Archive: 07/2010

Corporate Tax Evasion Hurts Economy

Caryl Guisinger

This article was originally published on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at The Grand Island Independent.

Money earned, saved, and spent.  It’s what drives the economy, isn’t it?  When money is hoarded by corporations and taken from great numbers of people, the economy suffers and fails. So if corporations are a significant aspect of the economy, shouldn’t they pay their fair share of income taxes?  

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Upcoming Events to Commemorate the Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Paul Olson, President
Nebraskans for Peace

With the anniversary of the first atomic bombings approaching, Nebraskans for Peace believes it is important we remember what happened 65 years ago if we are to keep from repeating history. On August 2, 1945, just as the victorious Allies were concluding their conference in Potsdam, Germany on the post-war division of Europe and readying for the final assault on Japan, Harry Truman reputedly gave the order to drop the atomic bomb.  The city of Hiroshima became the first victim of this never-before-used weapon on August 6, and Nagasaki the second, on August 9, three days later. As we commemorate the momentous events at Potsdam, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we take heart from the declarations of our world leaders seeking the total abolition of these Weapons of Mass Destruction and look forward to the prospect of significant reductions in nuclear armaments. Senate ratification of the “New START Treaty” with Russia is an essential next step in ultimately ridding our world of these doomsday weapons.

There are several events taking place in Lincoln and in Omaha for you to choose from. The full description and information can be found on the events page of our website.

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Midlands Voices: Clean coal more hype than reality

The following editorial on Nebraska's central role in coal rail transportation appeared in the Monday July 12 Omaha World-Herald.  Signed by UNO Professor and Nebraska Report columnist Bruce Johansen, the op-ed was the creation of the newly formed "350.org -- Nebraska" coalition, of which Nebraskans for Peace is a charter member.  The article is republished with permission by the Omaha World-Herald.

Bruce E. Johansen

The writer is a professor in the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is author of “The Encyclopedia of Global Warming Science and Technology.”

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The Pentagon's Bone Yard

If you ever doubted that our Pentagon budget is bloated, look at the following series of pictures. At the “Bone Yard” on the sands of Arizona, we have more evidence of the military’s incredible waste than we ever could have imagined. Seeing picture after picture of these mothballed weapons, is it any wonder, really, that our nation is ‘Goin’ Broke, Paying for War’?

The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base - Tucson, Arizona USA. Remember, each one of these babies had a multi-million dollar price tag!

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A Nuclear Weapon-Free World

Dan Schlitt

Dan Schlitt is a retired UNL physics professor who has followed issues related to nuclear weapons for 50 years. A founding member of Nebraskans for Peace and active Quaker, he currently sits on the “General Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation” and recently served on the Regional Executive Committee and the national Board of the American Friends Service Committee.

The past several months have been very encouraging for those of us who yearn for the end of the threat from nuclear weapons. For three decades we have seen little progress. The current steps are not all we could wish for, but they are steps in the right direction.

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