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America’s Infrastructure Crisis

America’s Infrastructure Crisis

Rich Carmona spent decades upgrading his 1970s ranch home in Midland, Mich. He lovingly installed new flooring and doors and remodeled the bathrooms. After finishing the kitchen 18 months ago, he finally had the house the way he liked it. Then the 96-year-old...

Trump, Wear The Damn Mask

Trump, Wear The Damn Mask

Photo credit: Dylan Harukami, USAF / cc COVID-19 has killed 100,000 Americans so far and, due to his numerous lies and mistakes, Donald Trump is substantially to blame. Let us focus on one particular catastrophic mistake, discouraging Americans from using masks in...

Can Democracy Survive Bill Barr?

Can Democracy Survive Bill Barr?

Photo credit: DOJ, Wikimedia Commons / cc Trump’s first national security adviser, General Michael Flynn, had a phone call with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, just after President Obama had imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016...

New Mexico Shows How Public Ed Can Thrive After COVID-19

New Mexico Shows How Public Ed Can Thrive After COVID-19

Zia Middle School, Las Cruces, NM. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons / cc “I think we’re all going to be different after this,” Mary Parr-Sanchez told me in a phone call, “but I don’t know how.” Parr-Sanchez is the current president of NEA-New Mexico, the National...

We Are Far From Ready To Vote By Mail

We Are Far From Ready To Vote By Mail

Photo credit: DOD / cc More than 30 statewide elections are being held between now and August 18, previewing how unfamiliar or difficult absentee voting may be across America this fall. The next big test is June 2, when eight states and the District of Columbia hold...

Vote By Mail Is The Answer

Vote By Mail Is The Answer

For many Americans, vote-by-mail will be a matter of life and death come November. There will be no widely available vaccine by then, and even if an anti-viral medicine is proven broadly effective this summer, it would be difficult to manufacture a sufficient quantity...

GOP Resists Voting By Mail In Red States

GOP Resists Voting By Mail In Red States

Across America, election officials responsible for the details of running elections have a clear idea of what is needed to shift to mostly mail-in voting in upcoming spring, summer and fall elections to protect voters from the coronavirus. But pockets of conservatives...

Communities Fight School Closures And Privatization

Communities Fight School Closures And Privatization

Since mid-March, public school students in Minnesota have had to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, according to the state’s governor, Tim Walz, schools will remain closed until the end of this school year, with no guarantee that they will reopen in the...

Financial Tsunami Heads Toward The Nation's Schools

Financial Tsunami Heads Toward The Nation's Schools

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly all states have ordered or recommended school buildings stay closed for the rest of the academic year, according to Education Week’s most recent count, and “schools are likely to stay shut for months,” according to the New York...

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