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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...

Commentary: Planning for recycling's future

Subscriber only"Clean up your mess!" said our parents as we were growing up and developing skills (or not) of personal responsibility. When we became adults with our own homes to run, it befell on someone to "take out the garbage." Graduating from potty training to grown-up toilet use required a habit of flushing, if family decorum was to be maintained. But nowhere in these basic life practices was there a mandate that every person in a household "reduce, reuse, and recycle," unless, of course, you lived in a home like mine run by a waste czar. Continue reading...

Why do humans defy their natural survival instincts regarding the environment?

Humans ignore environment at their peril

Subscriber onlyThere's something very curious about the human species that certainly defies what living creatures are supposedly born with, the instinct to survive. Whether the technique is through flight, fear or fighting, generally the biological goal of life is to stay alive and to keep future generations alive. For example, probably no creature is fiercer than a mother protecting her young. So if humans, with our large brains, show signs of not following a survival instinct, nor parenting toward that goal, it seems logical to assume something's seriously messed up somewhere. Allowing our natural environmental systems to deteriorate runs counter to what instinct should demand of us for ourselves and our children and their children. Continue reading...

Commentary: Bills by Hester, Hendren attack environmental protections

Bills by Hester, Hendren attack protections for environment

Subscriber onlyWhenever politicians migrate back to the capital city, the citizenry of our fair state needs to be reminded of the old saw, "Nothing is safe while the legislature is in session." Alas, long dreamed-of power to satisfy long-suppressed desires is bursting forth in our state Legislature, where one party rules the roost and both houses. These folks are salivating as if they are in a free candy store, introducing bills with wild abandonment to consequences. Continue reading...

Commentary: One Little Lady Leads Against The Giants

Subscriber onlyImagine this scene: fierce, gigantic monsters, aliens, robots, transformers and invaders of recent horror movie fame standing in a line of self-defense opposite one small, frail gray-haired woman in her 80s, holding nothing in her hand but her oxygen tank. She is standing firmly, just staring at them much like that Chinese student who stood alone in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square and became a global symbol of defiance. That kind of standoff is how I will always think of her. Continue reading...

Commentary: Sustaining Hope For A Less-Grinchy Christmas

Subscriber only"Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more." Continue reading...

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