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Food Stamps are an essential safety net for working families

Dear Editor, In November of 2017, my hard-working husband applied for his VISA, but was denied. Since then, I had to find ways to maintain a household, independently, and I found myself struggling making ends meet. It wasn’t until I applied for food stamps and received help to buy nutritious foods for my children. Food stamps have been a critical resource to me at times when I needed help to get enough food on the table for my family and…

Health Care Has Improved; Let’s Keep the Progress Going

Virginia has become the most recent state to expand Medicaid. Thanks to a few bold Republicans in the state’s legislature, more Virginians will have access to the healthcare they need. As those in the South celebrate, it’s worth remembering Nevada’s monumental healthcare progress since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) passage. Approval of the ACA has reached record levels across the country. Nevadans are no exception. The ACA’s careful mix of market-based adjustments resulted in about 20 million people nationwide gaining…

Opinion: Congress Wants to Cut Food Stamps After Giving 1% a Big Tax Break

Last year, Republicans blew a massive hole in the federal budget with their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to big corporations. These corporations include the big drug companies that make record profits by gouging us on the cost of prescription drugs. Companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s that pay so little that workers can’t make ends meet also got tax breaks. After cutting healthcare to pay this tax scam, Republicans in the House now also want to cut about $20 billion from…

Youth are Showing Extraordinary Leadership on Climate in the Courts

You have heard of the Parkland students who are leading the #NeverAgain movement against gun violence. As we approach Earth Day this weekend, it's important to spread the word about another group of youth out of Oregon have shown similarly courageous leadership on climate change in the courtroom. It all started in 2015, when 21 young people in Oregon, then aged 8 to 19 years old, worked with a youth focused organization called Our Children’s Trust to file a lawsuit…

OPINION: Janus v. AFSCME threatens the strength of unions

  Don’t be fooled by anti-union rhetoric On one side of the pathway leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court, people wave signs that say “Stand With Workers.” On the other, people tout a banner “Stand Fight Unite.”  It’s hard to distinguish what exactly they’re disagreeing about, until you look a little closer at the signs that stay “Stand with Mark”—referring to Illinois State Employee Mark Janus, who has been aided by conservative donors to bring his case against his…

Opinion: Protect Women's Care

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And while we celebrate that, this special day is also to check in with how women fare in gender parity. And when it comes to healthcare, women aren’t doing so well. It’s no question that, under the current administration, healthcare for low-income and elderly people and people with preexisting conditions stand to lose a lot when it comes to Republicans repealing…

Tonight Was In No Way OK.

Our disappointment at what happened again tonight at the school board meeting cannot be overstated. Like other leaders around the country who do nothing about gun violence, it is deplorable that the adults here in our public schools again decided to delay action. In some ways we are not surprised as our efforts since 2012 have been met over and over again in these ways. Such behavior has happened at all levels: school board, superintendent’s office, legal, principals, counselors, everyone.…