Margin Notes by Kevin Clarke
Direct deposit 
Cutting out the middleman may increase the value of our charitable donations.
Full of surprises 
Pope Benedict kept us guessing—especially on matters of social justice.
A farewell to arms 
Our best shot at protecting the common good isn’t to keep loading up on guns.
No small sacrifice 
We can’t afford to lose our children to the ravages of war.
Left out to dry 
Those least responsible for our flood of climate change concerns are bearing the brunt of the storm.
Out of the ashes 
Can an ambassador’s death be the seed of a better future?
Less isn't more 
Solutions to poverty’s big challenges don’t come in smaller packages.
Sleeping through genocide? 
The world needs a wake-up call to save a population at risk of meeting a violent end.
Invest for success 
Bonding with those most in need can yield big returns.
Waist management 
Banning the Big Gulp isn’t enough to tip the scales in America’s obesity epidemic.
Poor spending choices 
Getting our nation’s budget priorities in order will require a show of solidarity.
Under the influence 
The special interest groups pulling legislators’ strings can no longer hide in the shadows.
This means war 
Arguments for U.S. military action in Iran feel like a case of déjà vu all over again.
Down and out of site 
Those who’ve become last in the unemployment line should be our first priority.
Smoke and mirrors 
America’s inflated self-image doesn’t reflect our nation’s obvious flaws.
Unbalanced diet 
Our eating binge is purging the developing world of access to healthy foods.
Of human bondage 
How oppressed exactly do workers have to be before we consider them slaves?
Yule shall overcome 
Amid cries of economic catastrophe, let holiday cheer take the place of fear.
A killer toothache 
It’s the hidden tragedies that tell the real tale of our nation’s economic woes.
Starved for attention 
With billions in aid on the chopping block, who is looking out for the world’s poor?
The wages of war 
A trillion-dollar price tag isn’t the only cost of war.
Leave no trace 
The modern world threatens the existence of a small group of our own species.
Little house in the big city 
Can the $300 home add dignity to the lives of the world’s poorest people?
Star power 
The energy policy of the future should be sung to the tune of “Here Comes the Sun.”
We're sticking to the union 
Don’t paint public workers as a public enemies; they’re just working for the common good.
Tweet like an Egyptian 
The Internet keeps its promise in Egypt.
Collateral damage 
If profit is the prime motive, the poor will always get the raw end of the deal.
Papal prescription 
The pope’s stance on health care may be hard pill to swallow for opponents of reform.
Broke in the 'burbs 
The country's cities may no longer be the epicenters of poverty.
Silent flight 
The land of Jesus' birth may soon be without Christians to celebrate it.
Take the next exit 
When it comes to economic growth, the express lanes are closed.
Born in the U.S.A. 
American birthright citizenship is downright Constitutional.
Union made in China 
Workers might have to go half way around the world to celebrate Labor Day this year.
Let's do shots! 
Booze and bullets are a lethal cocktail no matter how you shake it.
Bombs away 
President Obama wants to lock up nukes—but he isn’t about to throw away the key.
Can this marriage be saved? 
A little counseling might help get the Israel-U.S. partnership back on track.
Working for the common grid 
Reducing our collective carbon footprint can be as easy as plugging in.
Go outside and play 
Falls and fresh air can teach kids the most important lessons of faith and life.
More out of Africa 
A deal that sounds too good to be true probably is-especially for subsistence farmers
A few fit men 
We should be helping America’s young people really be all that they can be.
Welcome to the Motel California 
What was once such a lovely place is becoming the country’s financial flophouse.
This is your country on drugs 
Countries who live in glass houses should take care when criticizing others’ anti-drug efforts.
Please, Sir, I want some more 
The nation's most vulnerable children are getting the short end of the spending stick.
You want fries with that 
Fast food has meant a slow death for thousands. Why aren't we doing more about it?
Let them eat cash 
The hungry of the world make an uncommonly good investment opportunity.
Whose child is this? 
"Banning" Mexico City's street kids only moves their plight from sight
Will teach for tenure 
Glaring double standards on workers' rights are far from a class act.
The drone wars 
High-tech warfare administers death from a great distance
When enough is enough 
Why a future of endless economic growth is not the cure for what ails the earth
¡Romero vive! 
"The harvest comes because of the grain that dies."
Promises to keep 
Barack Obama's election was historic, but can his presidency be great?
We should still give unto others 
After the Wall Street wipeout, in a world full of hurt, we're still our brothers' keepers.
Between Iraq and no place 
Iraqis are on the move away from their broken nation. Who will be responsible for them?
Let my people stay 
How to deal with the immigration “problem”? Give people a real choice on migration.
Let them eat corn 
Our agricultural priorities should be on filling hungry bellies, not fuel tanks.
Now that’s a cold war! 
Let’s melt these nationalists’ cold, cold hearts and build an Arctic circle of cooperation.
Paper chase 
The right paperwork can save lives among the world’s stateless people.
Reality bites back 
New show ideas are endless—and depressing—when real life is the true basis of TV.
Spending like there's no tomorrow 
It's time for Uncle Sam to call a credit counselor
I think I can, I think I can 
A 19th-century mode of transport may be the answer to our current environmental woes
Home sweet biohazard 
There's no place like home, as long as parents prevent it from becoming toxic
Womb for rent 
Have infertile couples taken a maternity leave of their senses?
Hot enough for you? 
The world's poor face an even bleaker future than polar bears, thanks to global warming
No more CARE packages 
Instead of dumping grain in poverty-stricken regions, we should be investing cash
Cracks in the system 
Deferring infrastructure maintenance for war spending builds a bridge to nowhere
Code blue 
The patient is ailing, the prognosis is poor. It's the nation's major medical emergency
Be our guest 
The U.S. should be a good host and protect the migrant workers who knock on our door
Troubled waters 
Billions of the world's poorest are being denied even the most basic natural resource
Dispatches from Decatur 
Community is the first casualty in America's labor wars
They can do it 
Third World women could be the new recruits in the global war on poverty
These American lives