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Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed

By Suzanne Gordon

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

Republican anti-immigrant agenda will backfire

by Alvaro Huerta

Congressional Republicans are exploiting a senseless crime to try to push through anti-immigrant legislation.
In the wake of the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant recently released from the county jail, House and Senate Republicans have introduced a slew of bills.

What Obama needs to do for Africa

by Clarence Lusane

President Obama’s recent Africa tour could be of great significance.
Much of the media focus was on the “family reunion” dimension of Obama’s journey to his father’s country, and the symbolism of his trip as the first sitting president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia and to address the African Union. But the president should aim to achieve more than symbolism. What can he do to leave a positive, concrete legacy in the region?

Puerto Rico’s economic disaster has political roots

by Carmelo Ruiz

The roots of Puerto Rico’s economic disaster lie in its political status.
Puerto Rico cannot declare bankruptcy. Unlike the municipality of Detroit and the sovereign nation of Greece, Puerto Rico has no independent political identity. It is an “unincorporated territory” of the United States of America.
Ever since this Caribbean island-nation was invaded by the United States in 1898, it has been ruled under the territorial clause of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Congress exercises authority over Puerto Rico.

Obama’s prison focus demonstrates need for juvenile justice reform

by Jody Kent Lavy and James Ross

President Obama’s call for criminal justice reform, especially for young offenders, is a historic breakthrough.
“We’ve got to make sure the juvenile justice system remembers that kids are different,” the president said in his recent address to the NAACP.
Obama’s statement brings increased visibility to what adolescent development research has long documented: Children have less ability than adults to control their impulses, think through the long-term consequences of their behaviors or avoid pressure from peers and adults.

Trump's anti-immigrant comments help Democrats

by Alvaro Huerta

As a scholar and proud Latino of Mexican descent, I’m appalled, but not surprised, by Donald Trump’s disparagement of Mexican immigrants.
In announcing his bid for the White House, Trump didn’t mince his words: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems. … They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”