Opinions/Editorials

Open Letter to FCC Regarding GM Payola

Ms. Kris Monteith, Bureau Chief,Enforcement Bureau, Investigations & Hearings Division,Federal Communications Commission (FCC),445 12th Street, SW, Room 4-C330Washington, DC 20554 August 17, 2007 Dear Ms. Monteith: I am writing to ask that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conduct an investigation of the activities of certain hosts of radio shows. (See Appendix One — a list of…

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Time Running Out to Claim Largest Tax Refund in U.S. History, Says Nader:

Average Taxpayers and Small Businesses Could Potentially Lose Out on Billions of Dollars FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Ralph Nader, 202-387-8030 Washington, DC. — April 5 — The average American family may miss out on getting a minimum of $30 to $60 and perhaps much more back on their federal income tax, said consumer advocate Ralph Nader.…

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Ralph Nader & League of Fans ask LeBron James to help workers in Nike factories

Today, Ralph Nader and the sports reform project League of Fans sent a letter to NBA star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers asking him to help improve conditions for the workers who make the Nike products he endorses. The letter follows. —– March 21, 2007 LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers Dear Mr. James: Congratulations on your…

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Ralph Nader Calls on President George W. Bush to Apologize to Troops and Their Families

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph Nader 202-232-7112 Statement of Ralph NaderNovember 2, 2006 President George W. Bush has called on Senator John Kerry to apologize for saying that people unable to succeed in the U.S. educational system would likely get stuck in Iraq. Senator Kerry says he was referring to the President and his administration.…

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Ralph Nader writes George Steinbrenner III

Dear Mr. Steinbrenner: So you want to be the man who tears down “the House That Ruth Built.” And for what? More profit. Neither you, nor the city government you pressured, nor anyone else should ever do this to a place so rich in history and tradition as Yankee Stadium. Would the city ever tear…

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Break Down Barriers to Minority Parties

By Ralph Nader Originally published on July 9, 2006 in the Baltimore Sun In no other Western democracy do third-party or independent candidates confront more obstacles and exclusions from contributing to a competitive democratic process than in the United States. These include both legal obstacles and an abject lack of media coverage. Legal impediments include…

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An Injustice Contrary To What Progressive Means

Progressive judges protect those who cannot protect themselves in the political process. For example, the Warren Court expanded the rights of the criminal accused and struck down laws persecuting blacks. This tendency to protect our most vulnerable citizens belies the conservative caricature of progressives as wantonly willing to sacrifice individual rights to the whims of…

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Make the Recall Count By Ralph Nader

The upcoming California gubernatorial recall election (the first ever) has been described as a “circus,” a “farce,” quot;wacky” and “show business.” More reflective observations have described it as a recall qualified by Republican multimillionaires to set up other Republican multimillionaires as candidates to replace the incumbent, Gray Davis. Certainly, this is not the kind of…

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Corporate Socialism

The relentless expansion of corporate control over our political economy has proven nearly immune to daily reporting by the mainstream media. Corporate crime, fraud and abuse have become like the weather; everyone is talking about the storm but no one seems able to do anything about it. This is largely because expected accountability mechanisms —…

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The Concord Principles: An Agenda for a New Democracy

Control of our social institutions, our government, and our political¬†system is presently in the hands of a self-serving, powerful few, known¬†as an oligarchy, which too often has excluded citizens from the process. Our political system has degenerated into a government of the power brokers, by the power brokers, and for the power brokers, and is…

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