Commentary

In an unprecedented economic recovery, why are we only talking about inflation?

BY: - May 17, 2022

The latest jobs report shows that the U.S. economy continues its rapid recovery from the pandemic crisis. Employers added 428,000 new jobs in April, continuing a now-year-long streak of similarly strong job growth. After surging to a post-World War II high of 14.7% in 2020, unemployment is now down to 3.6%, the lowest level in […]

Why it’s scary that ‘pro-family’ politics has evolved into ‘America First Pro-natalism’

BY: - May 13, 2022

With the leaked Supreme Court draft portending a total overturning of the precedent of nationwide abortion access established nearly 50 years ago by Roe v. Wade, many have been left to ask what the policy landscape of a post-Roe America might look like. While some Republicans have insisted that the fall of Roe would mean […]

Pandora’s Box: Overturning Roe is only the beginning of the threats to women

BY: - May 9, 2022

When I was raped in 2016, one of my attackers reached inside me and pulled out my NuvaRring, an internal birth control device, and asked me what it was.  When I told him, he cast it aside where it was lost until police retrieved it a couple days later.  Following my attack, because of the […]

Truck pollution is hurting our kids, and the EPA could do so much to stop it

BY: - May 6, 2022

In 2018, my family moved into a home in South Phoenix that seemed perfect for us. It was near a day care center and across the street from Central Park. But within a few months, my daughters, who were one and two years old, started wheezing at night. Our doctor prescribed asthma medicine for my oldest […]

Overturning Roe v. Wade, part of the ‘war on women,’ will leave blood on the hands of the GOP

BY: - May 5, 2022

There’s a reason the Declaration of Independence reads “all men are created equal” and not “all men and women are created equal.” Simply stated, the Founding Founders were all white guys who didn’t think women were their equals. In fact, the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution after that, basically regarded women […]

We have the tools to build an extraordinary civilization. We ought to use them.

BY: - April 29, 2022

Too often, sharing the news feels like being a messenger of madness. Every day, foundational democratic institutions suffer sustained assault while a corrupt, extremist right-wing tyranny over politics and policy reigns in state capitals across the nation. As important as it is to chronicle the “first draft of history” by finding the facts and holding […]

#redfored teacher pay

There’s a big problem with how much teachers are paid, but it’s not because of administrative bloat

BY: - April 28, 2022

Kari Lake is peddling an idea to address Arizona’s teacher shortage — which is on the verge of becoming a crisis — that is built on a lie that is hard-wired into the Republican view of public education. And it’s a lie designed to allow GOP lawmakers, who have had total control of Arizona’s state […]

The ‘New Big Lie’ targets teachers and all public education: Don’t let it go unquestioned

BY: - April 27, 2022

Beware the New Big Lie. For the past 18 months, those committed to truth have battled the Big Lie spread by former President Donald Trump that he actually won the 2020 election. But during that time, a New Big Lie has bloomed, one that threatens to undermine our country further. That lie, no less audacious […]

Pleased to meet you, hope you guess the name of my latest variant

BY: - April 26, 2022

Hi. Remember me? No, no, wait! Don’t be afraid. We met a couple of years ago. January 20, 2020, to be exact. Snohomish County, Washington. Just north of Seattle. I know it’s been a while, but it’s not an easy day to forget. I remember every detail: You wore blue and I, well, not to […]

No, actually, book bans don’t sell books

BY: - April 21, 2022

“Bans sell books.” You don’t have to go far online to find that bit of conventional wisdom. For example, today my delightfully bookish Twitter feed showed me Upton Sinclair’s thoughts on the matter from 1927. And in my two decades in book publishing, I’ve repeated variations on the theme many times. “Bans lead to publicity. […]

Legendary author Rudolfo Anaya on banning books

BY: - April 20, 2022

Ten years ago, Bless Me, Ultima was being pulled from the shelves in Arizona classrooms as Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program was dismantled. I was a reporter at Albuquerque’s now defunct alt-weekly. In our rundown brick office, I pulled out the city’s actual phone book. The big old paper version was already like a thing […]

What are book bans really about? Fear

BY: - April 19, 2022

More years ago than I really care to count, the children’s librarian in my little town in rural northwestern Connecticut, apparently tired of my endlessly renewing the same book over and over again, pressed a copy of “The White Mountains” by John Christopher into my eight-year-old hands. Mrs. Bullock was her name. She was the mother of one of my […]