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Dorothy Conway

Chicago, IL

Mar 4 2007 - 6:16pm

The Care Crisis

I definitely agree with the basic premise of Rosen's article which is that there is an obvious care crisis in America. However, I am surprised that she believes the real solution lies with the Democrats or through electoral campaigns. She says the money is there if we "end tax cuts for the wealthy and reduce expenditures for unncessary wars, space-based weapons and the hundreds of American bases that circle the globe." While all this is true, it is more of a pipe dream and in my opinion, completely unrealistic. Instead of relying and waiting for the the national political agenda to change, we need to start organizing child care alternatives in our own local communities and towns. Start a child care cooperative with friends and neighbors where you take turns watching one another's kids, lobby your company, city or college to provide onsite childcare. Keep up constant complaints to your HMO and change to a different one if possible. This is how real change happens, not, as she says, waiting for large corporations and politicians to finally realize a change is necessary. We'll be waiting a very long time, meanwhile the rent needs to be paid and the children need looking after.

Rachel Aronowitz

Oakland, CA

Mar 4 2007 - 4:22pm

When's the Idea Primary?

It is nothing short of astounding that so-called progressives write lunacy like this, when the perfect vision our country and the world lies right before our noses. I would argue that it is writers like this who ARE the problem, when they fail--for reasons unfathomable to me--to get behind the following vision and shout it from the rooftops:

I want to inspire America to take a new path, a different direction. I envision an America which has the capacity to reconnect with the heart of the world; an America which proceeds in the world optimistically and courageously. An America which understands that the world is interdependent, that it is interconnected, and that what we do today impacts future generations.

I want to break the shackles of fear which have deprived our citizens of rights. We need to change the way this country values humanity, so that instead of fear and lies, we can live our lives based on principles of peace and hope. We need to regain the trust of the American people and we need to have a government which trusts the American people.

It's time for America to resume its glorious journey; time to reject shrinking jobs and wages, disappearing savings and rights; time to reject the detour towards fear and greed. It's time to look out upon the world for friends, not enemies; time to counter the control of corporations over our politics, our economy, our resources, and mass media. It's time for those who have much to help those who have little, by maintaining a progressive tax structure.

It's time to tell the world that we wish to be their partner in peace, not their leader in war. Most of all, it is time for America to again be the land where dreams come true, because the government is on the side of its people.

Ten Key Issues 1. Universal Health Care 2. International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in 3. Jobs and Withdrawal from NAFTA and WTO 4. Repeal of the "Patriot Act" 5. Guaranteed Quality Education, Pre-K Through College 6. Full Social Security Benefits at Age 65 7. Right-to-Choose, Privacy and Civil Rights 8. Balance Between Workers and Corporations 9. Environmental Renewal and Clean Energy 10. Restored Rural Communities and Family Farms

I mean, really, Robert, are you not familiar with the name Dennis Kucinich? The presidential candidate who wrote the above and stands behind it? Do you dislike this vision so much as to not even mention it? Are you paid by big corporations? Are you insane? How can you possibly justify NOT mentioning this vision, while bemoaning that there are no bold ideas out there?

This article is truly pathetic, and I would encourage the writer of it to go on a long sabbatical, and not come back until he gets his head screwed on straight.

For those who want to learn more about this most viable candidate, the one with the ideas, the one who speaks the truth over and over, the one who has done his homework, and the one who WILL be President if we pull our heads out of the dark places, I'd suggest having a look at http://www.votedennis.us.

Daniel Geery

Salt Lake City, Utah

Mar 3 2007 - 7:32pm

The Care Crisis

When I first saw this cover I couldn't have felt better that others across the world were reading it; my grandmother and her father had Alzheimer's. Cancer took my brother and my mom, soon my cousin. I am 24 and my office, which was in the World Trade Center, is moving back to Wall Street in a couple months. Mom's older brother and I share the responsibility of my 90 year old grandfather who is sharp as ever but physically, aging.

I know I'm not being paid as much as my male counterparts, but am insured and feel fortunate for that though I don't have much savings. I'm very active with New Jersey, the Rutgers community, America and college campuses in every state. For the last year I worked hard with the director, Dan Lohaus, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Rutgers Film Co-op to arrange the premiere college screening of When I Came Home at Rutgers. Since Presidents' weekend, the film was picked up by The Center for American Progress for a National thirty-campus tour accompanied by American hero Paul Reickhoff.

I keep up a two-bedroom apartment with my significant other and try to maintain a sane head for others in our now much bigger family. I hope that women who read this article are able to use technology to connect and move national action forth for my generations children to be afforded the luxury of slowing down a bit.

Americans are not saving enough and our government continues to borrow what it does not have. This rhetoric between pundits and politicians today is more and more a waste of time and attention. This economic, environmental, and military debacle has to stop. Strong collective human and monetary investment in our communities and our universities could change America if we women communicate effectively.

Rachel Dawn Scharf

Teaneck, New Jersey

Mar 3 2007 - 4:53pm

When's the Idea Primary?

There are no ideas on offer because the ideas that the Democrats have will not sell to the voting public.

So it's better to hide them!

It is what the left always does, in every country, at every election.

Alain Gadbois

Montreal, Canada

Mar 3 2007 - 8:20am

Katrina, Eighteen Months Later

With rising sea levels, it is a total waste to rebuild New Orleans below even current water lines. We need to use this money more effectively.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Mar 3 2007 - 5:25am

When's the Idea Primary?

Great article!

Public interest and enthusiasm for the campaign is not sustainable going two whole years or more.

None of the candidate's ideas put forth so far is really anything but warmed over New Deal, or replays from the Anti-Vietnam time.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Mar 3 2007 - 5:17am

Remembering Norma Rae

As a former union organizer (now working with low-income residents), I often look for positive representations of working-class people, and their struggles, on television. And while this is rare, there is currently a fantastic show about the glory of a hard day's work, Dirty Jobs.

While I have never seen the union aspect of the working men and women portrayed on the show (though this may be a good thing to keep the show up and running), the reality is boldfaced and beautiful. We now live in a society wherein we consider being a mid-management paperpusher more integral to the world and more dignified than the work done by those folks who actually impact the world around them.

I always like to ask myself a question when thinking about jobs and their standing in society: What if they all went on strike? If there were no more ad executives or market researchers or web designers, would my life suffer? What about if there were no more garbage collectors or tomato pickers or bus drivers or cops or fireman or retail clerks? I think the answer is obvious.

And that's what Dirty Jobs is all about. I think the show's tagline says it all, "I explore the country looking for people who aren't afraid to get dirty—hard-working men and women who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us."

Peter Masiak

San Francisco, CA

Mar 2 2007 - 9:19pm

The Wars of Sudan

it is not obvious but the sudan has been an issue since the early 70's when the 3rd larges oil field in the world was discovered there. the sudan has had an internal policy of limiting foreign oil interests. darfur sit on part of this oil field. the south of sudan sits on the oil field.

khartoum's main concession that ended the last "civil war" was more oil revenues for the south.

the world has never cared for africa unless there was something of value that could be taken from her.

if the world cared about aids in africa, why would they donate money for medicines that can only be bought from specific pharmaceutical corps?why would the u.s. initiate plans for africon?

why is it so important to build a pipeline across liberia [why is it so important to build one across afghanistan?)?

why are the gold, diamonds & uranium so much more important than the people of south africa, many still living in the tin shacks they built when p.w. botha was prime minister?

the "wars in sudan" only distract from the bigger picture:
- stalling china's economy by limiting their global access to oil resources.
- establish non-african control of african natural resources in an continuing effort to wrestle oil market dominance from opec [combine this with the application of good ole divide & conquer techniques, first in iraq and coming soon to iran.

if there was nothing to gain, the sudan and the rest of africa would be ignored like the bosnian conflict and the rwandan genocide.

besides, if we are true believers of democracy, why aren't we encouraging negotiations for fair pricing of these resources on the open market rather than falling for the governmental/media hype that instills conflict over control of these resources?

the people of the sudan, africa, the middle east, asia are not the buffoons depicted in stylized hollywood stereotypes. they are people with wants, needs & desires like anyone else in the world. they, like anyone else, want their own independence to achieve their own interpretation of 'the right to life, liberty & the persuit of hapiness'. what's the matter here, they need our non-african guidance & approval to govern their countries? their lives?

i know it's not much to get excited about here in the u.s. but there are plenty of hungry, homeless, abused, neglected and forgotten right around the corner, just across the track, down on the bayous.

Yusuf Guyot

Los Angeles, CA

Mar 2 2007 - 3:17pm

Katrina, Eighteen Months Later

In your article you all you talk about is New Orleans, yes we are all sad about what happened there. Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast we took Katrina head-on. It wasn't a levy that caused our destruction it was the actual storm and surge.

What sets us above NO is that we want to rebuild and be better than what we were before. Alot of the problem with NO is that they are not willing to go to extremes to become normal again. Don't get me wrong, I used to love NO, but look at it now. Even the places that weren't affected by the storm have become so full of crime, no one wants to go there. I don't blame the citizens to not want to return.

To my point now, when you talk about the Gulf Coast give the MS. part some credit. We are working hard to normalize the 6 most hit coastal counties. You reporters from afar have no clue to what has been going on here and only concentrating on NO. Of course, I know you'll do what you want, just my two cents.

I would definatly rather live here in MS than in "The Chocolate City."

Jay Tagert

Ocean Springs, MS

Mar 1 2007 - 10:26pm