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October 28, 2016
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Chicken controversy Food for thought

With more Americans changing their conceptions about eating healthier food and living more sustainable lifestyles, it’s time for local officials to take these matters into consideration, too. The trend to eat food that is grown close to where you live is not going away any time soon—whether that’s buying from local farmers or growing, raising, or producing some of one’s own food.  Read more

Money makes the candidate

The River Reporter does not endorse political candidates, and we will not do so in this election, but we do endorse one of the central themes of independent congressional candidate Nick Troiano—that there is too much money influencing political outcomes in the United States, and that is not healthy for a democracy.  Read more

Children who read

Want to make a difference in a child’s life? Read aloud to your children, and when they are ready for books of their own, give a book to a child, or support local programs that do. Today we salute these volunteer organizations in our area for the fine work they do promoting literacy by introducing reading and book ownership to the youngest of our region’s future citizens. Even in the digital age of e-books, it is vitally important for young children to read aloud and to be read to, and to have the opportunity to possess their very own books.  Read more

Proposition One and redistricting: A case for direct democracy

Good government groups disagree about whether Proposition One, which will appear on the ballot in New York State on Election Day, is a good idea. One side is in favor of the constitutional amendment because creating a commission to engage in the redistricting process, which occurs every 10 years, could, they argue, take some of the politics out of the process. They also advocate that the amendment, along with a related statute that was passed in advance of the vote, includes other safeguards that will make the process fairer.  Read more

Warming or not?

With regard to the question as to whether global warming is currently occurring, discussed in these pages in an editorial on September 24 and a letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper, we offer this chart and some related verbiage from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website.  Read more

Environmental protection or economic growth? We need both

Last week, the Pennsylvania House took the controversial step of removing an important environmental mandate that requires riparian stream buffers and riparian forest buffers be used or installed under the state’s Clean Streams Law to avoid polluting the waters of the commonwealth.  Read more

Just in time

An estimated 400,000 marchers took to the streets of New York City on Sunday to press world leaders to address climate change and to do it now. Many marched with environmental and social justice organizations, others with friends and neighbors, still others in blocs representing their own special interests—students, for example; foodies and farmers; scientists; religious leaders and people of faith, and labor unions, to name only a few.  Read more

A wealth of riches; A day in the country

Even as rural America struggles to make itself economically relevant to the rest of the world in these challenging economic times, a series of authentic country experiences this past weekend brought home for me yet again, how rich we are who live along the back roads and in the hamlets and villages in the Upper Delaware River corridor. Living close to the land and to nature has long shaped the character of the people who settled here two or more centuries ago, and I would argue contributes to shaping the world view of many who come to visit or even to move here today.  Read more

Monarch butterflies: endangered species?

This week we were thinking about two Upper Delaware River Valley conservationists: Barbara Yeaman and Ed Wesely, founders of the Butterfly Barn Nature Center in Damascus, PA. Last summer it closed after two decades during which Wesely “rescued monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars from threatened habitats and, with the help of local children, nurtured and released more than 7,000 adult monarchs” (  Read more

The simple act of seed saving… And how it came to be so controversial

For thousands of years, farmers saved their own seeds to plant their crops. It’s a simple process: plant seeds in the spring, nurture those plants in the summer, harvest those crops in the fall and from them, collect next season’s seeds to store for the winter. Repeat.  Read more