This holiday season marks my fifth anniversary at the helm of the OtherWords editorial service. I’m proud of how high you’ve helped us raise the editorial bar on our shoestring budget and excited to see more and more newspaper and online editors welcoming our bylines to their regular lineups of contributors.

This is truly a shared victory. As 2014 draws to a close, can you help us keep up this great work in the New Year? Please make a year-end tax-deductible contribution to support OtherWords by tomorrow night if you are able to do so.

Even better, consider becoming a sustaining donor today. Whether you can spare $10 or $10,000, your 2014 tax-deductible gift will help guarantee our ability to deliver independent, newsroom-ready, and innovative ideas to editors across the nation in 2015.


You may make a monthly or one-time contribution on our website or mail a check payable to OtherWords at this address: Institute for Policy Studies; 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600; Washington, DC 20036.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say that we treasure our community of supporters, which is growing in tandem with the number of newspapers and websites that regularly and occasionally run our work. If you have already given, thank you very much.

  1. Torture Doesn’t Save Lives, It Costs Them / Douglas Pryer
    This is the kind of knowledge that damages the soul.
  2. Basketball’s One-and-Done Dilemma / Joel Kendrick
    Forcing high school prospects to go to college for a single year doesn’t do them any good.
  3. The Visa Curse / Diana Anahi Torres
    Thousands of legal U.S. immigrants are stuck choosing between living here with their spouses or staying behind and pursuing their careers.
  4. Doubling Down on Dictatorship in the Middle East / Amanda Ufheil-Somers
    The Arab Spring didn’t stop U.S. support for friendly despots.
  5. What the U.S. Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse / Miriam Pemberton
  6. Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw / Emily Schwartz Greco
    I reported on the imminent normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba 20 years ago.
  7. End the Cuban Embargo for Good / Jill Richardson
    If we’re the land of the free, why can’t we go there?
  8. A Flat-footed Backflip for Wall Street / Jim Hightower
    Congress gave its bankster buddies an overly generous holiday gift.
  9. Port Strikes Mirror Organized Labor’s Roots / Marjorie E. Wood
    Port truck drivers are denied the very same employment rights that workers in the first Gilded Age fought so hard to achieve.
  10. The Torture Question / Khalil Bendib Cartoon


The Torture Question, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Torture Question, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco

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

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