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


The Class War is So Over

You may have noticed the collateral damage.

Not All Taxes Have to Hurt

Millionaires, who rightfully are the target for paying more, want us to think that any changes in the tax code will mean that we’ll all be paying more too.

Prison Nation

Having the world’s highest incarceration rate is costly in more ways than one.

Dispatch from Occupy Wall Street

Resourceful young people have lit our pathway out of the morass.

Veterans, the Human Rubble of Our Wars

A few years ago, recruiting was a more thankless job.

What Have They Done with Ron Paul?

The mainstream media mostly ignores him.

The Environment Could Use Some Rich Friends

The Earth needs a well-heeled lobby to survive all this pillaging.

Big Agriculture’s Latin American Exploits

Without any tariffs padding the price of our exports, cheap U.S. grain would flood Colombia.

We Need an Armistice in the War on Drugs

For the moment at least, we’re headed toward softening the penalties on marijuana and letting patients use it, while also reducing the obscene punishments for possessing crack cocaine.

Don’t Tread on My Guns

More than 30,000 Americans die from gunshots each a year, but gun control efforts are sinking.

Big Tobacco Targets the Young and the Poor

The industry is now marketing nicotine-laced candy.

The War on Labor

Wages are falling, good jobs are vanishing, and fewer Americans have health insurance, pensions, or full-time jobs.

Muslims Don’t Have a Monopoly on Terrorism

Too often, politicians and pundits refer to non-Muslim terrorists as just being “deranged.”

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, Since 1776

For now at least, the United States of America rules the Earth militarily.

The Defense Industry: The Albatross Hanging From the Neck of America’s Economy

The military-industrial complex is driving America to the poorhouse.

The Defense Industry Threatens America’s Economy

The military-industrial complex is driving America to the poorhouse.

Shredding the Safety Net

As long as the poor remain invisible and voiceless, homelessness and hunger will continue to grow.

Power Plays

It’s too late to move energy over into the public sector, but we can do a whole lot better on subsidies, permits, and regulations

Haiti, the Caribbean Sweatshop

The country’s economy leans on underpaid workers and remittances from its startlingly enterprising emigrants.

Enough Free Trade Nonsense

A limitless world of sweatshops isn’t good for anyone.

    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