclaimed director of the institute for Economic Education and an assistant professor of economics at East Texas Baptist University, Tyler Watts belittled social security. His credentials are lacking, and his proclamations are misrepresentative of the facts. The truth is that socials security is misunderstood and has been drastically mishandled by our government. Mr. Watts spouts TEA Party values which are detrimental to

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    Headlines do not Tell the Whole Story

Headlines do not Tell the Whole Story

If you are among those whose blood pressure rises when you read the headline of an article; wake up. The headline does not tell the whole story; read the entire article and then decide if you approve or not. The Montgomery County Board of Education in Rockville, Maryland, will remove all religious holiday references from their calendars beginning in 2015. This is in response to talks with the Muslim community

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    Religions must be Taxed

Religions must be Taxed

One of the great errors in America is that religions are respected as independent and non-political organizations. This is a falsehood which allows them to campaign for candidates who support their views without paying their fair share of taxes. They are corporations in the literal sense, and must be taxed accordingly. The very subject of religion has become a political ploy. It’s gone to the extreme that if you’re not

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    Ageism: the Ultimate American Prejudice

Ageism: the Ultimate American Prejudice

Commentary by James Turnage The arrogance of Americans under 50 is annoying. Whether it comes from the late-night television talk show hosts or from sitcoms, the perpetrators of jokes about those of us who are over 60 are simply displaying ignorance about a generation which thinks for itself and refuses to be robotic and uncommunicative in our daily lives. We do not stare at a ‘smartphone’ as we walk; we

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