Solar power is turning into a growth industry. The total installed solar capacity in the U.S. has doubled in the last several years, and there has been a rapid drop in the average price per watt of solar-generated electricity. Some experts now predict a doubling of solar PV panels on homes and small businesses every two years, creating a growth industry with the potential to become a significant job-creator. Yet, Pennsylvania seems to be missing the message and, if it is not careful, the burgeoning solar energy economy will simply pass it by. Read more
When Sullivan County’s legislature redrew the border lines of the county’s legislative districts last week, it was over the objections of the supervisors of the towns of Highland and Lumberland, and one presumes many of their constituents. Other members of the public also spoke against the process. Read more
Sustainability has become a watchword for development in the 21st century. The simplest definition is: that which can be maintained over time. Another widely accepted definition is found in the Brundtland Report, published by the United Nations in 1987 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Common_Future): “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Read more
Among the lessons that political science students once learned in Poli-Sci 101 was that a broad middle class underpins both the success and the strength of a democracy and helps support a vibrant economy. With its extensive, wide-ranging middle class, the United States was held up as the perfect model for peace and prosperity. Read more
On the very last day of spring, just a few days ago, John Rooney of Yulan, NY passed from this earth. He was one of the Greatest Generation. He was hardened in battle, having fought in the Battle of the Bulge, but lived kindly and gently in civilian life until his final breath.
Today there is a new call for boots on the ground in Iraq and greater military involvement in the region. This call is being made unimaginably by the very people who urged us into Iraq in 2003. Read more
On Sunday the Republican former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wrote in the New York Times that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our time,” and called for a federal tax on carbon emissions, and last week on Capitol Hill four former administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Republicans all, told the Senate that the U.S. must take action on climate change. The four were Christine Todd Whitman (EPA secretary under George W. Bush), William Reilly, (for George H.W. Read more
Honesdale Borough government needs some stability. Since the beginning of this year alone, three borough council members and a mayor have resigned. Yes, the borough normally has its share of turnover of elected officials who ran and lost in various elections, but in the past three-and-a-half years there have been an unusual number of resignations as well as sitting council members declining to seek reelection because of problems arising either from conflict on the council or from how the town does its business. Read more
It will come as no surprise to anyone who does the family’s grocery shopping. The price of food just seems to keep going up and up, and leading the climb right now are meat and poultry, eggs and dairy, and fresh fruits. In the last five years, food price inflation has topped overall inflation, fueled by energy and transportation costs, weather events that impact agriculture, and the cost of processing, packaging and marketing food products. Read more
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In the olden days (not so long ago), a Republican president created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and signed the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. That was back in the 1970s. Read more
A common pastime these days in the Upper Delaware River Valley is grumbling about the current miserable condition of our roads and highways. Some people blame this on the rough winter we just had, but truth be told, many of those same roads and highways were in no great shape to begin with, due to years of neglect by both the Empire and Keystone states. Read more