This week in OtherWords, David Elliot highlights some of the hidden costs of the nation’s supersized military might and Raul A. Reyes applauds the Associated Press style book update that may herald the end of “illegal” people in the mainstream media. If you’re an editor still seeking Tax Day pieces to run over the weekend or next Monday, be sure to take another look at last week’s special edition and to check out Sam Pizzigati’s latest column.
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- On Tax Day, Consider the Hidden Costs of War / David Elliot
The benefits Uncle Sam pays out to Vietnam veterans continue to rise.
- Nixing the I-Word / Raul A. Reyes
The AP is improving the immigration debate by declaring that its reports will no longer refer to any human being as “illegal.”
- The Left and Right Agree: It’s Time to Break Up the Banks / Amy Dean
It’s not a fringe idea anymore.
- Supremely Confused about Marriage Equality / Donald Kaul
Expanding the franchise would make the institution stronger, not weaker.
- Shouldn’t We Base Our Tax Policy on More than Hunches? / Sam Pizzigati
The latest economic evidence supports raising taxes on the richest Americans.
- Big Ag’s Legal Engineering / Jill Richardson
Just because Monsanto has patents and lobbyists doesn’t mean that it should be allowed to wriggle out of our system’s checks and balances.
- Texan Turf War / Jim Hightower
In the land of prickly pears and scrappy people, Dallas authorities are demanding that all homeowners plant “traditional” grass in their yards.
- Our Empire Addiction / William A. Collins
Maintaining steady access to a bounty of natural resources is the major goal of this global control.
- Illegal Immigration / Khalil Bendib cartoon