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

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Taxes Worth Fighting For

Great lumps of cash and property will now pass tax-free from expired rich geezers, who may or may not have earned them, to their kids–who surely didn’t.

Elections You Can’t Count On

Our elections aren’t yet like those in Egypt, Haiti, or Belarus, but give us time.

Be Glad You’re Not Yemeni

The specter of American intervention adds to Yemen’s considerable woes.

The Eternal Drug War

Despite the horrific casualties from the War on Drugs, most elected leaders are fearful of seeking peace.

Climate Change is Here to Stay

In 50 years we’ll know what we should have done today.

America’s Expendable Workers

Keeping unions at bay is an art form.

Energy Beast Still Running Wild

It’s easier for Wall Street to keep milking current fossil and agricultural fuel subsidies.

Guns are a Guy’s Best Friend

In Arizona, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee, you may once again carry a loaded pistol into a bar, just like in the frontier days.

Dubai: Temple of Greed

This sliver of sand boasts the world’s tallest building, a sail-shaped hotel with a $100 lunch, a new subway system, 95,000 hotel rooms, and a working indoor ski slope.

College Ain’t What it Used to Be

Congress is finally closing in on questionable education establishments.

Gambling: Upbeat, but Slipping

Betting is down due to economic troubles, yet new projects continue to leap from the ground.

Buses Are the Answer

Developing a vibrant bus network would cost peanuts, compared with high-speed rail options.

The FBI Got its Groove Back

The agency has found a new demon to purge as it knocks down your door.

Recession? What Recession?

The rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer, with many who used to be middle class sliding into the second camp.

Free Trade: A Corporate Scam

There’s a lot of money to be made in destroying the environment and abusing workers.

Monroe Doctrine 2.0

Keeping our Latin American neighbors seemingly independent, but still supportive of U.S. corporations, requires new methods.

Tax the Rich

The U.S. tax system is a mess.

It’s Still Not Easy to Die Peacefully

Patients everywhere writhe in pain and indignity, families languish in grief, and physicians fidget in perplexity.

Trim NASA Down to Size

Manned space flights are geared to the bright future of the leaders of corporations who sell all the stuff that’s used to make the shuttles, the space suits, the moon landers, the space stations, and the astronaut capsules.

Poverty on the March

In the name of thrift, Congress has chiseled unemployment, food stamps, housing, child care, and most other social services.

    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

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