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By Angelo Lopez on June 23, 2013

I like Obama, but the info I've read so far about the NSA surveillance of phone calls and internet use worries me. After the Red Scare and the Blacklist of the 1950s, the wiretapping and surveillance of citizens by the FBI of J. Edgar Hoover from the 1930s to the 1970s, and Nixon's enemies list in the 1970s, history shows that future administrations could use this NSA surveillance to spy on political enemies. Many people have argued with me that we need to sacrifice some of our privacy and freedoms in order to fight terrorism and prevent another tragedy like the bombing of the Boston Marathon. I don't really have anything against their arguments, but I do think we should be wary about allowing the government to invade our privacy without first questioning the checks and balances to that government surveillance to insure that the government doesn't abuse the information that it gathers. These thoughts inspired me to do this cartoon for the June 18, 2013 edition of the Philippines Today

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By Diane Wahto on June 21, 2013

Wichita, Kansas—Recently, I went to lunch with some women friends, friends I like and see every week. One of the women brought up the Dr. Oz column, a feature that runs in the health and fitness section of the Wichita Eagle every week. In that week’s column, Dr. Oz had written that lipstick is bad for us because it contains harmful ingredients. I read the column when I drank my morning coffee, and as I read it, I thought of all the decades I had been wearing lipstick with no ill effects.

Later in the day, I met some friends for lunch. One friend, let’s call her Joan, who had also read the Dr. Oz column, shook her finger at the rest of us, telling us that we shouldn’t be wearing lipstick, “Especially you, Ann. Yours is the brightest of anyone’s,” she said to the surprised woman sitting across the table from her. I piped up and said that I’d worn lipstick since I was a teenager and if it was going to hurt me, it would have by now. Joan wanted to argue with me about the issue, but I decided it wasn’t worth pursuing, especially if it was going to ruin our lunch, so I dropped the matter.

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By Angelo Lopez on June 10, 2013

Langston Hughes was one of the greatest poets to come out of early twentieth century. Hughes was one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance, a rich time in the New York borough of Harlem where African American writers, artists, photographers, philosophers and intellectuals contributed great intellectual and cultural achievements. During the 1920s and 1930s, Hughes joined other socially conscious poets and writers like Carl Sandburg, John Dos Passos, Carlos Bulosan and John Steinbeck in exploring the distance between America's high ideals and the American reality for African Americans, laborers, immigrants and other marginalized people.

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