Opinions/Editorials

Message to candidates of all parties:

In the final days of the campaign the forgotten night-shift workers might appreciate a visit from the candidates for public office. The workers that keep our society going during the midnight shift and receive little attention from the Congressional candidates for the House of Representatives or the Senate. Millions of people work the night shift…

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The Decision in the General Motors Bankruptcy Case

Statement of Ralph Nader Today’s court ruling that has granted General Motors (GM) a legal shield from lawsuits involving billions of dollars stemming from the company’s decade of cover-ups regarding its faulty ignition switches is another outrageous chapter in the mismanagement of its 2009 bankruptcy and restructuring. Under this ruling, “New GM” is not liable for the grossly negligent actions…

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Letter to Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Airlines

February 13, 2015 Jeff Smisek, CEO United Airlines, Inc. PO Box 06649 Chicago, IL 60606-0649 Dear Mr. Smisek, Two stories have come to public attention about your airline, which invites some serious introspection by you and your fellow executives who make millions of dollars a year. The first appeared in the January 23, 2015 edition…

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Letter to President Obama, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: The end of the year and the completion of an unproductive session of Congress is an appropriate time to suggest some important matters for your close attention for next year. Your visit to the National Institutes…

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Statement of Ralph Nader On Creating an Ombudsman for General Motors

The simplest solution to avert the culture of avoidance or cover-up inside GM regarding their discovery of product defects is for the CEO to establish an independent Ombudsman office, authorized to receive, in total confidence, the assertions of conscientious engineers and other employees about safety defects without fear of retaliation or losing their jobs. The…

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Statement of Ralph Nader on George McGovern

George McGovern never stopped learning and giving to the world. After fighting in World War II he learned to wage peace. From seeing poverty he championed nutrition and and food programs for the impoverished hungry. He was regularly ahead of the times in correctly challenging momentous injustices. For this a majority of voters land-slided Watergate-afflicted…

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Letter to Governor Cuomo on Fracking

August 29, 2012 Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo State Capital Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Cuomo: I am writing today to urge you to reject the industry-led push to allow “Fracking” in New York State. The rush to drill is frought with known and expected problems. Fracking poses threats to: drinking water sources, air quality, worker…

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Where Left and Right Converge

Published in the 8/18/2010 Edition of the Wall Street Journal Earlier this year, Barney Frank and Ron Paul convened the Sustainable Defense Task Force, consisting of experts “spanning the ideological spectrum.” They recommended a 10-year, $1 trillion reduction in Pentagon spending that disturbed some in the military-industrial complex. Other members of Congress were surprised by…

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TSA is delivering naked insecurity

Published in the 11/18/2010 edition of USA Today. To airline passengers: Get ready for naked insecurity. To the Department of Homeland Security: If you thought this week was bad, brace yourself for a tsunami of protests in the days ahead. This month Homeland Security has implemented a new rule calling for extremely invasive pat-downs of…

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Where Left and Right Converge

Don’t miss Ralph’s latest op-ed on the rise of anticorporatist views. The op-ed was published in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, and can be found online here.

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