Yes We Can. Yes We Must

  It’s that time of year. The phone surveys are beginning. Who am I going to vote for and why, the callers want to know. Last night was a little different. The lady on the phone also wanted to know what issue I think is most important in the November elections. She listed some heavyweight […]
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Ban the Rocket’s Red Glare!

    The cats seem to have survived last night’s barrage, and Sandra and I are still standing – groggily – this morning. But I am not a happy camper. The rocket’s red glare lit up the sky above our Lakeland, Florida home for most of the night, and the rockets’ racket was unbearable. Our¬†windowpanes […]
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Taking on the Polluters

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s snowing in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. So, naturally, the climate change deniers are in full voice, proclaiming that “global warming is a hoax.” Of course the climate change deniers are wrong. The disruption of Mother Nature by man-made pollutants causes overall warming even when the weather sometimes gets […]
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Risk-Taking Polluters Make Cancer Commonplace

If you play golf, as I sometimes try to do, you will be familiar with the risk-reward concept. Golf courses are designed to reward risk takers – or to punish them.¬† Faced with the prospect of hitting your ball across a lake, for example, you might choose the safe path around it, sacrificing a shot […]
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Pollution Propagandists are Ramping up for 2011

One of the sad consequences of the disastrous November elections in America is the damage the new Congress will undoubtedly do to the world’s environment. Here’s a dispatch from the Union of Concerned Scientists that arrived in today’s mail: Are you ready for 2011? I hope so, because boy do we have our work cut […]
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Walking in the Garden on Earth Day 2010

As they might say on television, it’s a beautiful sunny day here in Lakeland, Florida. Some azaleas are still flowering and the lilies have popped up in our garden, bright and cheerful. We lost a lot of plants to the worst series of freezes anyone hereabouts can remember, but we have finally got the dead […]
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Debunking the Twisted Arguments Against Reining in Pollution

A bill moving through the U.S. House of Representatives limits carbon emissions, sets renewable energy standards, and invests in energy efficiency. To me, this seems to be a normal, natural measure, and I wonder why it’s been so long in coming. But it will be fiercely opposed. Opponents – mostly Republicans but some Democrats – […]
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City Politicians Should Hasten the Day of the Electric Car

I was looking at a site called electricbikes.com and I was impressed by the progress that has been made in developing electric vehicles. Certainly, an electric car or bike is all most people need for urban transportation. But I would feel vulnerable driving one of those things in the midst of the mammoth vehicles that […]
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