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Another State Falls Prey to the Junk Food Lobby

by Michele Simon, Commondreams "Ironically, the most common argument made against such bills is that schools should maintain "local control" over nutrition policy. But Governor Rell's reasoning is hard to swallow. She invoked the word "local" no fewer than 16 times in her 3-page veto message. However, many school policies are made at the state and even national level. Perhaps the governor has heard of President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" policy?"

Brushed off in Vermont

By Brian McGrory, Boston Globe "You read that right: Men and women making maybe $15 an hour who had dedicated their working lives to a bristle manufacturing company might have to give their paltry severance back to the multimillionaire Bostonians who are shutting down their plant. Hold on: I've got Charles Dickens calling on Line 1."

Saying Goodbye to Marty Jezer

By Joyce Marcel - Commondreams Joyce Marcel is a free-lance journalist who lives in Vermont and writes about culture, politics, economics and travel. She can be reached at joyrand@sover.net "I didn't know Marty then, although I knew about him - that he was a well-known left-wing writer, one of the hippest people of his generation, and one of those legendary early commune hippies who came to Vermont in the 1970s and stayed to make a life here. Marty was no hippie caricature, though. He was a well-respected and much-loved contributor to the daily life of our community, an adept and knowledgeable political columnist, and the author of four books, one of which was made into a movie."

McLibel Opens June 10th

Cinema Libre Studio is proud to announce that MCLIBEL, the documentary about Dave Morris and Helen Steel's monumental libel case versus McDonald's, premieres in the US in San Francisco on June 10th. Directed by Franny Armstrong, MCLIBEL is the story of two ordinary people who took on McDonald's and won in what became the longest running trial in British history and the biggest corporate PR disaster. In the late 80's, as members of London Greenpeace, the activists started handing out "What's Wrong With McDonald's" leaflets that attacked many aspects of the corporation's business practices specifically: - Environmental abuse - Deceptive ads - Exploiting children - Low wages - Anti-union - Bad working conditions - Animal cruelty and, - Heart disease Soon afterwards, "McSpies" infiltrated the organization and shortly there afterwards McDonald's sued five of the members. McDonald's offered a stark choice: retract the alle

Rutland: Town Meeting on Poverty

Last Saturday night Congressman Bernie Sanders sponsored a town meeting to discuss the issue of poverty. It had been billed as an opportunity for citizens to gather and and discuss the increasingly troubling problem of poverty. Though there were many competing activities me and my family could have chosen on perhaps the most beautiful weekend of the year, we along with about 60 others wanted to dialogue about the forgotten issue of poverty in America. There seemed to be a cross-section of the community represented with low-income organizations present as well as concerned citizens and people who are poor. For my family and I hearing from many people in our community about the issue of poverty was the most inspiring. We were also lifted by the hopefulness of Bernie Sanders and by his demands to us to " not give up" and to "fight the good fight." As most of us are aware, Bernie is likely to become the next United States Senator from Vermont as Jim Jeffords steps d

'Writing the History of the Revolution is Now Up to You'

by Bill Moyers - This is the prepared text of the speech Bill Moyers gave at Take Back America: The Conference for America's Future, sponsored by the Institute for America's Future, in Washington on Friday, June 3, 2005 The Wall Street Journal is no Marxist sheet, either, although its editorial page can be just as rigid and dogmatic as old Stalinists. The Journal's reporters, however, are among the best in the country. They're devoted to getting as close as possible to the verifiable truth and describing what they find with the varnish off. Two weeks ago a front-page leader in the Journal concluded that "As the gap between rich and poor has widened since 1970, the odds that a child born in poverty will climb to wealth - or that a rich child will fall into middle class - remain stuck….Despite the widespread belief that the U.S. remains a more mobile society than Europe, economists and sociologists say that in recent decades the typical child starting out in povert

Do Your Part, the Way Co-op America Does

by Ralph Nader Co-op America's solar magazine whets your appetite for solar. The/ Quarterly/ has a useful list of what you can do solarwise from old knowledge known as thrift. Hang your clothes out to dry instead of firing up the energy wasteful clothes dryer, for example. It shows you how to visit existing solar homes (www.ases.org ), tap state programs that give you a break if you install solar devices or systems. It takes you around the country and world where solar is being used for a wide variety of purposes efficiently.

Class in America: Two Elite Newspapers Tackle The Big Taboo

by Jennifer Ladd and Felice Yeskel - Commondreams.org Class? There is no word or concept that is more off-limits in our boundless tell-all culture right now than class. As a society, we have rapidly progressed over several generations in developing a common language to talk about differences of gender, race, and sexual orientation. Newspapers and TV interview shows explore every nook and cranny of American life through the lens of diverse forms of oppression and difference such as aging, disability, and mental illness. Almost everything…but class.