Reflections on 2013 and some wishes for the year ahead
A really big turnout for The Weather Project
(August 15-21, “And now, for our local weather report”) NACL Theatre’s The Weather Project is a yearlong series of arts and science programs and just-plain-fun happenings about the weather. The project will culminate with a “massive outdoor spectacle” in August 2014. The River Reporter “salutes NACL Theatre and its partner, the Town of Highland and many other sponsors for their unique and creative way of bring a challenging subject to the public through the arts and community building activities.“
More residents and visitors to get to know and support our local farmers.
August 1–7, “A farm tale”) “Farming is not easy, but it’s a way of life, practiced by strong, hard-working, self-sufficient, proud people. And without them, where would we be? Farmers deserve our respect and admiration, and they get too little of it. Why? Because the vast majority of consumers are disconnected from farms and farmers, who are the source of all our food. Why should they care about what happens to farmers, if they don’t know any or understand something about life on a farm.”
The federal government to contribute its 20% share to the DRBC
(August 8-14, “Feds need to pay their promised share”) Letter from the UDC to Congress quoted in editorial: “’For 16 or the last 17 years, the federal government has failed to fund its apportionment of the Commission’s [DRBC’s] annual budge... The cumulative federal shortfall of nearly $11 million threatens to severely curtain the agency’s operational effectiveness.’’
Update: A bill that would address this is still pending before congress with differences between the House and Senate Bills still needing to be reconciled.
Public libraries to receive the funds they deserve
(December 5-11, “Libraries: too important to fail”) “In recent years, as state government has rolled back funding for Pennsylvania’s public libraries, these institutions have been forced to reduce hours, cut staff and freeze payroll, among various cutbacks… Before there were public libraries, book collections were the province of colleges and universities and of wealthy individuals—those who could afford to own private collections. Public libraries changed that. Public libraries are the great equalizer in a democracy. Access to information and knowledge must remain free and open to all. Libraries must remain adequately funded.”