September 14, 2010, 3:00am
by Barbra Streisand.
It’s not news…many people in our country are suffering. Uncertainty over our economy continues with high unemployment, which in turn has triggered many more home foreclosures. The lack of jobs has left a lot of people understandably angry, fearful and cynical about what they will face in the days ahead.
It’s natural to want to stop the pain, to find a fast solution or look for a quick fix to end the agony of the last twenty … Read more »
August 06, 2010, 2:00am
The Minneapolis-based retailer Target just gave over $150,000 to buy ads supporting Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer, a far-right Republican candidate for governor. This makes Target one of the very first companies to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate cash in elections.
Target must think customers won’t care. They’re wrong: We do care, and we need to let them know that we want Target — and all corporations — out of our elections. Can … Read more »
August 05, 2010, 3:00am
This is in response to Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision to deem California’s Proposition 8, banning gay marriage, unconstitutional.
“With this judge’s decision, we are closer to the day that all people will have access to the same fundamental rights. Hopefully, this remaining civil rights violation will soon be a part of our past and we can look to a future where all people will be treated equally under the law.”
–Barbra Streisand… Read more »
June 09, 2010, 3:00am
by Barbra Streisand.
It’s now well over a month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Gulf of Mexico and created the largest environmental catastrophe in American history. The question haunting everyone is: how was this allowed to happen? From the devastated fishermen and business owners in the Gulf Coast to environmental activists across the country— we all have been watching, horrified, as millions of gallons of oil continue to pour into the ocean, destroying people’s livelihoods, poisoning … Read more »
March 29, 2010, 5:00am
Last week, the Republicans took a big gamble and lost by lining up on the wrong side of history with their battle against health care reform. After the bill passed in Congress, all we heard from Republicans on the 24 hour news channels was, how can Congress pass a bill without even one Republican vote? The answer is…the same way President Clinton passed his Budget Reconciliation Act in 1993. He had to rely solely on Democrats to win passage after … Read more »
March 08, 2010, 6:00am
1992 was called “the year of the woman” so in 1993 before presenting the award for best director I said, “Tonight the Academy honors women and the movies but I look forward to the time when tributes like this will no longer be necessary because women will be honored without regard to gender but simply for the excellence of their work.”
Well the time has come, it’s 2010 – 17 years later and it was with great pleasure that I … Read more »
March 05, 2010, 1:00am
“Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said yesterday that there are limits to American military power and it’s time for the State Department and other agencies to step up efforts abroad. “US foreign policy is still too dominated by the military, too dependent upon the generals and admirals who lead our major overseas commands and not enough on the State Department,” he said.”
—From the Center for American Progress, Progress Report… Read more »
January 28, 2010, 12:00pm
I felt like I was in suspended animation as I read the Supreme Court decision which, essentially enables a corporate coup d’état of America’s Democracy.
Our country’s Founding Fathers never intended for monarchs or the business establishment to rule our nation. No, the Founders of our country began the Constitution with the words, “We the People of the United States…”
That sentiment was again expressed when President Lincoln in his famous Gettysburg Address said it simply but powerfully, that our … Read more »
August 14, 2009, 1:00am
Health Insurance Reform Reality Check
8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage
Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.
Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.
Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help … Read more »
June 04, 2009, 1:00am
There has been a lot of conversation lately about how the ability to identify with another person’s circumstance makes one unqualified to wear the judicial robe. Since President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the word empathy has taken a beating. The other day, Dick Cheney came out in support of gay marriage, stating “freedom means freedom for everyone”aI guess Cheney finally allowed himself to share the empathy he felt for his daughter with the rest of … Read more »