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Guns Help People Kill People

(270) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 2:18 PM

I know that violence in America is a complex issue with many causes and many opinions about each of them. I acknowledge all that. But let's just take this one cause of gun violence: Guns.

Yes, we all get that guns are inanimate objects and do not act on their...

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Contraception -- It's 2012 and Men Still Decide?

(23) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 2:54 PM

The House panel on women's health issues that had not one woman on it got a lot of well-deserved attention in conversations and in media the past few days. The main reason why this so universally resonated was because it defied logic. Even if, for some reason, it seems okay...

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Small Business Saturday on Las Olas Boulevard

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 7:33 PM

As a former small business owner (and as a descendant of a long line of small business owners), I embraced the Small Business Saturday idea. I decided to put my money where my opinions were and went to Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale to do some...

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Pro Occupy Wall Street; Against a 2-Tiered Society

(40) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 3:46 PM

"Majority rules." That is a concept that every child grows up with. When you were trying to solve a schoolyard dispute or pick a TV show with your siblings, you knew that "majority rules." So how is it we now live in a society where 1% rules?

Yes, I am...

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Immigration vis-à-vis Illegal Immigration

(51) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 10:51 PM

I was watching Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC this morning. A good part of the show was dedicated to illegal immigration. Although, as is often the case, sometimes there seemed to be no distinction between illegal immigration and immigration.

There is a lot of discussion about...

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Greeks, Diners And American Entrepreneurs

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 4:48 PM

Last week, I spent a few days in Connecticut with my father and saw quite a few of my relatives -- both blood and "kinda" relatives, meaning they are either "koumbadi" (sharing a "godparent" relationship with my family) or we grew up calling them Thea and Theo (Aunt and Uncle).

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Gloria Steinem, The Help and Good News About Discrimination in America

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 3:00 PM

I watched the HBO documentary about the inspirational Gloria Steinem last night.

And I finished reading the book, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.

Given these two facts, it is no wonder that I am thinking about discrimination and inequality....

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Dear Congress, Don't Ask Me!

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 7:25 PM

Do I think the dollar should be strong? Yes! Oh, but that will hurt exports? Okay, No! But a strong dollar helps us pay off foreign debt? Then, Yes!

Should we give companies a tax break to repatriate money they're keeping offshore, thereby bringing more dollars into the US economy?...

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Sex Trafficking and Prostitution -- Big Business With Plenty of Victims

(13) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 3:07 PM

If most Americans (those not involved in any aspect of the sex industry) think about prostitution, I would guess that we have two images of it -- gleaned mostly from movies and cop shows.

The first is the "call girl" image, where lovely, apparently educated women choose to become prostitutes,...

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Women's World Cup, Title IX And What It Means For Girls

(21) Comments | Posted July 17, 2011 | 6:28 PM

You can debate Title IX all you want but you'd be hard-pressed to argue against the looks on little girls' faces when they talk about what the US Women's Soccer team means to them.

And that would not have happened without Title IX.

Today, most of...

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Senator Gillibrand Wants You

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 12:43 PM

If you're a woman.

She wants us women to get in the political game -- which is why she created her new organization, Off the Sidelines.

According to the New York Times:

Ms. Gillibrand said that part of what was driving her was a...
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Palin and Bachmann -- Glass Half Full

(31) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 1:33 PM

Michele Bachmann is running for president of the United States. Sarah Palin may be running for President of the United States, too. Okay, that's the bad news.

What's the good news? The fact that there is little, if any, discussion about the fact that women are running for president. For...

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