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Author's Biography 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.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 13, 2015
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Donald the Deporter A bit of 20th Century deportation history helps to put Donald Trump's shameful proposals in perspective.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 29, 2015
"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.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 17, 2015
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2015
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 4, 2015
"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.
What a .battle of the comments. revealed., From ImagesAttr
(68 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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.
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(38 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2015
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.
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 7, 2015
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 31, 2015
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.
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(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 29, 2015
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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.
Amnesty International's proposal to remove criminal penalties from the sex trade., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 14, 2015
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.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 9, 2015
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.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 7, 2015
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 3, 2015
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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2015
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.

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