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Even with COVID-19, don’t forget about cutting plastic waste

The overwhelming news of a worldwide pandemic, a coming presidential election, and the daily battering of scandals from the Trump administration threatens to downplay one of biggest issues we all still face — climate change. Here’s an easy way to bring part of this issue back to the forefront: Adopting a plastic-free July. Organized attempts […]

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Police reform could save cities millions of dollars in misconduct payouts

Why should we reform the police? Besides being the right thing to do, it will save a ton of money in the long run. How to reform the nation’s police forces is turning into a potent political issue for the November election. The ongoing protests in nearly 150 U.S. cities about police violence against African-Americans […]

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We can all be heroes in the time of COVID-19

News stories are filled with images of health care heroes in medical facilities nationwide treating patients sickened with the novel coronavirus. No one would disagree with that characterization — those working on the front lines deserve nothing less than our full respect, not to mention hazard pay. That includes not only health care workers, but […]

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After COVID-19 closures, economy is returning with a whimper, not a roar

What if you reopened the economy and nobody shopped? It’s still way too early to measure the economic effects of several states allowing the reopening of retail stores, restaurants, salons, gyms, doctors’ offices, and other businesses that have been hit hard by stay-at-home orders because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence is based on anecdotes rather […]

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How to mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary during COVID-19: online

In the face of a pandemic, Earth Day 2020 is going digital. COVID-19 has rightfully seized the world’s attention, and many around the globe are on lockdown. But being stuck at home doesn’t mean we can forget the long-term struggle to save the environment and fight global warming. Groups marking the 50th anniversary of Earth […]

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COVID-19 relief law will send you a check. If you’re able, pay it forward — now

The extraordinary $2 trillion coronavirus relief package approved by Congress and signed by Donald Trump will offer help to individual Americans, small business, cities and states, hospitals, U.S. industry, and more. The most immediate effect will come in the form of a $1,200 payment going to nearly all Americans (those with incomes up to $75,000, […]

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A St. Patrick’s Day song parody about coronavirus (WITH POLL)

Bald Piano Guy, the New York state public school music teacher who regularly posts ditties against Trump, is offering us an original St. Patrick’s Day special. Bald Piano Guy, whose real name is Alan Schwartz, has taught music for some 25 years at a middle school on Long Island. His first claim to fame came […]

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Biden displays compassion, competence over Trump on coronavirus

Former Vice President Joe Biden has shown us why he deserves to be the Democratic presidential nominee and why he will beat Donald Trump in November. While Americans are left confused by inaction, contradictions, and downright lies from the Trump administration — mostly from Trump himself — on how best to fight the novel coronavirus […]

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Women candidates got a raw deal. Just like always.

What started as the most diverse Democratic field in history has ended up as two old white guys pushing 80. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? As maddening as it is that the choices left to us are not our favorites, many voters — especially women voters — saw 2020 as a chance to avenge Hillary Clinton’s […]

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U.S. must step up the urgent fight against plastic waste

A recent study from Australia’s University of Newcastle estimated that each person consumes the equivalent of a credit card’s worth of plastic each week. Clearly, we’re well past the crisis point; while many other countries realize that the world is becoming awash in plastic waste and are passing bans on plastic bags and other kinds […]

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