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By Angelo Lopez on November 30, 2013

One of the nicest and most thoughtful persons that I met in the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is Jimmy Margulies. Jimmy Margulies was editorial cartoonist for 22 years at The Record in northern New Jersey, and he continues to produce a cartoon every Sunday for The Record. His cartoons are distributed by King Features and his cartoons on New York City issues appear regularly in amNew York and his cartoons on New Jersey issues appear in newspapers all over the Garden State. Among his national awards are The Berryman Award from The National Press Foundation, The National Headliner Award, The Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, and four Clarion Awards from The Association for Women in Communications. His work has appeard in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek and Businessweek. Before he worked in The Record in New Jersey, Jimmy Margulies was the Editorial Cartoonist for The Houston Post as well as for Journal Newspapers of Maryland and Virginia. An avid runner and vintage watch collector, he and his wife Martha have two adult children.

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By Diane Wahto on November 27, 2013

After Tiller is a documentary about late-term abortion providers and the patients they deal with on a daily basis. Lana Wilson and Martha Shane decided to do the movie after Dr. George Tiller’s murder in the vestibule of his church in May 2009. The movie was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and has been shown around the country and in Europe. It was shown in Wichita at the Orpheum Theater as part of the Tallgrass Film Festival, on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Some 600 people attended the film and stayed for the panel discussion afterward.

Some might question why such a film would be of interest to the average person, most of whom have never had to deal with the issue of late-term abortion, except in the abstract. Because I have been active in the pro-choice cause for several decades and because I was a clinic support volunteer at Dr. George Tiller’s clinic, I was interested to see how the Wilson and Shane handled the subject.

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By Ken Poland on November 22, 2013

Fifty years ago we lost a President. Can you remember what you were doing and where you were when you heard the news? Can you remember some of the issues that most likely prompted that assassination? Civil rights issues were hot issues. That's about when the 'solid Democrat south' started changing to Republican conservative political agendas. That 'conservatism' was to continue the chauvinist white domination over women and blacks. It also was directed at preserving privilege of wealth and the inherent power of that wealth. Individualism is sacred at the expense of society.

The '40s, '50s, and '60s saw a time when middle class Americans were doing quite well. The trend has been to favor the wealthy and chastise the poor, in recent years. The middle class has lost ground and fallen into the clutches of poverty and hopeless economic status. The 'super' wealthy have absorbed more and more wealth and power.

I picked up the following quote from one of the articles, I read.

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. -John F. Kennedy, 35th US president (1917-1963)

How true this is! We let ideology shape our thoughts, and too often just plain don't stop to think about facts and reality. Reality and facts indicate that the middle class will stand very little chance of joining the upper class, in economics. Unless, we have some changes in the tax structures and spending priorities of government.

By Angelo Lopez on November 21, 2013

I did this cartoon for the November 20, 2013 edition of the Philippines Today. It's not one of my best cartoons, but I was trying to show some of my frustration at how the website rollout has occurred. I support Obamacare, but the news of the past few weeks have been very frustrating to read. For the Affordable Care Act to succeed, enough insurers have to be in the state exchanges to create competition to lower prices, and enough young people have to sign up for insurance so insurance companies can spread the cost of enrolling people with preexisting conditions.

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By Ken Poland on November 6, 2013

Angelo, you're last post was a good one ! However, the comparisons of liberal and conservative political interests and priorities are not easily identified or in line with either Hamilton or Jefferson.

Yes, I am identified as a liberal in today's political environment. I, therefore, seem to be a little more tolerant of the failures of the liberal philosophies to address all the social needs of society. The truth is, I'm not inclined to try forcing my religious and moral standards on everyone else. Neither am I inclined to allow someone else to determine my individual standards for myself. We are all entitled to our own opinions and priorities

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By Angelo Lopez on November 4, 2013

These past two months have not been a great time for either the Republican or the Democratic Parties. The Republicans last month unnecessarily shut down the government and threatened to put the country in default, which has justly drawn the scorn of reasonable people. Meanwhile, the Democrats have wrangled their hands over the problems of the national exchange website that has put many roadblocks for many people who have tried to sign up for health care insurance. At the heart of the debates between Republicans and Democrats over the past few years is a fundamental difference between the two sides over the role they see the government in the lives of our American society and economy. This is a long running debate that can trace its origins to the nation's founding, when the Federalists and the Republicans fought over the power of the federal government and the power of state and local governments. A recent book by John Ferling called Jefferson and Hamilton: the Rivalry That Forged A Nation focuses on the two men that best symbolized the two competing philosophies that have animated the American political scene.

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By Diane Wahto on November 2, 2013

It was the late ‘80s or early ‘90s when the Butler Community College instructors got computers in the offices. The first computer I had in my office looked like a huge box. I had to insert two large disks into the appropriate slots to get it to work. Of course, that computer was only good for word processing, but it was a big step up over a typewriter.

Then we all were promoted to laptops that were connected to the LAN. I took a computer class and soon learned how to get online and do things there. I started teaching online using e-mail with one student, a young woman enrolled at Pittsburg State. She was willing to follow my syllabus and turn in her work by e-mail. This led to my teaching online at Butler for part of my class load when the online program was up and running.

Being connected through the Internet opened up a large world for me. I was able to go to web sites to get information and to share information. I was able to join listservs, precursors to My Space, Facebook, Twitter, and the other social media that have grown up in in recent years. It is on one of those listservs that I encountered my first experience with online incivility.

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