There has been some discussion about whether the election on November 6 was actually a “blue wave,” but when one party takes 33 seats away from the other party in the House of Representatives—which was the total at printing deadline—that’s a wave.
Faces of asylum
Recently, my daughter worked for five days as a legal volunteer at an ICE detention center. Here are some of her observations.
When President George W. Bush mentioned switchgrass in his 2006 State of the Union Address as a viable alternate energy source, a lot of folks and organizations jumped on the bandwagon.
By the time you read this, the Sullivan County legislature will be poring over the tentative 2019 county budget as proposed to us by county manager Josh Potosek. It’s a huge document that the county manager and every division, department and unit in county government have been working on for months.
In the past few months, I’ve been trying to make the case that American society in the age of Trump functions very much like an addict—an addict that will soon be confronted with an existential decision to recover or perish.
So what might that recovery look like?
At the end of a very hot day the temperature was still in the high eighties when I started my walk on River Road north of the post office. A layer of fog had formed and was clinging to the Delaware River. Rock islands I often admired from the riverbank could barely be seen this evening.
Since 1992, 45% of the plastic recycling materials generated by the planet and about 70% of the recyclable plastic waste generated in the United States have been sent to China.
I have given much thought recently about the meaning of our national anthem and the American flag (as I am sure many of you have) and what they stand for. They both stand for freedom. They both stand for valor (great courage), honor, respect, tradition, perseverance and justice.
Working through my anger and sadness about the obscene attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, I couldn’t help being struck and even comforted by the constant invocation of the temple’s potently life-affirming name.
For some weeks now, we have received so many election-related letters that we have not been able to print them all. This week, to maximize our readers’ opportunities to share their election views with their neighbors, we are dedicating both of our editorial pages to your voices.