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MLK’s Dream Of Economic Justice Deferred By Increasing Inequalities

| January 21, 2019

King foreshadowed that if we maintain our exploitative economic and political systems, then we’d get not only racial apartheid, but economic apartheid as well.

“We Cannot Walk Alone…
We Cannot Turn Back”

| January 21, 2019

A brief history of the origins and battles of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and of the MLK monument at the Washington Mall, with full text and video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Sheriff’s Sick Building: How To Hire A Savior

| January 18, 2019

To break out of its leadership lethargy on the future of the Sheriff’s Operations Center, Flagler County government should find an obsessively independent project manager untainted by local politics or current administrations.

Democrats Are Afraid Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Too. That’s A Good Thing.

| January 15, 2019

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is upsetting fellow Democrats over her support for progressive primary challenges against centrist Democrats. But it’s a sound idea for the party of alleged change.

Democratic Leaders Fail Their First Test on Climate

| January 14, 2019

Youth activists who occupied the offices of Democratic leaders to demand a special congressional committee to plan for a Green New Deal were appeased and brushed off.

Flagler Firefighters’ Union Members Vote For Firing Their Boss, Administrator Craig Coffey

| December 31, 2018

The firefighters’ union’s vote was expected but significant in that its membership’s contract is dependent on negotiations with Coffey’s management team, and vulnerable to retaliation.

Let Craig Coffey Resign. With Severance.

| December 23, 2018

Craig Coffey’s loss of credibility has been painful. It doesn’t need to be cruel. Rather than a public flogging on Jan. 14, he should be allowed to resign with a measure of dignity–and severance.

Before Barbecue: How Flagler County Saved Bing’s From Development

| December 20, 2018

Bing’s Landing before the current controversy over Captain’s BBQ’s proposed expansion could have been sold off to developers. It wasn’t, thanks to one woman’s vision. Her daughter tells the story.

Democrats’ Arafat Complex

| December 16, 2018

Early possibilities for the 2020 election–Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton–suggest Democrats aren’t learning lessons but clinging to habits of self-destruction.

Understanding the Rise of France’s Yellow Jackets

| December 11, 2018

In a larger sense the Yellow Vests movement reflects longstanding neglect or exploitation of rural communities. Not only in France but in the US and much of Western Europe.

Flagler’s Beach ‘Renourishment’ Is Exorbitant Futility

| December 9, 2018

Whether it’s the Corps of Engineers’ plan for 2.6 miles of Flagler Beach sands or Flagler County’s ongoing dune-rebuilding over 12 miles, there’s no money to sustain either, yet officials are mortgaging the county’s future on a blank check.

The Migrant Caravan’s Lessons from South of the Border

| December 6, 2018

In Tijuana, some Mexicans have embraced the Trump line on Central American migrants. But others have welcomed them with open arms.

Save the News-Journal: How Wall Street Is Plundering Newspaper Chains Like GateHouse

| December 4, 2018

Executives at GateHouse, which owns the News-Journal, demanded a $27 million cut from theirf papers’ operating expense to help pay for the hedge fund’s CEO’s $54 million pay package.

Barbecuing Bing’s

| November 30, 2018

With even Captain’s BBQ owners willing to get “back to the drawing board,” there’s plenty of room for Flagler government to fix what remains a dirty deal that hurts all sides.

Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats Are Out Of Touch With Progressive Insurgents

| November 27, 2018

Positions the timeworn Democratic leadership staked out are being overrun—outmatched by the cumulative power of dynamic social movements that have generated electoral clout.

In War Over Words, Republicans Continue Easily To Defeat Democrats

| November 18, 2018

The Republican Party lost ground in the Congressional and state elections earlier this month, but the GOP continues to triumph in the all-important contests over words, argues Ralph Nader.

Nature Is Dying. Florida Is Sinking. Are Republicans Up to the Challenge?

| November 15, 2018

A string of recent hurricanes reminded Floridians they don’t have to look across the country to see climate change in action. But the GOP continues to be in climate-change denial mode.

Democrats Won Big. But the Question Is Whether They Can Now Be Bold.

| November 14, 2018

The reforms Democrats in Congress have championed have often been overly complicated and cautious — and deeply compromised by a fear of annoying deep-pocketed donors.

Muslims Surf the Blue Wave

| November 10, 2018

The election of two Muslim women to Congress is a repudiation of Islamophobic domestic and foreign policies and of hostility to migrants and refugees from a number of countries.

The Death of WNZF’s Ron Charles, Friend and Colleague, at 56

| November 7, 2018

Ron ‘Charles’ Gitschier, 56, built Flagler County’s first radio station WNZF as its chief engineer for the past 10 years, was its news director and a man of rare integrity and humility.

Being Trans in America Was Already Scary. Now It’s Terrifying.

| November 6, 2018

On any given afternoon, the author is regularly and publicly catcalled, mocked, laughed at, and treated as an object of social disgust. Donald Trump is about to deny her right to exist.

Save Our Home: We Have 12 Years

| November 4, 2018

There’s an urgent message of hope amid the latest climate report’s dire warning: We’ve got a little bit of time to save the only home planet we’ve got. And it’s going to take all of us to do it.

Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote:
Why I’m Voting Yes on Amendment 4

| November 2, 2018

In 46 other states, the right is restored either immediately or on completion of probation. Florida stands out for harshness, accounting for a quarter of America’s disenfranchised.

Flagler Representative On Federal Juvenile Justice Panel Describes Efforts Decimated By Trump

| October 31, 2018

Cheryl Massaro, director of the Flagler County Youth Center, describes how the Trump administration disbanded and stopped the work of the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice she was appointed to two years ago.

Journalists Say Trump’s Caravan Claims Are ‘Evidence-Free.’ It’s a Lot Worse Than That.

| October 30, 2018

Journalists have a duty to give context, not just to report on whether a sound bite contains truth on a sliding scale. Otherwise, it’s journalistic malpractice.

Trump’s Responsibility

| October 27, 2018

Trump can’t have it both ways. He can’t revel in his powers of denigration and incitement then take cover behind a bogus sense of outrage and his usual deflections when the incitement and denigration arm fuses and kill people.

Trump’s Bone Saw Problem

| October 24, 2018

Trump can’t be lavishing praise on tyrants and think it’s not another way of saying, as he did of white supremacists last year, that “some of them are fine people.” He can’t be equating journalists with scum and not have blood on his hands.

Even As Voter Registration Soars, Bogus Fraud Claims and Real Voter Suppression Live On

| October 23, 2018

Experts are predicting record-high midterm voter turnout. But millions of U.S. citizens are being systematically inhibited — either blatantly or covertly — from casting votes this November.

Elizabeth Warren’s Identity Problem

| October 22, 2018

Trump’s racism is obvious. He’s using the name Pocahontas as a racial slur. But Elizabeth Warren stepped into a controversial issue without much sensitivity for the people who are most affected by it.

A Better Way To Fight Homelessness: Decriminalize It

| October 18, 2018

Law enforcement is often used as a first response to address homelessness. Many communities criminalize it instead of connecting the homeless with essential services, assuming they’re available.

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