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Roger Linnett

Getting out the vote November 2: This is no time to sit on the sidelines

By Roger Linnett It’s a fact that voter turnout for midterm elections is dismal at best. The conservatives are counting on this to win next month. The country, especially their base, has been getting fed a steady diet of fear, propaganda, half truths and opinion masquerading as fact, to the point where many a steamrolled citizen...

Putting Labor Back in Labor Day

By Roger Linnett The one thing in this country that we should be talking about but aren’t, especially considering it’s Labor Day, is jobs. Real jobs, too – not menial part-time jobs or ones that are ego-crushingly below one’s qualifications and experience. The economy seems to be recovering, if you follow the financial news, but there...

New Healthcare Law Provisions Take Effect

By Roger Linnett Many new aspects of the Patients Protection and Affordable Care Act, which the president signed on March 23, 2010, are now in effect and much more soon will be. The major features of the new law are: It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health...

Labor Day Sidebar: Why we got a day off

Labor Day was adopted in September of 1894 to try and ameliorate nationwide hostility towards the administration of President Grover Cleveland. Cleveland had ordered U.S. Marshals and 12,000 federal troops into Chicago to break a wildcat strike by 3,000 employees of the Pullman Palace Car Co., maker of the eponymous railroad sleeper cars. The strike was ignited when, due...

Tragedy of Errors Sinks Oil Rig

By Roger Linnett, The oil volcano (you can’t call it a “spill,” as that implies a known quantity) continues to spew crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  As of June 1 it has been doing so for 42 days. On May 29, British Petroleum officially announced that the “topkill” procedure was not going to work...

New Shop with an Old Feel Opens in Venice

By Roger Linnett Recapturing the spirit of Venice of 40 years ago, the Artisan Venice shop at the corner of Windward and Pacific features art, jewelry, sculpture and clothing all made exclusively by artists and artisans from Venice, and everything on display is for sale. Virtually every square inch of wall space is covered by...
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