Guest Columns

Wall Street Occupation the Culmination of Years of Rage at Displacement

by Michael Braunstein Guest Column Special to the Locust Fort News-Journal The current economic collapse that has led to the continued occupation of Wall Street is a long time in the making, and solutions are not easily coming. Our current economic system dates back to the beginning of the 1830’s when specialization of employment and…

Wall Street Protesters Reach Second Week of the Occupation

by Michael Braunstein Special to the Locust Fort News-Journal View photos with this column at Michael’s Flickr Photo Stream NEW YORK – The occupation started as a call out for a short weekend occupation by the activist group Adbusters and quickly swelled to include Anonymous, US Day of Rage, and was soon joined by a…

Saving the Planet Requires Direct Action, Alternative Media

Glynn Wilson Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River emits more mercury into the air than any other power plant in the country. Under the Microscope by Cliff Griggs Back in 1971, the environmental movement was just a dream in the minds of people who wanted the governments and the corporations of…

The Amygdala Strain: Right-Wing Teabaggery as Psychological Pandemic

Guest Column From BerryBlog After the latest Teabagger debate circus, one wonders what kind of infection could cause the human brain to suffer so much reason-bleed. Capital punishment celebrated, death of the uninsured cheered, the social safety net pilloried. All just the latest in more than two years of increasingly bizarre statements and craven behavior…

Ten Years After: Fear Itself

Cliff Griggs There’s no turning back the hands of time, except in pictures by Cliff Griggs Ten years, heinous acts by madmen, and thousands of lives ruined by war and hatred, have gone by, and it still isn’t over. Even though we are trying to extricate our country from Iraq and Afghanistan, that leaving is…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

Guest Column by Cliff Griggs ARAB, Ala. — It is summer time in Alabama and this is the time of year when we celebrate Freedom in America in July and honor American Labor in early September. “We the People” takes on special meaning for all of us whether you are eating hot dogs or baby…

Latest Jobs and Jobless Figures a Mixed Bag

Guest Column by James Parks The nation gained 117,000 jobs in July while the U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly from 9.2 percent in June to 9.1 percent last month, according to Department of Labor data released Friday morning. Analysts had predicted jobs would grow by about 90,000 in July. The unemployment rate has topped 9…

Ray Vaughn’s Wildlaw is Calling It Quits

Your bridges are burning now. They’re all coming down; It’s all coming ‘round.” – Foo Fighters Guest Column by Ray Vaughan Founder and Executive Director WildLaw Dear Friends: Many of you may have heard rumors about the future of WildLaw and what is happening with our organization. Due to tough economic times drying up all…

Martin Luther King Would Support Public Worker Protests

Guest Column Martin Luther King III The King Center Forty-three years ago my father, Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated while he was in Memphis, Tenn., supporting a strike of municipal sanitation workers. It was, in his eyes, more than a quest for a few more dollars in a paycheck. He saw the strike as…

Art, Labor and Politics: Another Symbol of a Polarized Populace

Guest Column by David Underhill MOBILE, Ala. – When a pope hired Michelangelo to paint his chapel in the Vatican, the risk was that the impulses of art would violate piety. But popes were lusty enough then to take the chance. When one branch of the Rockefeller family hired Mexican muralist Diego Rivera to decorate…

Michael Moore Goes to Madison, Wisconsin

Guest Column by Michael Moore MichaelMoore.com Early Sunday morning, around 1 a.m., I had finished work for the day on my current “project” (top secret for now — sorry, no spoiler alerts!). Someone had sent me a link to a discussion Bill O’Reilly had had with Sarah Palin a few hours earlier about my belief…

On the Tyranny of the Majority

Guest Column by Gerald W. Johnson Capital Survey Research Center Winston Churchill, in a speech to the House of commons on Nov. 11, 1947, stated, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” What Churchill meant is that democracy is both a…

Coal is Dirty, Dangerous, Deadly and Unsustainable

Guest Column by Michael William Mullen The recent column by Alabama’s new Public Service Commission member Twinkle Cavanaugh seeks to stir up folks about the costs of energy bills that are stalled in Congress and potential U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations to address emissions responsible for climate change. If she were doing her job, she…

Bikini Bear Urges Caution on More Oil Drilling in Gulf of Mexico

Bikini Bear and David Underhill of the Mobile Sierra Club Guest Column by David Underhill Bikini Bear entered the lion’s den the other day. She is a polar bear. The compulsively literal might say she is a person dressed in a polar bear costume. But all would agree that she was wearing a yellow polka…

Will Attacking Planned Parenthood Create Jobs?

Guest Column by Ethan Rome Executive Director, Health Care for America Now The House Republicans seem to be saying yes. Apparently, taking away women’s access to reproductive health services is an important way to create jobs and get the economy moving again. That may explain the urgency of Rep. Mike Pence’s disgraceful legislation to defund…

Without Angry Rhetoric, Fox News Warns, It Will Only Have 24 Hours to Fill

Guest Humor by Andy Borowitz The Borowitz Report NEW YORK — Calls for a reduction in violent political rhetoric have plunged the Fox News Channel into chaos, with a Fox spokesperson warning today that such a move “would leave us with 24 hours to fill.” “Let’s not underestimate the giant hole this would create,” spokesperson…

Energy Independence is Patriotic

Guest Column by Michael Brune The conservatives who are bending over backward to bash American ingenuity and deride modern and green technologies are hurting our economic competitiveness. Do they want China to ‘eat our lunch’? “As goes General Motors, so goes the nation.” A year and a half ago, that old saying seemed ominous. GM…

Why Michael Moore Posted Bail for WiliLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Guest Column by Michael Moore MichaelMoore.com In the Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Monday, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail. Furthermore, I am publicly offering the…