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suellen-ocean's picture
Dec.11.2013
Where in the world did the word Honkie come from? Some say it stems from an African word for the pink colored skin of a Caucasian. Honkie was also used as a synonym for redneck, another popular term, especially during the 60's and 70's. I was told that the term redneck arose from the sunburns upon...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.30.2013
Harper’s Magazine, February 2013 The price exacted for good journalism is, occasionally, a cynical screed. Reporters look at events and public personalities with a practiced, often jaundiced eye and, I suppose an occasionally overly critical piece is to be expected. This is the case with...
michael-seidel's picture
Dec.11.2012
I thought of politics as I thought of work this morning.  The two share parallels. Work is about solving problems and charting courses to make the company more profit.  Making more profit is our number one concern. Figuring out how to take care of issues and customers falls in line with...
mara-buck's picture
Nov.25.2012
  A large NYU building sits on the site of the Triangle shirtwaist fire, and I passed the brass plaque daily when I was a student.  What will serve to commemorate the deaths of more doe-eyed girls trapped in Bangladesh one hundred years later? The Triangle The brass plaque haunts my...
mara-buck's picture
Nov.19.2012
  Today there are people sweating in the fields, in the mines, in the factories. Today there are other people clinking cocktails on yachts.  Is today Labor Day?  No, but every day, for many people, is labor day.      My father worked in a brick mill until long...
phil-naessens's picture
Nov.19.2012
  It’s a rainy messy day in what is usually beautiful Corfu Greece. Most times the rain dampens my spirits but for some strange reason I'm feeling great! 1). When life serves you lemons make lemonade. At least that's what the old adage says. This past weekend I made enough lemonade to last a...
suellen-ocean's picture
Aug.23.2012
Talk about the "New Normal", I turned sixteen out west in 1968 surrounded by colorful fashions, music that stirred the highest emotions, confused young men in camouflage and fights for the rights of minority groups like Indians, African Americans, Farm Workers, Drug Users, Pimps and Prostitutes. No...
earl-merkel's picture
Jun.28.2012
A photo-note from the "99 Percent" arrives in my e-mail box today from my friend Carmen, sparking my possibly-feeble attempt at caption-humor... ‎((SEE ACCOMPANYING IMAGE)) "...and I am being held captive in this teachers' lounge by my principal, with a Magic Marker, this sheet of paper, and...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Jun.07.2012
If the question had been put outright, my friend and I agreed, a supermajority would have voted on our side:Do you want to live in a nation where a few ultra-rich individuals own as much as everyone else put together, have carte blanche to use their wealth to shape public policy, yet feel...
donna-ballman's picture
Oct.07.2011
In honor of Jobs Week on AOL Jobs, I want to speak up in praise of an entity that has taken a beating this year – the labor union. Anti-union sentiment has spread from state to state, and union busting has become popular under the banner of money savings. Before your billionaire CEO...