William A. Collins, an OtherWords columnist, is a former Connecticut State lawmaker and the former mayor of Norwalk. He founded Minuteman Media, which later became OtherWords, in 1998. 9collins[AT]sbcglobal.net
These Boots Were Made for Waiting
Delay and denial are standard operating procedures when it comes to how the government cares for vets.
Too Big to Ignore
The gap between rich and poor has grown so vast that even Fed chief Janet Yellen suggests it’s un-American.
Snooping on Everyone While the Big Box Thieves Get Busy
Congress is still dragging its feet on fixes more than a year after Edward Snowden’s alarming revelations first came to light.
Forcing an Island of Peace to Host a Billion-Dollar Military Base
Uncle Sam is wrecking a great deal of South Korea’s top tourist destination.
Bombing at a Press Conference Beats Mindlessly Flexing Military Might
The hottest conflicts raging at the moment defy easy answers.
The Class War Goes Retail
Why does Wall Street tank on news portending economic gains for most Americans?
Is the Republican Party Finally Changing Its Tune on Poverty?
Republican politicians with presidential ambitions are suddenly treating people who can’t make ends meet a priority.
Haiti’s Hard Place
Foreign-funded mining operations may not be enough to alleviate the scourges of cholera, displaced people, and corrupt leaders.
The Nuclear Industry’s Meltdown
The former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says every single reactor in the nation should be shut down, starting with the riskiest.
Just Follow the Oil
Washington’s fuss over Iran has more to do with its natural gas and oil reserves than anything else.
Muslims Aren’t Cornering the Terrorism Market
What do you call the people responsible for the disasters in Texas and Bangladesh?
Syrian Dead End
How can the United States afford to keep proving that it’s bad at bringing peace to conflict-ridden Middle Eastern countries?
Fair Elections, RIP
The Supreme Court’s Shelby ruling aids a Republican plan to win more elections without winning support from more voters.
Locking Up Our Future
The logical fix would require putting more money and effort into securing jobs, transitional housing, and drug treatment for ex-offenders.
Cleaning Up Our Portfolios
A new movement is putting pressure on people and institutions to dump their investments in dirty energy companies.
Our Stake in Guatemala’s Genocide Trial
Thirty years after Rios Montt’s atrocities, U.S. military policy in Latin America remains a human rights disaster.
The Pot Prohibition Runs Its Course
Now that most Americans support the legalization of marijuana, some Republicans back the right of states to stop banning it.