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Commentary: A smarter approach to Ukraine

West’s actions up the ante with Putin’s Russia

Subscriber onlyAt this writing, a welcome cease-fire in Ukraine has been arranged but not yet activated. If it's activated, I'm guessing it will fail once again and we'll be back to considering other options, including U.S. involvement by supplying deadly weapons. This would be a huge mistake, a formula for endless war and escalation. Continue reading...

Commentary: Radical faith does harm

The terrorist tragedy in Paris demonstrates once again how the world is ravaged by contradictions between medieval delusions and science-based society. Think of apes with technology. As Carl Sagan put it, "Sooner of later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces." We see these corrosive effects in the backward nature of the highly religious parts of the world, including the Middle East and the United States, by far the most religious of the industrialized nations. Continue reading...

Commentary: Natural Gas Won't Solve Climate Change

Subscriber onlySome see hydraulic fracturing, and the resulting natural gas glut, as a boon for the economy and the solution to our energy problems. But the truth is that, absent a realistic plan for solving climate change, the flood of natural gas is going to make everything even worse. Continue reading...

Commentary: America can't solve Mideast's problems

Subscriber onlyWe are one tough nation, full of testosterone and ready to tangle. You can see it in recent policing events in Ferguson and New York City; in America's far higher rates of incarceration, murder, gun ownership and capital punishment as compared with other industrialized nations; in our violence against women, violence against children, violent films, violent TV, violent football and violent rap songs; in the broken, rough, impersonal and visually violent nature of most of our inner cities; and especially in the broken lives of many of our own people. Continue reading...

Long-term Cost for Coal Energy Is Too High

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Commentary: Fayetteville becomes a bicycling town

Subscriber onlyFayetteville is becoming a real bicycling town. The trails continue expanding, many students bike to campus, and there are more and more bikes on city streets. This is good in so many ways I can't list them all. I congratulate former mayor Dan Coody for having the vision to initiate the trail system, and Mayor Lioneld Jordan for the having wisdom to expand it. Continue reading...

Commentary: Good news, and lessons, about ozone

Subscriber onlyAmong environmental disasters, such as increasing carbon-dioxide levels, biological extinctions equaling those caused by the asteroid collision 65 million years ago, and the half-million Americans who die annually from smoking, there is heartening news about a calamity that didn't happen. Continue reading...

Commentary: Good Reasons To Vote Green This Election Cycle

Subscriber onlySome of my friends tell me that progressives throw away their votes when they opt for Green Party candidates. They argue Greens can't win, and that such a vote only helps elect Republicans who are even more conservative than the available Democrats. I've followed this reasoning for decades, voting for the least bad choice between the Republican and the Democrat. Continue reading...

Commentary: The tragedy, and lessons, of Hiroshima

Subscriber onlyI was eleven on that August morning in 1945 when the bomb exploded over Hiroshima. It carried the explosive energy of 18,000 tons of TNT, an energy equal to the total conventional bomb capacity of 4,000 World War II heavy bombers. People still debate the effect of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs on the conduct of the war. Many of my friends will disagree, but my conclusion is that Hiroshima hastened the end of the war, saved many American and Japanese lives, and was far less horrible than the planned alternative, a long ugly battle following invasion of the Japanese mainland. I do think we should have waited much longer than three days before dropping the second bomb. Continue reading...

Commentary: From Fayetteville To The Nuba Mountains

Totten, Others Risk Lives To Deliver Aid To Those Trapped By Conflict In Sudan

Subscriber onlyWe're all kin. Continue reading...

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