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Thursday, May 30,2013

A new home for poverty in America

By Jim Hightower
It’s been nearly 50 years since poverty in America was a front-burner issue on our nation’s political agenda — and it’s time to move it up again.
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Thursday, May 23,2013

Let’s join the Army!

By Jim Hightower
Imagine “net zero.” That’s the wonky phrase attached to an elegant idea — namely, converting communities to total renewable energy, complete recycling, and a culture of conservation to bring humankind’s carbon footprint into a sustainable balance with a healthy earth.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Turning people who report corporate crime into criminals

By Jim Hightower
Still, it seems strange that legislators in so many states — from California to Vermont — have simultaneously been pushing “ag-gag” bills that are not merely outrageous, but downright un- American.
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Thursday, May 9,2013

Ag biz gags on its own gag law

By Jim Hightower
Welcome to the Brave New World of “ag-gag” laws being pushed by agribusiness corporations to stop reporters, workers, animal rights advocates and even curious 25-year-old truth-seekers like Ms. Meyer from recording abuses that are routinely taking place on farm-animal confinement factories.
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Thursday, May 2,2013

Corporate Johns and turning legislative tricks

By Jim Hightower
First, some background. A decade earlier, WCS parlayed political donations to Gov. Rick Perry into a special deal to build a low-level nuclear waste dump in a West Texas county, right up against the New Mexico border.
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Thursday, April 25,2013

Gagging on ag-gag laws

By Jim Hightower
Factory farms are not farms at all. They are corporate-run concentration camps for pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys and other food animals.
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Thursday, April 18,2013

Saving our ravaged planet — and ourselves

By Jim Hightower
Earth Day cometh — the 43rd year of this national focus on our globe. Should we weep? Or cheer? Both.
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Thursday, April 11,2013

Corporate chiefs say America is unattractive

By Jim Hightower
I like the word “lift.” It implies upward progress and a can-do communal spirit: Yes, letīs all put our backs into it, and lift this load. Itīs so American!
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Thursday, April 4,2013

Texas natives tussle with foreign invaders

By Jim Hightower
Turf wars can be the silliest of all scuffles, and no place does silly with more zeal than Texas.
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Thursday, March 28,2013

Fracking the First Amendment

By Jim Hightower
It’s one thing for Big Oil frackers to bust into our Earth, our communities and our economic well-being — but the fracking fad is also busting the free speech rights of locals who dare to speak out against it.
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