Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

During his historic U.S. visit, Pope Francis made headlines for speaking truth to power at the United Nations and the Capitol. But the “people’s pope” also addressed the powerless. Everywhere he went, he called on Americans to treat our undocumented immigrants better....

Josh Fox’s New Fracking Gem

If ever an online video should go viral, it is Gasland director Josh Fox’s vital new 18-minute gem, The Sky Is Pink. It should become a widespread hit because: It’s brilliant. It’s funny. It will scare the crap out of you and make you want to take...
Those Bad Old Days Are Still with Us

Those Bad Old Days Are Still with Us

The Oscar-nominated film “The Help” has already earned armfuls of awards. But I’m not a fan. The sentimental film reminds me how far the United States, and Hollywood in particular, has to go. When Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American...
Fukushima Is So Yesterday

Fukushima Is So Yesterday

Wonder if Our noble nation; Is that safe From radiation. Nuclear power may be bad for your health, but it could be great for investors’ portfolios. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) isn’t about to blow the whistle on the industry’s shortcomings...

Three Cheers for the Nine-Spotted Ladybug

Great news, people! A colony of nine-spotted ladybugs has been discovered in Amagansett, New York. This uplifting story is a rich organic mixture of state pride and nature’s resilience, along with America’s scientific pluck, teamwork, serendipity, and bug...
Fukushima, USA

Fukushima, USA

Promoters say To have no fear; We know it couldn’t Happen here. Just to be sure we’re all on the same page, here are a few things we ought to acknowledge right off the bat about nuclear power: It’s the most costly form of electricity. It’s also...

Squeezing Ordinary Californians and New Yorkers

Following World War II, the United States produced something the world had never seen: a mass middle class. For the first time, a majority of a major nation’s people had real money left over after paying for basic food and shelter. New York and California served...

Dairy Farmers are Getting a Sour Deal

My husband and I farm in central New York State, milking 60 cows with another 40 head of young stock. We’re third-generation farmers and our farm has been in the same family for nearly 100 years. We have farmed it for 43 years, and 2009 was the worst year of our...