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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.

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       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.

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       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!

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       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:

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       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?

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       Friday, May 21, 2010
Voter ID Defines Status, Clout Demands More Synonyms per the dictionary: influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others.

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       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.

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       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."

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       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.

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       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.

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       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.

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       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.

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       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.

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       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.

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       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%.

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       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.

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       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.

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       Saturday, December 26, 2009
End of the Line on Life's "Womb to Tomb" Journey With the absurdity of Sarah Palin's crowd discussing "end of life healthcare issues" comes someone who has reason to speak up.

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       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.

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       Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Public Information is the Yeast to Leaven Citizenship Schumer, Specter Unveil Revised Reporter Shield Bill That Addresses National Security Concerns, Clearing Way For Passage by Key Senate Panel

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       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.

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