Today I encountered three stories of the displacement of indigenous peoples and environmental destruction in the name of progress. The first was from a talk by Arundhati Roy given at Northwestern University on March 18 called Reimagining the World.
It’s really hard to believe that, here in the 21st century, we still vote by filling in dots on a piece of heavy paper. Remember to use a pen (blue or black ink only), and of course your vote won’t count if you either don’t fill in the oval completely, or G-d forbid, go outside the line!
Way back when I was in high school, while most students went out and played after lunch, I sat in a classroom and did math problems with the Math Team. Yes, geek I was, and still am. Even then, I was gearing up for a life in academia (I now work at Clatsop Community College). Here, for the first time, I am reprinting the beginnings of a major paper that could have gone on to shake the very foundations of mathematics, science and engineering.
For the rabbi’s first blog entry on the Edge, we’ll go to the daily paper in the area, and respond to the Open Forum letters to the editor section. I hope to make this a regular feature of this blog, as well as muse about myriad other things that crowd my mind and need to get out. Hope you can join me for the ride…
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this fiscal cliff thing since the election. The media has consistently told the story that the cliff would be devastating to the economy, without giving any details. What we really need, though, is a large reduction in defense spending, accompanied by a large increase in taxes, mostly sin taxes, with carbon taxes and tariffs on imports and exports joining in. [Read more]
On this Hallow’s Eve 2012, we are only 6 days away from another scary event – Election Day! Here in Oregon, we have the luxury of mail-in voting, and though we got our ballots almost 2 weeks ago, I just opened mine yesterday, and don’t intend to send it in (actually, bring it in to the county offices) until the last minute, as I always do.
Last summer, I traveled with my son Tevan to Interlochen, Michigan, where he attended the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, an amazing conglomeration of over 2000 kids from all over the world, studying music, theater, dance, creative writing, film and visual arts. [Read More]
While voting for our leaders and representatives is a step forward from a monarchy or dictatorship, it really is a costly, wasteful, inefficient and not terribly effective means of running our society. The recent decision by the Supreme Court to allow unlimited funding of campaigns hasn’t made it any cheaper (or better). Or more fair. Let’s face it – the system that we employ to run our country doesn’t really work.
“We don’t hear much these days about Walmart or another big box store coming to the coast, but the permitting process is moving forward,” says community activist Laurie Caplan. “If you are concerned about the uglification of Hwy 101, the existing abundance of empty storefronts along the coast, the existing damage to our local wetlands, the inability of local businesses to fairly compete with Walmart and others like it, and more, then please write your three letters” [Read More]
The good people of CRAW [Clatsop Residents Against Walmart] are asking that as many people as possible voice their opposition to the permit application to fill the wetlands on the North Coast Business Park property that would pave the way for a Walmart in our area. That application is currently up for public comment until 5 PM today, Sunday – Mother’s Day, May 13. The application and comment form are available on DSL’s website (http://www.statelandsonline.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Comments.AppDetailLF&id=48466).