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


Better Public Schools Require a Stronger Safety Net

School segregation by class is the norm in the United States.

Our Health Care Racket

The purpose of America’s health care industry is to provide cozy income to the few at the top while abusing the poorly paid health aides at the bottom and consigning vast swaths of the population to inadequate care.

The Freedom to Die with Dignity

Catholic hospitals follow an edict that requires them to override do-not-resuscitate orders.

Raw Trade Deals

With cheap imports woven tightly into U.S. manufacturing and retail, corporations have a lot at stake.

Costly Labor Scam

Savvy employers play one state against another when they plan new facilities.

In an Attack on Iran, Oil Wells Will Be Spared

“If we manage to avoid this war, someone will deserve a Peace Prize, but probably not someone who already has one.”

Get Ready for War with Iran

All this imperial conniving is giving the Republican presidential candidates, except the isolationist Ron Paul, plenty to yammer about.

Racist Double Whammy

African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the Great Recession and the Great Disenfranchisement.

Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

Bringing war crimes, diplomatic treachery, and animal abuse to light is dangerous.

Overthrow Wall Street

We may not yet have reached our Tahrir Square moment, but it’s looming.

Fukushima Is So Yesterday

The United States is awaiting its own nuclear catastrophe before changing course.

A Watchbird Is Watching You

The shortage of real terrorism in recent years has been a challenge for our law enforcers.

Climate Change Disaster Has Struck

Extreme weather is now commonplace, thanks to global warming.

Disenfranchising Voters is Un-American

Buying elections on the one hand and keeping people away from the polls on the other isn’t what our democracy is supposed to be about.

Runaway Spending Cuts

The people who can least afford it are bearing the brunt of Washington’s austerity.

We Should Buy More White Flags

Today, the business of America is war.

We’re Not Even Paving a Road to Nowhere

Our highways and bridges are decaying.

The Long Road to Marriage Equality

As the suffragists who fought for voting rights for women and the abolitionists who struggled to end slavery learned, freedom takes time.

Chump U

For-profit colleges are too fixated on the corporate bottom line.

Big Banks are Doing Just Fine, Thank You

This virtual abandonment of local economies by Wall Street exploded when Uncle Sam bailed out the big banks.

    Our Health Care System is Still Sick

    The Gilmer (TX) Mirror | December 16, 2012

    Our Health Care System is Still Sick

    Blue Table Talk | December 12, 2012

    The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

    The Manteca (CA) Bulletin | December 6, 2012

    The Sleazy League

    The Gilmer (TX) Mirror | December 2, 2012

    Our Endless State of War

    The (Russellville KY) News-Democrat & Leader | November 22, 2012

    Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

    The Gilmer (TX) Mirror | November 19, 2012

    Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

    The Hutchinson (KS) News | November 18, 2012

    Shivering in the Land of Climate Denial

    The Register Citizen (Torrington CT) | November 13, 2012

    Shivering in the Land of Climate Denial

    Progressive Charlestown (RI) | November 9, 2012

    Dining with Mahmoud

    The Register Citizen (Torrington CT) | November 7, 2012