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Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

The non-existent problem of non-citizen voter fraud

National: fraud. And this, in turn, leads to flawed accusations that noncitizens have been voting, when the voters in question have in fact become fully naturalized American citizens.” Comment.

Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Winning the debate on climate change

Viewpoints: Disasters from climate change are becoming more frequent and more severe - consider this year alone, with the devastating flooding in Pakistan, the Russian heat wave, an incredible ice chunk calving off of Greenland - and New York’s hottest summer on record. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

To grow our prosperity, let my tax cuts expire

National: Congress should do the responsible thing and let tax cuts for high earners expire at the end of this year. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Tarnishing part of the Williams legacy

Viewpoints: There was respectful observance recently of the 99th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Eric Williams, the scholarly historian and former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who died in office in 1981. Plans are afoot to have the 100th anniversary milestone -- which will come up Sept. 25, 2011 -- marked by special commemorative activity. As well it should. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

The Jimmy Carter White House Diary

Books: Memoirs of the 39th U.S. president. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Buying local halfway across the globe

Food: As individuals, Americans are generous, often donating in response to crises abroad even while struggling to make ends meet at home. We tend to assume that our government’s foreign aid is similarly altruistic. But is it? Comment.

No easy fix for unemployment

National: Despite talk of America’s recovery, unemployment rates remain stagnant. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 11, 2010

Now showing: All that soft White support

Viewpoints: After Barack Obama concluded his magical run for the presidency in triumph in November 2008, assorted pundits and self-styled gurus wasted no time chiming in with what America had just experienced. A favorite theory, it seemed, focused on the country’s unspoken desire to feel good about itself after years of reprehensible behavior toward Black folk. Subliminally, Obama’s elevation to the presidency allowed America finally to exhale. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Problems with the ICE detainer draft

National: The American Immigration Council has joined a number of organizations in formally commenting on a proposed detainer policy issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detainers are requests from ICE to local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to hold people - whom they suspect may be in the country illegally or who may be deportable for other reasons - so they can be transferred into ICE’s custody. There has been much criticism about how ICE uses detainers, and the use of detainers has expanded over time with enforcement programs like 287(g), Secure Comment.

Belize needs a maximum security prison

Caribbean: Since the main prison in the country of Belize was moved from Belize City years ago and taken to Hattieville, several infractions have been committed by prison wardens, prisoners and people who visit their relatives who are incarcerated. Most of the infractions that are occurring, are in violation of Belize’s criminal laws and the Prison Ordinance. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 4, 2010