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Thursday, July 2,2015

Best environmentalist candidate, Bernie Sanders

By Dave Anderson
Many enviros are thrilled that Bernie Sanders is running for president, according to Bill McKibben, the author/ activist who has been called “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist” by The Boston Globe. McKibben explained: “(Sanders is) a stand-up guy...
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Thursday, June 18,2015

Who will look after you someday?

By Dave Anderson
America has more senior citizens today than at any time in history. Ai-jen Poo provides some startling statistics in her new book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in A Changing America: “Every eight seconds an American turns sixty-five; that’s more than ten thousand people per day, almost 4 million per year.... The 5 million Americans older than eighty-five, our country’s fastestgrowing demographic, will number 11.5 million by 2035. Because of advances in health care and technology, people are living longer than ever, often into their nineties or breaking one-hundred.”
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Thursday, June 4,2015

Whitewashing Vietnam?

By Dave Anderson
Recently, the Pentagon announced it was launching a multi-million dollar decade-long 50th anniversary “commemoration” of the Vietnam war in “partnership” with more than 10,000 corporations and local groups which are to sponsor hometown events. Its website presents a fairy tale of “honor” and “valor.
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Thursday, May 21,2015

The socialist Democrat

By Dave Anderson
It was a shock. Canada’s democratic socialist party, The New Democrats (NDP), won a resounding victory this month in Alberta, the country’s most rightwing province where the Progressive Conservatives have ruled for over four decades. The NDP promised to increase corporate taxes, social spending as well as oil and gas royalties.
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Thursday, May 7,2015

Hippies and street people

By Dave Anderson
On April 21, KGNU Radio hosted a 1960s-themed party at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway in Denver. Psychedelic music played while people visited a touring exhibit entitled 1968: The Year That Rocked History and a locally-produced show on the Chicano movement in Colorado.
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Thursday, April 23,2015

Sharing the economy

By Dave Anderson
About one in three American workers are temps, according to a recent report from the Freelancers Union and a temp agency called ElanceoDesk Inc. That’s 53 million people (or 34 percent of the workforce). That’s sort of an update of a comprehensive U.S. Government Accountability Office report in 2006 that found that 31 percent were temps.
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Thursday, April 9,2015

Momentum building to raise minimum wage

By Dave Anderson
Workers will demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to form a union without employer interference. Rallies will be held in more than 200 U.S. cities.
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Thursday, March 26,2015

Hardhats, hippies and hawks

By Dave Anderson
According to a widespread urban legend, the Vietnam anti-war movement was mostly composed of privileged college kids and the war was most enthusiastically supported by blue collar workers. That’s the story perpetuated in countless TV shows, movies, press reports and history textbooks.
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Thursday, March 12,2015

Coming together

Steel Workers join environmentalists

By Dave Anderson
A militant alliance of unionized workers and environmentalists is emerging out of the first national oil refinery strike since 1980. An Unfair Labor Practices strike began on Feb. 1 after talks broke down between the United Steel Workers (USW) and Royal Dutch Shell, which is the lead industry negotiator.
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Thursday, February 26,2015

Time for TABOR to go

By Dave Anderson
But will that happen? Perhaps not as Colorado is uniquely constrained from functioning as a representative democracy. In 1992, voters passed the so-called Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional measure which is the most restrictive tax and expenditure limit in the nation.
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