The Last Refuge

The Last Refuge

Government agencies whose actions cannot stand on merit alone often rely on process issues to shield a bad decision in the making from the light of public scrutiny. The proposed clearcutting of 170 acres of forest and disruption of another 200 acres of land atop the...
The Last Refuge

Think Spring

While it is kinda cold, it is time to think about spring. Spring garden planning may be what you are dreaming of but I’m talking about planting the seeds of political change in your town this spring. Along with warm mornings and chilly afternoon breezes, spring on...
The Last Refuge

The Future is Now

These days I’m feeling all right ‘Cept I can’t tell my courage from my desperation – Bruce Springsteen, Local Hero 1992 Having just stared into the abyss of insurrection, and after enduring four years of climate change denial, the denigration...
Long Walk Home

Long Walk Home

You know that flag flying over the courthouse means certain things are set in stone Who we are, what we’ll do and what we won’t – Bruce Springsteen, Long Walk Home 2007 In the grand scheme of things, the American democratic experiment is pretty new,...
A New Year

A New Year

I welcomed 2021 with a sense of optimism and hope absent these last four years. While embracing the good feeling, I do so newly aware of how tenuous many of my assumptions about the bounds of civil society actually are. Rather than be discouraged, I’ve found renewed...
The Last Refuge

Science

As we face a long and difficult winter with Covid-19 infections ripping through the country, the prospect of effective vaccines has provided a much-needed glimmer of hope. As the weight of the exploding pandemic has worsened, it is both important and instructive to...