Bruce Brugmann

Dick Meister: Give workers what they need!



By Dick Meister

(Dick Meister, a San Francisco-based journalist, has covered labor and political issues for a half-century as a reporter, editor, author and commentator.)

A new study by one of the country's most highly regarded labor experts makes clear beyond doubt that illegal employer actions and lax government oversight have denied great and growing numbers of workers the legal right
of unionization.

That's had much to with the percentage of workers belonging to unions dropping to little more than 12 percent from a level almost double that three Read more »

Spelling bee: please spell Rush Limbaugh


Today's Ammianoliner:

Spelling bee: Please spell Rush Limbaugh. "UmmmmmmmmmmmA-S-S-H-O-L-E."


(Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, more newsorthy than usual, speaking on his home telephne answering machine, May 29, 2009.) B3

Calvin Trillin: On the Pelosi accusations



When evil deeds catch up with you,

Your best defense is "You're one, too"

--Calvin Trillin, Deadline Poet, from the Nation (6/8/09)

Editorial: Where are Newsom's new tax proposals?


Newsom is running for governor with a sophisticated political operation behind him. If he would use it back home for major tax reforms, he would show more leadership ability than all the campaign trips in the world.

EDITORIAL Mayor Gavin Newsom and a negotiating team from the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 have hammered out yet another deal, this one slightly better for the workers than the proposal that the 11,000 union members voted down last week. Read more »

Feldstein: Has the US Recovery Begun?


Martin Feldstein, a professor of economics at Harvard, was formerly Chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Council of Economic Advisors and President of the National Bureau for Economic Research. Feldstein is a contributing writer for Project Syndicate.

Has the US Recovery Begun?

By Martin Feldstein

CAMBRIDGE – Although the American economy is continuing to decline, it is no longer falling as fast as it was at the beginning of the year or in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. Read more »

Memorial Day in Rock Rapids, Iowa, circa 1940s-50s


By Bruce B. Brugmann

When I was growing up in my hometown of Rock Rapids, Iowa,
a farming community of 2,800 in the northwest corner of the state, Memorial Day was the official start of summer.
We headed off to YMCA camp at Camp Foster on West Okiboji Lake and Boy Scout camp at Lake Shetek in southwestern Minnesota. The less fortunate were trundled off to Bible School at the Methodist Church.

As I remember it, Memorial Day always seemed to be a glorious sunny day and full of action for Rock Rapids. Read more »

FAIR: Tell ABC to Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate



Tell ABC: Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate

Network says June 24 special will cover 'all sides'


ABC News is preparing for a day of in-depth of coverage on President Barack Obama's healthcare proposal on June 24, broadcasting from the White House and including an interview with Obama on Good Morning America and an hour-long Primetime "town hall" discussion featuring Obama and questions from audience members. Read more »

So why is Pelosi still the target?


B3: The Guardian through the years has criticized Rep. Nancy Pelosi for many things, from leading the fight to privatize the Presidio to her early support of the Iraq War to her unnecessary move to take impeachment of President Bush off the table during the election season.

But we are happy to come to her defense now that now she is under fire for saying that CIA briefing officials told her in September 2002 only that they had determined that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques were legal, not that they were using them, as the New York Times put it on Friday (5/22/09). Why? Read more »

Sachs: Peace Through Development


Here is an installment from Jeffrey D. Sachs' monthly commentary: Economics and Justice available exclusively on the Project Syndicate news series. Jeffrey D. Sachs is Professor of Economics and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is also a Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals.

Peace Through Development

By Jeffrey D. Read more »