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    Alcoholics Anonymous and Sexual Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous and Sexual Abuse

When any program which has been credited with helping individuals control or end an addiction is criticized, the accuser becomes a blasphemer. Alcoholics Anonymous claims enormous success, although there are no statistics to support those claims. There exists a hidden evil inside the organization which is not recognized but very real. Predators join AA with the intention of seeking opportunities for sexual abuse. Women who seek help with alcohol addiction

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    Common Core Arguments Have A Common Problem (Editorial)

Common Core Arguments Have A Common Problem (Editorial)

I have a confession to make: I do not have an opinion on the new common core standards. Since graduating from college, I have studiously avoided looking at any piece of educational material in order to avoid flashbacks to finals hysteria and certain unfortunate incidents with pop quizzes. But in many ways the arguments about universal standards for education are extremely familiar to me. Phrases like one-size-fits-all and high standards

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    Oil and Gas in Future America

Oil and Gas in Future America

Fossil fuels are partly responsible for the industrial revolution. Products made from crude oil fueled the machines and vehicles which were necessary to manufacturing and free trade. The 21st century brings not just a glimpse into the future, it makes us aware that these products will be phased out. Solar power, wind, and geothermal are realistic sources of electricity. New battery designs are resulting in electric cars and trucks which

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    Income Inequality Throughout America

Income Inequality Throughout America

A Pew Research poll revealed some disappointing news for the vast majority of Americans; we’re being screwed financially, and it’s worse than we though. There is a wide separation in income for the rich and working class throughout America. The 2010 Decennial Census revealed an increased gap, but the details of that inequity are discouraging. Beginning in 2007 with the onset of a major recession, the wealthiest Americans have prospered,

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    American Soldiers Engaged in Combat

American Soldiers Engaged in Combat

As history repeats itself, ‘advisors’ sent to Iraq by the President are now engaged in combat, fighting alongside the Kurdish and Iraqi freedom fighters. The unsubstantiated report says that American forces moved to protect the Ain Al-Assad base as ISIS forces advanced. Over 50 years ago other American ‘advisors’ were forced into combat in Southeast Asia. As U.S. military began to return home in body bags, the number of combat

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    Roger Goodell is the Problem

Roger Goodell is the Problem

Wednesday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presented a new personal conduct policy. There is a serious problem with the new rules, and that problem remains Roger Goodell. The new rules include the NFL having its own investigators to make decisions regarding fines and suspensions. Goodell will appoint a special counsel who will execute punishment. The players called for an independent arbitrator to hear appeals, but dictator Goodell insisted on keeping that

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    Oil and Gas Regulations Favor the Industry

Oil and Gas Regulations Favor the Industry

The Petroleum Industry spends millions of dollars on advertisements attempting to convince the American public that they deserve canonization. They claim that they deeply care about the environment, create thousands of jobs, and are above the curve in creating new technology to ensure safety during the drilling process. Informed individuals are very aware that all these claims are either lies or half-truths. And although many regulations exist, it is highly

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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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    How Americans can Fight Back at Corporations

How Americans can Fight Back at Corporations

Commentary by James Turnage Capitalism is a failure. The so-called free market economy has resulted in an increasing division between the working class and the wealthy class, as predicted by our founding fathers. Thanks to political action and inaction by our government and the Supreme Court, our nation is now owned by the outrageously wealthy one percent. They own the lobbies who buy votes in Washington. Citizens United has allowed

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    Bill Cosby in a Tough Situation

Bill Cosby in a Tough Situation

This is not written in defense of Bill Cosby. If he is guilty of a single charge made by any of these women, he deserves everything that will happen to him. Sexual predators are among the most evil of men. The complaint that this article is making is that he has already been tried in the media. Sensationalism sells ads, and almost every form of the media has capitalized on

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