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The Undocumented: Confusion and Fear

March 6, 2017
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The Undocumented: Confusion and Fear

A man crossed the border from Mexico. That is all he did. He was never detained for any reason. He never got a false social security card. He just worked at jobs where no one asked questions. If he stays …

A Police State in the Making?

February 28, 2017
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A Police State in the Making?

Many Americans say President Trump is right on immigration. They say the nation should know who is crossing the borders. Coming to America is a privilege. It is not a right. They say they support legal immigration.

There are about …

Trump Introduces Fear into America

February 24, 2017
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Trump Introduces Fear into America

All over the world, documents matter. Passports give people identity. Driver’s licenses let you drive. To be without documents is to expose yourself to danger.

It was never safe for anyone to be in America without papers. Millions came the …

New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

February 23, 2017
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New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

Upstate New York was going downhill. The plants were closing. Too many houses were vacant. Two large upstate cities, Buffalo and Rochester, were suffering.

Refugees knew a good thing when they saw the upstate cities. Housing was cheap. They saw …

Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

February 20, 2017
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Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

What is so different about Canada? Their Prime Minister came to see President Trump. There were no fireworks. Trump did not threaten Trudeau with tariffs and taxes. He has threatened Mexico. NAFTA includes Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. The same …

It is Immigration That Can ‘Make America Great Again’

February 15, 2017
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It is Immigration That Can ‘Make America Great Again’

The whole world benefits when people work in places where they can use their skills. Most experts say the free flow of labor adds a great deal to the world economy. This is true for the United States as well.…

Trump Hurting His Farm Supporters

February 14, 2017
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Trump Hurting His Farm Supporters

Farmers need workers. For years there was an easy back-and-forth flow of workers across the border to pick crops. This is one of the reasons American agriculture is so strong. People without papers have lived here for years. They buy …

Iranians Fear U.S. Moving Closer to War

February 10, 2017
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Iranians Fear U.S. Moving Closer to War

This matter would be of interest if this were a computer game. It is not.  America and Iran are enemies.  In 1979, Iranian religious leaders threw the U.S. backed Shah of Iran out of office. They created a theocracy. They …

President Trump is Turning America into a Different Nation

February 3, 2017
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President Trump is Turning America into a Different Nation

After two weeks, Trump is clear. America is engaged in a “Clash of Civilizations.”

On one side is an America based on Christian ideals. The ones found in the Constitution and the Bible.

On the other side is the Nation …

Will Big Business Save America? 

February 1, 2017
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Will Big Business Save America? 

President Trump’s banned refugees from seven countries. It is not hard to find outrage in America.

For example, American veterans worry about the people who helped them in Iraq. Relatives worry about their families on their way to the states. …

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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