Two Heads Aren’t Always Better than One

Two Heads Aren’t Always Better than One

The corporate propensity for rationalizing the irrational in the pursuit of profit appears to be boundless. Consider J.R. Simplot, a giant agribusiness conglomerate whose phosphate mining operations in Idaho have grossly polluted creeks with selenium, a highly toxic...
Save the Babies

Save the Babies

Why do the Republicans in Congress hate unborn babies? Yeah, I know they profess to love the unborn. They even consider them to be “persons” from the very moment of conception. Yet, whose interest do you think these same politicos have chosen to protect...
Welcoming Overdue Mercury Standards

Welcoming Overdue Mercury Standards

As a mother with a toddler, I’m always trying to protect my daughter. From choking hazards to toxic household chemicals, from busy streets to steep stairs, there are a lot of dangers that keep us parents on our toes. Unfortunately, there are some toxins our...

Squandering Our Tax Dollars and Ocean Resources

As concerns about the nation’s widening deficit grow louder, it’s not only important to understand the government’s approach to hot-button issues like Medicare, military spending, and tax cuts for the wealthy. We need to pay attention to other...

Learning from the BP Oil Disaster

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana one year ago, killing 11 crewmembers and ultimately releasing some 210 million gallons of oil. It became the largest oil disaster in American history. It could happen again. Keith Jones...
Pass Christian’s Last Crawfish Boil

Pass Christian’s Last Crawfish Boil

Hurricane season has officially begun again for the battered Gulf Coast communities. The first big tempest of the season, Hurricane Alex, caused coastal evacuations and sent clean-up boats and oil skimmers home to safe harbors this week. While Alex veered west of the...

Time to Ratify the Law of the Sea

From space, the Earth looks like a fragile drop of blue, green, brown, and white floating in a sea of black. National borders are not visible. But the vast oceans and seas are. What from space appears to be humanity’s common heritage, however, is the subject of...