US Presidential Elections There were difficult decisions to make at the polls if you are still participating in this venue for change. It is hard to vote yes on measures that raise taxes when you see blatant abuse, even crimes against humanity, being committed with existing taxes. Both the Republican and Democratic candidates failed to … Continue reading Tomorrow And The Next Day Are Election Day
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Alice Walker's, Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Color Purple. She was recently at George Mason University reading from this great work. She agreed to share a poem when asked by Amy Goodman who was with Alice during the inauguration of President Obama in 2008. ALICE WALKER: Yes, I’d like … Continue reading "I Will Not Vote For Evil; I Want A Different System"
Strong Turnout to Protect UCSC Upper Campus Prompts LAFCO to Delay Decision It was standing room only in the county government center for the Santa Cruz LAFCO meeting on June 6th, where over 50 community members spoke before the commission in support of protecting the forest and open space of the UC Santa Cruz upper … Continue reading Got Fish? Steelhead And Salmon Have A Fighting Chance In Santa Cruz
Economy vs. Environment? Historical Perpective The question of whether to allow the City of Santa Cruz to grant water service to an expanded UCSC campus has consequences for endangered salmon as well as for our local economy. A question with such consequences is not unique in our history. Our society is often confronted with what … Continue reading Water for Endangered Salmon Or UCSC Growth?
Climate change is causing our oceans to become increasingly acidic, threatening to alter life as we know it. "From a climate change/fisheries/pollution/habitat destruction point of view, our nightmare is here, it's the world we live in." This bleak statement about the current status of the world's oceans comes from Dr Wallace J Nichols, a Research … Continue reading World's Oceans In Peril
Nature is our teacher. The wisdom she offers tells us who we are, where we came from and where we are going. Observation of the natural world provides insight into human behavior. With the polar ice caps melting at an alarming rate and an increase in a behavior, 'cannibalism', once rare among polar bears, we … Continue reading Is Our Canary In The Coal Mine A Polar Bear?