This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson questions whether America was so great for everyone during those supposedly halcyon times GOP candidates want to bring back, Ethan Miller explains why millennials better start saving for retirement, and John Kiriakou points out a bright side of having a do-nothing Congress.

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  1. In Dark Times, Poetry Can Enlighten Us / Shatha Almutawa
    Artists are coming together to commemorate victims of violence and create bridges between America and the Middle East.
  2. Fear-mongering Hurts Us All / Olivia Alperstein
    Representative Loretta Sanchez’s bogus claims about Muslims reflect the kind of prejudice that holds America back.
  3. Millennials Better Start Thinking About Retirement / Ethan Miller
    Otherwise, we might have to keep working into our 70s.
  4. The San Bernardino Massacre Isn’t Part of a ‘World War’ / Mitchell Zimmerman
    In most mass shootings, politicians shrug that “stuff happens” — unless the shooters are Muslims.
  5. A Green and Dirty Gift / Emily Schwartz Greco
    The GOP-led Congress rushed to help the Obama administration meet U.S. commitments under the Paris climate deal.
  6. Now This Is Really Criminal / John Kiriakou
    Congress has created an average of 50 new crimes per year for the past decade.
  7. Make America Great, Like It Was — When? / Jill Richardson
    Donald Trump and his followers clearly don’t see the ugly parts of our nation’s past as problematic.
  8. Coke’s PR Scam Explodes / Jim Hightower
    The jig is up for the sugar-water purveyor’s bogus obesity study group.
  9. Seeing No Evil, Chicago Edition / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    Seeing No Evil, Chicago Edition, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

    Seeing No Evil, Chicago Edition, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Columnist Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies. OtherWords.org.