Fran Alexander

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Commentary: Picking a contender

Responses to climate change, campaign funding key considerations

Subscriber onlyYou must be the change you wish to see in the world. Continue reading...

Commentary: The Golden Rule

Corporations overtaking public in global controls

Subscriber only"It's a corporate world," is a phrase often muttered more in frustration than fear, especially since the United States Supreme Court declared corporations to be people in regard to campaign contributions. Their 2010 Citizens United ruling gave corporations the right to fund individual candidates and electioneering communications, and the money is often unlimited and untraceable. This action screwed down the heaviest lid ever put on a democratic government supposedly controlled by "the people" of the flesh and bone variety. Continue reading...

Commentary: The papal influence

Francis urges care for ‘our common home’

Subscriber only"I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone." Continue reading...

Commentary: Watch out, heaven

Two made difference in service to others

Subscriber onlyOur town recently lost two humans who accomplished amazing feats and left us far better off than had they not been with us, two whom I would classify as unsung heroes, who made a huge difference in our state. Continue reading...

Commentary: Turning, tipping points

Shifts on environmental attitudes producing change

Subscriber onlyIn just the past few months, one shocking reversal after another has occurred on the environmental front. Most of these turning points on issues have been brought on by public pressure tipping decision makers to change directions. Continue reading...

Commentary: Celebrate the Buffalo

Event marks opportunity to make a difference

Subscriber onlySome sort of lulled assumption settles over us as a society when it comes to realizing how things get done. For example, most of our lives are spent utilizing public lands without giving a thought to the history of their creation and continued existence or how we, the people, became the owners and benefactors of those places and spaces. Continue reading...

Extinction is forever

Why do humans need to kill for the thrill?

Subscriber onlyAlone in the living room with a book, and fully believing she was actually reading to her toys, my 2-year-old granddaughter unknowingly summed up our human relationship with wild animals pretty well as she began her story, "There was upon a time." Continue reading...

Verda The Indomitable

Combs, at 90, knows plenty about survival, living

Subscriber onlyOne of the best things about being 90 is saying what you want, eating what you want and doing what you want, according to my friend, Verda Combs. She says the problem at 90, however, is just not wanting much of anything anymore. Continue reading...

Commentary: Getting out of the hole

Don’t pamper non-recyclers; require personal responsibility

Subscriber only" Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at the sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground." Continue reading...

Tricks of the trade

Subscriber onlyYou can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Continue reading...

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