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FRAN ALEXANDER: Salamanders, pterodactyls and earmuffs

Process of electing U.S. leaders has gotten out of whack

Subscriber onlySuccessfully raising five sons to adulthood qualifies a mother for sainthood, and my husband's mom certainly earned her heavenly stars. She wisely knew how to keep her boys playing fairly, thereby limiting injuries, I assume, especially when navigating the constant feeding of her growing herd. When it came to pies, for example, one got to cut and another got to choose. And, when the remainder of the food was passed around the table, if there was enough for one more serving, the last person holding the dish had to ask if anyone wanted any more. It taught them long-term civility over momentary gluttony. Continue reading...

FRAN ALEXANDER: The land speaks

Ex-agency deputy fights on to preserve forest lands

Subscriber only"There is no right way to do the wrong thing." Continue reading...

FRAN ALEXANDER: The perilous lives of girls

Men do damage with sexually incorrect actions against women

Subscriber onlyIt starts in childhood. Not wanting to frighten, but still trying to explain, parents begin gently, if they are smart, to let a child know there is a limit to trust. Continue reading...

FRAN ALEXANDER: Smoke gets in their eyes

House passes Westerman’s forest bill; Senate should say no

Subscriber onlyThis upside-down world we're living in leaves us questioning not only what we are told, but distrustful that our facts might actually be fallacies. Up is down, right is left, black is white and right is wrong. Under these conditions, scrutinizing all laws for their true intent, in spite of their titles, is vital. Continue reading...

FRAN ALEXANDER: Lost down the river

Organization calls on Tyson to do more

Subscriber onlyIf we follow the Mississippi River's watershed to its terminus, we reach the Gulf of Mexico. Cradled by five states, this water has long suffered body blows from humankind. Oil spills, pipeline breaks, chemical leaks, wetland depletion, wildlife habitat destruction, shipping waste and traffic, and runoff from sewers, parking lots, golf courses, industries, lawns, farms and the crunched remains of hurricane-demolished cities have all happened to the Gulf. Continue reading...

At War with Ourselves

Subscriber only"We all have a responsibility to figure a better path forward. This is not a liberal or conservative issue; this is about the fabric of our humanity. It is not a time to argue or politicize, but a time to act."-- Singer/songwriter Brian Kalinec Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: The lost year

Shutdown of Little Rock schools has lasting impact for all

Subscriber onlyThe "Lost Year" Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: National treasures in peril

Americans cannot afford erosion of park lands

Subscriber onlyWith our country up to its nose holes in water in the east and fires burning everything in their paths in the west, to say we are distracted right now is putting it mildly. Quietly, however, disorienting political maneuvers, many in the form of executive orders, have also been barreling down on everything environmental. From shrinking or dismantling the EPA's work force to the elimination of projects, reports, and especially regulations created for environmental protections, the ruling party in Congress is eviscerating decades of science and policy work. Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Art of a different deal

Exhibit at Walton Arts Center digs into climate change impacts

Subscriber only"Artists, in a sense, are the antibodies of the cultural bloodstream. They sense trouble early, and rally to isolate and expose and defeat it, to bring to bear the human power for love and beauty and meaning against the worst results of carelessness and greed and stupidity. " Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Influence in the shadows

Book on “Dark Money” explores Koch brothers strategies

Subscriber onlyIn case you, whether Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian or whatever, are curious how the politics in our country reached its current condition, examining a couple of drawings can explain a lot of the mystery. Continue reading...

Fran Alexander: Try, try again

A thriving third party isn’t an impossibility

Subscriber onlyThe main thing that can go terribly wrong with realism is that it can quash idealism. Yet, all real change, hope and getting off one's hindquarters requires some idealism, the kind that doesn't go off the rails into fantasy. So when you hear "Draft Bernie," don't just dismiss the words out of hand before finding out what "draft" means in this context. Continue reading...

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...

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