Guest Columns

A Path to the Future on Immigration Policy

Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – In 1849, an eleven-year-old boy moved with his family to the United States. More than four decades later, that boy co-founded the Sierra Club and served as its president for the next 22 years. Like many great Americans, John Muir was an immigrant. It is only because he…

E.O. Wilson: Many Great Scientist Are Not Good at Math

Here’s a secret: Discoveries emerge from ideas, not number-crunching – By E.O. Wilson – For many young people who aspire to be scientists, the great bugbear is mathematics. Without advanced math, how can you do serious work in the sciences? Well, I have a professional secret to share: Many of the most successful scientists in…

Confessions of an Unread Book Reviewer

By Jim Reed – As a reviewer, it’s hard not to cheat. Some publisher or hopeful author sends me a package of material, including a book, and hopes that something within that package will inspire me to write a review. Actually, that’s not quite true. Said publisher or author hopes that I’ll write a favorable…

Ennui and Anomie in the Deep South

“San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. . . . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water…

Senators Question Sally Jewell, Obama’s Choice for Secretary of the Interior

By Michael Brune – Sierra Club Executive Director – Watching the members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources question Sally Jewell, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, brought to mind John McPhee’s classic Encounters with the Archdruid. To write that book, McPhee spent a year with David Brower (the “archdruid”…

Climate of Uncertainty: Planning for the Hoax Apocalypse

By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Deniers and doubters of global warming, frequent bedfellows with haters of the government, have the government to thank for opportunities to make money off global warming. The accursed feds concluded years ago that the earth really is running a temperature and that the main cause is human activity…

Is the FCC Moving Towards Allowing More Media Consolidation?

Q&A – By Bill Moyers – The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote to relax a longstanding ban that prevents one company from owning radio and television stations and newspapers in the same city — a move that activists are calling a giant Christmas present to British tabloid publisher Rupert Murdoch. The media titan…

Amendment 4 Violates State’s Responsibility for Public Education

By Dr. Gerald W. Johnson, Auburn Professor Emeritus of Political Science/ Special to the News-Journal – MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number one responsibility of the state and the number one priority of our citizenry is public education. Amend. 4 on the November ballot violates both of these. Amend. 4 states: Nothing in this Constitution shall…

Professor Wayne Flynt Says Vote ‘No’ on Amendment 4

By Wayne Flynt/ Special to the News-Journal – AUBURN, Ala. — Have you ever listened to a conversation between two friends about a complicated issue? Because you find some truth in both arguments, you change back and forth as each makes his case. My not overly educated (at least in the formal sense) but very…

Obamacareless: Sickness Is the Health of the State

by David Underhill Guest Column The racket about getting medical care to those without it isn’t really about that. Keeping this in mind will make the shrillest weeks of the campaign season more bearable as elections approach. The coronation of Paul Ryan as veep on the Republican ticket made Medicare a loud topic because his…

Conservatives Attack Scientific Findings About Why They Hate Science

Which Helps Confirm the Science Guest Column by Chris Mooney AlterNet Two months have passed since my new book, The Republican Brain, was published, and so far it has gotten a lot of media attention. However, the coverage has followed a noteworthy pattern: while progressives and liberals seem intrigued about what I’m saying, the so-called…

Republican Charter School Plan Comes Up Short

Guest Column by Jason Robert Cornelius While legislation allowing for the operation of charter schools might sound like a good idea for a state in the perpetual grip of a public school funding crisis, the charter-school proposal in its current form has many entrusted with the care and advocacy of education policy and performance in…

White House Responds to Petition on Alleged Threat to Open Internet

Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open, Innovative Internet Guest Column by Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra, and Howard Schmidt Thanks for taking the time to sign this petition. Both your words and actions illustrate the importance of maintaining an open and democratic Internet. Right now, Congress is debating a few pieces of legislation concerning the…

Why ‘We The People’ Must Triumph Over Corporate Power

Guest Column by Bill Moyers Editor’s note: The following is the foreword to Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It, by Jeffrey Clements, a new book from Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Rarely have so few imposed such damage on so many. When five conservative members…

Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here?

A Proposal from Michael Moore This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing…

Will the Occupy Wall Street Movement Change the Course of History?

A Reflection on the Protests from Occupy Mobile Guest Column by David Underhill Perhaps it’s true that the people united will never be defeated. But they can be arrested. That was the local Alabama authorities’ instinctive reaction to the uprisings of the 1960s. And it worked really well — if rights and consequences are no…