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Environmental justice and what it means

Dear EarthTalk: What is meant by “environmental justice” and how is it under assault in the new Trump administration?

Mike Garner

New Orleans, La.

 

Environmental justice is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” 

Walking ideological paths in these very political times

There is, in America and increasingly around the world, a propensity for people to choose sides. They idealize their dreams and hopes into ideology and serve it up both as a barrier to any open-minded discussion as well as the very essence of who they are. And like any strongly held belief, their newfound faith in that ideology causes them to overlook what would otherwise be commonsense warning signs.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 4-27-17

I think of ketchup

When I think of my dad I think of ketchup. Yes, ketchup. He ate it on everything. No matter how special the meal, it was summarily drowned in ketchup. What I am seeing now is that so much of my understanding of my dad, his life, his struggles, his memories, our family history were also drowned in ketchup. 

How sharing our past can help our future

Everyone has a past, a history. It’s part of what makes us who we are. 

Sharing stories about our history can be cathartic. It can also help unite people and bridge the gap often created through lack of communication and understanding.

Enter the Open Communities Project’s How We Got Here — Our Stories of Migration. It’s a locally driven project meant to break down the barriers among all U.S. citizens — almost all of whom have stories of migration — especially those living right here in the Harlem Valley.

Night Games

Din of saber rattling

There was a time, for those either well educated in world history or old enough to remember, that no Republican ever got us into a foreign war after the Spanish-American War (five months in 1898) when William McKinley was at the helm. 

World War One? Woodrow Wilson. World War Two? Roosevelt. The Cold War and Korea? Truman. Vietnam? Kennedy/Johnson.

Justice Gorsuch and the environment

Dear EarthTalk: With Neil Gorsuch filling the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, what will be the implications for environmental and climate policy?

Jim Metcalf

Newark, Del.

 

Environmental leaders aren’t particularly jazzed about Neil Gorsuch as Donald Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy left on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. 

An open letter to our legislators

Dear members of the U.S. Congress:

Would it be an imposition on all of you to ask that you read this letter I have written? I’m not calling out names or parties or affiliations or gender. I’m not mad at anyone, although my blood boils when I hear about mistreatment happening to those who are sick, poor or mentally ill. It reflects on the society I am so much a part of. It demeans me, and you, when suffering occurs as a choice made by one person (or group) onto another who is weaker or vulnerable.

Earth Day perfect time to talk about recycling

We all have something in common: We all live on this  ever-shrinking place called Earth. As global citizens, in an effort to keep the planet strong and resilient, we must do our part to protect and preserve it.

Recycle. It’s a really easy place to start. 

These days, waste management companies provide containers for recyclables. Never has separating out plastics, glass, newspaper and cardboard been easier to do at home, in the office or on the go. 

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