This week in OtherWords, Peter Weiss and Marc Morial pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, Mattea Kramer weighs in on the new budget deal, and we’re sharing a reprised classic column on Social Security by Donald Kaul, who is still taking a break. Jill Richardson fills the world in on Santa’s decision to stop giving badly behaved kids lumps of coal.
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- Don’t Deck the Halls for This One / Mattea Kramer
The Murray-Ryan deal falls far short of what’s needed to get our spending priorities right.
- Three Lessons from Mandela / Peter Weiss
One man alone can’t make a revolution.
- The End of the Internet As We Know It / Jenn Topper
Unless the FCC protects net neutrality, the biggest Internet providers will run amok.
- The Power of Reconciliation and Unity / Marc Morial
Nelson Mandela made an indelible mark on the United States.
- Equality Lets the Good Times Roll / Sam Pizzigati
Wide income gaps may be the ultimate party pooper.
- Santa’s Dreaming of a Green Christmas / Jill Richardson
From now on, naughty children will no longer receive coal in their stockings.
- This Thriller Is Both a Joke and No Laughing Matter / Jim Hightower
Our spymaster-in-chief wants to deny the media the freedom to report on Big Brother’s surveillance.
- Marriage Equality Hits Critical Mass / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
Already, 38 percent of Americans reside in a state that grants gays the freedom to marry or recognizes the validity of gay marriages conducted elsewhere in the nation.
- Flashback: You Can’t Save Social Security by Destroying It / Donald Kaul
In this February 16, 2005 column, readers got an explanation of why President George W. Bush’s privatization plan deserved to go nowhere.
- A Bunch of Subversives / Khalil Bendib cartoon