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With the quadrennial presidential election extravaganza reaching its peak, it’s useful to ask how the political campaigns are dealing with the most crucial issues we face. The simple answer is: badly, or not at all. If so, some important questions arise: why, and what can we do about it?
There are two issues of overwhelming significance, because the fate of the species is at stake: environmental disaster, and nuclear war.
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By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON, OCT. 1, 2012…..While the number of uninsured Massachusetts residents has fallen since 2006 and the number who have visited a doctor has increased, the state’s shortage of physicians continues, with “critical” levels in a few specialties.
You will never know how strong you are until you become homeless. Serious adversity challenges you to an extent that you whole being excels. You will get sick on the streets. I don't mean a cold or a sniffle. I mean a lung infection that drags on for weeks. A lung infection that rises from your lungs into your ears and makes you head feel like as if it were sculpted out of concrete. You go to a doctor who flatly refuses to treat you because you are homeless!
By Michael Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 27, 2012--The Massachusetts economy has downshifted to a "lower gear," held back by deteriorating global conditions, with slower growth expected to continue in the coming months, according to the latest from Massachusetts economic analysts.
The Contributor - USA
His daughter is in the hospital and is about to die. Her blood work shows she has diabetes but does not know it. He has finally landed a job if he can start later today. She might get a job if she can interview tomorrow morning. The river's about to flood his campsite. She just got assaulted and robbed and needs help.
After the re-election of George W. Bush, I was done with America. Less than a year into Bush’s second term, I left the United States for the first time. At the tender age of 34, I moved to Paris to be like James Baldwin. With money from a writing fellowship, I was confident that I was going to compose ‘the book’; but I was not convinced that I would return to the States. Upon the City of Lights streets, I would walk, wander and wonder.