OPINION

Contemplating Hunger and Nature in the Jefferson National Forest

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Secret Vistas By Glynn Wilson MARION, Va. – Listening to a babbling brook and watching the snow flakes gently fall in one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful acts, I am pondering the legend of the hungry mother who inspired the name of this place along the Hungry Mother Creek. As the story goes, back during…

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…

Chemical Spills Raise Safety Questions for Drinking Water

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An Accident Away – By Cindy Lowry – If the recent chemical spill in West Virginia made you wonder about the safety of your drinking water supply, I don’t blame you. Over half of Alabamians get their drinking water from rivers, streams, and reservoirs. Alabama has not historically placed a priority on protecting drinking water,…

State of the States and the State of the Union

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – President Obama said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that the state of America is “strong.” If you listen to conservative Republican politicians, they’ll tell you without exception that “right to work” for less laws are an essential tool in recruiting industry and providing…

Dear Dog Save Us All From ‘The Good Old Days’

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Grandpa Tell me ’bout the good old days. Sometimes it feels like This world’s gone crazy. Grandpa, take me back to yesterday, Where the line between right and wrong Didn’t seem so hazy. Did lovers really fall in love to stay Stand beside each other come what may was a promise really something people kept,…

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…

In Tectonic Demographic Shift, American Electorate Grows More Progressive

By Steve Rosenthal – Not too long ago, everyone was declaring American politics a lost cause for progressives. The religious right supposedly had a stranglehold on elections. Then it was the tea party that had the political establishment — initially Democrats and Republicans — quaking. The media and the general public took hold of a…

Eyes on the Prize: 100 Percent Clean Energy

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – I’ve written a lot about the consequences of relying on fossil fuels for energy, but the chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River still comes as a shock. Almost a week later, thousands are still without drinking water, and many of those who’ve been given the “all clear”…

Sierra Club Demands that Governor Bentley Release Water Policy Report

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Letter to the Editor – By Margo Rebar – Chair, Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club The people of Alabama need to know what the recommendations are for securing our water resources from the threats of outside neighboring states and inside competing uses. But it seems water in Alabama is something of a political football.…

Viruses of the Mind Spread by Flawed Communications Systems

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – SWEET HOME ALABAMALAND – The big wheels in my head keep on turning, trying to figure out a way to communicate an accurate message that can be understood by a diverse audience with widely variable education levels. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Ask Lynyrd…

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…

The Crystal Ball for 2014 is Partly Cloudy

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here in the semi-dark looking out at a grey sky and into a blank screen, the modern equivalent of a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter, it’s a bit hard to see what’s in the crystal ball for 2014. According to a new AP poll,…

A Letter to the People of Brazil and the World

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By Edward Snowden – Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and…

The Year In Review for 2013

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook users are faced with a new link on their pages promoting them to “See Your 2013 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” The problem is, as usual with new technology, programming code is choosing those big moments for…