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Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed

By Suzanne Gordon

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

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.”

Medicaid refusals create new Mason-Dixon Line

by Glenn Harris and LeeAnn Hall

Historically, the Mason-Dixon Line divided states that embraced slavery and those that rejected it. Today, there is a new Mason-Dixon Line in America. This time, it’s a dividing line for Medicaid, one of the country’s most important health insurance programs.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all states can now expand Medicaid coverage to almost all their poor and near-poor residents. But almost half of our states are saying no. This expansion comes with almost full federal funding, which means that money is not driving these decisions.

Rick Perry has no place for Latinos

By Jose Miguel Leyva

Rick Perry’s aspiration to rule the United States as he ruled Texas would be terrible for all of us — especially minorities and the poor.
Perry, who just stepped into the GOP presidential fray, spent his 14 years as governor sidelining entire segments of the population.

We don't need armed students on campus

By Starita Smith

A new Texas law allowing college students to carry concealed guns is part of a dangerous national trend.
Texas has just joined Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin on the list of states authorizing concealed handguns for students over the age of 21. Twenty-three other states give their universities the leeway to decide whether to allow guns.