This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson underscores the drawbacks of using artificial food coloring to dye everything St. Patrick’s Day green to mark that festive occasion and Frederic Rolando calls for preserving Saturday postal delivery.

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  1. Return to Sender / Fredric Rolando
    Saturday delivery is vital for the elderly, disabled, people in rural areas, and those who need medicine or equipment delivered to their doors.
  2. Drawing the Line on Big Beer / Wenonah Hauter
    The beer market, like the food supply, is dominated by a handful of companies.
  3. They’re Coming to Take Your Guns! Not. / Jason Salzman
    Reporters should counter pro-gun scare tactics with facts.
  4. Standing Up to a Theoretical Threat / Donald Kaul
    It’s good to know the Senate isn’t squandering its time on banal issues like health care and immigration.
  5. How Should We Confront the Corporate Greed Grab? / Sam Pizzigati
    Not so many years ago, big corporations couldn’t just do what they pleased.
  6. True Colors are to Dye For / Jill Richardson
    Americans should think twice before adding green food coloring to everything from bagels to beer on St. Patrick’s Day.
  7. Barnyard Sex Education / Jim Hightower
    It’s this kind of thinking that makes Texas so special.
  8. Making Death Less Painful / William A. Collins
    The long-taboo topic of death with dignity is gaining traction.
  9. Shooting an Endangered Species / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    USPS under fire

    Shooting an Endangered Species, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Emily Schwartz Greco

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

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