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Fran Alexander: This land is whose land?

Congress, White House look to shed federal protections

Subscriber only"National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Bully Pulpits

Trump should be careful what he wishes for

Subscriber only"When thy cup runneth over, looketh out!" Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Depths of denial

Columnist Williams right: Examine people’s agendas

Subscriber onlyWalter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University, in his article "Dead Wrong," rubbed the noses of several prognosticators of environmental catastrophes in their own words. A favorite whipping boy of environmental critics is Paul Ehrlich, author of "The Population Bomb," published in 1968, for daring to make forecasts that did not all come true. Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Defy, deny, delay

Is this the Department of Environmental Quality’s motto?

Subscriber onlyWhen the going gets tough, the tough get going, and no volunteer band of citizens fighting for a clean environment has worked harder, longer or more incisively than those trying to save the country's first national river, the Buffalo River of Arkansas. Certainly few activists have had a tougher battle on their hands. However, it's not been Mother Nature's whims and winds that continue to consume thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars, but a clash between fellow humans with different values and priorities. Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Wasting away

Fayetteville plan shouldn’t ignore ills of consumption habits

Subscriber only"If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging" Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Rockin' for a river

Musicians set to raise money for river movement

Subscriber onlyOne of the more innocent notions we humans want to believe is that there is fairness within our government's policies. People usually don't find out otherwise until they are personally affected or until there is a threat to something very important and much bigger than themselves. At this awakening, folks choose to be either passive or active in their reactions to forces that are changing, and sometimes destroying, that which they cherish. Continue reading...

One person makes a difference

Subscriber only“There but for the grace of God go I.” — attributed to many Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: The empires strike back

Trump appointees threaten years of environmental progress

Subscriber onlyIf there is anything abundantly clear in this morass of appointments that will adorn the palatial Trump candy store ... er ... cabinet, it's that the barons of the oil empire have merrily floated to the top. Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: What could possibly go wrong?

Will a new pipeline run through Arkansas?

Subscriber onlyThe power of publicity is sometimes proven more by its absence than by its presence. Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: What we eat

Healthy eating means knowing where it comes from

Subscriber onlyMost of us have heard, "You are what you eat." As advice to eat right to grow strong or as an admonishment for eating junk, the phrase has proved useful for self-discipline, personal guilt or parental nagging. Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Walking for the kids

Nesson works for change where he can have impact

Subscriber only"For the want of a nail the shoe was lost. For the want of a shoe the horse was lost. For the want of a horse the rider was lost. For the want of a rider the battle was lost. For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail." Continue reading...

Protection on the War Path

Oil pipelines criss-cross nation, creating dangers

Subscriber only"We say 'mni wiconi': Water is life." Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Raining confusion

President, Trump fail to grasp environmental risks

Subscriber only"The sky is falling, the sky is falling!" screamed Chicken Little in a childhood morality tale written long before nuclear fall-out, air pollution, climate change, or bombs and rockets were realities. Hundreds of story versions reach 25 centuries back to the Buddha's telling of a hare who, certain that a falling fruit signaled the end of the world, caused panic among his fellow creatures. Finally a lion taught them "the necessity for deductive reasoning and subsequent investigation," according to Wikipedia. In more modern versions, that wise lion seems to have disappeared. Continue reading...

FRAN ALEXANDER: You, me and the TPP

Opposition to trade pact brushed away at convention

Subscriber only"You've got to be an optimist to be a Democrat, and you've got to be a humorist to stay one." Continue reading...

Another choice for environmentalists

Subscriber onlyIt’s not easy being green.”— Kermit the Frog Survival in the wild, or in cities for that matter, is not easy for animals or humans. To make matters even harder, both must survive election outcomes. Critters can be subjected to dangerous and stupid human decisions governing their habitats and food, but humans have it even worse. They are subjected to each other. Continue reading...

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