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Givens: Oil dependency is a national security issue

The political fight around climate change and carbon emissions is intense. Yet our economy is tied to oil. Though our economy slows when the price of oil goes up, our very economic stability relies on the world's dependence on oil.

March 20, 2012 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: To win war on drugs, focus on treatment

This country is in serious debt. Our future depends not only on how much we spend but on how wisely we spend. One of our greatest national money holes and policy failures has been our drug policy.

March 01, 2012 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: States’ rights require leaders not moochers

Perhaps the biggest political battle of today is about how much control the federal government should have, especially concerning education and health care.

February 16, 2012 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: Republicans take evangelical voters’ support for granted

Since the Dwight Eisenhower era, the white evangelical movement has been very close to the Republican Party. This partnership has worked out better for the Republican Party than for the evangelicals.

January 27, 2012 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: Stuck in the backward land of Absurdia

My wife and I joke that our New Year's resolutions should be to work toward immigrating to France. We love the United States but this year has convinced us that we may not actually live in the United States.

January 05, 2012 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: Free market theory often is misrepresented

The pitfalls of communism are well known but people still have undeserved faith in laissez-faire capitalism. Laissez-faire capitalism is like communism in that both sound nice on paper but they don't work in real life.

November 18, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Occupying a better future

Right now the world is convinced that the American market system has failed. To feed our consumption, we have experienced five decades of budget deficits, four of trade deficits, three of easy access to credit cards and one of artificially low-interest loans. Sure we bought lots of clothes, built lots of big houses and planted strip malls all over the nation, but all with borrowed money.

October 23, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Viewpoint

Givens: Atheists misunderstood in US, but don’t need to remain silent

Humans crave friendship and belonging. We fear exile from the group. So we often remain silent when we disagree with a majority. That silence makes it harder on those who do speak up.

October 03, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Social Security, Medicare payroll taxes are job killers

Our Social Security and Medicare systems must be changed for the sake of the nation. It simply cannot continue as it is presently designed.

September 09, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: America is plagued by tax moochers

When we were hunter gatherers, meat was communal property. A man, whether hunting with a group or alone, was expected to share his meat with the other tribesmen. The man shared, not out of generosity, but because in the past he had feasted on someone else's kill and later would want a share of another's kill.

August 22, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: Rethinking districting, how we vote

With the 2010 census completed, our Congressional districts will be redrawn. You don't have to be a cynic to recognize the districts will be drawn to maintain the present political balance.

August 09, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: Solution to crisis is at hand, but GOP is playing politics

For every $2.30 we raise in taxes, we borrow $1.50. To end the deficit without raising taxes, we would have to cut spending by 40 percent. Is that politically possible?

July 21, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: Find what you can do and help

Last year Republican Bobby Franklin suggested dismantling the Department of Family and Children Services to save money. He said if this were done, churches and charitable organizations "would be knocking themselves over to pick up the slack."

April 11, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: Sorting through the lies in Wisconsin

Again wild pundits have us drowning in a sea of irrelevance as they yell about the Wisconsin union protests. What is occurring in the media with regard to Wisconsin is one of the most amazing propaganda drives ever.

March 14, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

Givens: We should welcome democracy in Middle East

When the Jasmine Revolution began in Tunisia, I was happy. When it spread to Egypt, I was thrilled. When it spread to Libya, I could envision the existence of a group of democratic Middle Eastern nations with intelligence agencies capable of doing what our CIA is incapable of, tracking down and destroying al-Qaida from within.

March 03, 2011 | Brandon Givens | Community columnists

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