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A taxing solution to the greatest challenge of our time

Putting a price on carbon emissions is one of the best ways we can slow the pace of climate change.Ben Franklin said it best — nothing is certain, “except death and taxes.”Like most Americans, we submit our 1040s to maintain the health of our nation. However, we’d personally rather decrease our income tax and instead pay a fee that reduces carbon pollution and could preserve the planet.

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Lax approach yields bad resultsWhile Ohio lawmakers fail to take steps to hold charter schools more accountable for how they use millions of dollars in tax money, evidence mounts that this lax approach yields bad results.Chiefly, the law allows charter-school boards to contract with for-profit management companies to run the schools and includes too few restrictions on those relationships — restrictions that would protect the public and the state t...

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Terrific things happening at XCS

Here are some of the terrific things happening in each of our schools.I would certainly be remiss if I did not start off by mentioning the Dedication Ceremony from Tuesday evening. In 1957, Xenia High School was erected on 425 Edison Blvd. The Class of 1958 was the first class to begin and end the year at the new high school. During the year, the class worked concession stands to save up more than $3,000 and used that money to purchase a pink granite base, flag, and pole.

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Let them eat rice

The gusher of money, time, and resources wasted on one genetically engineered crop imbued with a single vitamin could have solved some easier-to-fix problems behind worldwide hunger.A recent Scientific American blog post blamed environmentalists for costing poor, malnourished people an estimated 1,424,000 life years in India alone. Why? Because they presumably kept Golden Rice off the market for over a decade when it could have been helping the world’s poor during that time....

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Stopping credit report errors

Your credit report has an enormous impact on your financial future. Banks, credit card companies, and employers all reference credit reports when they decide whether to make a loan to a potential customer or offer a job to a prospective employee. That is why it’s critical that credit reporting agencies maintain and provide accurate credit information about consumers.

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Social geography

By Bill TaylorIt seems to meIt seems to me that geography is playing a big part in our society today. When we usually think of geography - if we ever do - we conjure up visions of where countries, states, cities, oceans and the like are located. But there are other aspects of geography such as the study of the various climates — tropical rainforests, deserts, and such.

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A better path to prosperity

By Isaiah J. PooleVoters would embrace the Better Off Budget’s audacious, but common-sense approach if they heard about it.Washington politicos aren’t quite right when they say that federal budget proposals are “dead on arrival.”Even if they don’t become law, budgets stand as living, breathing testimonies of the values and priorities of the people who write them.And it may surprise you that the budget proposal that̵...

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Hiding profits in slimy offshore wormholes

By Jim HightowerCaterpillar channeled 85 percent of its international parts profits into what amounts to a tax shelter.The dictionary defines the caterpillar as a “wormlike larva” and a “crawler.” Also, that “pillar” part of the word is derived from a French verb that means to “pillage, abuse, mistreat.”Good to know. Now, meet Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction and mining machines....

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Editorials

A troubling decision When looking at the political climate over at least the past 20 years, it is difficult to say that special interest groups have not had an impact on the outcomes of various races at the national and state level.This took another step this week when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to change the limits on contributions made to candidates at a federal level, parties and political action committees (PACs).In the ...

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WhatsApp with the estate tax?

Weakening financial regulations are driving the economy further down the one-way street of extreme wealth accumulation.What does Facebook’s recent purchase of WhatsApp have to do with the estate tax? Actually, a good bit, if you’re concerned about America’s concentration of wealth.Why? Because an economy needs effective checks and balances. A tax on inherited fortunes essentially operates as an app that counterbalances the impact of events like Facebook...

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Close the Paris Hilton loophole

Billionaires are exploiting a tax break to pass their fortunes along to their heirs and laying the groundwork for dynasties.If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars.This giveaway takes the form of a complex tax loophole designed to circumvent the federal estate tax, one of the few ways a democratic society can reduce extreme weal...

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Rigging the electoral system for the rich

Either through electoral channels or a constitutional amendment, the American people must fight back against Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United and McCutcheon.A poll conducted late last year found that more than seven in ten voters think our election system is “biased in favor of the candidate with the most money.”While nothing about this number is surprising — except, perhaps, that it’s not even higher — it does reveal the depth of ...

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A fossil-fueled bombshell

Believe it or not, Shell — of all companies — gets it.Royal Dutch Shell buried a bombshell in its recently released 2013 annual report.Amid 200 pages of predictably and mind-numbingly dry text, the world’s seventh-largest oil company foreshadowed something big. Here are the exact words, which Shell buried in the report’s “risk factors” section:“If we are unable to find economically viable, as well as publicly acceptabl...

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I think they can

Some of the states where the Moral Monday movement is rising are mighty steep political hills for progressives to climb.Like that little choo-choo in the classic children’s book “The Little Engine that Could,” Moral Monday is the little movement that says, “I think I can” and keeps chugging up the hill.This new progressive coalition became a full-throttle citizen uprising in North Carolina early last year.Fueled by rising public o...

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Toxic tech

Apple and other big manufacturers must swap less-deadly chemicals for the cancerous ones poisoning their Chinese workers.Ming Kunpeng went to work for ASM Pacific Technology — a chip supplier for Apple — when he was 19 years old. Required to handle the known carcinogen benzene on a daily basis without adequate training or protective gear, the young worker fell ill at the age of 22. Doctors eventually diagnosed him with occupational leukemia.After a year-long ...

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Know when to say when

Are some of us living too long? Much in life can become...

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