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October 01, 2016
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Mysteryland 2015: What’s in it for us?

Sometimes, the clichés are true. “What goes around, comes around,” echoed in my head as I made my way to Bethel Woods last year to check out the music festival known as Mysteryland. I’d never heard of it, but learned that it was part of a series of electronic music festivals held by the Netherlands-based promoter ID&T.  Read more

Movement on the bee pesticide front

Recent developments regarding neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics)—which are being blamed as partly responsible for billions of dead honeybees lost over the past decade or so—have been announced on a number of fronts.

The first is that the city of Portland, OR earlier this month banned the use of the pesticides on all city-owned parks and properties. That makes at least eight municipalities in the U.S. that have banned neonics.  Read more

Earth Day and the EPA

There is a succinct summation of the origins of Earth Day and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the agency’s website (www.epa.gov/).  Read more

Opting out of Common Core

There are some highly respected educators locally and across the country who believe that the Common Core Education Standards that have been adopted by New York and many other states are good for the future of the students. The standards were created with the goal of improving critical thinking among students, more fully preparing students for college and helping students compete against other students on the international stage.  Read more

Voting in Bloomingburg

The turmoil in Bloomingburg continues, with developer Shalom Lamm and his supporters going to court and fighting local officials over seemingly every issue that arises. Most recently the courts decided that even though Lamm’s property was annexed into the village illegally, it was done too long ago for residents to do anything about it. The Town of Mamakating plans to appeal.  Read more

FERC and regulatory capture

Cheryl A. LaFleur, the chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), told an audience at a National Press Club gathering at the end of January that the public is intolerant of pipelines and associated technologies.  Read more

A language is not a belief

Recently, Pine Bush High School sparked controversy after the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in Arabic at a school assembly during National Foreign Language Week. Students quickly became divided as they posted angry Tweets about the incident. When the news broke, it sparked further furor. Chief among the criticisms seems to be that the reading is conceived as an insidious piece of Muslim propaganda. Amidst the storm, the school issued an apology.  Read more

Preventing overdose deaths in Honesdale

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards recently requested that the Honesdale Borough Council allow Honesdale police officers to be trained in the use of Narcan™, which is the brand name of naloxone, a prescription drug that can almost immediately reverse the effects of an overdose brought on by heroin or other opioid drugs such as oxycodone or morphine.  Read more

The Supreme Court and language

Arguments about whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it has affectionately or derisively come to be known (depending on which side of the argument one backs) were presented before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on March 4.  Read more

Net neutrality and the public good

On February 26, the five members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted three to two, along party lines, to adopt net neutrality rules. The intent of the rules is to prevent Internet service providers (ISP) such as Comcast and Verizon from charging some content providers more money to get their content to consumers more quickly, while leaving others to languish in the slow lane of the Internet. Or, to put it another way, under net neutrality, all Internet traffic must be treated equally.  Read more