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Autism Awareness and Advocacy in Our Community

Kevin Beckford | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Beckford

While autism is a condition affecting people in all sectors of society, socioeconomic disparities influence its diagnosis and treatment among African-Americans. Given this unique impact, it is important for us to galvanize and increase awareness about autism in our community.

The National Minimum Wage Is a Moral Crime

Fred Lundgren | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

It can be argued that companies dependent upon $7.25 an hour labor to be profitable are not really legitimate businesses, they are publicly supported "corporate welfare recipients."

When My Maybe-Gay 8-Year-Old Son Stood Up for His 'Girls' Toy'

Julie Tarney | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie Tarney

The sound of the doorbell was followed by echoing thumps of a basketball on the wooden floor of our front porch. I put my hand up as a visor against the glaring afternoon sun and recognized Louis, my 8-year-old son Harry's friend from across the street.

The Ryan Budget Is an Affront to Economics and American History

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Paul Ryan has issued a new proposal to cut the budget even further, to the point where most unemployment programs will be half the size that they were during the Reagan administration. This is a cruel, counterproductive path we are on, and that is not a statement of mere opinion.

Social Media in Latin America: Brazil's Campaign Against Violence Toward Women

Natalie Alhonte Braga | Posted 06.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Natalie Alhonte Braga

Last week, a study was released on attitudes toward women in Brazil. In a shocking revelation, the majority of those interviewed agreed that "women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked." Activists turned to social media to express outrage and to challenge this way of thinking.

To Matthew

Nina Polvanich Louie | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Nina Polvanich Louie

Dearest Matthew, Do you remember how it snowed on the night that we met? Your eyes met mine, and in that moment, it felt as if I had found you aga...

Surge in Executions and Human Rights Violations in Iran: Evidence of Rouhani's 'Moderate' Rule?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.

Obama's Changing Moral Compass on Iraq

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

In his speech in Brussels on March 26, President Barack Obama refuted Vladimir Putin's assertions regarding the wrongs of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It is important to look at Obama's own moral arguments in justifying an invasion that a majority of U.S. citizens regard as a major U.S. foreign policy disaster.

The Truth About MEADS -- Again

David F. Berganini, Jr. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
David F. Berganini, Jr.

This week former Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications and Global Outreach Mark Pfeifle and other critics renewed their campaign to discredit MEADS. Pfeifle's assertions about MEADS are just wrong.

My Niece's Story Is the Reason I Say "No More" to Sexual Assault

Tom Reed | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Tom Reed

Over the last year, my family experienced firsthand the issue of sexual assault when my niece was raped. It was her senior prom night -- a night many young women look back on with fond memories.

Poll Finds Generational Gap On Social Issues Among Conservatives

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

The recent Pew study confirmed that millennials are the most diverse, pluralistic group of people in American history. What was most interesting, (at least to me), was the apparent positions that many young Republican millennials harbor on social issues.

The Republican 'Great White Hope:' Manipulating Election Laws

Stanley Kutler | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

We have been victimized by carefully-calibrated public relations campaigns alleging that loyal, upstanding, law-abiding Americans are being negated by voter corruption. It is not true. Make no mistake: This is a Republican, corporate-funded effort to exclude American citizens from the voting process.

Mike Posner and Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health

Kyle McMahon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kyle McMahon

Codi, my friend that had attended the show with me, had know Mike for his party songs. As we were on our way home, he asked me what other "deep" songs Mike had that I could play for him. That is why we must not stop talking about it.

Why 'The Biggest Loser' Shouldn't Be Used as Weight Loss Motivation

Jessica Lovejoy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Lovejoy

Now it seems that the show isn't just about the successes and the weight loss of the people involved, but rather a form of entertainment for the viewers. It's no longer about helping these souls, but objectifying their health and well-being in order to gain ratings on the television.

Medicine and Meditation to Rewire My Brain

Jeff Cannon | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Cannon

By keeping my "eye on the prize," as I told one nurse, and focusing 100 percent of my energy on the minutely repetitive tasks I needed to, I was able to reach a far greater success than many thought possible.

One Out of 68 Kids Is on the Autistic Spectrum, and Who Will Educate the Educators?

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

In a just and truly diverse classroom community, every child belongs. To reach this goal, teachers need to have up-to-date training, or retraining, in child development for both typical and atypical children.

Packing More Heat Will Result in More Killings

Allen Frances | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

The National Rifle Association propaganda has it all wrong. Most violent acts are committed by people who are not crazy. And even when mental illness does play a role, we do not have the tools to identify which person will go berserk or prevent it from happening.

Corruption -- An Epidemic of Epic Scale in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Corruption is an epidemic tearing into India's foundation and economic wellbeing. It can only be fixed by those who live in this country -- 'we, the people'.

Building the New Populism

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Although Americans are concerned about lots of issues -- the minimum wage, decent jobs, healthcare, education, and protection of the environment, to name only a few -- what they crave is a reassertion of fundamental American values: fairness, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

Asking the Hard Questions About Israel

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Amid all the disagreements, however, one thing is certain. Progress can only be made through talking. If a work of art encourages that kind of debate, it is part of the solution, not part of the problem. The Admission offers no easy answers. But no one should try to stop it from asking the hard questions.

Is Charles Koch Un-American? Let Thomas Jefferson Decide

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In a surprisingly self-pitying Wall Street Journal editorial, billionaire Charles Koch has put forward the proposition that the nation's "collectivists" have unfairly characterized him as "un-American." What Koch calls "character assassination," however, others would describe as a simple recounting of the facts.

10 Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Instead of discussing the horror of someone buying soda pop or a steak with SNAP (food stamps), it would be great to turn the conversation to the things that can't be purchased and think for a minute how we could find a workaround.

Young Woman Explains Why She Identifies as 'Queer' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

After she came out as queer to an ex-boyfriend, and later to a childhood friend with whom she led Bible study, both friends responded with support.

Do You Want Genetic Research to Move Forward? Then Start Sharing Data!

Isabel Duarte | Posted 06.03.2014 | Science
Isabel Duarte

Genetic research is still very expensive, and if one cannot reuse the data for further analysis, millions of dollars of public money will have gone to waste, harming most of all each and every individual waiting for a cure, while hindering the progress of genetic research.

Exploring Beneath Offshore Oil and Gas Platform Gina

Emily Callahan | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Emily Callahan

What we were able to take away from diving platform Gina was that these platforms are truly unique microcosms of life. They are not lifeless steel beams drilled deep into the substrate. These platforms are alive.