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Author Archive: Glen Faison

Pay equity is a tough skill

Women! Relax! Former President Jimmy Carter is on your side! That and 23 cents will get you the same dollar for your work as your male colleagues. In his never-subtle way, Carter said he is disappointed with what President Obama has done to equalize pay in the work force, where women still lag, earning 77 […]

April 12, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Opening the Internet, or closing it?

Here’s a conundrum for our times. The Internet has opened up free expression to millions of people around the world, including those who live in dictatorships. But the United States just announced it intends to give up oversight of the functioning of the Internet to an as yet unformed international organization. The idea is to […]

March 30, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Putin and his soul are growing tiresome

It’s hard to believe how much time we have spent in recent weeks musing about Russian President Vladimir Putin. And we still don’t have a clue what his end game is. The first (and only) time I met Putin, I tried to look into his eyes to see if I could ascertain anything about his […]

What is it about dictators and bad taste?

Let’s ruminate about dictators and their stuff. Specifically, the things they leave behind when they flee, die, are ousted or captured. We have been seeing pictures of the huge palace and gardens of Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich, who fled after Ukrainians revolted under his repressive leadership. While the political situation is intense, we’re all fascinated […]

As easy as 1, 2, 3, proof the government is nuts

Sometimes the federal government makes us a tiny bit nervous. Actually, sometimes the government seems completely bonkers. A new study, by the always-conscientious Congressional Budget Office, finds that if impoverished Americans struggling to survive on $7.25 get a raise in the minimum wage so they can get out of poverty, 500,000 other Americans will lose […]

February 24, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 5 Replies

In Washington, doubletalk persists

In your nation’s capital, things are not always what they seem. There is great excitement that an actual “budget” has been hammered out in Congress, averting another government shutdown. This is the first budget since 2011. Even though it is Congress’ job to devise an annual budget, this once-in-three-years development is hailed as remarkable. Never […]

Resolutions for all of us

No sir. This is not going to be a column about New Year’s resolutions for Congress. We all know that the paper they would be written on, or the digital energy, would be wasted. This is about resolutions for the rest of us, we the people, regarding our civic duties. This is going to be […]

Blame Canada? Or should we merge instead?

In the 1995 movie “Canadian Bacon,” the U.S. president (Alan Alda), distressed by low opinion polls, starts a war with Canada on the theory that the public rallies around war-time presidents. Recently we have seen that theory isn’t necessarily true, but the movie was funny because comedian John Candy was in it and the idea […]

November 30, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Out of the mouths of politicians – huh?

It turns out that the one-syllable expression “huh?” is universally understood, no matter the continent, the country or the culture. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands said that even “mama” doesn’t translate as widely as everyman’s “Huh?” While linguists ponder the wonder of this, it occurs to us that politicians […]

Obama action on coal-fired plants heartening

Not too long ago, the world watched in disbelief as hundreds of thousands of Chinese were enveloped in dense smog that stopped traffic, forced pedestrians to don masks and left a layer of black gunk over everything outdoors. The Chinese government told its people not to worry, this was an anomaly caused by weather patterns […]

In energy production, US is No. 1

I know you are so disgusted with what is going on in your nation’s playpen, er, capital, that it doesn’t seem possible there might be any good news out of here. But according to analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and The Wall Street Journal, there is a fascinating development in something every one […]

Ted Cruz talkathon puts a stop to climb to top

Anyone who reads to children knew right away that Ted Cruz, the Texas tea partier who for some unexplainable reason is in the Senate, read Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” with just the right emphasis and depth of feeling. Sadly for Cruz, few, if any, children were listening as he droned on for 21 […]

September 28, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

‘Obamacare’ support declines, not surprisingly

Poor President Barack Obama. Days before a key element of “Obamacare” takes effect, only 39 percent of Americans say they approve of it. Despite the president’s many burdens, notably the mess in Syria, the Affordable Care Act is his signature act in office — his legacy. And it isn’t looking as if many more big […]

Students need year-round school to compete

If there’s one thing we should not be dealing with right now, it’s the back-to-school blues. As President Barack Obama insists, the biggest problem we face is re-creating the middle class. As thousands of fast-food workers strike across the nation for a living wage, we have to ask why we think we can make economic […]

August 31, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Climate-change warning grows in urgency

If life were a movie, this is the part where the hero and heroine realize their worst nightmare is coming true: The entire earth is being threatened with disaster. Some time ago, scientists changed the name of the phenomenon of “global warming” to “climate change” as a more accurate description of what is happening because […]

August 24, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

What can we do about Congress? Plenty

Apparently, Congress is now about as unpopular as it’s ever been in our history. This is shocking. Once there was a congressman who caned a colleague on the floor. There were times when sex scandals were rampant (even before Anthony Weiner). There have been decades of open, awesome corruption. Legislators have sold their votes. And […]

July 27, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Affordable Care Act delay jeopardizes Obama legacy

When the history of the 2010 Affordable Care Act is written far in the future, the major conclusion is likely to be: How could the Obama administration have handled it so poorly? The latest kerfuffle came in the closing hours of an ordinary business day, when the administration quietly posted on its websites the mind-blowing […]

What was the Supreme Court thinking?

After the tumultuous days before the U.S. Supreme Court adjourned for the summer, you are probably asking yourself what on earth those justices were thinking. They made it more difficult for millions of people to vote by gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Then they overturned the 1996 so-called Defense of Marriage Act, saying gay […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Obama guiding us toward a slippery slope in Syria

We’ve heard the term “slippery slope” at least 10,972 times in recent days. Sometimes we should pay attention to clichés. After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Barack Obama says he’s directed the Central Intelligence Agency to start coordinating the supply of some sort of weapons to rebel factions in […]

Are we awake yet?

As the nation grapples with one costly natural disaster after another, Washington’s politicians systematically have been cutting funds for disaster preparedness. Even as the nation laments the deaths of children in Oklahoma’s tornado alley, where two schools hit in devastated Moore could not afford safe rooms at a per-room cost of $1.4 million, national money […]

May 25, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Senate gun vote should resound at voting booth

Grass-roots movements are born when millions of people have a common sense of outrage. We are seeing the birth of a movement that will vastly overshadow the tea party. We are at a historic moment when the powers that be should tremble. Their power is fleeting. The word “shameful” has been applied more to the […]

April 20, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | 1 Reply

Hope springs for thoughtful laws on guns, immigration

This is the best time of the year in your nation’s capital. This spring, you can go to Capitol Hill to protest for or against more controls on guns. Then you can move over a few blocks and protest for or against immigration reform. Then you can amble down the street to the Supreme Court […]

April 13, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Ashley Judd won’t challenge Mitch McConnell. Too bad.

I am devastated. Ashley Judd is not running for the Senate. In full disclosure, I do not know the actress/human-rights activist (although I was once in the same room with her). And, I will admit, the Democrat’s political credentials are spotty. (Nonexistent?) But I still yearn for what might have been. Even though a full-blown […]

The only thing we have to fear . . .

When did so many of us become so fearful? When did we, proud of our melting-pot origins, become determined to keep out immigrant families seeking a chance at the American dream? When did we stop being proud of our government and start hoarding guns to protect us against the invasion of our homes by mythical […]

February 09, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Buy American and rebuild an economy

Ah, the joy of finding something made in America! Ever since ABC News focused on goods made in the good old US of A, we’ve become more conscious of what we buy and from whence it comes. No wonder China has so much air pollution! I have to admit I cringe when I see that […]

February 03, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Surefire ways Congress could save money

Oh, my. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he is not going to talk to President Barack Obama one on one anymore. The speaker represents my hometown in Ohio, and I can tell you that pouting and refusing to talk to each other are not the way we do things. True, there may be shouting. […]

January 05, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

New Year’s resolutions for politicians

Some people say 2012 was a less-than-stellar year for our political system. Some people say it would be good if our favorite politicians made some New Year’s resolutions. Here are some suggestions. President Barack Obama should resolve to smoke more cigars with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The two men basically stopped talking as the […]

December 29, 2012 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

A wacky political year comes to a close

Oh, what a wild and crazy political year we’ve had. I know, I know. You’ve tried to put it all behind you. But historians will be mining this vein of gold for many moons. Who would have imagined that the political end of 2012 would be dominated by a stalemate between Barack Obama and John […]

December 22, 2012 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Medicare remains in crosshairs of some Republicans

Here’s the latest irony from the nation’s capital: Having lost the election, Republicans are demanding that the White House agree to raise the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67. Even though Medicare is predicted to be solvent for the next 12 years and we don’t know if the Affordable Care Act, when […]

December 08, 2012 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

Only conclusion: Congress hates us

Congress hates us. There’s no other conclusion to reach. We are so ready for some holiday spirit, exhausted by politics and gridlock and deficits and tax debates. And what do we get as we’re trying to think about presents and trees and pageants and carols and food and family reunions? The fiscal cliff. Not a […]

December 01, 2012 | Posted in State, national columnists | Leave a reply

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