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  • Celebrating America's Wilderness

    Pat Byington by: Pat Byington
    "When are you going to take your family to Disney World?"
      Every fall, my cousin and I watch football games in his "man cave" that's equipped with sports memorabilia, Xbox, a fully stocked bar and the crown jewel, an HD 70-inch television. As a lifelong southerner who loves college football, this is nirvana.
      And for about five or six years, my cousin pops the Disney question.
      You see, I have a 10-year-old daughter who's never been to Disney World.
      The window is closing fast.
      A year or two ago, American Girl dolls traveled with us everywhere.

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  • Casey Kasem's End-of-Life Nightmare Is Lesson for Millions of Americans

    Sean Crowley by: Sean Crowley, Daniel Wilson
    The tragic legal battle between legendary radio host Casey Kasem's family members over his end-of-life care before he died in June is a teachable moment for millions of Americans. It illustrates the challenges and importance of end-of-life planning. It also demonstrates the urgency to reform the system so millions of baby boomers and their aging parents do not experience a similar nightmare.
      Kasem suffered unnecessarily even though he represented the 26 percent of Americans who have completed an advance directive to ensure their end-of-life healthcare wishes are carried out if they are unable to speak for themselves.

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  • Walk in Their Shoes

    Roger Smith 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.

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  • Restoring Freedom to Information in the Freedom of Information Act

    Amy Bennett 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.

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This Mascot Skews Reality About The First People

Jennifer  Varenchik 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 ...



Clean Water is Good for Business and Pennsylvania's Economy

Jaime  Gauthier 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 ...





What the CIA is Trying to Hide

Katherine Hawkins by: Katherine Hawkins
Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after September 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Many of them were tortured. Starting ...



California Businesses Need Stronger Federal Clean Water Rules

Steve Frisch by: Steve Frisch
You don't have to be a native Californian to know how important water is to our state, especially in light of the current record-breaking drought. The total cost of this drought is already running ...








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Casey Kasem's End-of-Life Nightmare Is Lesson for Millions of Americans (by: Sean Crowley, Daniel Wilson) in the The Hill

Walk in Their Shoes (by: Roger Smith) in the Augusta Free Press

Restoring Freedom to Information in the Freedom of Information Act (by: Amy Bennett) in the Augusta Free Press

This Mascot Skews Reality About The First People (by: Jennifer Varenchik) in the Augusta Free Press

Clean Water is Good for Business and Pennsylvania's Economy (by: Jaime Gauthier, William Barton) in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

What the CIA is Trying to Hide (by: Katherine Hawkins) in the Crookston Daily Times

California Businesses Need Stronger Federal Clean Water Rules (by: Steve Frisch) in the Bell Gardens Sun

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The Smart Money is on Energy Efficiency (by: Russell Cann) in the Columbia State



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