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If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start With Big Pharma

At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally a few weeks earlier, he called for the same.

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One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down

It’s now been over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought nearly a million people to the capital. Yet Congress is still dragging its feet on guns.

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Billionaires Won’t Save the World - Just Look at Elon Musk

Will Mars save humanity? Or will our savior be billionaire Elon Musk?

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Teachers Deserve a Raise - Here’s How to Fund It

Teachers are ready to revolt.

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Mass Shootings Shouldn’t Be the Only Time We Talk About Mental Illness

After every mass shooting, we repeat all of the same things.

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America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town

My southeastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the surrounding villages must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop.

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A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All

California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal pot.

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Huge Military Budgets Make Us Broke, Not Safe

We’re all tense. Hearing about our fellow citizens in Hawaii scrambling around, looking for a place to hide from a nuclear bomb, will do that to you. So will contests between two unstable world leaders over the size of their nuclear buttons.

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Why Some Students Fail

Another semester is about to begin at the community college where I teach.

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Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’

Maybe it’s time America’s psychiatrists reconsider their Goldwater Rule.

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