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The Scam Behind McDonald’s ‘McTeacher’s Nights’

| July 16, 2019

The fast food giant pioneered methods of attracting school children to its stores — from Happy Meals to marketing schemes like McTeacher’s Nights, an exploitative fund-raiser that takes advantage of teachers for very little in return.

The Broader Attack Behind Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From Slur

| July 15, 2019

It would be a mistake to reduce President Trump’s tweets against four members of Congress to their racism. Rather, argues Jeffrey C. Isaac, they also articulated a broader reactionary agenda that goes beyond racism and that targets the left in general.

Florida’s New Poll Tax Will Cost the State $365 Million a Year

| July 10, 2019

A report by the Institute for Policy Studies cites new research illustrating the cost of felony disenfranchisement in Florida, where recidivism is higher and therefore more costly to taxpayers than in states where it’s lower.

Benefits of a $15 Minimum Wage: The Non-Partisan Evidence

| July 9, 2019

The report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office finds that a $15 minimum wage would increase the wages of millions of low wage workers, increase the average incomes of low and lower-middle-income families, reduce poverty, shift money from corporate profits to the wages of low-wage workers, and reduce inequality.

Our Immigrant Prisons Are An Atrocity

| July 7, 2019

As reports surface about immigrant children sleeping on concrete floors and people being forced to drink water from toilets, one fact has become unmistakably clear: It’s well past time to demand an end to Trump’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants.

Bomb Iran? Pass.

| June 30, 2019

Saudi Arabia is dragging the United States toward war with Iran against all American interests when the true threat to the Middle East continues to be Saudi Arabia–and American blindness to that alliance’s consequences.

The Gardens Project Off John Anderson Highway: The View From the Developers’ Perspective

| June 28, 2019

The Gardens is an 825-acre, 3,966-unit mixed-use development proposed off John Anderson Highway by SunBelt Land Management as a successor to a Ginn proposal a decade ago. Ken Belshe, a member of the development group, describes the scope and intent of the project.

Bunnell’s Mean Streak

| June 24, 2019

The city that calls itself the crossroads of Flagler County is losing its bearings, its heart, and sometimes its mind–over the homeless, over panhandlers, over the sheriff’s office. It is becoming petty. It is becoming mean and resentful, and discriminatory.

State By State, the War on Pot Is Ending

| June 20, 2019

Dozens of new state laws are expanding legal cannabis use — and expunging the records of users caught up in the system. This unprecedented wave of legislative activity at the state level is yet further evidence that public consensus on cannabis legalization has undergone a seismic shift.

Denying Voting Rights to Felons Should Be Beneath Us

| June 17, 2019

Who gets to vote should be driven by citizenship, the spirit of the United States Constitution and all America stands for, not by blowhardism and dirty tricks, argues Nancy Smith.

Good News: Straight People Don’t Need a Pride Parade

| June 11, 2019

Organizers of the “straight pride parade” in Boston this summer have ties to numerous far-right groups. Here are conditions that would make such a parade easier to embrace.

The Crisis Formerly Known as Climate Change: Wrong Re-Branding

| June 10, 2019

The Guardian announced it was re-branding climate change, encouraging its writers and contributors to use more urgent terms like “climate crisis.” Here’s why this is very wrong.

Green New Deal Me In

| June 8, 2019

The Green New Deal may have a hoaky name but at least it’s a beginning, an attempt to push back against a republic of insects and grass, inviting debate in the face of indefensible Republican inaction.

Let Prison Inmates Vote

| June 4, 2019

In the era of mass incarceration, forbidding inmate voting, disenfranchising them after release, and counting them as residents where they’re imprisoned are all components of prison gerrymandering.

A Trust-Worthy Inspection of Captain’s Building at Bing’s Is Essential Before Any Decision

| May 31, 2019

The Hammock Community Association is urging the County Commission to delay any decision on Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s pending a reliable inspection of the restaurant building. The association is willing to pay up to $4,000 for the inspection.

Trump Against the First Amendment

| May 30, 2019

Julian Assange and Wikileaks are giving Trump a chance to challenge First Amendment freedoms of the press and get a radical ruling from his new buddies on the Supreme Court.

Judge Perkins on Flagler County’s Drug Court: Celebrating Lives Reclaimed and Empowered

| May 30, 2019

More than 88 percent of Flagler County Drug Court graduates do not reoffend. Since drug court began locally, 175 participants have made it through its rigorous demands, writes Judge Perkins.

Laws Restricting Abortion Betray a Judgment: Women’s Sexuality Is Not Equal to Men’s

| May 29, 2019

Men regulating women’s bodies through restrictive abortion laws is the tip of an iceberg in which women’s sexuality is stigmatized, de-legitimized, silenced, controlled, and misunderstood, even by women themselves.

Voices from the Grave:
So Proudly We Fail

| May 27, 2019

In “So Proudly We Fail,” James Agee looked at war films to explain the “unutterable dislocation” between soldiers and civilians, what he described–in 1943–as a destructive “chasm” that veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan describe with equal anger today even as the nation goes through the motions of marking its Veteran and Memorial days.

End This Hidden Risk to Military Families

| May 23, 2019

The Feres Doctrine shields military medical providers from malpractice suits by troops — and their dependents. Military recruiters never tell the families that it applies to them, too.

The Most Dangerous Time For Women’s Rights in Decades

| May 21, 2019

More than 250 bills restricting abortions have been filed in 41 states this year. At least a third have successfully passed 20-week abortion bans, based on the unfounded assertion that a fetus can feel pain 20 weeks after fertilization. 

Tom Bexley: There Really Is No More Room For Sheriff’s Operations in the Courthouse

| May 13, 2019

Flagler County Clerk of Court Tom Bexley, weighing in on the space issues with sheriff’s operations at the courthouse, says clerk operations would be fragmented and jeopardized if further accommodations were made.

Bethune Cookman University 2019 Consecration: “I Leave You Love”

| May 10, 2019

Hubert Grimes, Bethune-Cookman University’s interim president, delivered his last message as interim to the Class of 2019 at a consecration ceremony, urging students to “overcome the lies and negativity that were unleashed over the past eighteen months about your school.”

You Don’t Get To Discriminate Just Because You’re Religious

| May 8, 2019

A bill in Texas would allow professionals of all kinds — doctors, pharmacists, electricians — to deny services to LGBTQ customers on religious grounds, a consequence of a recurring misinterpretation of law.

All I Want For Mother’s Day Is Equality For My Transgender Child

| May 6, 2019

She wasn’t allowed to use the girls’ bathroom. She had shoes thrown at her head when she wore leggings and lacy tops. She endured public school teachers making the sign of the cross and running off when she walked between classes.

The Real Threat To Free Speech On Campus

| May 2, 2019

Conservatives complain when student protest hate speech, while progressive professors are the ones losing their jobs for speaking out as people of color and other marginalized demographics are demonized.

Time is Running Out to Save Right Whales

| April 28, 2019

The North Atlantic right whale is the most endangered whale in U.S. Atlantic waters, and entanglement in crab and lobster roping gear remains the biggest threat to the species’ survival.

Abolish the Electoral College

| April 21, 2019

Abolishing the Electoral College would level the playing field. It would ensure that people, not parties or mechanisms, determine who leads the country. Is that so bad? If you’re a Republican, yes.

The Firefighters of Notre Dame

| April 16, 2019

The firefighters who saved the majority of the cathedral, which could very well have collapsed without their heroism, now stand as tall and as anonymous as the architects and masons of Notre Dame. They deserve their own Victor Hugo.

Seawalls and the Tyranny of Small Decisions

| April 11, 2019

The seawall-construction project in Flagler Beach is problematic. Building living shorelines rather than concrete walls, is going to give us the best chance at ensuring a healthy beach for generations to come.

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