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    Underpaid Workers Walkout

Underpaid Workers Walkout

Thursday fast food workers across the United States protested what they believe is a situation of underpayment for their services. Some walked off their jobs in nearly 200 cities. They marched against McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, and others, as well as inside some of the nation’s largest airports. They are demanding a wage they deem ‘livable,’ at $15 an hour. The minimum wage has not been raised since 2009;

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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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    U.S.P.S. Extinction

U.S.P.S. Extinction

Here is proof that I can change. I am removing reverie and sentimentality from an issue and adopting reality. This institution has existed in one form or another as long as our country itself. Sadly, but necessarily, its time has come; soon I’ll be writing about the extinction of the United States Postal Service. Poor management, lack of reliability, financial failure, and cost to the public have all contributed to

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    Obama can Handle the Blame if he can Handle the Truth

Obama can Handle the Blame if he can Handle the Truth

Let’s just all admit it, President Obama is responsible for everything bad in the world and none of the good. The heavy snowstorms are his fault; the drought in the west is his fault; he obviously is responsible for the Ebola virus; we know he is the reason ISIS exists; and when the next oil spill occurs, it will be because of something he did or didn’t do. But to

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    Wal-Mart Employees Cannot Afford to Shop on Black Friday

Wal-Mart Employees Cannot Afford to Shop on Black Friday

For the third year in a row some Wal-Mart workers will be protesting the largest retailer in the world. They are demanding higher pay which would remove them from existing in or near the poverty level. Working at the store is the place they want to be, and besides, Wal-Mart employees can’t afford to shop on Black Friday. There are misconceptions regarding the term ‘Black Friday.’ Many believe the Friday

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    Chuck Hagel Resigns as Secretary of Defense, Waits for Successor

Chuck Hagel Resigns as Secretary of Defense, Waits for Successor

News broke on Monday that Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator, will resign as Secretary of Defense, though he will remain in the job during the wait for his successor to be confirmed. Reports are saying that there was tension between Hagel and the White House which led to his decision to resign. Senator John McCain has states his opinion that the issues of policy and presidential interference forced his

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    Women are not Equal to Men

Women are not Equal to Men

Attending a women’s rights conference, the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a statement which has sparked thousands of remarks on social media. He began with a statement claiming that it is impossible to make women equal to men, it ‘is against nature.’ It makes one wonder how many of the world’s leaders feel the same. It is obvious that our legislators in Washington agree with Erdogan; they have

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    Religions are Attempting to Control our Nation

Religions are Attempting to Control our Nation

Commentary by James Turnage Politicians talk a great deal about freedom; but do they know what freedom is? They do, because they are members of the wealthy class. They lack the understanding of the common man who works hard to survive, and is on the job more than 100 days a year. For the sole reason of seeking political support, our federal officials are siding with Christians in their attempt

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    Environment vs Republicans: the Truth

Environment vs Republicans: the Truth

The first sentence of the Republican Platform on the environment indicates that they are concerned. When the rest of the statement is dissected, they truthfully don’t care; they care about money. Here is the truth about the battle which exists between the environment and Republicans. Within the GOP there is nearly unanimous denial that science is valid and necessary. When a society worships a single God, in this case money,

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    Drones Will be with us Forever

Drones Will be with us Forever

A well-kept secret was revealed this week. The attacks on 9/11 could have been avoided. A drone operated by the United States Air Force had Osama bin Laden in its sights one year before the cowardly acts by terrorists were carried out inside our borders. This revelation guarantees that drones for military use and more will be with us forever. Scott Swanson was an Air Force predator pilot in September

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