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 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    March 22, 2021

Willfully blind White House ignores border chaos

The daily Southwest border updates are generating nationwide concern, except in Washington, D.C., where indifference reigns. The latest Department of Homeland Security report showed that in February,...

 

Congress dismisses working class Americans

Events on Capitol Hill and the Southwest border are unfolding at a dizzying pace. The outcome of those developments will have long-lasting and irreversible effects. At the center of the chaos is...

 

$15 wage hurts vulnerable workers

President Biden is going full speed ahead with his plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Democrats’ latest approach to convert Biden’s campaign promise to more than double the...

 

Minor league baseball, a vanishing American tradition

For millions of amateur and minor league baseball (MiLB) fans, the 2020 season was a bust. Not only did COVID-19 wipe out most all the scheduled games, 2020 may be the end of the line for many teams....

 
 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    July 20, 2020

Opinion: With no baseball, a look back at Nixon's All-Stars

During a normal Major League Baseball season, by mid-July fans would be anticipating the annual All-Star Game. But in 2020, COVID-19, the great killjoy, has forced the game's cancellation, the first...

 
 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    April 13, 2020

Baseball great Babe Ruth beat Spanish Flu twice

In 1918, an influenza panic much like today’s COVID-19 struck the nation. The Spanish flu, as it was often called, killed at least 50 million victims worldwide, and 675,000 in the U.S. Then-Surgeon...

 

The two baseball players who paved the way for integration

For most baseball fans, the season ends when the World Series final putout is made. But in 1946, the lucky residents of Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Des Moines, Denver,...

 

California's population swells, but leadership wants more immigrations

The California Department of Finance announced that the state’s population fell just 40,000 people short of a historic 40 million residents. Sacramento demographers, as well as population experts...

 

New report paints dire picture of low-wage jobs

The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program just released a study that casts serious doubt on President Trump’s insistence that the economy is improving, and that the employment market...

 
 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    May 13, 2019

Don't let robo umps ruin baseball

Just a few brief weeks into the 2019 Major League Baseball season, incontrovertible evidence has surfaced that computerized balls and strike calls cannot be far away. Before each game begins, the...

 

Refugee industry heads to Capitol Hill

The refugee resettlement industry is in full panic mode. Some may ques- tion whether “industry” is the correct word. But the multi-million dollar budgets voluntary agencies (volags) have at their...

 
 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    August 6, 2018

Earth Overshoot Day offers sustainability lessons

August 1 marked Earth Overshoot Day, the day that worldwide humanity will, in only seven months, have taken more resources from the earth than can be replenished within a single year. During a...

 
 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    June 11, 2018

To 2018 graduating class, beware jobs market landmines

In June, about 4 million teenagers will graduate from high school, and another 3 million or so will earn associate or four-year university degrees. The happy graduates should view cautiously the...

 
 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    May 14, 2018

NAFTA 2.0 poses major threats to U.S. workers

The Mexican and Canadian governments are pushing the White House to step up the North American Free Trade Agreement’s renegotiation pace and to conclude talks in May. Dubbed NAFTA 2.0, President...

 
 By Joe Guzzardi    Opinion    May 7, 2018

All eyes on Supreme Court with Trump v. Hawaii

Observing the swamp during the last few weeks, one trend is clear: federal courts are all-powerful, and even though the judges are appointed, not elected, they have the final say in legislative...

 

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