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The Lineup: Week of July 30-August 5, 2012

July 30, 2012 ·

This week's OtherWords editorial package features Sam Pizzigati's first column, in which he explains why wealth inequality is officially holding steady while income inequality is growing increasingly skewed. Jim Hightower skewers Mitt Romney's financial shenanigans, and William A. Collins puts the nation's penchant for guns in perspective.

As Donald Kaul and I explained last week, he's either taking a break from writing or recently retired, depending on how things go with his recuperation from a recent heart attack. Thanks for all your kind, and sometimes funny, words of support, many of which are highlighted in my recent letters-to-the-editor blog posts. At least 110 emails and a dozen snail-mailed cards and letters have arrived so far, and Don tells me that he's feeling much better already.

This uptick in correspondence revealed an unfortunate and longstanding glitch in the otherwords@ips-dc.org email account. If you sent anything to that account before Tuesday, July 25th, it probably vanished. I didn't receive it, and since it didn't bounce, there was no way for the sender to know.

I can't begin to describe how sorry I am about this snafu. I know it will be hard for anyone who tried to reach out to me and got no response — possibly on multiple occasions — to believe that this was going on for more than two years. But it was. I deeply apologize for all the misunderstandings this may have caused. So, if you emailed a note for or about Donald Kaul before 4:30 p.m. on July 25, please send it again. And if you emailed me an inquiry that never got answered, please do try again.

As always, I encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and visit our blog. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

  1. Smoldering Planet / Saul Landau
    Colorado's wildfires and the record heat waves should sober up some climate change doubters.
  2. Plain Old Murder / Chris Toensing
    The Pakistani government loudly protests that many of the casualties of drone strikes are civilian.
  3. Your Labor Rights or Your Life / Jessye Weinstein
    A hostile labor environment in a country like Colombia, connected through a trade agreement to the U.S., has repercussions for workers at home as well.
  4. Cleaning Up Campaign Finance / Michael B. Keegan
    Citizens United is here to stay unless we show it the door.
  5. Marching Toward Greater Inequality / Sam Pizzigati
    The world's super rich, according to a new report, are squirreling away phenomenal quantities of their cash in secret tax havens.
  6. How Mitt Got His / Jim Hightower
    Romney keeps playing hide-and-seek with his booty.
  7. One Nation, Under the Gun / William A. Collins
    Why do so many Americans believe that to properly protect ourselves today, we need guns?
  8. Unmanly Drones / Khalil Bendib (cartoon)

 Unmanly Drones, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Lineup: Week of July 23-29, 2012

July 23, 2012 ·

This week's OtherWords editorial package features the last Donald Kaul column we'll run — either forever, or for a while. Don explains his indefinite hiatus in his own words, I pay tribute to him in my column, and Khalil Bendib's cartoon celebrates his brilliant legacy.

"Those loafers are going to be hard to fill," said Randy Evans, the Des Moines Register op-ed editor. OtherWords, along with the dozens of newspapers that have run Kaul's column for years, can't "replace" Donald Kaul. He's a one-of-a-kind writer. But we will offer alternatives to those papers. They're everywhere — from Jackson, Tennessee, to Watertown, South Dakota.

Starting next Monday, we'll add Sam Pizzigati to our weekly columnist lineup. Sam's a progressive inequality expert with a conversational tone that's proven popular with traditional and new media outlets. We may also give short-term guest columnists a try soon. Send your suggestions my way.

As always, I encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and visit our blog. If you haven't signed up yet, please do. I also welcome letters, get-well-soon cards, and the like for Donald Kaul. Send them via email to otherwords@ips-dc.org or snail mail them to OtherWords, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.

If you support OtherWords' non-profit mission to amplify progressive voices in newspapers and new media, this time of transition is an ideal time to express your feelings with a tax-deductible contribution. Please consider making a donation.

  1. Real Nowhere Men (and Women) / Peter Certo
    Nowhereisland is about living kindly, governing gently, and not taking oneself too seriously.
  2. Green Scissors for Congress / Ryan Alexander
    The United States can't afford giveaways for mining and oil companies anymore.
  3. The African-American Swing State / Marc Morial
    Obama's re-election may require a repeat of the record rate of Black turnout in 2008.
  4. Lifesaving Law / David Elliot
    Steve Gepner's story illustrates the importance of one of the Affordable Care Act's key provisions.
  5. My Broken Heart / Donald Kaul
    I have to figure out whether I want to spend my last years writing about this new country.
  6. Donald Kaul's Breather / Emily Schwartz Greco
    With all that ink running in his veins, no stupid heart attack could interfere with a deadline.
  7. Tomato Tampering / Jim Hightower
    Scientists have figured out a way to genetically engineer the flavor back into industrial tomatoes that taste no better than their shipping cartons.
  8. Healing Mother Nature's Wounds / William A. Collins
    Our Health Is At Stake.
  9. Donald Kaul Signs Off / Khalil Bendib

Donald Kaul Signs Off, an OtherWords Cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Lineup: Week of July 16-22, 2012

July 16, 2012 ·

In this week's OtherWords editorial package, Donald Kaul weighs in on New York City's pending ban on supersized drinks and Jim Hightower celebrates the growing success of locally brewed beer. Get all this and more in your inbox by subscribing to our weekly newsletter. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

Supersized Liberty, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Lineup: Week of July 9-15, 2012

July 9, 2012 ·

In this week's  OtherWords editorial package, Daphne Wysham says that Washington's recent storm and heat wave underscored the need for wiser energy choices, and Martha Burk weighs in on what the Supreme Court's health care ruling means for women. On our blog, Tom Israel offers a creative quiz for Obamacare foes. Get all this and more in your inbox by subscribing to our weekly newsletter. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

  1. A Perfect and Hot Storm / Daphne Wysham
    It's time to save ourselves from a climate nightmare of our own making.
  2. Year of the Gaffe / Peter Hart
    We've got four more months of this to come.
  3. Drinking MOX-Laced Lemonade / Ryan Alexander
    The government is spending $15 billion to create a nuclear fuel derived from plutonium that we have to bribe companies to take.
  4. Why Women Love John Roberts / Martha Burk
    The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health care mandate may not stop the war on women, but it surely feels good to win such a decisive battle.
  5. Pennsylvania's High-Profile Pedophile Scandals / Donald Kaul
    The Penn State and Philadelphia archdiocese cases are parallel examples of two grand, exalted institutions fleeing their moral responsibilities.
  6. Sabotaging Montana's Campaign Finance Legacy / Jim Hightower
    The Supreme Court has trumped a century-old state law that made the state a model for campaign finance in America.
  7. Our Troops as Cannon Fodder / William A. Collins
    Wars of conquest are most popular if they can be made to appear tidy, safe, just, and relatively cost-free.
  8. Mitt's Gift of Gaffe / Khalil Bendib

Mitt Romney's Gift of Gaffe, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Lineup: Week of July 2-8, 2012

July 2, 2012 ·

In this week's  OtherWords editorial package, Hilary Matfess celebrates the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling and Stacy Mitchell explains why no one should cheer Walmart's 50th anniversary — aside from Sam Walton's billionaire heirs. On our blog, don't miss Karen Dolan's poetic and brief tribute to the Court's health care decision. Get all this and more in your inbox by subscribing to our weekly newsletter. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

  1. Health Care Access Shouldn't Require Good Luck / Hilary Matfess
    For me, the Affordable Care Act means that when I graduate from college, I won't have to take a job that I hate to get the health care that I need.
  2. Arizona's Immigration Bind / Raul A. Reyes
    Not only is SB 1070 mostly illegal, it is offensive, unjust, and truly un-American.
  3. Corporations Score another Supreme Court Victory / Margaret Flowers
    The Affordable Care Act ruling won't heal our ailing health system.
  4. 50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class / Stacy Mitchell
    Walmart's explosive growth has gutted two key pillars of the American middle class: small businesses and well-paid manufacturing jobs.
  5. Save Austerity Measures for the Next Boom / Donald Kaul
    Obama should reject the conservative mantra that equates government and family spending.
  6. The Best Little Chicken Sanctuary in Texas / Jim Hightower
    A flock of feral chickens has lived for years on (the appropriately named) Farm Street in the town of Bastrop.
  7. Our Nation's Failing Prisons / William A. Collins
    Mere facts and logic can't compete for influence with the money and clout of the Prison-Industrial complex.
  8. Papers, Please / Khalil Bendib

Papers, Please, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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