Issues of the Day

DowntownAsheville.com COMMENTARY

Why North Carolina should sue the U.S. Census Bureau | Twelve other states already have, and for good reason, and so should North Carolina. Fact: Western North Carolina has many undocumented and documented Hispanics living and working in the mountains. Fact: Throughout NC there are many Hispanics who may not even choose to participate in the 2020 census. Fact: It is an economical imperative the NC attorney general sue the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure the state receives its proper amount of the hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funds up for grabs over a 10-year period. Here's why: More> | UPDATE: NC joins in lawsuit against Trump administration adding citizenship question to upcoming census, reports Motherjones.com on April 3, 2018: More>


TheGuardian.com COMMENTARY

America First? Who had President's Day off? | Dubbed as the "No-Vacation Nation," America is FIRST in first-world countries in NOT requiring companies to provide paid holidays for its employees. How messed up is that? The Guardian (required reading for the informed American) details just how messed up American holidays are, as posted in its Feb. 19, 2018 article. Here's an excerpt: "America is the only developed nation that has no legal requirement for any paid days off. The next worst off workers are in Japan and Canada, which mandate at least 10 and 19 paid days off a year, respectively. European nations ensure at least 20 days with many giving 25+." Visit Theguardian.com: More>


TheAtlantic.com Commentary

America is under attack and the President doesn't care | "Trump’s gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack—and he’s done nothing to fulfill it." Written by by David Frum; published Feb. 18, 2018, in Theatlantic.com: More>


Fight Fascists | Years ago Dr. Lawrence Britt studied the characteristics of fascism and published his findings as a list of 14 signs at Rense.com: More>


"We the People Act" Petition | Sign it (with your friends, too) to amend the U.S. Constitution to establish that money is NOT speech and that corporations are NOT human beings. | NCwethepeople.org: More>


Oligarchy, Not Democracy | Rule by the few, not by the many | More>


The Line Is Drawn: What Side of the Tax Bill Would Jesus Be On? | Senate Republicans passed a new tax bill on Dec. 2, 2017, designed to take taxes paid by the middle class and poor and pay it to the  rich. It's hard to believe, but that's the long and short of it all, despite the lies by Republicans saying the new bill will help the middle class, and doesn't help the rich very much at all. This so-called reform tax bill by the Republicans is not reform at all. It's a Senate Republican flim-flam bill passed by elected Republican con artists who represent the rich and the few. In voting for the rich and against the middle class, the Republicans might have awakened the Democratic and Independent voters in 2018. | More>


'One man shouldn't be in charge of the fate of the world' | In the midst of the national debate, including letter writers in Asheville, measuring the pros and cons of whether the US should nuke North Korea, a most sane article in The Atlantic about nuclear weapons — and one that quotes the 2017 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize | More>


 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Supports NAFTA | Reuters reports that 300 local chambers across the nation signed a letter urging President Trump to keep the NAFTA trade agreement in place to avoid hurting American businesses. | More>


Protect Your Privacy | NSA has proposed no-warrant data collection, now used against criminals, to be used against all Americans. Fifty-eight human rights and civil liberties groups demand action to "End 702" and protect citizens' privacy rights. | More>

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