Making Democracy Work

Reflections in the Snow From the Nation’s Capital

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – TACOMA PARK, Md. — Camped out in the media van surrounded by a foot of snow, there’s finally time and space in the schedule to reflect a little on the events of the past week and look ahead for a few minutes at the future. The plan…

Body Politic, You Are Always On My Mind

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook always asks “what’s on your mind” in the Status Update box. But rather than answering that question on Facebook, I will reveal my thoughts for today here and then put the link on Facebook for people to read. That’s the way I roll. Like Willie Nelson…

The Tragedy of Rising Expectations

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Judging by what happens on Facebook and reality television, it has become obvious, at least in the United States, that the tragedy of rising expectations has reached a new climax. People who are naturally nobody have become the somebodies, and those who are somebody by virtue of…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

A Groundbreaking Year for Environmental Journalism and Activism

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s been one of the most interesting and groundbreaking years in a long time for environmental activism, environmental journalism and the Sierra Club nationally and in my home state of Alabama. Since I made the decision to cross the line and join the club to get personally…

A Path Forward for the Alabama Democratic Party

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – If this doesn’t wake some people up, I don’t know what will. Congressional Quarterly’s Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper since 1955 now published on the Web, named the Alabama Democratic Party as the most dysfunctional state party in the nation this week. How did the mainstream…

How You Can Help Us Build the Alternative, Independent Web Press Today

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I’m Glynn Wilson, the publisher of the Locust Fork News-Journal. I’d like to thank you all for your continued support over the years as I’ve continued to bring you the news that the “other guys” mostly ignore. I’m constantly dismayed at the way our news media avoids certain stories that MATTER, stories that might upset…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

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“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…

The Big Picture: We Can Save the Planet and the Economy Too

Who Needs Jobs on a Dead Planet? – Bill McKibben at the front of the march – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following folks from all over the country willing to travel thousands of miles and brave freezing temperatures and a bone chilling wind to march from the Washington…

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star And Other Fairy Tales in the News

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are.” – From the 19th-century English poem, “The Star,” by Jane Taylor – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – Way to go, working folks. You voted for former Riley aide Twinkle Cavanaugh for the Alabama Public Service Commission, and now you’ve got it. A…

Scotland to Celebrate 175th Anniversary of John Muir’s Birth

“One touch of nature makes all the world kin.” – John Muir, in The Cruise of the Corwin (1917) Chapter 3 (echoing William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”) – By Glynn Wilson – Under the Microscope – It has come to my attention that there will be…

Sierra Club Reveals Plans for Fixing American Democracy

Bruce Hamilton, deputy director of the Sierra Club, talks about how to fix our democracy – By Glynn Wilson – CAMP BECKWITH, Ala. — The Sierra Club is working on a five point plan for the future and the national staff and political committee will be discussing it this weekend. But Sierra Club Deputy Director…