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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.

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.

Time for $15 an Hour and a Union

| April 9, 2019

After years of idling lawmakers, the idea now has more traction in Congress thanks to the recently introduced Raise the Wage Act, which would set a national minimum pay of $15 an hour by 2024.

Mayor Milissa Holland’s 2019 State of the City Address: ‘We Are One Palm Coast’

| April 5, 2019

The full text of Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland’s State of the City Address, presented at the Palm Coast Community Center Friday. The theme of the address is “One Palm Coast.”

The Case of an Allegedly Illegal Use of Seclusion On a Non-Verbal, Autistic 4th Grader at Belle Terre Elementary

| March 20, 2019

The parent of a 4th grader used a recording device affixed to the child to capture what the child’s advocate claims are disturbing measures carried out and comments spoken by school staff. The case is headed for litigation.

Two Reasons Why I Won’t Report My Child Abuse

| March 15, 2019

“It always amazes me,” the author writes, “how people will call 911 simply because someone parked in the wrong spot or put the garbage out on the wrong night, yet they won’t get “involved” in possibly saving a child’s life or at a minimum their childhood.”

Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

| March 14, 2019

Today’s Republicans might call “socialist” Dwight Eisenhower “Red Ike.” After all, during Eisenhower’s two terms to 1960, the wealthy paid a top tax rate of 91 percent on incomes over the equivalent of $1.7 million for an individual and $3.4 million for a couple.

Palm Coast’s Illusion of Affordable Housing

| March 10, 2019

Simply put, the housing stock in Flagler County and Palm Coast is inadequate to suit the needs of the bottom half of the earnings ladder, and that bottom half has nothing to do with “Section 8,” argues Toby Tobin.

Silencing Home Rule: Sen. Travis Hutson’s Wrong Way On Single-Use Plastic Straws

| March 4, 2019

The fact that the bill prohibits local governments from banning plastic straws will allow a serious and completely unnecessary pollutant to continue to injure sea life, litter beaches and infiltrate land and water.

That Homeless Camp Behind the Public Library: A Palm Coast Problem Requiring Immediate Action

| February 26, 2019

After taking a walk through the homeless camp near the library and speaking with its residents, Palm Coast Council member Jack Howell calls for creating a committee to address the issue from various angles.

Let Marijuana Help Fight Opioid Abuse

| February 24, 2019

It’s time for lawmakers and health officials to recognize the well-established power of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain — and to acknowledge its emerging role in combating the opioid abuse crisis.

Take It From Me: Addiction Doesn’t Start At the Border

| February 20, 2019

As the sister of a brother lost to an opioid overdose, Trump’s claim that we need a border wall in order to keep drugs out is offensive to me on multiple levels. We should treat the root causes of addiction instead.

Trump Said He Would Protect Families, Then Deported My Husband

| February 12, 2019

A year ago, my husband Jorge was torn from our family and deported to Mexico after living peacefully in the United States for nearly 30 years, working and raising a family with me in suburban Detroit, the author writes.

Flagler’s AAUW Branch Marks 35 Years of Advancing ‘Equity for Women and Girls’

| February 10, 2019

What began with an organizational meeting of the Flagler Beach of the American Association of University Women is now an organization 50-member strong.

Medicare for All: No Country for “Can’t”

| February 4, 2019

Medicare for all could be the most efficient, cheapest, and provider-friendly—but not perfect—part of what could be a health system that promotes health, saves lives, and creates a sense of social solidarity.

Starbucks’s Howard Schultz: Another Billionaire Presidential Candidate Who Doesn’t Get It

| February 3, 2019

Privileged candidates from Donald Trump to Howard Schultz don’t have any idea what life is really like for a single parent raising two kids while working and attending night classes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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