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Posts published by “Bethany Weidner”

About this issue

This issue’s theme: On the edge —inequality and poverty. Is it possible that most people are beginning to realize that inequality is intrinsic to our celebrated “market system”—and even a goal of government policy? One apologist said, “I believe inequality is an economic good that has received too much bad…

And then this happened:  Seattle head tax gets the axe

In the May issue we reported on the low wages and tax subsidies tht help Amazon generate a profit of $2.4 billion on North American operations.  Well, in June Amazon led a successful strike against the City of Seattle’s decision to collect a $275/employee “tax” from major businesses – the…

When felons can vote their convictions

The recent US Senate election in Alabama focused some attention on the fact that “felons” (or at least some felons) in Alabama) can—and did—vote.   If you want to  see who these people might be, to find out what makes a person a felon—or what crime constitutes a felony—don’t expect any…

Leonard Peltier: Long time passing and far from home

September 2017 marked Leonard Peltier’s 73rd birthday and 42nd year in prison. He is currently held in a high security federal prison in Coleman, Florida –as far as possible in the continental US from any family or community. Peltier has been seriously ill with diabetes and other medical conditions for…

Big money fuels the fires of global warming

In recent years, fossil fuel corporations have targeted Washington and Oregon as locations for fossil-fuel export facilities.  A variety of companies presented the state, public ports and cities with proposals to build methanol, propane and LNG terminals, to construct facilities for storing, refining and transporting crude oil, along with a…