by: Roger Smith
I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today.
The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.
As a young boy, I knew all too well the despair of empty pockets. I learned to be resourceful, making money by selling my most precious possessions. The sound of change in my pocket gave me hope.
From ages 15 to 18, I was homeless.
by: Amy Bennett
Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records that might be embarrassing out of the public's hands forever.
One of the clearest examples of this problem has been playing itself out in court rooms over the last few years as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has successfully argued against the release of a 30 year old "draft" volume of the official history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Disaster.
by: Jennifer Varenchik
Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue. "It's not my fight," I thought.
I live in Los Angeles County, home of the largest urban Native American and Alaska Native population in the United States. When I first moved to L.A. in the 1990s, I was constantly being asked if I was Latina. Sometimes people would get upset because I wasn't able to speak Spanish.
Occasionally, I would resort to sticking two fingers behind my head to act as a feather to illustrate being American Indian. Unfortunately, that's all I had to reach for to explain my heritage.
by: Jaime Gauthier, William Barton
It doesn't matter what industry you're talking about, businesses rely on clean water to produce safe, high-quality products.
In 2001, the Philadelphia Brewing Company acquired a 38,000 square foot brewery facility on the 2400 block of Frankford Avenue, filling a space that had long been vacant and bringing new life to a changing commercial corridor. Today, the wildly successful brewing company employs 30 and pays family-sustaining wages. It is also part of Pennsylvania's fast-growing craft beer industry, which contributes more than 20,000 jobs and $2 billion annually in revenue to our state's economy.
by: Katherine Hawkins
by: Steve Frisch
by: Jim Burke
by: Russell Cann
Copyright American Forum
All Rights Reserved.