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Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of Pownal, Vermont for his poem Pownal People. His three new verses for America the Beautiful:September 11, 2001 were widely acclaimed and read into the Congressional Record by U.S. Senator Chris Dodd.
Dr. Elander has authored four volumes of poetry: The Right Click, The World Click, Journeyings, and Philosophy over Fika, all written from 2004 to now, in the U.S. and Sweden -- as well as two published novels: The Goat of God, and Turning the Tides, both available via Signalman Publishing on Amazon.com in Kindle and electronic pdf editions. A self-help book titled Empowerment:Taking Charge of your Life was recently completed and is available via Amazon.com KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing.
Dr. Elander is a freelance columnist who published a newspaper for ten years in New London, CT. He is an economist and college lecturer, and has been an agency executive director, emergency management consultant, investigator; and former animal control officer, deputy code enforcement and health officer for Farmington, New Hampshire. He and his wife Birgit, who co-authored The World Click, divide their time between Georgia and her homeland, Gotland, Sweden.
Several other books are underway, including a sequel to The Goat of God, and a public version of his doctoral dissertation on Cooperatism, a new economic system he developed which includes all stakeholders (workers, consumers, and the public as well as stockholders) in crucial decision making. Dr. Elander has been a member of the Stonepile Writers group in Georgia and the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. He is president of his own Elander Press.
Sunday, May 8, 2016(21 comments)
Why is the Left helping Donald Trump to win the Presidency?
The only candidate helped by all of the Hillary Hatred coming from the Left is the Despicable Donald Trump. It would be tragic for this horrid man to achieve the presidency through use of all the dirt some alleged progressives throw at Hillary.
Thursday, May 5, 2016(41 comments)
Who Will Watch the Watchers -- at OpEdNews.com?
OpEdNews.com appears to have recent and strong policies governing comments on articles, which limit the content of such comments via some kind of unspecified monitoring combined with some highly-specified threats. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THIS REGULATION OF OUR FREE SPEECH?
Saturday, April 30, 2016(56 comments)
Fuhrer Donald Trump and His New America First Movement!
America and all Americans, but especially progressives, must see through Donald Trump's misguided America First trumpetings. This article provides some history on the comparable America First rhetoric of the 1930s and early 1940s, which was not only offensive to the world, but to American interests as well. We absolutely should not repeat those mistakes -- rather, we must learn from them!
Thursday, April 28, 2016(14 comments)
Why Progressives Risk Losing -- Again!
The case for the Democratic candidacy of Hillary Clinton is made in this article, which focuses on why progressives must support her, and defeat Donald the Despicable.
Friday, April 22, 2016(2 comments)
A 2016 Passover Message on the World Refugee Crisis
Just as Passover celebrates freedom and renewal, the present world refugee crisis requires a worldwide commitment to make the freedom and renewal of the lives of wartorn and terror-torn refugees a top United Nations priority. In simple humanity and common decency, we must do no less -- and should try to do even more.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016(2 comments)
Donald J. Trump: Constitutionally Disqualified from Ever Becoming President of the USA
Donald J. Trump may be the first presidential candidate in history to ever violate the presidential oath of office in advance. Were he to ever be elected, God Fobid, he would be unable to honor his own Oath of Office. Those who have made him, temporarily, the leading Republican candidate, need to take a good, hard look at those realities. The Donald is not only crude and rude, he also appears unglued!
Monday, February 8, 2016(2 comments)
Help the AARP lose its undeserved IRS tax-exempt status now!
The AARP, once the American Association of Retired Persons, no longer advocates significantly for the elderly here. Instead, it partners with a host of purveyors of commercial stuff to our senior citizens. That decline is shameful enough -- getting tax-exempt status for selling often-unneeded stuff is even worse. This article offers an opportunity for seniors to strike back!
Friday, February 5, 2016(12 comments)
"The Bern" or "The Hill"? After the New Hampshire Debate, I'm still with The Hill!
The recent New Hampshire Democratic Town Meeting, and then Debate, between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sheds considerable light on those two candidates, one of whom should be the next American President. This article makes the case for Hillary Clinton to win that crucial position in 2016.
Thursday, February 4, 2016(1 comments)
Who Won and Who Lost in the Iowa Caucuses?
An analysis of the results of the Iowa caucus process, which leads to some guidance for the upcoming presidential campaign primaries. The future of America is at stake.
Monday, February 1, 2016(41 comments)
One More Strong Endorsement: Hillary Clinton for President in 2016
This well-reasoned comparison between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton as presidential candidates leads to a strong endorsement for Hillary, while much praise for Bernie is in order too. Both of them, of course, are far better than anyone that the opposition has to offer.
Monday, January 25, 2016(1 comments)
The Muddled Maundering on Stock Market Malaise!
The major securities market volatility since the start of 2016 has been blamed on the decline in oil prices -- which actually should be "fueling" a rising market. This article focuses instead on the growth of so-called program trading: trades carried out automatically, particularly in falling markets, which are very destabilizing and dangerous as well. Enhanced regulatory rules are needed immediately to control such trades.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016(6 comments)
The Two Worst Governors in the United States!
Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Snyder of Michigan, both Republicans, are indeed The Two Worst Governors in the United States. While the situations may be different, what they share is a complete disregard for the wellbeing of their citizens, and complete failure to honor their oaths of office.
Thursday, January 14, 2016(1 comments)
A Letter to Hillary Clinton
Recent attacks by Hillary Clinton on Senator Bernie Sanders mainly damage her own presidential campaign. Using her daughter Chelsea to make such attacks should be beneath her, particularly when the attacks are not truthful.
Saturday, January 2, 2016(4 comments)
Donald Trump and Ethan Couch: Two Peas in the "Affluenza" Pod!
Comparing the misbehavior of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump and teenage drunk-driving killer Ethan Couch shows similarities in their sociopathy, as outlined in this article. So-called "affluenza" is no excuse for either.
Thursday, December 31, 2015(4 comments)
A 2016 Agenda for America's Senior Citizens!
So far in the 2016 presidential campaigns, neither major party has addressed the needs of America's growing population of Senior Citizens -- and the many ways in which seniors can contribute to the nation. This article is intended to motivate such discussions now.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015(1 comments)
Unholy Alliance: The AARP and The Hartford!
The former American Association of Retired Persons, which now just goes by AARP, has become a purveyor of all sorts of things to seniors -- partnering with The Hartford to market auto and home insurance to AARP members and others. This Op Ed describes the nightmare experience of one pair of AARP members, and warns other seniors about the severe risks in the AARP Hartford Insurance program. CAVEAT EMPTOR!
Friday, November 13, 2015(1 comments)
Does FCA stand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles or for Failing Customers Always?
By highlighting the utter failure of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to fix a safety failure affecting many Jeep Grand Cherokee owners, this article also highlights the decline of the once-proud American auto industry into a morass of failure to produce safe vehicles, and to keep those vehicles safe. That is shameful.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015(3 comments)
Donald the Deporter
A bit of 20th Century deportation history helps to put Donald Trump's shameful proposals in perspective.
Thursday, October 29, 2015(1 comments)
"Holding the Powerful Accountable" -- At WXIA-TV 11 Alive in Atlanta!
Television so-called News Coverage has become more and more lurid, as this article attests, while often taking on elements of hypocrisy as well. In the case of WXIA TV in Atlanta, which calls itself 11 Alive News, judging from recent coverage, they have yet to learn this lesson: All crime may be news, but all news is not crime.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015(8 comments)
Biden on the Brink!
The endless speculation by the media and by election gurus as to whether Vice President Joe Biden will make a presidential run in 2016 will soon end, most likely in the form of an announced Biden candidacy. This can only be seen as an adverse development, not only for the Democrats, but for the nation.
Saturday, October 17, 2015(5 comments)
The Despicable Duo: Donald Trump and Ben Carson
Donald Trump and Ben Carson are very flawed Republican presidential candidates, and the fact that they are in the lead for the moment says even more about their party than it says about them.
Friday, October 9, 2015(3 comments)
An Open Application for the Position of Speaker of the House
Since membership in the U.S. House of Representatives is not required to serve as its Speaker, herewith is an application for the post, from someone who can actually Speak in good, colloquial, English. That can only be a vast improvement on the abilities of the most recent candidate for that vital post, who has since withdrawn from the race to serve as House Speaker, whose candidacy was truly From Hungaria, his new nation.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015(1 comments)
Shades of Vietnam: The Horrors of COLLATERAL DAMAGE Once Again!
The latest war crime in Afghanistan is the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, killing more than twenty staff and patients and injuring many other severely. Such atrocities will continue until America ends its longest-running war, once and for all, and holds those who have perpetrated or ordered such atrocities fully accountable for them.
Sunday, October 4, 2015(2 comments)
"STUFF HAPPENS": The World According to Jeb Bush
The immediate reaction of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W. Bush, to the tragic mass murders at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, demonstrates conclusively that he is unfit to be president. Dismissing such mass murder as "stuff happens" is beneath contempt, as are many of the other Republican presidential candidates who took similar stances to that of Jeb Bush.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015(68 comments)
One Reason Why the Left Keeps Losing!
A review of several recent articles on OpEdNews.com, and the comments on those articles, reveals an intolerance and contempt for alternate views which discredits the openness of liberals and progressives. We can and must be, and do, better than that.
Friday, September 11, 2015(38 comments)
September 11, 2001 -- After fourteen years, how best to separate truth from speculation!
While it is unfortunate that there has been very little attention to this fourteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America, it is even more unfortunate that any author limit the right of the public to comment on his articles about 9-11-01, or anything else for that matter. This article takes extreme exception to the refusal of Paul Craig Roberts to accept comments on his own article on 9-11-01.
Monday, September 7, 2015(17 comments)
Resolving the Great Twenty-First Century Refugee Exodus!
The present world refugee crisis must be solved via the world agency tasked to handle such major problems: The United Nations. But the UN cannot do so without maximum cooperation for all member states. The need is urgent, and our common humanity demands that it be met fully.
Monday, August 31, 2015(3 comments)
Obama in Alaska: Would you buy a used nation from this president?
While President Barack Obama has taken some useful environmental actions, those have mainly been small steps to deal with a gigantic problem. Meanwhile, this article points out his regression on Arctic drilling which sends absolutely the worst signal as to American sincerity in saving our only planet. No glossy Alaskan visit can even begin to make amends for the abysmal environmental record of this president.
Saturday, August 29, 2015(23 comments)
Coping with the World Refugee Crisis!
The greatest crisis of this century to date is the present World Refugee Crisis, which is exacting an inhumane toll on migrants seeking only safety and a viable life. The United Nations is tasked to handle world problems, but has mainly pontificated so far. It is time for the UN to take charge of the World Refugee Crisis and take serious steps to solve it.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015(1 comments)
The Billion-Dollar Edifice Complex of Post-Presidential Barack Obama!
While over two years yet remain in his second presidential term of office, Barack Obama is already (and prematurely) placing major emphasis and major focus on his post-presidential Billion Dollar Presidential Library and Foundation. He is thus placing the cart of his overblown egoistic greatness before the horse of his grave disappointment to progressive Americans and much of the world.
Friday, August 14, 2015(1 comments)
A Mistake and Misstep by Amnesty International!
On occasion, even the best of organizations errs by planning to endorse a policy in total violation of its goals. By proposing to remove criminal penalties from the sex trade, Amnesty International is encouraging human rights violations by the worst sex trade perpetrators against their many victims, including young girls and boys. Amnesty needs to re-think, and revise, their position before innocents are irrevocable damaged.
Sunday, August 9, 2015(12 comments)
Barack the Intolerant!
Once a symbol of American tolerance he termed The Audacity of Hope, President Barack Obama has become increasingly intolerant of dissent over his policies -- most recently, the profound issues over his bad and badly-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran. The nation cannot afford his mean-spirited, petty, spiteful attacks on critics of his Iran nuclear deal. Nor can we continue to trust his flawed judgments.
Friday, August 7, 2015(5 comments)
We have heard it all before, Barack!
Putting the proposed nuclear deal with Iran in a bit of historical perspective makes clear that this bad deal can and should only be judged on the facts -- one of which is that President Barack Obama is trying to bolster his legacy through this deal, which alone makes it suspect.
Monday, August 3, 2015(1 comments)
Raise the Federal Minimum Wage Now -- But to $12 hourly, a Sensible Level!
Analyzing the well-intended Pay Workers a Living Wage Act proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders and several House progressives leads to the inevitable conclusion that it cannot pass Congress with a rise to $15 per hour in the minimum wage. A more-realistic increase is needed if the abysmal federal minimum wage is to go up at all.
Thursday, July 30, 2015(3 comments)
Pollard the Pawn
The true facts of the excessive sentence and thirty-year imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard are outlined in this article. This grave injustice deserves at least an apology from all of those who orchestrated this abomination.
Saturday, July 25, 2015(1 comments)
Marking the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Landmark Americans with Disabilities Act!
This article highlights the landmark American with Disabilities Act which became law just twenty-five years ago this week. It recounts one incident in which handicap access ramps were secured, in New London, Connecticut, and the struggle to secure them before passage of the ADA. Similar problems occurred all over America and helped lead to the ADA.
Sunday, July 19, 2015(3 comments)
Ukraine and Iran: Leaving a Legacy can be Leaders Labor Lost!
The likely legacies of American President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are examined in this article, along with the risks that those legacies will be determined by unwise decisions, particularly in the foreign arena. The world may suffer as a result of such unfortunate decisions.
Monday, July 6, 2015(54 comments)
Alexis and the Golden Fleecing!
The Greek economic crisis must be put in perspective, and the European Union should not be held hostage by any one nation which has economic problems. These issues are put in perspective in this article.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015(2 comments)
Hillary: Stop Your Deplorable Dunning for Dollars!
The early stages of a presidential campaign should be dignified and effective. The Hillary Clinton campaign has not achieved either of these qualities to date. Instead, an endless litany of dunning emails demand dollars from small donors, while the big issues seem to be neglected. That needs to change at once.
Thursday, June 11, 2015(41 comments)
The Russian Threat to the Entire Baltic Region, and How to End It!
Americans are generally not well-informed about developments in Scandinavia and the Baltic Region, which is a serious shortcoming for them. This article examines the threat from the expansionist Russia of Vladimir Putin to that region, which is very real and very close to Scandinavia, where Russia is just across the Baltic Sea from Sweden. This article examines what may be the opening shot of further Russian expansionism.
Monday, June 1, 2015(8 comments)
The Camels Head in the Retailing Tent: Self-Serve Checkouts Destroy Entry-Level Jobs!
The widespread growth of self-service checkouts and similar ways of retail cost-cutting is destroying a host of entry-level jobs. The trend cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed by vigorous customer opposition. The job you save may be your own, or that of your child or friend. This article outlines some actions you can take to do so.
Sunday, May 31, 2015(3 comments)
The Awful Mishandling of American Hostage Situation Policy
The recent White House initiative to reach out to families of former hostages taken by ISIS and other terrorist groups appears to be mainly a public relations play. The reality is that America has no sensible or effective policy on hostage negotiations, and our refusal to even consider ransoms is based on false premises and inhumane actions. All options need to be on the table, to try to save precious innocent lives.
Friday, May 22, 2015(8 comments)
The Last Laugh is on Economist Arthur Laffer!
Supply Side Economics gave us the Laffer Curve, which has turned out to be wrong except as a truism -- instead of lifting all boats, these theories have sunk the boats of the middle class and poor in many nations. They need to be repudiated in favor of progressive economic approaches with humane values.
Sunday, May 17, 2015(1 comments)
Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu Damages the Israeli Cause Once More!
The recent Vatican treaty with the so-called State of Palestine is a direct result of the arrogant intransigence of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. Having alienated America and most of the world by his harsh and despicable tactics, he has now alienated this Pope also, to the disadvantage of the State of Israel, and of the Middle East.
Sunday, April 19, 2015(3 comments)
Meet the Worst Post Office in America!
This not-atypical experience dealing with The Worst Post Office in America illustrates why the iconic United States Postal Service (USPS) is in decline.
Unless and until USPS top staff take real responsibility for solving problems, that decline will only continue. In this age of electronic mail, the practices described in this article cannot be tolerated -- or, sadly, the end of the USPS is in sight.
Thursday, April 9, 2015(34 comments)
The North Charleston "Death-by-Cop" Case -- and the Case for Civilian Police Review Boards!
Civilian Police Review Boards are an excellent way of insuring responsible conduct by police officers. The recent killing of a Black man by a White police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina has been better handled than similar cases in other jurisdictions -- but without real independent review of any and all such cases, more similar tragedies are very likely to occur.
Monday, April 6, 2015(1 comments)
Reversing the World's Worsening Water Woes!
As the world supply of potable/drinkable water increasingly falls short of world demand, solutions are available. Israel has pioneered in the conversion of salt water to fresh water, at affordable cost, and now needs to share its technology freely and rapidly with other thirsty nations.
Friday, March 20, 2015(1 comments)
Bibi's Blatant Betrayal!
The dangerous actions, and likely results, of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyau's re-election tactics have not only damaged the longstanding American-Israeli partnership, but also Israel itself, and the cause of Middle East peace.
Friday, March 6, 2015(1 comments)
In honor of Selma, Let's Abolish Ferguson!
What would it take to really improve the safety and lives of residents of Ferguson, Missouri? A strong case can be made that they would be better off as part of their County rather than living in such a reactionary and racist city. Ferguson should be abolished by the State of Missouri.
Saturday, February 28, 2015(4 comments)
The Homeland Security Cliff -- and the Disastrous Cliffhanger!
The latest crisis in Congress, which risks funding for the vital Department of Homeland Security and its counter-terrorism work, would be ludicrous were it not so serious. Instead of "kicking the can down the road" again, Congress should pass a 'clean bill' which funds homeland security through the end of the fiscal year. Any tie to other issues, such as immigration, must be removed from such legislation.
Saturday, February 21, 2015(5 comments)
Rudy's Rude Rabid Rancid Rant
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani seems determined to make a fool of himself by his continuous litany of denigration directed at President Barack Obama. Rudy's latest silly rant, claiming that our President "does not love America" demonstrates the former mayor's irrelevance to anything of importance today.
Thursday, February 19, 2015(2 comments)
Delta Airlines fails to tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" once again!
While Delta Airlines continues to charge substantial fuel surcharges even though fuel prices have been drastically reduced, Delta also continues to pay out large profit sharing bonuses -- over $1.1 Billion for 2014 -- to staff. The larger the salary, the larger the bonus. Something is drastically wrong here -- WHY IS THE PUBLIC INTEREST SO BLATANTLY IGNORED?
Thursday, February 12, 2015(1 comments)
Asleep at the 9-1-1 Switch, in the State of Georgia!
America's antiquated 9-1-1 emergency call system is unable to locate some callers because of its outdated analog technology -- and some of those callers, or their families, are injured or killed as a result. This article proposes ways to update and fix that obsolete system, now.