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Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and Peace in the New Year

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.25.2013 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR! Maple Sugar 2012 Watercolor 22" x 30" Barbara Ernst Prey...

The Case for a Tax Hike on 100 Percent of Americans

Dinkar Jain | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Since there is no agreement on entitlement cuts, let the fiscal cliff kick in. Let taxes rise on 100 percent of Americans and 100 percent of small businesses. Let us get a little closer to balancing the budget. Let us share the burden of our votes -- if we voted for bigger government, let us all pay for it too.

For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Why philosophy? Because the study of philosophy, the "love of wisdom," creates and nurtures thoughtful minds, minds that can -- as Aristotle suggests -- entertain a thought without accepting it.

The Systemic Environment of Dying America

Glen Browder | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

My thesis of American democracy holds that, as the original, bountiful, natural frontier faded into history, America gradually turned toward a different frontier -- national public authority, i.e. "the government" -- to extend the benefits of its democratic experiment.

Which America Do YOU Want?

David Trumble | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
David Trumble


Newtown Shows Us That Love Is Our Common Ground

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

If we want to sustain a nation of goodness, one that defies evil, maybe we should embrace the unfiltered missive given by Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie died at Sandy Hook: "May it be that this inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people -- to better our communities -- at all times."

Outrageous Fortune: The Response to an American Tragedy

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Adam Valen Levinson

There are constructive uses for firearms as tools, but the liberties in that domain long ago eclipsed their legal and philosophical rationale. Please, America: please be angry.

Why Must We Hate Ourselves So?

Stuart Diamond | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Stuart Diamond

We are capable of so much that is great, in the arts, in science, in human relations, but it is all but drowned out because we can no longer judge right from wrong. We tolerate a system that once would never have been acceptable.

A Systems Analysis of Dying America

Glen Browder | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

America is changing in ways that are important and unsettling for the future of American democracy; and America's elected officials and democracy experts seemingly are too politically timid or too theoretically limited to sound the alarm.

'One Pound Fish' Man Goes From Fish Monger to Viral Pop Star (Exclusive Interview)

Shira Lazar | Posted 02.11.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Less than two years ago, Shahid moved from Pakistan to London, and now he's living out his fantasy. "My whole life is changed now, so I can forget everything but I can't forget the one pound fish."

Race Talk: It Is Time For an Examination of 'White in America'

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 02.11.2013 | Media

How do we get a comprehensive portrait of race and ethnicity matters, and all of the social, cultural, economic, political 'isms" embedded in that topic, by not examining a central group -- White Americans?

Could the Country Please Turn More Purple?

Barbara R. Carter | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Barbara R. Carter

Wouldn't it be wonderful to find our "purple peace" in our families, neighborhoods, states and our country?

Getting High... With a Little Help From Our Friends

Ed Gerwin | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Ed Gerwin

Interestingly, Antares' initial cargo will include small satellites built by NASA from globally sourced smartphones. But Antares should also remind us that, when it comes to America's role in the connected global economy, we also need to act on some weighty issues here on Earth.

What Do I Mean By 'Dying America?'

Glen Browder | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

In this series, I approach America as an organic system undergoing democratic alteration and degeneration and I pose important considerations as Obama America faces the transformational challenges of an adverse environment.

Made in America

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

Here's my vote for an American government big enough to help create and protect opportunity for all, and to ensure no one segment of the population gets more than its fair share.

Restoring Our American Dream

Michael Farr | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Elections are over, politicians continue to bicker, and Greece insists on furthering their already impressive implosion. Thanksgiving may help if it can bring to mind those seminal American values that are the foundation and bedrock of our country.

Well, That Was Weird...

Jesse Lasky | Posted 01.27.2013 | Comedy
Jesse Lasky

Politicians seem to think Americans are goldfish, that we don't remember anything that happened more than three seconds ago. That's silly. It's more like five seconds.

How Dare I Ask: Is America Dying?

Glen Browder | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

I have come to the disturbing suspicion that we may be drifting perilously away from the Great Experiment of American history. Anger, cynicism, extremism -- and a pernicious irrelevancy -- are taking their toll on our national democratic experiment.

A Turkey Election and a Day Full o' Turkey!

Susie Sampson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

I am still tryin' to recover from the sad election results. But I've managed to finally get out of bed and get back to doin' what I do best... reportin' on breakin' news!

Fasting, Feasting And Learning On Thanksgiving

Usra Ghazi | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Usra Ghazi

This Thanksgiving will be different -- it will be a time of fasting and feasting and learning about faith and foreign policy.

Thank You, America

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Typically, my gratitude is focused on those things, people, ideas, and places that are immediately accessible to me. I forget to also express appreciation for things like my citizenship; yet, it is an integral part of who I am and what I am able to do with my life.

Things This Indian-American From Cleveland Is NOT Thankful For This Thanksgiving Day

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

While I am indeed thankful for some things this Thanksgiving Day, such as my family, my job, and so on, there are things I'm NOT thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

Real America?

David Trumble | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
David Trumble


Refreshing America's Brand After an Ugly Election Year

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Gregg S. Lipman

The President has been re-elected, the media circus has died down, and Nate Silver is digging up statistics on some new topic - the Petraeus affair, the Fiscal Cliff, the odds of Black Friday being moved to the week after Labor Day, perhaps? Ugh. So what's next for "the Greatest Nation on Earth"?

Is America Dying?

Glen Browder | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

The United States clearly remains the standard, by most accounts, of progressive democracy and "the good life" at this point in world history. But -- as I will argue in this unconventional analysis -- telltale signs of democratic distemper belie our contemporary stature.