Monthly Archives: September 2006

Obstruction of Justice

If you read the police blotter in the newspaper or listen to the news in Champaign County, you have probably noticed that “obstruction of justice ” is a charge that appears often. Some high profile people have been charged with … Continue reading

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The Wild West (Bank)

My ancestor John Bartmess, a Pennsylvanian, came to the Illinois Territory after the War of 1812, finding land near Vincennes. The Bartmess family had been Huguenot, and had fled to Pennsylvania from a Europe where Protestant beliefs were often a … Continue reading

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Marching For Peace and Justice in the Shadow of the Bomb

We have been taught in America not to worry about nuclear weapons. We are supposed to pretend that they will never be used, as if their only function is symbolic, as if they are mighty but ultimately peaceful sentinels deterring … Continue reading

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The National Campaign to Impeach President George W. Bush

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s installation of George W. Bush as President in January of 2001, the peoples of the world have witnessed a government in the United States of America that demonstrates little if any respect for fundamental considerations … Continue reading

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Radio in the Lenca Context

On May First my daughter, Adrienne Bauer and I squeezed ourselves into airplane seats headed for a quick visit to a place we had called home in the early 90’s. We were going to Honduras—it’s in Central America, due south … Continue reading

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Guatamala’s Indigenous People Continue to Fight For Land Rights

This December, ten years will have passed since Peace Accords were signed between the government of Guatemala and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG). This document was the formal means to ending 36 years of bloody civil war in the … Continue reading

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Arrogance and Impunity–Coca-cola in India

In what can only be characterized as arrogance and impunity, we are learning that Coca-Cola and Pepsi have continued to sell soft drinks in India with dangerously high levels of pesticides—three years after even the government of India confirmed that … Continue reading

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“Democratic” Party Obstructs Democratic Process

If Joe Parnarauskis prevails against the Democratic Party’s attempt to remove his name from the ballot, students and workers will have a socialist, anti-war candidate to vote for in the November election. Parnarauskis, a registered nurse and lifelong resident of … Continue reading

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Busy Week for Community Courtwatch

Courtwatchers have been busy keeping an eye on the criminal justice system in Champaign County. Again it is volunteers, individuals doing their duty as citizens, that have done more work than paid staff in the mainstream media or salaried public … Continue reading

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It’s Raining Felonies

I was asked to write this article by the folks at the Public i to add support to this issue highlighting misuses of the enforcement and justice system in Champaign County. I want to point out that my story pales … Continue reading

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