June 17 will mark forty years since President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs." A trillion dollars and millions of ruined lives later, the war on drugs has proven to be a catastrophic failure.
No one likes to pay taxes, but most Americans understand our country is stronger because we collectively fund our national priorities. But we shouldn't be asking constituents to sacrifice unnecessarily for a counterproductive war.
It's far from inconceivable that we could find ourselves at a fork in the road in the future, as many do not believe the goal of forced regime change in Libya can be accomplished without ground troops.
We are still saddened today at the senseless loss of life in the Triangle fire. We are still galvanized by the call for workers' rights in its aftermath. But I'm also struck by those who refuse to learn the lessons this tragedy can teach us.
As Americans gather together this holiday season, what will likely go unconsidered is an appreciation for the access to two basic necessities that many of us take for granted: water and adequate sanitation.
Just four weeks until the midterm elections and I'm starting to feel that maybe, just maybe, Democrats will prevent an All Souls Day Massacre. And if the Dems escape death's door, they had better not let this nonsense happen again.
As we remember the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I strongly urge Ken Feinberg, the Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, to reverse his decision not to pay victims' mental health claims.