Author archives

Beth Wellington is a Roanoke, Virginia based poet and journalist. She is a contributing editor to the New River Free Press, a book reviewer for the Roanoke Times and a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative (SAWC) and the Appalachian Studies Association. From 1980 to 1997, she was the founding Executive Director of New River Community Sentencing, Inc. in Christiansburg, Virginia and its predecessor, New River Community Action’s Community Sentencing Program. She contributes to both SourceWatch.org and Wikipedia.org. Beth’s blog on culture and politics is The Writing Corner.

Commentary: New FBI Anti-Terror Guidelines

Beth Wellington’s commentary focuses on congressional and public response to the guidelines, related public surveillance actions, and current as well as future ramifications to civil liberties.

Subjects: Extras

Commentary: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

Beth Wellington focuses on the issue of pay inequity through an exploration of the positions taken by the administration, Congress, the Supreme Court and various journalists.

Subjects: Extras, Government Resources, Legal Research

Commentary: Waterboarding, Congress and the President

Beth Wellington explores the positions of the President, Congress and the Attorney General in respect to the controversy raging over the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.

Subjects: Uncategorized

Commentary: The Theory of the Unitary Executive and the FY2009 Budget

Beth Wellington focuses on specific issues in the FY2009 Budget including competitive sourcing, tax cuts and defense spending, that may raise questions about use of the budget as a tool for the unitary executive.

Subjects: Uncategorized

Analysis of the Energy Bill, the EPA’s Refusal to Grant Waivers and State Laws With Respect to Climate Change

Beth Wellington reviews the contentious debate underway on the state, national and international level, concerning efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Legislative

Commentary: Congress Looks Again at FISA

Beth Wellington’s commentary reviews legislative activity, advocacy group positions and news articles related to proposed changes to portions of the Protect America Act.

Subjects: 9-11-2001, Congress, Extras, Legislative, Privacy

Commentary on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Beth Wellington examines the contentious battle currently underway, on the state and federal level, over increasing health care coverage for non-insured children throughout our country.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Healthcare, Legal Research
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