Tag Archive for Glynn Wilson

Contemplating Hunger and Nature in the Jefferson National Forest

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…

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…

Investigating Anti-Government, Anti-Tax Groups is the Job of the IRS

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Where’s the Scandal in That? The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here on the porch listening to the coverage of the so-called IRS “scandal” on National Public Radio, also reading the latest Associated Press story on the subject, I keep thinking: “Where’s the scandal?” Since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United…

Demonstrators Descend on the Alabama Capitol in Human Rights Rally

Marchers End Weeklong Protest on Dexter Avenue MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Demonstrators descended on the old Alabama Capitol Friday at the culmination of the 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. This year held special significance, since the unions got involved and called it the March for America. Immigrant groups got involved due to…

Should the New York Times Tell the Truth?

Nah! That’s Not in Their Job Description Here’s how a definition gone wrong can lead to a debilitating public controversy. But hey, controversy drives traffic, so what the heck, right? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s been a long time, but the New York Times is back in the business of pumping up the…

Karl Rove Suspected in Swedish-U.S. Political Prosecution of WikiLeaks

by Andrew Kreig Executive Director The Justice Integrity Project Edited by Glynn Wilson The Locust Fork News-Journal WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican political operative Karl Rove’s help for Sweden as it assists the Obama administration’s prosecution against WikiLeaks could be the latest example of the adage, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” Rove, who now controls a massive…

It Doesn’t Have to Be the End of the World

We Can Change The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson How many stories does it take to make us understand and change? Jesus and his disciples tried to warn people 2,000 years ago, but they could not understand. People still do not get the message, although they worship him like a god, even George W. Bush.…

Tear Down Some Dams, Let the River of Information Flow

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” – Paul Newman as Luke, in Cool Hand Luke “Keep close to Nature’s heart … and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”…

Can’t We Just All Be Decent?

Revisiting the Bonfire of the Vanities Movie 20 Years Later The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The year new journalist Tom Wolfe’s first novel The Bonfire of the Vanities was published in 1987, I was mostly hanging out on the Southside of Birmingham reading books, magazines, and newspapers all day long every day at my…

Let’s Not Kiss This War Goodbye

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson On Sunday, June 13, 1971, the day the New York Times published its first installment of the Pentagon Papers story on the Vietnam war, I was going on 13, living in the suburbs east of Birmingham, Alabama. About the only news I recall keeping up with in those days…

The Dog Days of Summer-Facebook-Look Forward Not Back Blues

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s too hot and humid to be outside in Alabamaland, so I may as well sit in the air conditioning and pontificate. It beats singing the blues. The weather gal says it’s going to feel like 105 degrees today. Maybe more if you have to breath the bad air…

Altruism Versus the Selfish Gene on the Gulf Coast

Is BP Trying to Stop the Leak, or Capture the Oil Profits? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson GULF SHORES, Ala. — You know that feeling you get when you flee a big city and head for the coast, sit down with a beer, and listen to the waves roll onto the beach. I don’t…

Exclusive Video: BP Hires Convict Labor in Beach Cleanup

The Day Deepwater Horizon Oil Hit Alabama’s Beaches The British Petroleum corporation is hiring convict labor, including illegal immigrants, to clean the beaches along the Gulf Coast instead of contracting with local fishermen who are out of work due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as they promised publicly. In trying to…

Former Birmingham News Reporter Discusses Pulitzer

Former Birmingham News staff writer Brett Blackledge discusses his 2007 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting at Auburn University, Montgomery, in this video obtained by the Locust Fork News-Journal. Part 1: Part 2: To some legal experts, his admission that he was handed the information in a box raises some concerns about how he got the…

Human Beings Love A Good Myth

If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are – if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life…

Media Alert: Glynn Wilson To Give Talk on Siegelman Case

Locust Fork News and Journal editor Glynn Wilson will give a talk in Birmingham June 18 for the Greater Birmingham Democracy for America chapter and Progressive Democrats of America. The title of the talk will be: How the Political Prosecution of Don Siegelman was Confirmed: The Role of a Whistleblower and the Independent Web Press…

The Future of Democracy and the Web Press

Secret Vistas: Dedicated to the Memory of Spider Martin by Glynn Wilson The first time I rode the rocky, rolling white water of the Locust Fork River with Spider Martin, I knew it would be more than your average adventure. In stark contrast with today’s drought in the Southeast, near record levels of rainfall in…