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Greg Guma: Military Spending: Where are the Jobs?

In recent Vermont debates about the impacts of bedding F-35A fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport arguments in support often come down to balancing noise and other impacts against economic necessities and benefits. Whatever the outcome it has raised renewed questions about the economic impacts of military spending. A new study finds that money Read more…

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Greg Guma: Mind Games

At least 10 percent of all Americans over six-years-old are currently on antidepressants. That’s more than 35 million people, double the number from 15 years ago. Meanwhile, anti-psychotics have eclipsed cholesterol treatments as the country’s fastest selling and most profitable drugs, even though half the prescriptions treat disorders for which they haven’t been proven effective. Read more…

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Greg Guma: Lost Memories: Unpacking the Reagan Myth (before it spreads)

Upon the death of Ronald Reagan seven years ago in June, mainstream media created a fake, soft-focus biography of the first celebrity president. Even today it’s common to hear politicians, including President Obama, voice deep respect for his communication skills, overall performance and impact on the country. It’s as if millions of people have been Read more…

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Greg Guma: Obama’s Deficit Talk

Pundits are calling President Obama’s speech on deficit reduction a “defining moment” for liberals, meaning that they think he’s going the Clinton route, disappointing his Left flank to strike a deal, get the economy under control and secure a second term. But what did Obama actually say at George Washington University on Wednesday? He began, Read more…

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Greg Guma: A Birthday tale (with thanks to Shay)

“It’s time for a change…real change.” That was Bernie Sanders’ slogan in his 1981 campaign for Burlington Mayor. The race had begun as a long shot, but Sanders had turned his shoestring operation into a real challenge. Nevertheless, even on Election Day, March 3, 1981, the incumbent and his Democratic old guard still predicted a Read more…

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Greg Guma: The Lockheed Deal: Is Burlington for Sale?

Once upon a time a bold independent socialist named Bernie Sanders ran for mayor on the slogan “Burlington Is Not for Sale.” But at the opening of 2011, 30 years after Bernie’s first mayoral run, a contract has been announced between the city and Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors – or Read more…

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Greg Guma: Pacifica Radio’s Progressive Plight

A lot has happened since I left my job as Pacifica Radio’s Executive Director at the end of 2007. Almost a decade after she was abruptly fired former KPFA General Manager Nicole Sawaya returned as my replacement with enthusiastic support from the Board and community – but resigned twice over the next year. As the Read more…

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Greg Guma: Labor’s March & the First Red Scare

Thirty years ago more than 25 percent of all US employees were in unions. Today membership is less than 13 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the 1950s, US unions won almost three-quarters of all representation drives. By the start of the 21st century, they were winning less than half.   Suburban Read more…

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Greg Guma: Immigration Fight at the AZ Corral

Note: Arizona Gov. Jan. Brewer has signed the toughest state immigration law yet. Here’s how it happened and the larger context. — GG Arizona is in the grip of an anti-immigrant fever. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose popularity has been built on his tough enforcement tactics and willingness to defy the federal government, is Read more…

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Greg Guma: Census Insecurity: It Takes a Pretext

As census forms reach homes across the country, some people are being approached by scam artists who disguise themselves as census workers. What they’re after, in most cases, is personal information like Social Security numbers, work history and home values, baseline data for possible identity theft. But others are more afraid of what the government Read more…

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