Olga Bonfiglio

Olga Bonfiglio is a professor at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq. She has written for several national magazines on the subjects of social justice and religion. Her website is www.OlgaBonfiglio.com. Contact her at olgabonfiglio@yahoo.com.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
The Day After
Donald Trump’s victory left a lot of us numb and speechless on the day after the election. His rise to the presidency was always inconceivable and yet throughout the 18-month campaign, he defied all logic, polls and scandals and made it to the top. At first I couldn’t figure out what to do with...
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Re-imagining Work in the Motor City
It was a serendipitous weekend of soul-searching, collaboration, information sharing, and problem solving as activists “occupied” Detroit, one of the world’s most de-industrialized cities, to re-imagine “work” and ways it can reinvigorate local communities.
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Monday, January 03, 2011
Speaker Designate John Boehner: A Traitor to His Class
Our future Speaker of the House John Boehner isn't afraid to cry in public. He readily admits to being an emotional man. But what does he cry about? During his victory speech on Election Night, Boehner teared up as he spoke about being a working class stiff who has been chasing the American Dream all his life. Now that he's gotten hold of the brass ring, however, he has allied himself with a bunch of revolutionaries who seek to destroy that Dream by getting rid of the very "safety nets" and services that helped him succeed.
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Monday, September 27, 2010
A Great Future Is in Store for Us (If We Want It)
The distinctions between pessimism, optimism, and hope can make a difference when it comes to envisioning the future. A pessimist believes there is no hope while an optimist thinks everything will turn out all right. A person of hope, however, looks at reality and tries to solve problems with the faith that his/her actions will make a difference for a better future.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Passenger Trains: Our Hope for a More Sustainable Future
President Obama's proposal to spend $50 billion on transportation infrastructure—including 4,000 miles of rail lines—couldn't be a better expenditure of our federal tax dollars. After spending two days on the Empire Builder, the long-haul Amtrak line from Chicago to Seattle/Portland, I quickly realized that our investment in trains should be readily and heartily embraced. And, if more Americans were to take such trips, I’m sure they, too, would choose trains as an alternative mode of travel.
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Monday, August 09, 2010
How Music Helped Save New Orleans After Katrina
No other American city values music the way New Orleans does. Heck, one of its airports is named after legendary musician Louis Armstrong! Music is not something that is tangible, linear or measurable, said Nick Spitzer, producer and host of the National Public Radio show "American Routes," but it is one of the things people value.
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Monday, May 24, 2010
Blue Bayou
It's morbidly painful to see ecological disaster strike at southern Louisiana-again. At risk now are the wetlands-the bayous. The bayou is French for slow-moving waterway. In Louisiana it is an offshoot of the Mississippi River that forms a delta at the river's mouth. It took a thousand years of annual spring flooding for the silt and sediments to develop this region. But it's taken only the past 60 years to endanger it and the oil and gas industry is at the center of this destruction.
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Sunday, May 09, 2010
The Economics of Organic Farming
Growing local organic food may be the best path toward economic recovery. It may also be key to building stronger and healthier communities. "Our [struggling] economy is making a compelling case that we shift toward more local food," said Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis. "The current system fails on all counts and it's very efficient at taking wealth out of our communities." Meter spoke at the annual conference of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) held recently in La Crosse, Wisc.
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Health is the Tipping Point to Identify and Eliminate GMOs
Are Americans willing to jeopardize their health with GMO foods?
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
Who Ya Gonna Call in an Environmental Disaster?
Nine out of ten Americans now live in places of significant risk, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) These risks include things like dam failure, hazardous material exposure, nuclear explosion, terrorism and natural disasters like wild fires, heat, hurricane, thunderstorms, tornados, tsunami, earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanoes and winter storms.
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