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Margaret Bassett passed away August 21, 2011. She was a treasured member of the Opednews.com editorial team for four years.
Margaret Bassett--OEN editor--is an 89-year old, currently living in senior housing, with a lifelong interest in political philosophy. Bachelors from State University of Iowa (1944) and Masters from Roosevelt University (1975) help to unravel important requirements for modern communication. Early introduction to computer science (1966) trumps them. It's payback time. She's been "entitled" so long she hopes to find some good coming off the keyboard into the lives of those who come after her.
(5 comments) Saturday, July 16, 2011 Social Security - Thanks Frances Perkins
Social Security is an equal opportunity program. Hint: Grannies who tenaciously advocate saving it from obsolescence want to see that others agree. History involving Frances Perkins is a good starting point.
(8 comments) Sunday, July 18, 2010 Don't Worry. Be Wary. Stay Informed.
Who says we're not better off? Better off than in 1992. More organized than in 2008. Less naive than in 2006. And, in the author's view, more informed than in 2004 when the intellectual equivalent of Teeny Boppers' mantra on blogs was "Just wait!
(5 comments) Saturday, July 3, 2010 British Petroleum and Macondo Well
Starting with the familiar, I turned to the online Casper newspaper and found: BP in Wyoming
By DUSTIN BLEIZEFFER - Star-Tribune energy reporter | Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 2:00 am
Spill Won't Hurt Operations Here, Company Says
I realize BP does not have a large presence in the Energy State. However, the Gulf Gusher might deep six BP. Here's a startling paragraph:
(4 comments) Monday, June 7, 2010 A Not-so-Great Generation Meets what They Wrought
Why the confusion now? A look back to the 60s' cultural revolution in most living rooms, one would find relationships just as tangled then. Age alone was not the determinant. At times it was almost like siblings in opposite paths. So with a new administration and a president born at the end of an 18-year span, what can the future promise?
(2 comments) Saturday, May 8, 2010 Meeting Half Way Could Make Roadkill
Recently the President gave a speech to a graduating class about civility. Betcha they heard it before. However, no harm in advocacy for good manners, even in politics.
Friday, April 30, 2010 Dancing with One Foot in a Sack
A real street drama sponsored by the AFL-CIO (more than 5000 participants) demonstrated in New York City's financial district. It was largely inspired by the Pete Peterson Commission--often cited as being unfriendly to "little people."
(5 comments) Saturday, April 24, 2010 Been Down so Long Things Look up
I look at the last ten years of young person's lives and wonder how the next ten will go. In 1933, I was 11. Ten years later a humdinger of a war was winding down.
(1 comments) Saturday, April 10, 2010 All the News That's Fit to Cut and Paste
What we call QuickLinks on OpEdNews is so prevalent in most online political sites that it's hard to believe we don't think of it as a source of news "you can't get anywhere else." Where do those QLs come from? As an editor, one of my chief sources comes from other sites' newsletters.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 21, 2010 Rowdies in Washington DC, March 20, 2010
Talking Points Memo published vicious slurs against John Lewis and Barney Frank during tea party demonstrations. In the meantime, all of us citizens are suspect, especially if our names are associated with forward looking policies.
Saturday, March 6, 2010 If It's Broke, Who'll Fix It?
Everything may not be up to snuff in the Beltway, but the cards were dealt. Whither now? Take to the streets? Choose a party, any party? Fight City Hall? Or maybe just go with the flow.
(2 comments) Saturday, February 27, 2010 Who Works? Who Labors? Who Manages? Who's the Boss?
It would be simplistic to allege than brain is replacing brawn. True the likes of Ford's River Rouge plant is history. But a car is a car. Modular parts require less hard labor and more attention to detail. Toyota admits as much.
(8 comments) Saturday, February 20, 2010 What Part of Life Belongs to Politics?
Funny that I should ask! Here I am, deeply interested in OpEdNews and all the little tentacles that take me to more information. Worse yet, I have been involved since childhood--now with a degree in political science, a subject I vehemently declare to be non-scientific.
(4 comments) Sunday, February 14, 2010 My Old Age Benefit - My Childhood Heroine
As a schoolgirl, I got shivers thinking about what old people would do if they had no place to go when they couldn't work--the Poor Farm, they called it. By the time I was in college we had what is known as Social Security. Others told me OAB funds were deducted from their paychecks at the rate of 1%.
Saturday, January 16, 2010 Economists for the People, Father and Son, the Galbraiths
From the 1950s through the 1970s, John Kenneth Galbraith was one of the most widely read economists in the United States. In these times, Bill Moyers interviews economist James K. Galbraith, a son, about the tragic impact of the recession on ordinary people and steps we must take to avoid future meltdowns.
(15 comments) Saturday, January 2, 2010 Speaking of the Unspeakable
James W. Douglass' book "JFK and the Unspeakable - Why he Died and Why it Matters" is getting the attention of readers and writers, including those on OpEdNews. On first reading I am not able to lay out a review. Herewith is an overview.
(13 comments) Sunday, October 4, 2009 Whatever Became of Dick Cheney?
Cheney has a higher profile now than he did during much of his two terms as vice president, where his work was often behind the scenes and out of the spotlight. He's granted many interviews in which he's been critical of President Barack Obama and provided a sharp televised rebuttal to his speech on national security issues.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Town and Country - Adams and Jefferson
Blue Dog Democrats, as a group of 51, are certainly rankling columnists and pundits. In the old question of Blue States versus Red States, there develops chatter of how Blue Dogs are turning Blue States into something resembling bilious chartreuse. Their Republican counterparts, who call themselves a Study Group, get off easier because they are just Republicans. In principle, they have similar guidelines.